22/23 Choreographer Sharon Eyal

Sharon Eyal was born in Jerusalem. She danced with the Batsheva Dance Company from 1990-2008, and started choreographing within the framework of the company’s Batsheva Dancers Create project. Eyal served as Associate Artistic Director for Batsheva between 2003-2004, and as a house choreographer for the company from 2005-2012. During her time with the company, she premiered 16 new creations.

Since 2005, Eyal has collaborated with Gai Behar on her creations as well as L-E-V company and different projects. Since 2009, Eyal has created over 30 new creations for dance companies around the world, such as Bedroom Folksalt WombFeelings and Sara for Nederlands Dans Theater; Half-Life for the Royal Swedish Ballet; Untitled Black and Autodance for GoteborgsOperans Danskompani, Sweden; Killer Pig and Corps de Walk for Carte Blanche Dance of Norway; Too Beaucoup for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago; Plafona for Tanzcompagnie Oldenburg, Germany; Soul Chain for staatstheater Mainz, Germany and more.

In 2013, Eyal launched L-E-V. L-E-V’s creations are co-produced with some of the leading dance venues around the globe such as Sadler’s Wells in London and Julidans in Amsterdam. The co-producers list consists of many other great venues: Montpellier Danse Festival; GROS Culture Percentage – Dance Festival STEPS; Theater Freiburg; The Banff Centre in Canada; Carolina Performing Arts – North Carolina, USA; and TorinoDanza.

Since L-E-V was founded, the company has had more than 180 performances, some in the most exclusive venues around the world such as The Joyce Theatre in NYC, Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, Massachusetts, Sadler’s Wells in London, UK, The Montpellier Danse Festival in France, the Edinburgh International Festival, and Julidans in Amsterdam.

Eyal has also received several awards, including:

  • The “Faust” theater award in Germany (2018)
  • The Professional Association of Dance & Theater Critiques at the Chaillot National Theater in Paris (2018)
  • The prestigious FEDORA – VAN CLEEF & ARPELS Prize for Ballet 2017 (2017)
  • The Best Dance Performance – James Sewell Ballet’s ‘Killer Pig’ (2017)
  • The 12th Belgrade Dance Festival’s Jovan Ćirilov Award (2017)
  • The Landau Prize for the Performing Arts in the dance category (2009)
  • Eyal was named – Chosen Artist, by the Israeli Cultural Excellence Foundation (2008)
  • The Ministry of Culture Award for Young Dance Creators (2004)
Sharon Eyal. Image by Gigi Giannella