Sigal Bergman is a choreographer and dancer-creator since 2000. She graduated with a BA in Psychology from the Hebrew University, and has been a certified Alexander Technique teacher since 2002. During the years 1995-2009 she lived, studied and created in New York, and her work is influenced by release techniques developed there. She taught the Alexander Method, among others, at the Juilliard School of Performing Arts and at Movement Research, she was the resident artist at Movement Research from 2000-2001 and the resident artist at BAX in 2004. In the summer of 2009, she returned to Israel and has since combined creation, dance teaching and therapy. In the last performance she created – a solo called “Revert to Manual” – she dissolves the boundaries between her areas of practice and creates a performance that is also a workshop and lecture on the Alexander Technique.
Sigal teaches the Alexander Technique privately in Tel Aviv, improvisation in the Kvutza, composition at the Jerusalem Dance Academy, and is a partner in the Community in Motion project at Yasmeen Godder studio – a project that brings together dancers with people living with Parkinson’s disease in contemporary dance classes. She teaches release technique through a concrete understanding of movement principles from the Alexander Technique.
Her works have received support from Mifal Hapayis Lottery art council, the Rabinowitz Foundation and many scholarships, including the Kelim Choreography Center, Habama Workshops and the Yasmeen Godder Studio. She is part of a circle of artists at Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance and Theater Residency Program and feedback for the creative process of a number of selected artists.
“Because of the Boys” – Solo (27 minutes) a bitter humorous feminist Defiance about the loss of lightness that comes with motherhood. Premiered: Hot Dance, Suzanne Dellal, Tel Aviv, August 2011
“Dizziness” – Trio starring Or Avishai, Tamar Ben-Canaan and Yuli Kovbanishian (30 minutes). On loss of balance in the face of illness. Premiere: Tmuna Theater
“Backtrack” – Video work featuring Or Avishai (8.11 minutes in a loop) Premiere: Museum Al Hatefer’ in Jerusalem as part of the exhibition “Every Person Carries a Room Inside”.
“Pale Fire” – Dance and Performance Duet featuring Sigal Bergman and Lia Bergman Maoz (45 minutes). On time as reflected at the age of 50 and 17. Premiere: Kelim Choreography Center
“Revert to Manual” – a performance that is a lecture and workshop on changing physical habits. 35 Minutes Version, Premiere: August 2018, Diver Festival, 45 Minutes Version, Premiere: March 2019 March Rabbit Festival
BA in Psychology (cum laude), The Hebrew University of Jerusalem 1992
Studies in the Movement Program, Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem 1990-1993
EDDC -European Dance Development Center, Guest Student at Arnhem Holland, fall 1994
Classes in release, contact, improvisation and ballet techniques, New York. Mainly through Movement Research, Susan Klien studio and Zvi Gutheimer 1995-2001
Certified Alexander Technique Teacher, 2002 Certificate ACAT, NYC
Certificate of Internship in Breathing and Sound Work – The Art of Breathing NYC 2006
Selected Awards and scholarships
2020 Creative Circle – Residency and feedback program at the Suzanne Dellal Center
2019 Support Scholarship for Independent Creators, Cultural administration
2019 Mifal Hapayis Lottery Art and Cultural Council Support Scholarship for Running Revert to Manual
2018 Mifal Hapayis Lottery Art and Cultural Council Support Scholarship for Creating Revert to Manual
2018 Residency Scholarship at Kelim Center for Choreography, Residency Scholarship at the Habama Workshops, Residency at the Yasmeen Godder Studio
2019 Creative Scholarship Yehoshua Rabinowitz Foundation for the Arts for Revert to Manual
2017 Showcasing Scholarship, Yehoshua Rabinowitz Foundation for the Arts, Tel Aviv Municipality
2016 Creative Scholarship from the Lottery Art Council for “Pale Fire”