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For many, the phrase “Israeli dance” conjures images only of the hora, that rowdiest of folkloric circle dances, performed at bar mitzvah receptions. But the Tel Aviv–based Batsheva Dance Company is no traditional outfit. Founded in 1964 by Martha Graham and Baroness Batsheva de Rothschild, the unit features an international cast and is known for eye-opening modern movements you probably won’t see at your Aunt Rhoda’s wedding. For more than a decade, Batsheva’s image has been personified by the choreography of kibbutz-born eccentric Ohad Naharin. “Deca Dance” is a sampler of this onetime Graham student’s controversial work: The showcase will include portions of his 1993 Anaphaza, which was dropped from a celebration of Israel’s 50th anniversary because it featured hoofers romping about in underwear to a Passover song, and 2001’s Naharin’s Virus, which uses an inflatable doll, Arabic songs, and text from the 1966 play Offending the Audience to criticize the Israeli government’s policies toward Palestinians. The program starts at 8 p.m. (see City List for other dates) in the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater. $12–$36. (202) 467-4600. (Steve Kiviat)