Suzanne Dellal Centre
It is quite difficult to imagine Neve Tzedek as the low-end backwater that preceded its present incarnation. Yet prior to the gourmet restaurants, boutique hotels and luxury shops, the collection of low-rise residences and workshops that spilled onto the Mediterranean coast was generally evaded by the city mainstream. While the gentrification process that had metaphorised the neighborhood to a luxurious haven lasted decades, its first milestone was the founding of the Suzanne Dellal center for dance and theater.
Founded in 1989 as a join venture between the city council and the Dellal Family Foundation, the center helped usher a new era in Israeli dance, building the groundwork for what is now considered a golden age in the field. Many, if not all, Israeli dance troupes that have gained global recognition have tread their path through this majestic structure. The center is widely seen as the central catalyst of the neighborhood’s renaissance, as well as one of the city’s most interesting sites of interest, boasting over half a million visitors every year. Attending a show at the center has rightfully become a cultural standard of a visit to the White City.