Ran Brown /
Reading group moderator

Ran Brown is a dance thinker and practitioner based in Tel Aviv. Following a career as a dancer with various Israeli choreographers, Ran expanded his interest in the intersection between studio practice and theoretical study through continuously developing different platforms and exploring modes of making and thinking dance. In 2012 he was head of the research program at Kelim, focusing on articulating creative processes by Israeli choreographers and contextualizing contemporary choreographic methods.

Lior Avizoor /
Independent curator

Lior Avizoor is an independent curator and a PhD candidate in the Performance Research Program at the Tel Aviv University. Lior holds a BA from Amsterdam School of the Arts and an MA from the Multidisciplinary Program in the Arts at Tel Aviv University. After several years of dancing and teaching abroad, Lior returned to Israel, where she works to stimulate the discourse on the performing arts, and to connect dance to other cultural domains. Lior curates the dance series at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, co-edits Maakaf, an online magazine for the performing arts, and teaches theory and practice in various institutions, such as the Kelim Center for Choreography, Beit-Zvi School of the Performing Arts and the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.

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Iris Erez /

An independent Choreographer and dancer. A member of the choreographers association since 2010.Through her work she tends to cooperate with different artists such as film directors, visual and video artists, and live musicians. Created the works "protection formula" (2003), "Temporary" (2007), "Manual" (2008), Numbia (2009), "Homesick"(2010), "Shuttered"(2011) , "First Body Many"(2013) I'll be right back"(2014)and the site specific works "Canova Project" (2007) "It's not personal" (2008) and "Public intimacy"(2014). She was invited to perform at important festivals such as: Fabbrica Europa (Firenze), Operastate (Bassano), DanceM(Marsielle), Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis (Paris), Biennala Danza Venezia, FID(Belo Horizonte) , Dance Praha(Prague) and more.
Worked with choreographers Anat Danieli, Ronit Ziv, Inbal Pinto, Lara Barsacq, Uri Ivgi, Arkadi Zaides and between the years 2000-2007 with Yasmeen Godder. Won several prizes and grants from the ministry of culture, from Bistrizki, Teva and the lottery culture funds. Between the years 2012-2015 she was the chairman of the dance repertoire committee at the national educational culture center. This year she is the curator of the 2015 edition of Machol Shalem festival in Jerusalem in collaboration with Sharon Zuckerman Weiser.
Teaches release technique and improvisation for dance and theatre students. Holds a BA in psychology and arts and a diploma in dance therapy.

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Arkadi Zaides /

Arkadi Zaides. Choreographer, born in 1979 in Byelorussia, immigrated to Israel in 1990. Currently working in Israel and in Europe. Zaides holds a Master’s degree from the Amsterdam Master Of Choreography program at the Theater School (NL). Danced in a few Israeli companies such as the Batsheva Dance Company and in Yasmeen Godder Dance Group. At 2004, embarked on an independent career. His works have been presented in numerous festivals and venues around the world, among them; Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels, Next Festival, Tournai (BE); Festival Transameriques, Montreal (CA); NYLA, New York, Yale University, New Haven (USA); Julidans, Amsterdam, Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam (NL); Spielart, Munich (DE); Aoyama Round Theater, Tokyo (JP); MIT, Sao Paulo (BR); Santarcangelo Theater Festival (IT); Les Subsistances, Lyon, Theatre National de Chaillot, Paris and Festival d’Avignon (FR). In his work Zaides addresses social and political issues, previously focusing on the Israeli/Palestinian context, and now on social/political reality in Europe. Zaides’ artistic practice aims to initiate critical debate, concentrating on the body as a medium through which social and political issues are experienced most acutely. www.arkadizaides.com

Daniel Landau /
A media artist, entrepreneur & educator

Daniel Landau - a media artist, entrepreneur & educator. Since the mid 90’s Daniel has been involved in technology endeavours in the fields of education, arts and science. Daniel completed his second degree in new-media at the Royal Conservatory in The Netherlands where he lived and worked for more than a decade. His work typically uses multi-layered processes of research, documentation and mediamatic exploration – investigating the interchangeable qualities between documentary and fiction. His interest in narrative-mechanisms is essential to his examination of time, identity and social-political realities. His work has been presented in major venues, museums and festivals worldwide among others: Jerusalem, New-York, Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris and Mexico City.He is a faculty member at the Midrasha Faculty of the Arts, Beit Berel Academic college and a fellow researcher at the Interdisciplinary Centre Herzelia. Daniel is the co-founder and director of OH-MAN, OH-MACHINE - an art, science and technology platform that includes an international conference, workshops and a research lab.

Nava Frenkel /
A performance artist and a writer for stage

Born in Jerusalem 1979. A performance artist and a writer for the stage. Graduated from the School of Visual Theater (Jerusalem), holds a BA (Magna Cum Laude) in Psychology and Philosophy from the Hebrew University. Studies toward M.F.A in Performance-studies at Tel Aviv University. Teaches at "Minshar" and "Kelim" Academies of Art.
Frenkel's recent works, They Who are About to Die (2010) and Rules & Mischief (2011) are currently performed in Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv. Frenkel was awarded the First Prize for Most Promising Creator at the Acre Festival for her piece Short Vacation (2009). Frenkel served as Co-creator with Gili Godiano of short stopmotion animation film named “The Skeleton Woman” (12 min.), Premiered at Figurentheater Festival in Munich (2007), Screened at SICAF in Seoul Haifa Film Festival (2008), And awarded Second Prize at the Milano Film Festival (2008). Back to stage works, Frenkel was awarded the Mayor of Jerusalem's Prize for her piece Calculating the End (2007), and the America-Israel Culture Foundation Scholarship for “Jonathanna” and “And Three, And Four” (2005-2006).

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May Zarhi /

Born in Israel in 1984, May Zarhy created her first piece for the National Choreography Biennale “Shades in Dance 2001” Tel Aviv directed by Neomie Perlov, before moving to the Netherlands in 2002 to study dance at the Rotterdam Dance Academy. In 2005, she assisted William Forsythe in the creation “3 Atmospheric Studies”. In 2007 May was a member in ex.e.r.ce in Montpellier France, directed by Mathilde Monnier and Xavier Le Roy. In 2009 she formed together with Fabrice Mazliah and Ioannis Mandafounis the collaborative trio “MAMAZA” and created together “Z.E.R.O.” (2009), “Cover Up” (2011) and “The Nikel Project – songs&poems” (2012) in collaboration with the contemporary music ensemble Nikel, as well as “Pausing” (2012) with Ioannis Mandafounis, which have been shown and co-produced by numerous venues and festivals. In addition, the trio created projects which transcend the theatrical settings and touch topics such as communal, social and public space, like: “Garden State” in 2014 and “ASINGELINE” in 2011 which was presented among others in the Petach Tikva Museum of Art and Musrara festival Jerusalem in 2014, in the Haifa Technion in 2015 as well as the Architecture Biennale in Venice in October 2014. Between 2013-2015 “ASINGELINE” was been realised in collaboration with local artists in different African countries: in Burkina Fasso, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Ivory Coast, Kenya and Mozambique. Together with the trio May was Associated Artists in deSingel Antwerp in 2011-2012, and resident artists in Mousonturm Frankfurt in 2012-2014 (thanks to the Doppel Pass program of the Bundes Kultur Stiftung Germany).
Parallel to this, in 2014 May produced and created “1325” with performer Kathryn Enright and assisted and performed in Hermann Heisig's creation “STRTCH” (premiere in Sophiensaele Berlin). In September 2015 May presented in the Tel Aviv Museum the work “YES” in collaboration with musician, vocal artist Michal Oppenheim in Diver Festival Tel Aviv, created as part of Artist in Residency in Kelim Centre Bat Yam. May works as dramaturg to a new creation by Fabrice Mazliah which has its premiere in Mousonturm Frankfurt in December 2015.
Currently living and working in Israel and Germany, May regularly gives workshops and lectures dealing with choreography, space perception and physical practices of improvisation and contemporary dance to students and professionals from the field of dance and architecture in: the choreography program in Kelim Centre Bat Yam, the Department of Interior Building & Environment Design in Shenkar Institute, Tanzlabor_21, The Simulator program, the Maslool training program Tel Aviv etc.

Rotem Tashach /

Born in 1975. Grew up in IDF military bases till 1982. Has an MFA in visual arts from Bezalel Academy 2009, an MPS in interactive art from New York University 2006 (ITP)and a BA magna cum laude in art history from Tel Aviv University 2000.
Currently working and living in Tel Aviv, Israel as an independent choreographer and performer. Selected works in English: Some Nerve (2015), Morphophilia and Ambiphobia (2013) and Paved Life (2012) which was translated into Slovak and is performed by the Elledanse Dance Company both in the Czech Republic and in Slovakia since Sep. 2014. Had recently participated in the Israeli-Polish choreographic exchange Program in Poznan Poland where he Performed his 2009 solo ‘Israelica’ and is currently working on a collaborative residency in Poznan. Artistically co-directed the Intimadance festival in Tmuna theater, Tel Aviv 2013-2014. Adjunct faculty member at the Jerusalem Dance Academy as a choreography, performance and acro-dance teacher.

Sarah Holcman /
Dance artist, arts manager, and independent curator and producer

Sarah Holcman is a dance artist, arts manager, and independent curator and producer coming from New York City. She has worked with numerous contemporary dance organizations and institutions including the Hollins University/American Dance Festival Masters of Fine Arts program, Movement Research, the 92nd St Y, Danspace Project, and Gibney Dance Center. As a freelance Arts Manager, Sarah has worked with niv Acosta, Walter Dundervill, John Jasperse, Jennifer Monson, and Sarah Michelson, among others.

Sarah's solo and collaborative works have been shown in various venues in the U.S. As a performer and collaborator she has worked with Tyler Ashley, Lyndsey Karr, Heather Kravas, iele paloumpis, Emily Wexler, and most notably with Larissa Velez-Jackson, among others. She served as a performer and choreographic assistant to Sylvain Émard for the New York premiere of Le Grand Continental. Most recently she performed in Deborah Hazler's, Keep Us Going, a 5-hour performance at Vienna's Brut Theatre.

Sarah now lives in Tel Aviv and is currently working with the Suzanne Dellal Centre for Dance, Kelim Choreography Center, and the Diver Festival. She is also choreographing a new Russian play to premiere in June 2016.

Netta Yerushalmy /

Netta Yerushalmy is a dance artist based in NYC since 2000. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Jerome Robbins Bogliasco Fellowship, a NYFA Fellowship, and a Six Points Fellowship.
Her work was presented by the American Dance Festival, The Joyce Theater, Danspace Project, La Mama, Harkness Dance Festival, Dance New Amsterdam, Movement Research; In Israel by Curtain-Up, Jerusalem International Dance Week, Intimadance, International-Exposure. Her collaborations with philosopher David Kishik include The Work of Dance in the Age of Sacred Lives, at HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin, Germany), and Critique of Pure Movement, an evening of theory and performance at the ICI Berlin. Residencies include Djerassi, DiP at Gibney Dance, Process Space & Swing Space at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Institute for Cultural Inquiry (Berlin), Baryshnikov Arts Center, Tribeca Performing Arts Center. Commissions for repertoire ensembles/universities: Ririe Woodbery (Salt Lake City), Zenon Dance Company (Minneapolis), Same Planet Different World (Chicago), Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, University of Utah, the University of the Arts, Long Island University, Ha-Maslool (Tel Aviv), and at Salt Dance Festival (Utah). Netta danced for Joanna Kotze, Doug Varone and Dancers, Nancy Bannon, Karinne Keithley, Mark Jarecki, Ronit Ziv, and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet.

Michal Oppenheim /
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Adi Yekutieli /
Artist, Educator and Social Entrepreneur

Adi Yekutieli - Artist, Educator and Social Entrepreneur who has focused his life’s work on developing a collaborative, social approach that places art and the process of creating art, as a basis for community change and empowerment. As the founder and director of the Association for Art in the Community and Cross-Cultural Dialogue (est. 1998), Adi has developed and produced more than 240 community art projects in the United States, Israel and Europe, involving more than 500,000 participants across age groups and cultures. Municipal and governmental bodies, commercial organizations, foundations and other private and public entities, sponsor his community-based projects and the products of these projects are then presented in the public sphere. Through his unique participatory projects developed to meet the needs of individual communities, Adi is able to reveal the personal and collective capabilities of participants, and leverage them toward achieving organizational, strategic goals through collaboration and pooling resources, and personal empowerment.
Adi was born in Haifa, Israel in 1958. He has a Masters of Fine Arts from Claremont University in Southern California and an undergraduate certificate from the Fiberworks Center for Textile Arts in Berkeley.
For the past three decades and before diverse audiences, Adi has regularly lectured on the power of art to create social change, as a tool that produces dialog, as a source of inspiration and as a 'call to action.' In his lectures, Adi depicts creativity as a motivating force in education, in retirement age and in the public space, and focuses on creativity as a means that can boost personal and communal resilience. Adi has participated in various panels and lectured at social and corporate organizations. The latter include conferences held by the Israel Psychiatric Association, Israel Planners Association, International Association of Curators, the European Capitals of Culture (ECoC), the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles and senior educators, as well as an international tourism conference at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.