Description of Work
Each dance she creates has its own special spirit. Her process of contemporary dance-making is very physical from beginning to end. She enjoys discovering new textures within the body and to sequence movement material according to the quickness of transition between qualities; the movement material she creates requires a keen alertness. She is always in search of dynamic clarity. Even small or minimal movement should be rich and alive. She responds intuitively. Making a dance is also about letting the essence of the material be revealed to her through movement. If she had an initial idea with which she was working, she can choose to follow it or if she senses a more appropriate theme arising she gives herself the freedom to abandon it.
Noa Zuk began dancing with the Batsheva Ensemble in 1997. In 2000, she joined the Batsheva Dance Company (BDC) where she performed until 2009. During her time with BDC, she also began choreographing her own work. 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 New York City. Her collaboration with interdisciplinary artist Ohad Fishof on the video dance '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 recent work, 'Speaker' (trio version), premiered in Israel’s annual event International Exposure as part of the 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. She has been invited to return as an artist in residence for the fall semester at The Ohio State University. Noa is also a teacher of Ohad Naharin’s Gaga Movement Language.
Speakers - February 2012