Gamla

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Hebrew: גמלא. Circle dance with no handhold by Moshiko Halevy, 2001.

Moshiko explains:

The inspiration for the dance Gamla came to me when I was sitting and watching television and on the television they told the story about the Romans and Gamla. When the Romans conquered Israel we surrendered Gamla, a Jewish settlement in the Golan. They couldn't conquer Gamla, and the army surrounded Gamla for forty days and they didn't allow food and water to enter. Gamla is a very high mountain in the Golan with the shape of the back of a camel. The mountain looks like the back of a camel. Gamla means camel.

After forty days, the Jewish settlement surrendered, and the Romans took all the people from Gamla and threw them from the mountain to the valley, they killed all of them. And that was my inspiration, and I said this time I'm coming to you to work and I'm never leaving you again, and there is never any other Gamla except this Gamla.[1]

Links

  1. Approximate transcription of discussion with Moshiko, 9/7/2015.

Gamla at israelidances.com

Video at Rokdim

Gamla at Wikipedia