Presented by Colorado Springs Dance Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Cornerstone Arts Center, Colorado College, 825 N. Cascade Ave., $20-$35; 630-7434,


From Israel to Philadelphia and now back to Colorado Springs - this is the path that has been danced and choreographed by Ronen Koresh on his way to stardom in the international world of dance. His Koresh Dance Company will be displaying its energy, passion and originality Saturday night in Colorado College's Cornerstone Arts Center.

"They've missed being in the American West," said Beth Carlson, a longtime board member of the Colorado Springs Dance Theatre. "We enjoyed presenting Koresh back in the 1999-2000 season and were excited to have them back dancing and working within the community."

While the 10-person company is here, it will use CC's Cossitt Hall as its base of operations for master classes. The company also will assist in choosing the winners for the Dance Theatre's annual "Young Dancers Scholarship Competition for Jazz" and the "Esther Geoffrey Scholarship Competition for Ballet."

"Koresh is deeply influenced by his original roots in Israeli folk dance, an art form embedded at an early age by his mother," explained company manager Dara Schmoyer. "His Israeli heritage continues to differentiate the company, producing unique works that range from humorous and eloquent to passionate and explosive."

For this performance, Koresh opens with the full company in "Come Together (Home)" followed by 12 short pieces, including choreography to Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" and Bach's "Air on a G-String." The performance closes with Koresh's highly acclaimed choreographic vision of Ravel's "Bolero."

David Sckolnik, Special to The Gazette