Artistic Director and Curator Dana Katz
OUT OF ISRAEL
OFI is a curated pop-up festival for physical intercultural dialogue, tailored to each local community and venue.
Annually presented at the 92Y Harkness Dance Center in New York for the past seven years, the festival has now expanded to feature:
Performances / Dance films screenings / Discussions / Workshop & Masterclasses / Live Stream
…”In the past decade, a noteworthy development in the Israeli scene has been the rise of the independent choreographer — artists foregoing company structures in favor of intimate and conceptually daring work that still exudes the anxious, palpable intensity that has become a mark of the Israeli dance sensibility.”
“Curator Dana Katz, a Tel Aviv-born New York choreographer, introduces a handful of these vigorous voices to local audiences. “
New York Times
Brian Schaefer Jan. 8, 2016
Originally from Tel-Aviv and currently based in New York, Artistic Director of DANAKA DANCE, and OFI Festival’s curator Dana Katz is a supported artist by the Kevin Spacey Foundation, a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Workspace Artist in residence 2016-2017, a Bessie Schonberg’s Choreographer in residence at Martha’s Vineyard, an-award winning video-dance filmmaker (ADF) who has a B.A. in Dance from VCA Melbourne University, Australia, and MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Uri Shafir, Koloklum, OFI 2016
Sharon Vazana, A High, OFI 2016
Since the formation of the festival, Katz has had the privilege of exposing works by both renowned and emerging Israeli choreographers. A short list includes: Zvidance, Ate9 dANCE cOMPANY, Netta Yerushalmy, Niv and Oren Dance Company, Ori Flomin, Renana Raz, Dana Ruttenberg, Yaara Moses, Tami Stronach, Uri Shafir, Ayala Frenkel, Sharon Vazana, Idan Sharabi & Dancers, Bosmat Nossan, Shamel Pitts to name a few. Most of the works are presented as a U.S premiere, and for many of the artists this has been a springboard to an extended journey of their work being presented in and around of New York.
Workshops and masterclasses offered includes Gaga, movement guided guided meditation, repertory Gyro and improvisation sessions.
OFI’s delighted to host the following artists in our 2018 edition at the 92Y in Manhattan:
Shamel Pitts and Aviv Maaravi / Black Box
Benjamin's Brother / Room 505
‘A Girl’ by Roy Assaf and ‘Little Tiny Bite’ by Itzik Galili performed by Troy Ogilvie
‘Goofy’ by Roni Chadash
‘Highways I Exit 92’ by the DANAKA collective
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