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Sheketak sizzles with energy

A GROUP of Israeli artists seem to have an endless supply of energy as they performed "Rhythm in Motion" yesterday at the World Expo.

They use different parts of their bodies to make rhythmic music while performing tap, hip-hop and break dances.

They are known as Sheketak. In Hebrew, "sheket" means silence and "tak" means sound.

Working together, Sheketak can make a loud and strong rhythm simply with their arms, legs and necks.

"You can imagine how strong we are because we can keep on going for 30 minutes," said Danny Rachom, one of Sheketak's founders and a main performer.

The 30-minute show will also be staged today at 11am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm and 6:30pm at the Asia Square stage near the Saudi Arabia Pavilion.

"Through the performance, we want to convey to the audience that Israel is new and up-to-date.?Apart from traditional dance, we also have hip-hop, modern dance, and body percussion," Rachom said.

Some spectators said they enjoyed the creative and energetic dance, but did not fully understand the profound meaning behind it.

However, Zahi Patish, another core member of Sheketak, said the show is simply about making people feel good and energetic.

The original show lasts one hour and 15 minutes and involves a lot of humor, videos and music.

They give a shortened version of the show at the Expo due to stage limitations.

"Visitors came to watch the 30-minute show so they have the energy to continue their Expo visit for the rest of the day," Patish said.

Patish and Rachom, who have known each other for 14 years, established the group in 1997.

They said they were street dancers who enjoyed hip-hop and break dancing when they were kids and that the body percussion dance just emerged naturally.

They both went to the US to study dance around 1990. Patish went to Michigan and Rachom went to New York. They created "Rhythm in Motion" in 2003. It was so successful that they toured the world.

In one part of the show, they hang some cookware in the air and beat them in a musical way. The scene was inspired by their childhood as when they were kids they used to put pots and pans on the floor to make sounds.

Sheketak has performed in more than 30 countries around the world including Brazil, Argentina, Singapore, South Africa and most European nations.

Patish said the greatest thing about the global tour was communicating with spectators in the international language of art.

He said spectators around the world laugh in all the right places and applause at the right times.

"Music and energy are universal languages," Patish said.


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