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Chai comes ‘alive’ at Folklorama pavilion

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The Sarah Sommer Chai Folk Ensemble is performing at Folklorama's Israel Pavilion — Shalom Square.

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The Sarah Sommer Chai Folk Ensemble is performing at Folklorama's Israel Pavilion — Shalom Square. Photo Store

The Sarah Sommer Chai Folk Ensemble is performing this week at Folklorama's Israel pavilion — Shalom Square.

"We have been performing at the pavilion since its inception," said Tracy Kasner-Greaves, artistic director for the ensemble. "Over 40 years and we’re about to be 50 years old. We’re the oldest and largest group of its kind in North America."

The Chai, meaning ‘alive’ in Hebrew, is unique in that they only perform to live music. This means there could be 15 to 16 dancers as well as 10 singers and eight musicians on the stage at one time.

Kasner-Greaves said the audience can expect to be really entertained.

"It’s a very feel-good performance," said Kasner-Greaves. "It’s very exciting, its inspiring, and its joyous."

The pavilion is located at Asper Jewish Community Campus at 123 Doncaster St. and will run until Aug. 17.

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