TEL AVIV (May. 8)
The Israeli Bat Dor Dance Company has started what appears to be a highly successful series of performances in Kenya, despite efforts by the PLO and their supporters to have their appearance banned.
While still in Zaire, on their way to Nairobi, the company was told that there was firm opposition to their appearances in Kenya, ostensibly because publicity material referred to their visit to the “Dark Continent,” which was said to be regarded as an insult to Africa and Africans.
But observers suggested the opposition arose from Libya, which feared that the Israeli dance company’s appearances would take the limelight away from the Libyan soccer team playing in Kenya this week.
The Bat Dor company played to a full house at its first appearance in Nairobi last night, receiving a standing ovation. The company’s management in Tel Aviv was informed today that all tickets have already been sold out to all seven performances to be given in Nairobi this week.