Biography

“I was born in October 1986 and am a dancer and choreographer. I currently live and work in Montpellier (France). My inspiration is sourced widely: visual arts, film, everyday life, video clips, art and dance history, human nature... I bring all of this together to create choreographic puzzles and artistic collages, where the body is the main character, becoming a vector of time, space and manner.

Dance training for me is the result of a diverse learning path. I first started dancing in high school and, eager to deepen my knowledge, after completing my military service I decided to join the professional dancers centre programme at the Kibbutz company. Also attracted by other types of dance, I learned the working methods of famous Israeli choreographer Yasmeen Godder via a two-year program, devoted to release techniques and her troupe’s repertoire. The Godder programme greatly influenced my career as an artist. It has profoundly changed my vision of the dance world and the body. I discovered fresh skills and potential in terms of movement, which were often out of synch with the traditional techniques that I had studied in the past. This innovative and unique experience inspired me to explore other artistic forms and representations. After four years of intensive training, I officially started working with choreographers as a performer. I have partnered with several Israeli choreographers including Ido Feder, Maya Brinner, Dafi Altbeb and Ma’ayan Miriam Moses. Alongside dance practice, I have constantly sought to broaden my horizons and widen my intellectual and physical horizons by studying relentlessly, participating in workshops, confronting ideas and contemporary notions and meeting new, interesting and inspiring people. In this vein, I was able to integrate SMASH, the Berlin program dedicated to experimental and physical dance. For three months, I explored the local dance world and discovered diverse creative approaches for body, voice and the performing arts. A year later, I went on to study Israeli art history which has subsequently (and up to this day) had a deep influence on my work and vision of choreography.

These rich experiences played a key role in my life choices, inspiring me to make choreography my core profession as I moved on. Between 2015 and last June, I devoted myself fully to choreography, accumulating knowledge, gaining experience and consolidating my interests and study of choreography, dance and art in general. I attended my very first choreography program at the Kelim Centre in Israel, with a weekly session of practical exercises as well as monthly workshops. My thirst for learning and the desire to devote time to research led me to pursue my studies, via a Master of Arts specialising in choreography and presentation. Over the past two years, I have presented my work "in progress" at various events and venues: Paris (Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers), Toulouse (Performer la recherche, Les Abattoirs) and Montpellier (ICI—CCN) as part of my studies. In October 2017, I teamed with American visual artist Emily Mast as artist for the “Birdbrain” exhibition, presented at the FRAC in Montpellier.”

— Laura Kirshenbaum

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    Symposium — Jasmine E. Johnson, Germaine Acogny (jour 1)

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    Symposium — Aimée Meredith Cox, Philipa Rothfield (jour 2)

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    Symposium — Aimée Meredith Cox, Philipa Rothfield, Ashon Crawley (jours 3)

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    Symposium — Nora Chipaumire, Ana Pi, Jasmine E. Johnson (jour 4)

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