Tights: Dance & Thought - residency program is an annual program, each year collaborating with different venues. The artists will use the residency to advance their ongoing creative process. That is, if they are at the starting point of their creative process they will use the stay to create new materials, develop new thoughts and improvise. Or, if they are at the final stages of a specific work they will take advantage of the stay to concentrate on the finishing touches need for it. Tights’ residency program will offer artistic guidance, curation consulting, and well-formed thoughts on the artist’s creative process. And sometimes the residency is a part of an intricate collaborative project. The residency is aimed at supporting individual activities and at the same time generating communal processes and discourse.
Supported by Mifal Hapayis.
Noa Itzhaki (b.1992) is a choreographer, interdisciplinary artist, and performer. Graduate of The School of Visual Theatre (2021), and Hakvutza- Full Dance Program (2017). Her work revolves around the living body and its meeting with other bodies, through wild and unruly movement, freeing the bodies from disciplined habits.
Assistant Chief Curator at MoBY: Museums of Bat Yam, writer and member of the editorial team at Maakaf magazine. Worked with the artists: Eynav Rosolio, Nurit Dreamer, Ofir Yudilevitch, Mica Kupfer, Ofir Yudilevitch, Pietro Quadrino, Yonatan Levy, Noam Enbar.
Oded Komemi, Artist and Lighting Designer (b. 1995), a graduate of the School of Visual Theater in Jerusalem (2021). His works revolve around the tension between ancient traditions and the eternal present. How the nostalgic and the prophetic merge into a disturbing reality.
His works were presented at Diver Festival, Acco Festival, Performance Conference 0:9, Jerusalem Spectrum Festival and more. Was invited to participate in an international research laboratory in Strasbourg at the Le Maillon Theater in collaboration with TJP Strasbourg (2021). As a lighting designer he collaborated with directors and choreographers, including: Lilach Dekel-Avneri, Ari Teperberg, Ariel Brown, Mica Kupfer, Itai Doron, Sharon Zuckerman and more.
Maayan Cohen Marciano, is a choreographer and dancer. She is a M.A student in the Interdisciplinary Program in Arts, Tel Aviv University. She holds a BA in movement and choreography from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and is a graduate of the Haifa Training Workshop for Dancers and Choreographers. Maayan has presented her work in varied festivals, museums and galleries such as: Intimadance and A-Genre Festivals, Tmuna Theatre, Habait theatre, Diver Festival, Kelim Choreography Center, Hangar Adama, International Exposure, Heaven and Earth Festival, OYM festival, (Eindhoven Holland), Circe Platform (Tbilisi,Georgia), Bible Lands Museum The unique pasaz exhibition (TLV) inspired by Walter Benjamin work. Maayan has selected to participate with a full scholarship in the BIDE events Barcelona. Her works are spread over various creative channels, such as body- based art, Hip Hop culture, and performance art.
With Mai Aylon, Michal Sapir, Adva Weinstein
Li Lorian, b. 1987 in Haifa, is an interdisciplinary artist and performer living and working in Jerusalem. She is a graduate of the School of Visual Theater in Jerusalem (2011) and the MA Choreography and Performance program at the Institute for Applied Theater Studies in Gießen (2020), supported by a fellowship of the DAAD.
She was an artist-in-residence at Mamuta Art and Media Center in Jerusalem (2012), Schloss Bröllin International Art Research Location (2015), Arad Art and Architecture Residency Program (2015), Akademie Schloss Solitude (2016, 2017) – where she developed the piece 'Exodus', selected for the Berliner Festspiele - Theatertreffen
Her recent works for stage include 'Three Biographies which are not mine' (Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, FFM 2020), 'Only if I Have Nothing to Cite, I Dance' (Performance 0:8 conference, Jerusalem 2019) and 'Correspondence #1' (together with Marc Villanueva Mir, Frankfurter Kunstverein, FFM 2018).
Pzura is a research-based project looking into deterritorialized forms of organization and bodily behaviors which respect vulnerability. Pzura (noun), meaning Diaspora in Hebrew, is a key notion for us to examine theoretical, political and philosophical concepts, while finding ways to embody them in choreographic means. Also, Pzura (adjective, female form), meaning scattered, dispersed, loose – is the kind of bodies which we wish to investigate – incoherent, open, partial, affective bodies.
Taking part: Mai Aylon, Michal Sapir, Adva Weinstein, and Li Lorian.
Born 1988, is a dancer, choreographer, martial artist, and teacher. She holds a BA in dance and choreography from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and spent five years in China and Berlin at the WDP school for internal Chinese martial arts of Wudang. At present she explores her unique combination of martial arts and dance that manifests in her creation and teaching. She is a faculty member at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and conducts classes and workshops in various dance programs (Practice, Re-search, Archa etc.).
Tamir Friedrich is a musician, composer, dance practioner and inter-disciplinary artist, based in jerusalem.
In his work he is interested in the encounter of sound and body, improvisation and soundscape recordings.
He’s a graduate of Jerusalem Academy of Music & Dance in both multidisciplinary composition and choreography.
Born 1989 in the Golan Heights. Multidisciplinary artist and performer, lives in Jerusalem and works around Israel. Studied fine arts at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design (BFA) and Escola Massana Barcelona (exchange program), as well as independent dance and choreography studies in Between Heaven and Earth, MASH Dance House, and Guf-Adam program. His works combine a variety of plastic and performative mediums, and have been exhibited on numerous group exhibitions, stages, and a first solo exhibition at Barbur gallery Jerusalem in 2021.
Participated in residency programs such as “Parazit Residency” at Bezalel Academy and the residency program of c.a.t.a.m.o.n dance group. Participated in works and collaborated with artists and choreographers including Tamar Binyamini, Andrea Peña, Mica Kupfer, Tal Kronkop,
Einav Rosolio, and others.
Born 1990 in Jerusalem. Or is a dancer, performer, and creator. She holds a B.A. in Movement and Choreography from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. Or is intrigued by the possibilities that the multidisciplinary field holds. Worked with various artists, such as Yasmeen Godder, Anat Shamgar, Hilla Ben-Ari, Iris Erez, Guy Guttman, Tami Leibovits, Daniel Shufra and Ari Folman.
Supported by Mifal Hapayis.
Artistic committee - Hila Cohen-Schneiderman, Ido Feder, Michal Helfman and Gilad Ratman.
with Nati Ornan, Efrat Rubinstein and Josh Sagie
Rafi Perach, is a film director, musician, and a writer. Mostly uses these mediums as a tool to fuck with people's heads. Directed and written two feature films -"Drugged Out Sexed Up" and "Once upon a time in Tel Aviv".
In 2019 published his first novel - "The Rise and Fall of Shlomo", and led the musical groups - M.e.s.s, Mechonat Hereg, Pninat Hamizrah and more. Nowadays finishing his second novel and working on a third one.
Between the Fırat and the Dicle, there was a gathering of four beings, that represent the clash of Zen, trash, and surrendering to the moment and its rules. “Gom Jabbar” is the work of Rafi Perach, Nati Ornan, Efrat Rubinstein, and Josh Sagie, and is named after the pain test from “Dune”, a test in which a failure of controlling the mind during incredible pine will result in immediate death.
with Joanna Jones, Lia Amit, Amit Elan, Yotam Elal and Hila Gluskinos
Faye Shapiro is a singer, composer, and multidisciplinary artist.
Her work treats voice and listening as a material, a tool, and a model for radical connection, personal and collective healing. It manifests in the forms of recordings, site-specific shows, and ceremonies.
Among her recent works are “One night in Atlantis” - a listening spectacle that debut at Mekudeshet festival, “Plexus voice healing workshops”- a listening healing act at the national insurance branch as part of the Israel Festival, “SYSTEM” - a voice performance involving a 5 speaker installation at the Petach Tikva museum of art, a Jerusalem gallery, and Hateiva Tel-Aviv. Faye is the creator of “Plexus” - a platform for vocal research and healing, and was a co-founder of “Abra ensemble” and ״Great Gehenna choir״. Published the album “Elefneshikot”, and two mini-albums called “Sha'ar-Ra'ash” and “Faye + Einsof live at Musrara mix”
Faye Shapiro’s residency involves the weaving of existing collaborations into an activated field of resonance. As a musician, voice artist, and leader of collaborative practices, whose work in recent years is dedicated to exploring personal and collective healing, Shapiro’s journey is one of
listening into a calling.
In August 2020 after requesting the iconic Alejandro Jodorowsky for a collective healing act for the people of Israel (Watch the meeting here: https://youtu.be/obuYgn8PUqU)
Shapiro and her broad weave of collaborators started a journey that included residencies (within them a healing voice ceremony for the Jerusalem branch of the national insurance agency, for Israel festival), ceremonies, real fall-outs and crisis, actual breakthroughs and some very unexpected journeys.
Some were under the wings of what one might call an “artistic practice” and some were pure events of Life, Life that emerges when deep listening and a healing intention arises.
The current residency created an almost mystic vessel for this work to further manifest.
The fruits of this exploration were shared with the pool: “Safe + Sound” Lab showing - a 36-hour medicine journey exploring voice, movement, and the healing power of expression (together with Lia Amit, Amit Elan, Yotam Elal, and Hila Gluskinos).
is Flora Deborah, Olivia Hild, Haviv Kaptzon, Omer Sheizaf and Yoav Weinfeld.
The sun came up, rising above the primordial soup. The microscopic organisms swim frantically up to the surface, trying to absorb as much light as they can before the cold night. Gino opened his eyes for the first time. Until now he lived in complete darkness but now he can see. The bright sunlight that blinded him at first, is now gently illuminating the water and the mud. Everything is quiet.
He stretches one arm out of the warm water and then the other - sitting upright and feeling the wind on his newborn skin. After about an hour (time hasn't been invented yet) he gets up at once. Surprised by how easy it is to be standing on both legs - higher than ever. “Not bad for a first time” he smiles to himself and starts walking.
Gino is a polyphonic entity. Five voices swirl between his brain and organs, in his ephemeral soul. They bubble up rhythmically, simultaneously, and lead him through desires, fires, fogs, images, motions, whistles, and noises. Gino is a constant argument. When daylight fades and the night
spirits awake he is on his stroll through Tel Aviv, spotting energy vortexes, on the search for a magical
layer in the city.
Ido Barak was born in Jerusalem in 1992 and now resides in Jaffa. He began his dance training at the Vertigo International Dance Program, in which he participated from 2016 to 2018. Ido has worked as a freelancer dancer with the Vertigo Dance Company, The Israeli Opera (Renana Raz, Donald Byrd) and independent choreographers Ido Feder and Roni Chadash. In 2019, Ido debuted his first work as a choreographer together with Aoi Kagaya, called “To Empty”. The duet was performed in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Mitzpe Ramon. Ido is a certified yoga instructor and teaches physical training.
Hila Gluskinos, born 1989 in Tiberias, studied at the Professional Dance Workshop at Kibbutz Ga'aton and the Nissan Nativ Acting Studio. She works mainly in Tel Aviv and Germany, and has created and participated in theatre performances and dance pieces as well as worked as an actress in independent films and video artworks. Some of her collaborators include: Jason Danino-Holt, Ariel Sereni Brown, Ana Wild, Uri Zamir, Maya Landsmann, Reut Shemesh and Michal Samama.
Yuli Kovbasnian, born 1986 in Russia, holds a B.ed in dance and movement from Kibbutzim College. Kovbasnian collaborated with choreographers in Israel including Arkadi Zaides, Ayala Bresler Nardi, Moran Itzhaki Abergel, Sigal Bergman, Nava Frenkel, Talia de Vries and others as well as Trajal Harrell in the USA
Kobi Suissa, born 1988 in Ashdod, is a a multidisciplinary artist and performer. He holds a BFA in fine art from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design and studied at La Collectiz! program for dancers, a framework in which he worked with choreographers such as Vincent Ribeek, Ido Feder, Lilach Livne, Lily Pfalzer and more. He presented his works in Israel and Europe which combine photography, apparel and editing and investigates Archetypal movement and it’s relation to the physical presence of the body.
Yael Weiss, born 1989 in Rishon LeTsiyon, studied at the Professional Dance Workshop at Kibbutz Ga'aton, the Gaga Teacher Training progam and La Collectiz! program for dancers. She is currently a student at the School of Visual Theatre in Jerusalem. She participated as a performer in the work Young Girls Want to Dance Their Spirit by Lilach Livne in Israel and Belgium as well as At Hand! by Ido Feder.
(In collaboration with Lilach Livne & "The Thing")
Supported by Mifal Hapayis.
Merav Dagan (1984) - is a choreographer, performer, and dance and yoga instructor. She is a graduate of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and at present is a Master’s student at the interdisciplinary art program in Tel Aviv University. Dagan was a DanceWEB scholar at ImPulsTanz in Vienna. She has worked with various choreographers and directors in Israel and has performed in festivals and theaters around the world. Her own work has been presented inIntimadance Festival, Machol Acher (Other Dance) Festival (2012), Shades in Dance festival (2013), A-ganer Festival (2014), and the Acco International Fringe Festival (2015). In 2016 she created COME CLOSER for Curtain up festival in collaboration with Stav Marin. Merav won the award for Best Actress in the Acco Theatre Festival 2012 for her role in the show "Marathon" by Aharona Israel. As a choreographer she won first prize in Shades in Dance Festival with the piece “I can see them coming”.
This is an offer to take the biological mechanism of the menstruation cycle and use it as a choreographic score – an outline for a space of cyclical - temporary destruction. This is a wish to establish the female body as a source of information and inspiration for new insights, turn it into a platform one could view the world and operate in, in the hope for a better future.
Annabelle Dvir (1990) - Choreographer, dancer, vocalist and teacher, graduate of MA and BA with the Dean’s honors from The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, studying at KELIM Choreography Program, recipient of the DanceWeb scholarship 2018 - ImPulsTanz Vienna International Dance Festival. Recipient of Holon Municipality’s Art Excellence scholarship. Her works premiered in various festivals, such as Jerusalem International Dance Week 2018 - International SHOWCASE, Arts Printing House - Vilnius Lithuania, Intimadance Festival 2018, Between Heaven and Earth Festival 2017, Mazya Dance Series 2017, Jerusalem International Dance Week 2016, Co-production - Adama Dance Festival 2015, First Upcoming - The Israeli Choreographers Association and Dialogue events series. In her works she researches mainly the aesthetics that art has to offer to the humiliated, aching, bent body; to the changing contour between agony and pleasure, coercion to independence, and how they conjoin in the performer’s body as material, mass, sound - through visual, audial and plastic procedures.
Iris Erez (1971) - a creator, dancer and teacher of body and movement. Through her works Iris is searching to bring the political and public spheres through the private vibrating body and to research the reciprocal influences on one another. Teaches at the Academy for music & dance and the Visual Theater school in Jerusalem. Was also an artistic director of Machol Shalem Dance Festival and an actress. Today she is raising 2 boys.
In this project Iris is aiming to search the option of dancing the space, making the actual body vibrate its surrounding, becoming an environmental body. In doing so to question our ability to resist our environment, surrender to it and change it. What is between utopia and dystopia in the actual dancing body? In the gap between the will to move "out of here" and the will to move "from here" maybe lies the possibility to create a change (in Hebrew: "to dance a change") in a deep sense.
Yuli Kovbasnian, born 1986 in Russia, holds a B.ed in dance and movement from Kibbutzim College. Kovbasnian collaborated with choreographers in Israel including Arkadi Zaides, Ayala Bresler Nardi, Moran Itzhaki Abergel, Sigal Bergman, Nava Frenkel, Talia de Vries and others as well as Trajal Harrell in the USA.
Tami Leibovits (1983) - Lives and works in Tel Aviv. Leibovits is a choreographer, dancer, costume designer and teacher. Her work examines the live body set in the sphere between Dance, Performance and Visual Art. Leibovits has presented her works nationally and internationally.
In this project I will be working with Fog as a physical entity that you can get lost in. Inside this landscape I am interested in the range between being alive and still. In the human capacity to inflict itself and its surroundings, inside a sphere which is vast and uncontrolled.
Dina Khuseyn is a choreographer, performer and independent curator of festivals, educational programs and collective dance expositions. She was born and grew up in Moscow where she received her first dance education and diploma of a ballet dancer. She finished «Rotterdam Dance Academy» and received the DanceWeb scholarship in 2001. She worked with such companies and choreographers as Galili Dance, Anouk van Dijk, Gulbenkian Dance Company, Loïc Touzé, Tino Sehgal, Cally Spooner and others. In 2008 she was invited to American Dance Festival (North Carolina). Her work «Flies» got nominated for Golden Mask awards, other works were presented in diverse festivals in France, Russia, Hungary, Latvia and Spain. In 2009 she completed the ex.e.r.ce program, under direction of Mathilde Monnier, at the Contemporary Dance Center in Montpellier, France.
In 2015, in Moscow, she created SOTA - an open, mobile program, which cooperates with various cultural institutions in Russia and abroad, in order to create a platform for the development and promotion of contemporary dance as an important part of contemporary art and culture.
In 2016, in Moscow she created Performative Practice Place - an independent art space focused on the development of arts associated with performativity.
In November 2017, together with Emilie Houdent, she initiated and curated international festival "Déprogrammation" at the Theater Manufacture Atlantique, Bordeaux.
At the moment Dina Khuseyn lives and works between France and Russia, where she creates her choreographic and curatorial projects.
The development of her own artistic pass brought her to the point where her artistic practice is very much linked and related to her curatorial practice. Creation of “alternative/ different spaces” and investing in community - are two main lines present in her choregraphic and curatorial works.
Sharon Zuckerman Weiser
Sharon Zuckerman Weiser (1977) - Born In Israel. Graduated from P.A.R.T.S in 1999. Since then has been alternating between dancing with others and creating her own work. Worked with various artists in Europe and Israel, such as Charlotte Vanden Eynde, Jan Decorte, Shani Granot, Arco Renz, Ulrich Rasche, Yasmeen Godder, Arkadi Zaides and others. For the last 9 years Zuckerman became Dance Dramaturg for several independent artists among them: Iris Erez, Maya Brinner and Hillel Kogan. She has been mentoring and teaching in different high education programs, specializing in working on the performative skills of dancers. From next year on she will be the head director of the New Choreography Program in Kelim Center at Bat Yam.
The Sub Way - A duo for two mature performers: Moshe Schechter Avshalom and Sharon Zuckerman Weiser. Dealing with the black boxes. The things behind things. The blind spots of the human consciousness- performative, dancy, physical consciousness. Removing the personal layer and touching a sub-layer – self-operating mechanism. Like Zuckerman’s other works – physical representation of the human and the performative communication between the performer and public feed the search and the finding.
Supported by Mifal Hapayis.
The 2017 residency program included a variety of performances, discursive events, and workshops. The first meeting was dedicated to the choreographer Hillel Kogan and included pieces from the performance “the swan and the pimp” and a talk with Ido Feder and Shir Hacham. The second event was a discursive performance event in which Avigail Sfez and Elad Bardes performed their work “from reasons of comfort” that examined the possibility of looking at beginnings as independent content. The third meeting revolved around May Zarhy’s work “the Voices” where a female ensemble of dancers and singers looked into the spaces between dance and music and between the materiality of voice and that of movement. The last meeting showcased the work of Shira Eviatar and Eviatar Said and included a lecture by the photographer David Adika; during this evening we discussed the way in which knowledge is physically embodied and the way artistic work paints a personal cultural picture. In addition, we conducted workshops, with the participation of all the residents, the exposed local primary school children to dance and movement. In the workshops the kids thought about the connection between words and movements, voice and body, and learned about traditional Yemenite dance.
Hillel Kogan (1974) - works in the Israeli and international dance scene as an independent choreographer and as a dancer. Graduated from Thelma Yelin High School for the Arts’ Theater Department. Studied dance at The Bat Dor Dance Studio and the Merce Cunningham Studio in New York City. He is the recipient of the Israel National Lottery’s 2015 Landau Prize, and The Israel Critics’ Circle’s Outstanding Choreographer of 2013.
The Swan and the pimp - Explores the centrality of the swan’s image and it's relation to the figure of the female dancer. The dichotomous split between the black swan associated with seduction and evilness and the white swan, associated with innocence and kindness - reflects the traditional misogynic division of women (sacred or prostitute). By examining this split, this work aims at revealing the patriarchal, chauvinistic, and repressive ideology veiled under the guise of aesthetics, virtuosity, and lyricism.
May Zarhy & Michal Oppenheim
May Zarhy (1984) is a choreographer and performer. Graduate of the Rotterdam Dance Academy in The Netherlands and 'ex.e.r.ce' choreography program in France. Was assisting William Forsythe in 2015. A Founding member of the choreographic collective MAMAZA in Germany.
Michal Oppenheim (1982) - is a singer and composer. Works in a performative field which is grounded in vocal exploration. A founding member of 'Givol Choir'- – an experimental vocal ensemble. Collaborating as a performer in several works by Noam Enbar & Yonatan Levi, and a creator of the performance (soon an album) 'Eres - Lullabies For Adults'.
The Voices is the second collaboration of May and Michal which is part of an ongoing research, and has been developed within the Tights Residency. By grouping together a female ensemble of dancers and singers, they explore the space between the dance medium and that of music, between the materiality of movement and that of the voice. Thus, an alternative choir is created: one which is not limited solely to singing, but choreographs itself between the realms of voice, body and vibration, creating a third object, which is neither dance nor music, and at the same time is both.
Avigail Sfez & Elad Bardes
Abigail Sfez (1988) - is a choreographer, dancer, dance performances curator in alternative spaces, and a Feldenkrais teacher. Holds a BA in Movement and Choreography at the Academy of Music and Dance, Jerusalem. Studied a technical workshop and repertoire by Yasmin Goder and Itzik Jolie, as well as at the dance training workshop in Haifa. She has created dance works for several festivals, and has curated a dance series at the Barbur Gallery in Jerusalem.
Elad Bardes (1986) - is a musician, composer, music teacher. Holds a master's degree in contemporary composition and performance from the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm, Sweden, and a BA in Music and Philosophy from the University of Haifa. Much of his work, written and improvised, is devoted to the guitar.
Shira Eviatar & Evyatar Said
Shira Eviatar (1986) - is a choreographer and dancer based in Tel Aviv. She is a DanceWeb scholarship program participant and holds a degree in dance theatre from Kibbutzim College. Her research examines how we embody our past generations, traditions and cultures. She has performed her works in various festivals in Israel, France, Germany, Austria and Poland. Her works reflect the forms within tradition and the knowledge they contain, creating a meeting point between the ethnic/traditional body and the concrete/present body, an abstraction of tradition
Evyatar Said (1986) - is a third year student at the Linguistics and Political science department at Tel-Aviv University with a focus in the field of sociolinguistics. He has worked with the Artist Leor Grady in the video-art 'Natural Worker'. Said has worked as a movement consultant for Yemenite dance, including with the choreographer Shira Eviatar on her work 'Rising'. He performs Yemenite and Palestinian dances as part of 'Ars Poetica' events.
Shira/Eviatar/Said - is a second collaboration that continues to investigate the ways in which cultural bodies of knowledge are embodied in the body. Based on the Yemenite tradition, the work draws a personal cultural landscape, thus recomposes a language that is practiced as one’s heritage. As it enters the public space, this language becomes recognized, identified as "other". Hence, in his appearance on stage, Said migrates into his home: Deconstructs and rewrites somatic memories, bodies of knowledge, emotions and sensations as he celebrates the possibility of establishing an independent body in the present.