AHARONA ISRAEL – BIOGRAPHY
Aharona Israel is a choreographer, performance artists and a theater maker based in Tel aviv, Israel. She was trained in dance, both in Israel at the ‘Rubin academy’ for dance in Jerusalem and in Holland at the European Dance Development Centre in Arnhem (today ‘Artez’). Aharona holds a B.Arch in Architecture, from the ‘Bezalel’ Academy of Arts in Jerusalem and currently completing an MFA in theater studies at Tel-aviv University.
On 2009 Aharona returned to Israel after a lifetime period of eight years in Holland and received a grant of ‘returned artists’ with distinctions from the Israeli Ministry of Immigrant Absorption.
Aharona create and present work for theatrical spaces as well as alternative and outdoor spaces, to which she brings her understanding of space as an architect. She treat each performance space as a unique location which can be challenged in terms of the setting of ‘audience-performer relations’ – a theme that appear in her works in different levels of integration. In her work Aharona often question the ‘status-quo’ positions that are established during the event of a performance in many ways.
Her work varied from choreography to physical theater, ‘live art’ performances and choreographic installations. it often combine movement and text.
She create work out of the desire to reflect upon life, both personal and social human process.
Her work relates to intimate physical research of body and movement, and a strong sensibility to political themes, such as gender, femininity, power relations and social themes. Aharona busy exploring her ‘Identity’ as a human, a woman performer, and as a contemporary Israeli.
Aharona was invited to perform my work in festivals and cultural centers in Germany (‘Tufa festival’ Trier, Societaet theater Dresden, The Stubnitz boat project), Poland (THEATROMANIA’ festival, Bytom), Canada (Vancouver – ‘Chutzpah!’ Festival Toronto – ‘Summerworks’ festival, ‘Progress’ festival at The Theatre Center, Montreal – M.A.I center, Ottawa – ‘Arts Court’ and Peterborough – Public Energy), The Netherlands (Architecture biennale ‘05 Rotterdam, ‘Color dance’ Festival, Ostade Theater, Perdu center of the arts, Muiderport Theater Amsterdam), Russia (Ludi festival Orel) and Israel (among others Suzan Dalal dance center, Tmuna Theater, Acco festival, ‘Tzavta’ Theater, MASH dance center Jerusalem, Bat yam Festival)
Recently she created ‘Proportion’ which was premiered at ‘Intimadance’ Festival 2018 in Tel aviv and ‘Family’ for ‘Bat-yam festival’ on August 2018. Her new production ‘Textile and Flesh’ is about to premier on spring 2019.
As a performer, aharona performed both solo works as well as collaborated with various international artists among them: Emmanuel Grivet (RF), Pauline de Groot (NL), Rob List (NL), BEWTH Co. (NL), Felix Ruckert (Germany), Yumiko Yoshioa (Germany), Karl Frost (USA) and various artists in Israel. on years 2009-2011 she had worked with ‘Impulse dance improvisation ensemble’ for performance and research.
Aharona was artist at residence in different venues Israel and abroad at among others at: ‘Das Andere Theater’, Graz Austria (2014) ‘Gabirol center of the arts’, Tel-aviv (2014-2016), ‘M.A.I center Montreal, Canada (2016), ‘RE-search’ Dance center Natanya Israel (2017) ‘Stage Center’ Tel aviv (2017), and currently she is an artist in residence at ‘Factory’ Bat-yam, Israel (2018-2019)