Dana Katz | Artistic Director and Choreographer of Danaka Dance
Dance, for me, is the highest expressionistic form of communication. As a creator, this art form allows me to enlarge my space of investigation and invade into the rooms of other disciplinary art forms. Constantly under the influence of cinema and music, I am depicting narrative moments of my visionary ideas. An expressionistic, theatrical aspect is always woven into Danaka Dance's storytelling. Each work integrates cinematic influences, and a virtuosic physical aspect commands the group's innovative partnering work. I'm eager to challenge the viewer's multiple senses, and to confront their mind, soul, sight and listening ability simultaneously. This allows me to exhaust every possible aspect of human communication.
Israeli born artist, Dana Katz received her BA in Dance from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University, and is currently pursuing her graduate studies at Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. Her video dance and choreographic works have been presented in New York City at the Cunningham Studio, John Ryan Theater, The Flea, and the American Dance Festival, where she won an award of distinction for her film BoomBox. Her work has also been presented and commissioned internationally by the Suzanne Dellal Center in Tel-Aviv, the Guelph Dance Festival in Canada, Danca em Foco Festival in Brazil, Act Festival in Bilbao, Dance and Media in Japan, and was the finalist in the SoloDuo Dance Festival in Budapest, where she also lead dancers and non-dancers workshops. Constantly combining her work with other art disciplines, Dana stimulates the viewer’s imagination, and confronts mind, soul, sight and listening abilities simultaneously. She’s a true storyteller with extraordinary expressionistic abilities. She was The Bessie Schonberg Choreographers’ Residency Artist of 2009 at The Yard in Martha’s Vineyard, and in 2011 was invited to premier at Usine-C as part of The Springboard Danse Montreal Festival. She received grants from the American-Israeli Cultural Foundation, the Israeli Lottery Council for the Arts, the Emerging Jewish Artist Fellowship of the Bronfman Center at NYU, The Israeli consulate in Spain, Canada, and New York. As of 2013, she is the organizer of the Out of Israel program of the 92nd Street Y. In parallel to her workflow in the States, Dana has also choreographed for several high school dance departments in Israel where she is nurturing the next generation of Israeli dancers. Currently based in New York, Dana is the Artistic Director of Danaka Dance Group. This year 2013 she clebrates a decade of making, and is eager to maintain the strong artistic collaborative work between the cities of New York and Tel Aviv.
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