Machol Shalem Dance House (MASH) has been nurturing and promoting contemporary dance culture in Jerusalem since 2002. Our mission is to establish a supportive infrastructure for artists to develop and share new works, while also providing platforms for encounters between Jerusalem's dance community and the public at large. MASH initiates and produces a diverse array of cultural events throughout the year including: performances, workshops, master classes, festivals, and outdoor events. MASH is one of six dance centers officially recognized by the Israeli Ministry of Culture.
A further MASH objective is to contribute to the branding of Jerusalem as a young and vibrant cultural hub with a dynamic, cutting-edge arts scene. In order to do so, MASH enables international collaboration through Jerusalem-based events that showcase acclaimed artists from abroad alongside emerging local talent, students, and special guests. MASH serves dozens of Jerusalem artists and dance groups, managed by both religious and ultra-Orthodox artists, each year.
In addition to producing complete dance works, artist meetings, public space performances, workshops, International Dance Week, International Festival for Children and Youth Dance Concerts in collaboration with the Foreign Ministry, creates co-productions and working relationships with fellow creators around the world. MASH also maintains a track for high school graduates of the arts in collaboration with the Jerusalem Municipality, runs children's performances, community and social projects, and hosts artists, creators, and dance directors from Israel and around the world.
The MASH studio and performance spaces at the former Rav Hen Cinema serve as a dance incubator for dozens of independent artists, helping to nurture local artistic activity at both the production and performance levels and bringing stimulating, ground-breaking work to the professional stage. MASH also operates as a training framework for artists at the start of their careers, facilitating the creative process and, ultimately, performances at professional venues.
MASH is located at 3 HaParsa Street, Talpiot and hosts events in a variety of venues and spaces in Jerusalem, across Israel, and around the world.
MASH operates within the framework of the Machol Shalem Association.