About the author
choreographer, dancer, teacher, and socially engaged promoter
Tali creates site-specific performances, events, and choreographies in different mediums. Her works address identity, gender, human communication, and behavior patterns and are presented at dance and theater festivals, galleries, museums, and public and private spaces. Her choreographies explore scores and improvisation structures as part of creating liminal space. The result is inviting and explores various relationships and closeness levels between the spectator and the performer.
Initiation, art management, and production of a communal festival – ArtTour festival 2021-2022 .She constantly searches for the connection between environment, people, and art and believes art should be accessible to a broad audience and integrated into our daily live
Grants, Interviews and reviews
Artist residency at Project Site at the Jaffa Museum 2019
2019 – Mifal HaPais culture and art Council (for Passive Aggressive)
2019 – The Israeli Culture and Sports Ministry’s creator’s fund (for Passive Aggressive)
2018, 2022 – The Israeli Contact association. (On a woman’s verge also for the bus will arrive in 10 min)
2021, 2022 – The Tel Aviv Municipality (for ArtTour festivals).
Dana Schatz, screenwriter and content writer for television: “When they caught Dana I started crying. It surprised me so much! Three dancers, no less, sat on her and did not let her move in the middle of her sexiest and coolest dance! Why???? Tali Zavilevich and Dana Hirsch Laiser created a dance show for six dancers, called “Passive Aggressive” about relationships… And I, that is so ignorant in dance, I found myself flooded with emotions… Suddenly realizes how much aggression there is in a relationship… Like in such a beautiful dance duet that starts like two flying butterflies… When slowly the man starts harassing with his fluttering hands to the woman… Invade too much! OH! And like in the horrible dance (forgive me) where a girl in love sings in the voice of the most saccharine love song, but she cannot get up from the floor, Her body parts do not respond to her, she is as if paralyzed, And the big man above her is trying and trying to stabilize her and she’s like a puppet, Each time a different body part drops to the floor again…”The paralyzed lover” is what I called the dance. Six stunning dancers, who come from such different fields in dance united and come to tell you something about the need for warmth and intimacy which can in one second be replaced by aggression and fear. You should look it in the eye. Charming, powerful and thought-provoking! “
Michal Goldberg Eyal, teacher, creator and performer in the field of theater and movement. “I watched the work Passive / Aggressive with amazement, pleasure and great appreciation. My body spoke… I was, at every moment during the show, in excitement, in suspense, in the pleasure of alternatingly recharging and discharging, and all my attention was completely there, with them, with the creators and performers, on the stage. And that is, for me, a measure of the show’s quality. When the show ended, I could understand more, and speak to myself (While during the show I was not at all available for criticism or word analysis, I was completely in the experience). I realized that I had seen a complete, human, living work, full of thought and spontaneity. I have seen human relationships change, I have seen internal processes that each of the characters goes through, I have seen changing relationships between a man and a woman, I have seen a whole power-life relationship! I really liked the dosage between some planned play, some deliberate composition and spaces of improvisation. I loved the feeling that I did not know what was planned and what was improvised. I believed in the execution and full presence of the performers. As mentioned, they are, in my opinion, players with high abilities and reliable performance, with a lot of attention to themselves and their partners, and a lot of freedom and grace. Being also involved in music, I am very sensitive to the quality of music and its connection with theater or dance on stage. I really, really enjoyed it, I was excited by the live music that accompanied the show. Tal Avni, was very, very attentive, moving and was moved in and out from what was happening on stage. Magic really happened there! Highly recommend supporting this important work, in any way possible!
Curation and initiatives:
Curation and initiatives:
2021-2022 ArtTour Festival: Initiation, art management, and production of a communal festival with 40-60 artists presenting various disciplines in the public space, businesses, and private homes.
2021-2022 Time for a Solo: Artistic and creative guidance in a semiannual program supporting dancers’ creation and production processes.
2020 Body Project teaching programs: initiation of a semiannual improvisation and performance workshop for dancers, movement artists, and creators.
2012-2013 Gufiya studio & Max10: dance and art performances platform Establishment. A space for performances, rehearsals, and dance and somatic movement lessons.
2010 – current The Contact Improvisation Association: Participation in the activities
The Israeli Contact Association: committee member.
2009 Dialogue through Dance: Project coordinator and guide in a month-long Jewish and Palestinian youth delegation to Italy.
2004-22: Dance – a variety of adult and youth schools. Improv and Contact improv – The group (Jaffa), Orna Porat Theater, Dance Academy, various courses, and Contact festivals throughout Israel and abroad. Feldenkrais (inc. therapy) – diverse populations in various institutions: Combat veterans’ home, Center for the blind, and more. Movement – The Arab-Jewish Center, Amal Schools, and various music centers.
BA in Movement from The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance
BA in Economics from HUJI
MA in theater arts from TAU
June 2022 The bus will be here in 10 minutes: Nine ongoing and interchanging site-specific dance duet performances taking place at a bus station.
2020-2022RIPPLES: A recurring interdisciplinary creation combining dance, sound, video, & animation developed during the pandemic. Nov. 20, Apr. 21, June 21. Tel-Aviv
Aug-Sept 19 Braid: w/ Dana Hirsch Laiser, Gluia Ensemble. A Jaffa Museum residency.
March 2019 On a woman’s verge – A Women’s Day composition for a group.
July 2018 On a woman’s verge at Habait Theatre and Nissan Nativ Acting Studio.
2017 Passive Agressive w/ Dana Hirsch Leiser, Gluia E.: Composition for a group. Tmuna Theater (May 19), Inbal Theater (July 17), Habait Theaters (Oct. 18), Shalem Dancer. , Jaffap Museum (Aug. 19), Tamara Studio (Apr. 19), Ein Shemer (May 18)
2017 Under the Bridge w/ Dana Hirsch Leiser, Gluia Ensemble: A site-specific performance tour of the Chelouche bridge in Tel-Aviv.
15.01.2015 Living at Home – A site-specific solo performance at the artist’s home.
Co-produced with artist Adi Hecht.
2012 Frigel: A duet performance at Jerusalem’s Barbour Gallery and Tel-Aviv – Bikurei Haitim Center and Warehouse 2.
2011 Conceptualizing, creation, production, artistic management, and performance of Girl–Girl–Girl within Homegirl, a 5-choreographers solo performances event.
Tami House, Tel-Aviv, Shalem dance house, Jerusalem.
2012 Stagelevator w/ Dana Hirsch Leiser, Gluia Ensemble.
Taluy Bamakom festival, Tel-Aviv municipality.
2010-2014 Obscured revelation w/ D. Hirsch Leiser: Site-specific performances at Tami house, Hasimta theater, Artists house, Namal Habait, Horace Richter, and Ticho House.
Oct. 2010 It was so easy to run when I held a kite w/ Dana Hirsch Leiser, Gluia E.
A site-specific performance in Acco Festival of Alternative Israeli Theatre.
2009 Slug w/ Dana Hirsch Leiser, Gluia E.: Nisuy Kelim Festival, Tel Aviv.
2007 Respiratory Disorders Tmuna Theater, Tami House & Between the Chairs: Solo performance with 100 chairs at The Jerusalem Khan Theatre’s Dance Arena Festival.
2006 Archive: Interdisciplinary performance in Jerusalem’s Musrara and Summer nights festivals, and Suzanne Dellal’s Alternative dance festival in Tel-Aviv.
2005 The Reincarnation: An interdisciplinary dance and video duet performance.
The Khan Theatre’s Dance Arena.