Renowned classic and contemporary dance-makers present highly techincal choreography, quirky invention laced with rhythmic humor, and deeply humanistic voices.
INVENTION - (1949) by Doris Humphrey
A classic work by one of the founders of Modern Dance featuring vibrant energy and an affirmation of the human spirit.
Something About Night (2018) - by Lar Lubovitch
Lar Lubovitch’s dances are renowned for their musicality, rhapsodic style and sophisticated formal structures. His radiant, highly technical choreography and deeply humanistic voice have been acclaimed worldwide. This work was created to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company in NYC.
OUTDOORS- (from SHUTDOWN, 2018) - by Noa Zuk & Ohad Fishof
A contemporary, tribalistic, pattern-piece filled with quirky invention and laced with rhythmic humor.
Filament- (2017)- by Andy Noble
A multi-media work that creates a fresh, new world that marries movement, images and technology in such a way that dance is seen anew.
Doris Humphrey (1895-1958) is one of the founders of American modern dance. She created a distinctive approach to movement based on the body’s relationship to gravity and the use of weight, and her choreographic works are considered classics of modern dance.
Born in Oak Park, Illinois, Humphrey was an avid dance student from a young age, and she opened her own dance studio after graduating from high school. She moved to Los Angeles in 1917 to join the Denishawn School and Company, where she performed and taught until 1928, when she and Charles Weidman left to form their own group in New York. Between 1928 and 1944, she choreographed and performed for the Humphrey-Weidman Company, an artistic collaboration that produced ground-breaking dances as well as outstanding performers, José Limón among them. When physical disability ended her career as a dancer, she became the artistic director and mentor for Limón and his company, creating classic works such as Lament for Ignacio Sanchez Mejias (1946), Day on Earth (1947), Invention (1949), and Night Spell (1951). Her final artistic contribution, The Art of Making Dances, was published in 1959 and remains an essential text on choreographic principles.
Lar Lubovitch is one of America’s most versatile, popular and widely seen choreographers. Based in New York City, Lubovitch’s company has performed throughout the world, and his dances have also been performed by many other major companies, including American Ballet Theater, Joffrey Ballet, New York City Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and many others. His dances are renowned for their musicality, rhapsodic style and sophisticated formal structures. His radiant, highly technical choreography and deeply humanistic voice have been acclaimed worldwide.
Noa Zuk is a choreographer and a dancer. She was born and raised in Kibutz Sh’ar Ha’amakim in the north of Israel. She began dancing at the age of four, doing folk, modern, ballet, jazz, and improvisation as well as martial arts (she holds a black belt in Shotokan Karate).
At the age of eighteen she began her professional life as a dancer with choreographers Inbal Pinto and Yuval Pick and with the Young Kibbutz Dance Company. A year later she joined The Batsheva Ensemble, Batsheva Dance Company’s junior company, where she danced for three years, performing up to 120 shows a year, in Israel and abroad.
In the year 2000 she joined Batsheva Dance Company (BDC), where she danced for nine years. As a company member under the artistic direction of Ohad Naharin, Noa danced in all of his creations for the company during those years, and was part of the original cast of pieces such as Naharin’s Virus, Mamootot, Telophaza, Three, Furo, and MAX. She performed hundred of shows and toured extensively on the company’s many international tours, dancing on the world’s most prestigious stages — BAM (NYC), Lincoln Center (NYC), Barbican Centre (London), Montpelier Festival (France), Reggio Emilia Festival (Italy) and Sydney’s Opera, to name only a few. During her time with BDC, she also worked with and performed works by choreographers such as Mats Ek (Culberg Ballet), Sharon Eyal (LEV Dance Company) Jiri Kylian (NDT), Yasmeen Godder, and Yoshifumi Inao (Norwegian National Ballet).
Noa left the company in 2009 to concentrate on her work as a choreographer. Among her early pieces are O.M.S., A Droom Come Tree, and the trio Boxerman, which was performed by members of the Batsheva Ensemble in NYC. Her collaboration with interdisciplinary artist, Ohad Fishof, on the dance video One More Song was presented in Israel and abroad. In 2010, she was awarded The Schusterman Foundation Visiting Artist Scholarship and spent three months in residency at The Ohio State University in the United States. Her work Speaker premiered in Israel’s Curtain Up series in 2011. In 2012, her new creation for Bern Ballet premiered in Switzerland, and she was also selected as one of ten finalists to present her work in the 5th Copenhagen International Choreography Competition. In the fall of 2012 she had a second artist residency at The Ohio State University, where she premiered NOTHING II, a piece for 15 OSU dancers created in collaboration with Ohad Fishof and performed at the Wexner Center for the Arts. In 2013 she created After Chorus for GroundWorks Dance Theater in Cleveland, Ohio and the solo Nothing III (co-created by Ohad Fishof), that was performed in the U.S., Israel, Russia and China. In 2013 she also premiered the duet Doom Doom Land as part of the International Dance Week in Jerusalem and toured it in Russia, Poland and The Czech Republic. In summer 2014 she was commissioned to create a new piece for Repertory Dance Theater in Utah. Following the success of staging a piece on Singapore’s Frontier Danceland earlier that year, she was invited to create a new piece for the company, together with Ohad Fishof, premiered in November 2014. Her latest work, Garden of Minutes, in collaboration with Ohad Fishof, was premiered as part of the Curtain Up Festival in Tel Aviv, in November 2015.
Noa is also a renowned teacher. She has been teaching composition, technique, and repertory workshops (both of her own work and of Naharin’s choreographies) worldwide, and is a Gaga teacher since 2007.
Ohad Fishof is an interdisciplinary artist, working in a diverse range of fields including dance, sound, performance, video and installation. He began his artistic career as lead singer and writer with the pioneering Israeli art-pop band Nosei Hamigbaat. He later moved to compose music for dance, performance and art installations while at the same time, expanding his artistic endeavors to other media. In 1997 he received an MA in Dance from Laban Center London. He spent the following years creating dance and performance pieces as well as sound and video installations in London, where he was then based.
Over the last twenty years, Fishof has been consistently expanding his ever-growing body of work – a difficult-to-categorize continuum of idiosyncratic time-based art, ranging from live music to site-specific performance work, video, installations and dance pieces. His short film Abduction won first prize for Best Experimental Film at the Jerusalem Film Festival 2011.
Around 2011 Fishof began making work in collaboration with his life partner, choreographer and dancer Noa Zuk. Their first work together, the dance video One More Song, was presented in many exhibitions and screenings worldwide. They went on to create numerous works for the screen and for the stage.
Their most recent Work, Shutdown, was commissioned and premiered by Germany’s Wee Dance Company. Fishof is a long-term collaborator of Batsheva Dance Company and its artistic director Ohad Naharin. He designed the soundtracks for Naharin's Three, Max, Seder, Furo and Telophaza, and served as a dramaturge for the latter, as well as for Naharin's solo evening Playback, where he acted as musical director. Fishof is also a senior teacher of Naharin's Gaga movement language, and had taught Gaga classes and workshops worldwide. Fishof lives and works in Tel Aviv. He teaches at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design and at Hamidrasha Faculty for the Arts in Beit Berl College.
Andy is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Sam Houston State University. He has also served as faculty at the University of South Florida and Western Washington University as well as been a guest artist at numerous other universities across the country. He holds a BA in Modern Dance from the University of South Florida and a MFA with an emphasis in Dance Technology from Florida State University.
Andy’s performing career includes six years with Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT), where he performed in over forty choreographic works by such noted masters as Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham and Jose Limon. He also had the honor of working first-hand with many cutting edge contemporary and international artists such as Gideon Obarzanek (Chunky Move), Jø Strømgren and Zvi Gotheiner. Andy has also been a member of the Demetrius Klein Dance Company in Miami, Florida.
Andy has received numerous grants for his choreography. He has been commissioned to choreograph new works for RDT, Paradigm Dance Company, Florida Dance Festival, Moving Current, Bellingham Repertory Dance Company, University of Utah, Dartmouth University, Florida State University, University of South Florida, Brigham Young University and University of North Texas among others.
In the realm of technology, Andy is co-director of ANDancers Video Productions, a free-lance service providing documentation and promotional videos for art organizations. He also created and designed a multi-media component for Repertory Dance Theatre that chronicles a century of dance. His most recent research was as part of the creative team that developed ChoreoVideo.com, a web-based media resource designed to promote innovative instruction in the area of dance technology.