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Zigi is an Israeli painter, sculptor, and collage artist. In the early 1970s, Zigi used discarded newsprints and industrial paper, which he found on the streets of SoHo to construct his formations in paper, 3-dimensional paintings, collages and sculptures. Many of these works are in collections of museums around the world. In the early 1990s, the industrial aluminum material replaced the found paper. He has been creating paintings, 3 dimensional installations, indoor and outdoor sculptures until today. From time to time, he finds himself experimenting with other materials like concrete, film, ropes, burlap to make his conceptual point- creating footprints of culture and nature as they collide and coincide to form a new experience.
On August 9, 2017, Ben-Haim unveiled his sculpture,Treasure the Green, in SoHo on Broadway. The project was sponsored by the SoHo Broadway Initiative and the NewYork Department of Transportation’s Art Program.The sculpture is considered to be the first sculpture to receive permission to be installed on a bus bulb on Broadway.
His work has appeared in many public prestigious museums and exhibits around the world including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Greece; NASA, Guggenheim Museum, Haifa Museum,Tel Aviv Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, Israel Museum and many others.
Vania is an artist and film director. His work includes music videos for artists such as Coldplay, Bob Dylan, DJ Snake, Asaf Avidan, and Keys N Krates, videos created during his studies at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design that have received critical acclaim and a TV series composed of two-minute episodes broadcast as part of Eretz Nehederet (“Bekitzur”). He also directs commercials, including spots for Pepsi, American Express and the Grammys.
In May 2012, a music video Vania directed for Asaf Avidan was released. As of 2013 the music video for the single “Different Pulses” had 3.5 million views on YouTube and was even named “Video of the Year” by some.
In 2013, the website of Bob Dylan released an interactive music video which Vania created and directed for the song “Like a Rolling Stone; this song was first released in 1965 and had not previously had an authorized video.The video allows viewers to flip through 16 television channels, which all feature characters who are lip-syncing the lyrics of the song.
In December 2013,Time Magazine named the video best music video of 2013.The video has since won many prizes including a Webby Award for Best Editing and 4 Gold Lions at the Cannes Lions in the Film Craft, Direct, and Branded Content & Entertainment categories.
Nir began his career in video, works in sculpture but is known for his high realism painting. His work investigates old notions of hyper-seriousness and personal authenticity. Nir’s realistic takes on rakish narcissism examine androgyny, identity, sexual confusion, and excess.
He has had solo shows at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Alon Segev Gallery in Tel Aviv, Davide Gallo Gallery in Berlin, and Jack Shainman Gallery in New York. He has participated in the group exhibitions “Wall Rockets” at the Albright Knox Museum in Buffalo, NY, “Art of State: Contemporary Photography and Video Art from Inseal” at the Jewish Historical Museum,Amsterdam, and “Eventually We’ll Die” at the Herzliya Museum, Israel.
Daniel is an architect, artist, professor and set designer. He founded Studio Daniel Libeskind in 1989 with his wife, Nina, and is its principal design architect.
He is known for the design and completion of the Jewish Museum in Berlin, Germany, that opened in 2001. On February 27, 2003, he received further international attention after he won the competition to be the master plan architect for the reconstruction of the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan.
Other buildings that he is known for include the extension to the Denver Art Museum in the United States, the Grand Canal Theatre in Dublin, the Imperial War Museum North in Greater Manchester, England, the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the Felix Nussbaum Haus in Osnabrück, Germany, the Danish Jewish Museum in Copenhagen, Denmark, Reflections in Singapore and the Wohl Centre at the Bar-Ilan University in Ramat-Gan, Israel. His portfolio also includes several residential projects. His work has been exhibited in major museums and galleries around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Bauhaus Archives, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Centre Pompidou.
In addition to his architectural projects, Daniel has worked with a number of international design firms to develop objects, furniture, and industrial fixtures for interiors of buildings. He has been commissioned to work with design companies such as Fiam, Artemide, Jacuzzi, TreP- Tre-Piu, Oliviari, Sawaya & Moroni, Poltrona Frau, Swarovski, and others.
His design projects also include sculpture. Several sculptures built in the early 1990s were based on the explorations of his Micromegas and Chamberworks drawings series that he did in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The Polderland Garden of Love and Fire in Almere, Netherlands is a permanent installation completed in 1997 and restored on October 4, 2017. Later in his career, he designed the Life Electric sculpture that was completed in 2015 on Lake Como, Italy. This sculpture is dedicated to the physicist Alessandro Volta.
He has designed opera sets for productions such as the Norwegian National Theatre’s The Architect in 1998 and Saarländisches Staatstheater’s Tristan und Isolde in 2001. He also designed the sets and costumes for Intolleranza by Luigi Nono and for a production of Messiaen’s Saint Francis of Assisi by Deutsche Oper Berlin. He has also written free verse prose, included in his book Fishing from the Pavement.
Michal is a painter, photographer, video artist, and writer who exhibits a varied and evocative body of work.
In her video work (incorporated into her practice in 1992) she began taking cues from expanded cinema, collaborating with composer Philip Glass in Notes (2001). She received a mid-career retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, in 2002, which featured her multichannel video work Time Left (2002), depicting thousands of ambiguous silhouetted figures marching to the accompanied music of Rea Mochiah.This work was presented again the following year at theVenice Biennale where she was selected to represent Israel with the multi-faceted exhibition Against Order? Against Disorder? (2003).
Michal has had numerous solo exhibitions since her first, at Dizengoff Center in Tel Aviv in 1987, including shows at the Prague House of Photography (1992), the Art Institute of Chicago (1993), the Whitney Museum of Art in New York (2002), Museo d’Arte Contemporanea in Rome (2003), and Jeu de Paume in Paris (2005). She has also exhibited widely in group exhibitions, such as the Photography Biennial in Ein Harod, Israel (1986), New Photography 10 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (1994), Photographic Condition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1995), Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (1999),Whitney Biennial (2000), Biennial Exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. (2000),Venice Biennale (2003), Shanghai Bienniale (2004) and the Auckland Triennial (2007).
In 1997, she received the Tel Aviv Museum Award and in 2008 she received an honorary doctorate from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She has mounted more than 50 solo exhibitions and received many awards, including France’s Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. She represented Israel at the 50th Venice Biennale and was the first artist permitted to install works on the Louvre Museum’s Cour Napoléon plaza.
Hanna Azoulay Hasfari
Hanna is an Israeli actress, screenwriter, playwright, film director and a two-time winner of the Ophir Award.
She has appeared in numerous stage productions in leading theaters in Israel, including the Cameri Theater, the Haifa Theatrer, Be’er Sheva Theater and Beit Lessin Theater.
She has also written numerous plays, such as Match Void (Cameri Theater, Red Lion Theater in London); Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement; Beit Lessin, the Jewish Theatre, NOTTARA theater in Bucharest, Romania and Boston Center for the Arts, Satu Mare theater in Romania); Mimuna (Beit Lessin), and Dina (Boston Center for the Arts).
Most recently, she produced, wrote, directed and acted in her film called Orange People which was awarded the Jury Award for Best Film in 2013 at the International Women’s Film Festival, in Rehovot.
She has acted in many Israeli films both Israeli and American, including Lovesick on Nana Street (1995) and 7 Days (2008).
Mark has been working as a professional film and television actor in Los Angeles since 2001. His first major film role was in Steven Spielberg’s 1993 Oscar winning epic Schindler’s List. He rejoined with Spielberg twice, first for a cameo appearance in Terminal, then again for Tintin. A pivotal role in Robert De Niro’s 2006 film, The Good Shepherd, landed Mark a role in Barry Levinson’s What Just Happened, this time acting alongside De Niro. He has booked over 35 Guest Star and Guest Lead roles on television shows such as: 24, Monk, CSI NY, Law and Order, Fringe, CSI Miami, Nikita and many others.
Mark co-founded a theatre company made up of actors from the former USSR called Gesher Theatre. Mark performed many different roles, translated and adapted eight plays for the company and performed everywhere from Lincoln Center to the National Theatre in London as well as major stages in Paris, Rome, and Berlin.
Ady Cohen is a film composer who also composes music for the stage, TV and the concert hall, and an Associate Professor of Contemporary Writing and Production at Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA. A winner of the 1998 Israeli Academy Award for Best Film Score, the 2012 ACUM Award for Best Score for a Children’s Film, as well as numerous other Israeli and international awards, his career ignited at a young age after the late Maestro Leonard Bernstein took him under his wings, became his patron and sponsored his studies at New York University, where he graduated with Honors as a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
Ady has composed more than 300 film, TV and theater scores. Among his film scores: the animated feature film “The Legend of King Solomon”, the international hit “Passover Fever”, “Dangerous Acts” (which brought him the Israeli “Oscar” for Best Film Score) and more; theater and dance scores – Molière’s “The Imaginary Invalid”, Shakespeare’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor” (Israel’s Khan Theater), Zeller’s “La Vérité”, Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” (Beit Lessin Theater), “Lend Me a Tenor” (Haifa Theater with the Cameri Theater) and “The Land of Rape and Honey” (Liat Dror Nir Ben Gal Dance Company, in collaboration with Théâtre de la Ville, Paris), among others; TV films and series – “The Ex List” (Israel’s Channel 2), “When Shall We Kiss” (Channel 10), “Custody” (Channel 2) and “Deus” (The Children’s Channel) and many more. His music for numerous animation series for Fox International Channels’ Baby TV is watched daily by 100’s of millions of people in 140 countries and on YouTube. Other children’s music include music for Baby First TV, for “Sesame Stories” (Israel’s Hop TV), for the successful animated films “Caspion”, “Trunk Tales” and more. His talents are also employed by the advertising industry in TV, cinema and radio commercials and jingles, and his concert music has been heard around the globe in venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in NY.
Avishai is a jazz double bassist, composer, singer, and arranger. In 1996, Avishai became a founding member of Corea’s sextet Origin, and his first four albums as a leader were subsequently released under Corea’s Stretch labelCohen performed in Corea’s bands until as late as 2003, when he left the Chick Corea New Trio and started his own record label. He currently performs with his own group, the Avishai Cohen Trio (with fellow Israelis Daniel Dor on drums and Nitai Hershkovits on piano). His later albums have been released by this formation with extended lineup including wind instruments.
Aside from Corea, Avishai has accompanied, recorded or performed with several noted jazz figures such as Bobby McFerrin, Roy Hargrove, Herbie Hancock, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Nnenna Freelon and Paquito D’Rivera. Other collaborators include Claudia Acuña, Alicia Keys (studio recording) and the London and Israel Philharmonic Orchestras (concert performances).
In 2002, he founded his record label, Razdaz Recordz, and on September 9 of 2003, released his label’s debut album, Lyla. As of 2012, the label had produced 12 albums, five of which were his.
Eli, a jazz musician is a recipient of the honorary Israeli “Prime Minister Award for Jazz Composition”, recognizing his great talent as a melodic composer, and the “Landau Award for Jazz Performance”, recognizing his achievement as a remarkable band leader.
He got his start as an integral member of legendary pianist Herbie Hancock’s sextet (1999-2002) and legendary drummer Al Foster’s band (2002-2011), and leading bands consisting of musicians Aaron Goldberg, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Ben Street, Jeff Ballard, Kevin Hays, Gary Versace, and Obed Calvaire, resulting in seven critically-acclaimed recordings under his name.
In April of 2012, he was invited to be a part of UNESCO’s first International Jazz Day at the UN General Assembly in New York, alongside many of the finest jazz musicians in the world.
His latest recording, Cliff Hangin’, was released in late 2015.
Producer, keyboardist, lyricist, composer and performer Idan Raichel is a global music icon. As the leader of The Idan Raichel Project, Idan acts as a musical ambassador representing a hopeful world in which artistic collaboration breaks down barriers between people of different backgrounds and beliefs.
Over the past 13 years, Idan has collaborated with American pop stars India. Arie, Dave Matthews and Alicia Keys, not to mention a wide range of artists who are household names in their native countries: Portugal’s Ana Moura, France’s Patrick Bruel, Italy’s Ornella Vanoni, Germany’s Andreas Scholl, and Mali’s Vieux Farka Touré to name but a few. The Idan Raichel Project’s spectacular live show has audiences worldwide. They have headlined in venues worldwide, including NewYork’s Central Park Summer Stage, Apollo Theater, Town Hall and Radio City Music Hall, Los Angeles’ Kodak Theater, the Sydney Opera House, Zenith in Paris, London’s Royal Albert Hall and many international festivals. They have also performed across Europe, South & Central America, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, Ethiopia, South Africa, Ghana, Japan and dozens of other countries for enraptured audiences of all backgrounds.
In 2014, ACUM announced Idan won the ACUM Prize as Composer of the Year 2013 for Quarter to Six. The same year, he received the MTV Role Model Award, and received the 2016 “Unsung Hero Award” from the Drum Major Institute and was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Israel Museum.
The Grammy Award-winner, also named Musical America’s “Instrumentalist of the Year,” is sought after throughout the world for concerto appearances with leading orchestras and conductors, and regularly gives recitals and appears with ensembles on the world’s great concert stages and at the most prestigious festivals.
Highlights of recent years include the acclaimed recording and performances of J.S. Bach’s complete sonatas and partitas for solo violin. In the coming seasons in addition to championing these solo works he will join his long time duo partner pianist, Akira Eguchi in recitals throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.
Appearances with orchestra regularly include the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, and San Francisco Symphony as well as multi-year residencies with the Orchestras of Montreal, Stuttgart and Singapore. With orchestra, Gil continues his exploration of “Violin Concertos of the 1930s,” including the works of Barber, Bartok, Berg, Korngold, Prokofiev, among many others.
He has more than two dozen concerto and solo CDs to his name, earning multiple Grammys, a Grand Prix du Disque, Diapason d’Or, and Gramophone Editor’s Choice. Many of these recordings appear on Canary Classics, the label he founded in 2004. His CDs include 1930s Violin Concertos, Virtuoso Violin Works, Elgar’s Violin Concerto, Hebrew Melodies, The Butterfly Lovers and many more. His most recent recording in the series 1930s Violin Concertos Vol. 2, including Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto and Bartok’s Violin Concerto No. 2, was nominated for a Grammy Award.
Pinchas is a violinist, and viola soloist, conductor, and chamber musician who can be heard throughout his discography of over 100 albums. A devoted teacher and champion of young musicians, he has served as chair of the Pinchas Zukerman Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music for twenty-five years.
During the 2018-2019 season, Pinchas marks his tenth season as Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London and his fourth as Artist-in-Association with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in Australia. He leads the RPO on a tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland, conducting works by Mozart and Vaughan Williams and performing as soloist in Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. He joins the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra in performances of Bruch’s Violin Concerto in G Minor, on tour in Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. He appears as soloist and conductor with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa and the symphony orchestras of Toronto and Indianapolis. He makes concerto appearances in North America with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New World Symphony, and in Europe with the Gulbenkian Orchestra, Orquesta Nacional de España, NDR Radiophilharmonie, Salzburg Camerata, and Moscow State Symphony Orchestra. He conducts the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, and conducts and is soloist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on a tour of South Korea.
Pinchas has been featured in numerous television specials and national talk shows. He has been a performer and presenter at both the Kennedy Center Honors and the Grammy Awards ceremony and appeared with the Chicago Symphony on the PBS special Mozart by the Masters. In 2004, the CBC recorded a ten-segment series entitled “The Concerto According to Pinchas” which continues to be broadcast and re-broadcast around the world. A frequent performer on Live from Lincoln Center, Pinchas has collaborated with the English filmmaker Christopher Nupen on several projects including the Here to Make Music series, a Brahms series, a Schubert series and a documentary on Nathan Milstein. He appeared on CBC Television’s nationwide broadcast celebrating the opening concerts of the National Arts Centre’s 30th-anniversary season. Crossing Bridges, a documentary by Niv Fichman, followed his tour to the Middle East with the NAC Orchestra, and was awarded the prestigious Gold World Medal at the 2001 New York Festival. His violin playing can be heard on the film soundtracks for Prince of Tides and Critical Care.
Mili began her career, at the age of 17, in Christopher Hampton’s “Dangerous Liaisons”, at the Cameri Theater of Tel Aviv. Among her Israeli films, she won the 1992 Israeli Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Over the Ocean (1991) (aka “Over the Ocean”).
Arriving in New York in 1994, she was immediately cast as the female lead in Roland Emmerich’s Stargate (1994), for which she received a Sci-Fi Universe award. Her film work includes: Dead Man (1995) (Jim Jarmusch), Kissing a Fool (1998) (Doug Ellin), Polish Wedding (1998), Animals with the Tollkeeper (1998), The Young Girl and the Monsoon (1999), The Human Stain (2003) (Robert Benton), When Do We Eat? (2005), Colombian Love (2004) (aka “Columbian Love”) (Israel), and Noodle (2007) (Israel / China), for which she received the 2007 Israeli Critics’ Circle Award for Best Actress, the Israeli Academy Award nomination for Best Actress, and Israel’s Person of theYear nomination.
Television: “Scheherazade” in the Emmy-nominated ABC miniseries, Arabian Nights (2000), NBC miniseries, Uprising (2001) (Jon Avnet), USA Network’s After the Storm (2001), Damages (2007) (FX), Prisoners of War (2009) (aka “Prisoners of War”) (Keshet, Israel).
In addition, she directed a short documentary, I Think Myself I Am All the Time Younger (2004).
Gal, best known for her role as Wonder Woman, won the 2004 Miss Israel beauty pageant and next competed in the Miss Universe 2004 pageant in Ecuador. Gal has led international campaigns as a model for leading brands.
Her first international film role came as Gisele Yashar in Fast & Furious (2009), a role she reprised in subsequent installments of the film franchise. She went on to earn worldwide fame for portraying Wonder Woman in the DC Extended Universe, beginning with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), followed by the solo film Wonder Woman and the ensemble Justice League (both 2017). In 2018, Gadot was included on Time’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
In 2016, she had a small role in John Hillcoat’s crime-thriller Triple 9. Later that year, she co-starred in the action crime thriller film Criminal, Her final film of 2016 was the action comedy Keeping Up with the Joneses, in which she played a secret agent. Additionally, Gadot provided the voice of Shank in the Walt Disney Animation Studios’ film Ralph Breaks the Internet.
Tomer has directed many documentary films and series in the past ten years, most of them long-term follow-ups and personal documentations. His films won major awards at different prestigious film festivals including his first film “It Kinda Scares Me”. “Paper Dolls” won three awards at the Berlin Film Festival, two awards at the Identities Film Festival, the “Best International Feature” award at the Los Angeles Festival, “Best Documentary” at the Cinemanila International Film Festival in the Philippines and many more. His film and TV series “Bridge over the Wadi”, co-produced with the American ITVS, won the Israeli Documentary Film competition, participated in IDFA Festival’s prestigious competition and won many awards around the world. Tomer’s 8-part series “TheWay Home” won the “Best Documentary Series” award at the 2009 Jerusalem International Film Festival and “Best Documentary Series” at the Israeli Documentary Competition.
Tomer also directed documentaries about local culture heroes such as The Singers Aviv Geffen, Idan Raichel (“Black Over White”) and the choreographer Ohad Neharin (“Out Of Focus”). Tomer’s latest film “I Shot My Love” premiered at the Berlin Film Festival 2010 and has been screened at various festivals around the world. The film has won awards at the HotDocs Film Festival, Taiwan Documentary Int’l Film Festival, The Side By Side GLBT Film Festival, The Madrid GLBT Film Festival, The Queer Lisboa GLBT Film Festival and The Warsaw Jewish Film Festival. Tomer’s films “Aviv Geffen”, “It Kinda Scares Me”, “Paper Dolls” and “I Shot My Love” were theatrically released in cinemas in Israel and around the world.
Ron is an Israeli-American television and film writer and producer, best known for the television series Euphoria, and for the film Beaufort, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
He is the winner of the Sapir Prize, Israel’s top literary award for his debut novel Beaufort which was translated into over 20 languages. The film version of Beaufort, which Ron co-wrote, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and won the Berlin International Film Festival Silver Bear for Best Director. His second book The Underground Bazaar reached also the bestseller list and was translated into numerous languages. He created and co-wrote the drama series The Gordin Cell, 2011), which received 11 nominations for the Israeli Academy of Film and Television awards. The TV series was adapted by NBC as an American remake, Allegiance. Furthermore, he co-created and co-wrote the series Euphoria, for Hot (2012) (largest Israeli Cable TV company). Ron serves as an executive producer on the HBO’s series Euphoria.
From 2006 until 2009, Ron served as head of content and programming for Keshet Broadcasting. He was responsible for the development and production of some of the most popular and successful Israeli TV series, receiving outstanding industry awards. Series include: Arab Labor, the A-word, Traffic Light, and Homeland (the original Israeli show Prisoners of War adapted and screened for two seasons after being sold to 20th Century Fox Television for Showtime cable channel).
The Israeli film Incitement by Yaron Zilberman, which Ron co-wrote, premiered at the 2019 Toronto Film Festival. The film received 10 nominations for the Israeli Academy of Film and Television awards.
Ron co-wrote and co-created the Syrian Civil War drama Fertile Crescent, an American-French co-production, which Hulu and Arte ordered straight to series on spring 2019. He served as a story editor for the series Beauty and the Baker. In 2019, production began on Israel’s Biggest-Budget TV Drama Series Valley Of Tears, 8- Part Mini Set Against Yom Kippur War, which he co-created.
In 1980 Rami joined the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company as a dancer, and shortly thereafter, as choreographer, before beging appointed the House Choreographer and Assistant Artistic Director of the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company in 1987. In 1994 Be’er initiated the formation of the Second Company of Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company (KCDC 2) with the intention to establish a company appearing before children, teens, and families, and to nurture the future dancers of KCDC’s main company. He has served as the artistic director of the organization since 1996.
Altogether, Rami has created over 50 works of dance, mostly full length, providing a full evening of dance, for adults and children. His works have received international acclaim and recognition as he’s won numerous awards and medals of appreciation both in Israel and overseas.Amongst the companies for which Be’er has created original works are Gratz Opera Ballet (Austria), Batsheva Dance Company (Israel), Hungarian National Ballet, New Danish Dance Theatre (Denmark), Staatsballett Berlin (Germany), Croatian National Ballet Theatre, Reykjavik National Ballet (Iceland), Tanzcompagnie Oldenburg (Germany), Ballett Basel (Switzerland), Poznan Opera House Ballet (Poland), National Theatre Ballet Brno (Czech Republic) and more.
Emanuel founded his company Emanuel Gat Dance at the Suzanne Dellal Centre in Tel Aviv, and created several pieces that have won awards. Emanuel was associated choreographer at the National Scene of Albi in 2016 and from the season 2018-19, he was associated choreographer at the National Theater of Chaillot in Paris.
Emanuel is regularly invited to set his work and create new pieces for dance companies around the world, including the Paris Opera Ballet, Sydney Dance Company, ICK Amsterdam,Tanztheater Bremen, Le Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, Ballet de Marseille, The Royal Swedish Ballet, Polish National Ballet, Ballet de Lorraine, Cedar Lake, Ballet British Columbia and Ballet de l’Opera de Lyon among others.
As choreographer with over 35 works in the last 30 years, Zvi integrates exciting original musical scores, evocative lighting designs, with edgy multi-media and video projections.
Praised for a signature innovative style and fascinating melding of artistic mediums, his work is recognized as radical, contemporary dance theater, ground-breaking, thoughtful yet passionate, with lush movement.
He founded the Tamar Ramle Dance Company, a herald of the Israel dance fringe movement, and later directed the Tamar Jerusalem Dance Company. In 1989 he founded ZviDance. He has created numerous commissioned works for prestigious companies, institutions and universities around the world, including Repertory Dance Theatre Utah, GroundWorks Dance Theatre, Juilliard Dance New Dances, Princeton, NYU, Ohio State University, University of Washington, Bard College, Vassar College.
ZviDance performs frequently at home in New York City at venues such as Brooklyn Academy of Music Next Wave Festival, Dance Now Festival, Joyce Theater, New York Live Arts and Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors. The company has been featured in festivals, including the American Dance Festival and Jacob’s Pillow, and tours internationally in Germany, Poland, Russia, Israel, Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador and Japan.
Ohad is currently the House Choreographer of Batsheva Dance Company. He served as Artistic Director as well until 2018. In 1990, he was appointed Artistic Director, thereby launching the company into a new stage. In addition to his stage work, Ohad also developed GAGA, an innovative movement language based on research into heightening sensation and imagination, becoming aware of form, finding new movement habits, and going beyond familiar limits. GAGA is the daily training of Batsheva’s dancers and has spread globally among both dancers and non-dancers.
Ohad trained in music throughout his childhood and continues to infuse his work with a unique musicality. He collaborated with the Israeli rock group, The Tractor’s Revenge (Kyr, 1990), Avi Balleli and Dan Makov (Anaphaza, 1993), Ivri Lider (Z/na, 1995), and Grischa Lichtenberger (Last Work, 2015). Under the pseudonym Maxim Waratt, he composed music for MAX (2007) and edited and mixed the soundtracks for Mamootot (2003), Hora (2009), Sadeh21 (2011), The Hole (2013), LastWork (2015) and Venezuela (2017). His work has also been featured in several films.