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22/23 Choreographer Sharon Eyal

Sharon Eyal was born in Jerusalem. She danced with the Batsheva Dance Company between 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 between 2005-2012. During her time with the company, she created 16 new creations.

Since 2005, Eyal started to collaborate with Gai Behar on her creations, as well as, L-E-V company and different projects. From 2009, Eyal created over 30 new creations for dance companies around the world, such as Bedroom Folksalt WombFeelings and Sara for the Nederland Dance Theatre; Half-Life for the Royal Swedish Ballet; Untitled Black and Autodance for GoteborgsOperans Danskompan, 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.

Eyal collaborated with major names out of the traditional dance world such as: Dior – Spring Summer 2019 Fashion show; and The National and Mike Milles album/movie – participating in 2 music videos for the songs ‘Hairpin Turns’ and ‘Hey Rosey’ from the album ‘I Am Easy To Find’, as well as, a live performance for their international tour’s opening concert at the L’Olympia in Paris.

In 2013 Eyal launched L-E-V. Their repertoire consists of 6 creations, with the latest piece Love Chapter 2 premiering at the Montpellier Dance Festival in July 2017. This year, L-E-V is working on a new creation to be premiered in September 2019 at the Ruhr Triennale Festival in Germany. L-E-V’s creations are co-produced with some of the leading dance venues around the globe such as Sadler’s Wells – London and Julidans – 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.

In the past 6 years since L-E-V was founded, the company had more than 180 performances, some in the most exclusive venues around the world such as The Joyce Theatre – NYC; Jacob’s Pillow – Becket, Massachusetts; Sadler’s Wells – London, UK ; The Montpellier Danse Festival – France; Edinburgh International festival; Julidans – Amsterdam.

Eyal 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