Drama and music are combined to great effect by the New Israeli Opera (NIO), which is housed at the new Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center on Shaul Hamelekh Boulevard (less than a ten-minute walk from the Mann Auditorium/Habimah Complex). The NIO produces seven to eight top quality operas each season and hosts famous opera companies and artists from all around the world.
Dance is another one of Tel Aviv's artistic fortes. Both the Batsheva Dance Company with its avant-garde choreography and the Inbal Dance Company with its Yemenite and oriental rhythms are housed at the Suzanne Dellal Center in gentrified Neve Tzedek near Jaffa, where performances take place in a 19th-century school complex which was transformed into a dance center in 1989. Israel's top venue for dance, the Suzanne Dellal Center is home to a variety of events, festivals and festivities throughout the year. These include "Summer Dance" a six-week dancing program during July and August that features dance performers from both Israel and abroad), "Dance-Europa," a festival that's held late in October and is based on dance collaboration between Israeli and European dancers and companies and, about one month afterwards, "Haramat Masach" (Hebrew for Raising the Curtain, showcasing young independent performers and choreographers.
Two newer Tel Aviv companies are the recently formed - but already acclaimed - Miyumana troupe and the "Anahnu Ka'an" ("We are Here") folkdance troupe. Inspired by the theatrical super-hit "Stomp," the former adds uniquely Israeli and Tel Aviv elements to its pulsating mixture of music, beat, movement, humor and joy. Like Israel itself, Miyumana, which performs in a theater near Jaffa, combines the contemporary with the ancient, East with West and chaos with order. Anahnu Ka'An, on the other hand, comprised of 80 dancers, singers, and musicians, offers a two-hour extravaganza of dancing music and song that spotlights Israeli and Jewish folklore and has been an audience favorite for many years.