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Aya Israeli

Aya Israeli

Head of Academic Activities and Co-Artistic Director, Gaga Teacher Training Program

Aya was born in Israel in 1966.  She danced for two years at the Kibbutz Dance Company Workshop Project and subsequently studied for two years at the Jerusalem School of Visual Art.  She performed as a dancer in various creations, including her own works, at the Suzanne Dellal Centre.  Aya also worked as a rehearsal director for Anat Danieli and Noa Dar and participated in many projects directed by Naomi Perlov.

In 1996, Aya joined the Batsheva Dance Company as rehearsal director, first for the junior company and then for the senior company.  During this period, she worked with Ohad Naharin, Sharon Eyal, Mats Ek, Barak Marshall, Ronit Ziv, and Yossi Berg. Simultaneously, Aya taught and staged works by Ohad Naharin for companies abroad including Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Ballet Gulbenkian, Cullberg Ballet, NDT 2, and The Juilliard School in New York.  Aya was awarded the Yair Shapira Prize in 2002.

Aya is currently teaching Gaga and Ohad Naharin’s repertoire in schools and companies nationally and internationally.  She teaches at both the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and the high school next to the Academy as well as Aleph High School of Arts in Tel Aviv.  She is a member of the faculty for the Gaga Intensive in Tel Aviv and was the artistic director of Batsheva’s summer course for young dancers in 2011.  Abroad, Aya has taught Gaga at Scottish Dance Theatre and led workshops at Zurich University of the Arts in Switzerland, Khadans in Antwerp, Belgium, and George Mason University in the U.S.

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