DANA KATZ | ISR/USA
Israeli born artist, Dana Katz is a Choreographer and curator currently based in New York city. She received her BA in Dance from Melbourne University’s VCA, Australia and later was awarded a partial dean grant as well as an Emerging Jewish Artist Fellowship towards her MFA studies at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Katz, an award-winning dance filmmaker (American Dance Festival), celebrates over a decade of collaborative, investigative dance making and is dedicated to presenting work interlaced with other disciplines.
Her current ongoing and long-term project, Thousand Plateaus is supported by The Kevin Spacey Foundation, and was previously supported with grants by The America-Israel Cultural Foundation, Israeli Lottery Council for the Arts, Emerging Jewish Artist Fellowship at New York University, Israeli Cultural Institute (IKI) in Budapest, and the Israeli consulates in Spain, Canada, Hungary and New York.
Dana was the Bessie Schoenberg’s artist in residence at The Yard in Martha’s Vineyard, as well as Springboard Danse Montreal, where she choreographed new works for some of today’s most talented professional dancers. She was also 2013’s Artist in Residence at Chez Bushwick in Brooklyn. Her work has been commissioned internationally, by The Suzanne Dellal Center for the Arts and Warehouse 2 in TelAviv, La Mama (NY), The 92nd Street Y (NY), The Guelph Dance Festival (CANADA), Danca em Foco (BRAZIL), Act Festival (SPAIN), Dance Media Tokyo (JAPAN), The Flea (NY), Triskelion Arts (NY), Thessaloniki Video Dance Festival (GREECE) among others.
Her work was the finalist in The ZsoloDuo Festival (HUNGARY), and The New York Times noted that:
…”When her precise, slinky solo cycled by in front of you, it was one thing that you wanted to spend more time with.”
(Siobhan Burke, The New York Times
I will be embarking on a solo exploration on the topic of intimacy and the revisitation to physical spaces that allude to our past memories. As a Hong Kong born Canadian I am fascinated by the strangely familiar, dream-like, yet very foreign experience I have every time I visit Hong Kong. The association of past childhood memories sit in a very intimate place with the self, but confronts a mysterious shift when faced with the physical present. As a sort of nomad, having constantly lived away from “homes” and foundations I’ve created throughout my life, I wonder about the creation of intimacy and sustain of this across a distance – with people, with memories, and with the self. How much of our view on a real-time relationship to someone or some place is based on reality, imaginations of the past, or personal abstractions? For this project I am interested in the possible use of film and text and am keen on using the physical city of Hong Kong as research.
PERFORMANCE: BIG FIGHTS AND SMALL MOMENTS
Performed by: Kingson Lo and Emily Ng Mei Yi