About the author
Choreographer, dancer. Independent choreographer in the fields of stage and performance since 2003.
Her work combines different mediums: dance, theatre, performance and installation, combining movement and vocal work. Her work deals with the relationship between ‘body-movement-and time’, an investigation of performer-audience relations and the search of various physical challenges and redefining stage virtuosity. Her work is signified by intimate bodily research with social-political context whilst addressing the personal history of the dancers she collaborates with.
She performed original works on numerous stages throughout Europe, North America and Israel. Her works were showcased in selected festivals and centers in the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Italy, Russia and Canada.
In addition to stage work, she creates for alternative spaces, galleries, homes and open spaces in which she unites her different perspectives as a choreographer and an architect with visual art and design background. Among others, she created and performed in collaboration with various artist, for the “intervention” show series, performed in urban space for the 2005 Rotterdam Architecture biannual (with choreograph Thomas Kortvelyessy), a series of public sphere shows in the city of Enschede, the Netherlands (2008), performed at the 7th floor events, opening of an Art Graffiti show at Tel Aviv Central Station and curated dance and performance nights at ‘Gvirol’ Gallery in Tel Aviv.
Regularly perform and teaches improvisation as a stage and performative medium. Was invited to teach in Master Classes around the world.
Works (recent years)
2019 – “Textile and Flesh”
2018 –”Proportioned” (Gala at the Intimadance festival)
2018 – “Family” (Bat Yam Festival)
2017 – “Chameleon” (Re-Search festival / Macholohet)
2015 – “Taṇhā” (Gala at Machol Shalem Dance Festival)
2013 – “At Your Service” (Gala at ‘SUMMERWORKS’ Festival, Toronto)
2012- “Marathon” (competition entry for the Acco Fringe Festival, best actor award, Commendation for finding new ways of stage expression at the LUDI Festival, Russia)
2011 – “Labyrinth” (Festi-Lev test run #8)
2011 – “Frames”
2010 – “Hatikva in Three Parts” (part of Tzavta theatre production)
2009 – “To Have and to Lose” featuring Einat Raveh and plastic artist Israel Rabinovitch.
Education and training
Advanced training in Movement, Performance and Dance at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and EDDC school (Artez) in Arnhem, the Netherlands.
Graduated from Thelma Yellin high school.
Currently completing her Masters in Theatre Studies at Tel Aviv University (MFA)
Qigong teacher and Cranio sacral therapist.
Supports and Grants
Her works have been supported by Mifal HaPayis (National Lottery Arts council), Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts, Tel Aviv Municipality, Israeli Artists Association and additional international cultural establishments.
2019 – Mifal HaPayis, Choreography grant for “Textile and Flesh”.
2018 – Mifal HaPayis, Grant for Toronto, Canada residency.
2017 – Israeli Artist association Grant for performing “Marathon” at Ludi festival in Russia.
2016 – Tel Aviv Municipality special projects section in association with the Rabinovitch Foundation – grant for curating performance night at ‘Gvirol’ gallery and showcasing the show “Tanha”
2016 – Mifal HaPayis traveling grant for showcasing “Marathon” in Montreal.
2015 – The Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts art for “Tanha” work in creation
2009 – State of Israel, returning artist grant.
1995 – Winner of Wolf Prize for academic excellence, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design
Aharona was invited to participate as a residing artist in various frameworks, locally and internationally among them the Kaeja d’Dance company, Toronto, Das Andere Theatr, Gertz, MAI Center, Montreal, ‘The Factory, Bat Yam, the Gvirol Complex with Tel Aviv Municipality support, Habama Workshop, ‘RE-search’ school and Beit Tami community center in Tel Aviv.
2019 – Artist residency and work training in Canada by invite from the Kaeja d’Dance company, Toronto, in association with The Israeli Contact association and the support of Mifal HaPayis art Fund.
2018-2019 – Artist residency at the Fectory artist complex in Bat Yam (11/2018-02/2019)
2017 – Artist residency at RE-search (April-July)
2017 – ‘Habama workshop’ Tel Aviv (March-October)
2014-2016 – Artist residency at ‘Gvirol’ center, Tel Aviv.
August 2014 – Artist residency at Das andere theater, Gertz, Germany. In collaboration with choreographer Annika Luschin and the support of Gertz city municipality.
2011 – Artist residency at Beit Tami Community Center during test run #8 Festival (artistic director Gil Alon)
The “I” as Material – work with autobiographical materials
Contact Improvisation and working with a partner
Improvisation, Composition and everything in between