About the author
Choreographer, teacher and interdisciplinary curator. Graduated from Bat Dor Dance School and Thelma Yellin Art High School Dance department. She graduated with a BA in Dance from Colombia University and an MA in Dance from Hollins University, USA. Between 2000-2003 she was the artistic director of The Red Hill Project Dance Company, founded in New York and performed throughout the US and Canada.
Upon her return to Israel in 2003, she joined the Choreographers’ association and created dance pieces for all main outlets such as: Batsheva ensemble, Macholohet Festival, Intimadance Festival, Curtain Up, Dance Arena, Sound of a word, Point Of Contact and International Exposure. Among her notable works are: interactive piece “Na Ba 2.0” that is performed in museums throughout Israel, in which the audience choose their own soundtrack for the piece through museum audio guides. Also “Pupils” for live music by Noam Inbar and Adam Sheflan, “The Scout Movement” taking the audience to a night field training at the Zen Garden in the Israeli Museum, autobiographical “God Forbid”, “Dream Team”, “60,000 Gra(h)m” and more.
Ruttenberg founded ScreenArt with Oren Shkedy, in which the create dance pieces for the screen, destined to bring contemporary Dance into the public and private space. The produced two exhibits: ‘Dance Loop’ and ‘Cut!’. Their award-winning dance films, ‘Glove Story’ and ‘Private I’s’ are screened internationally. Together they are the artist of ‘Chelouche Gallery for Contemporary Art’.
Dana is the founder and artistic director of “Project 48 Dance”, currently in its 8th year. A first of its kind project that brings together creators, dancers, dramaturgs and other artists for a creative ‘flash-marathon’ of two creative rounds, each run for 24 hours.
In September 2013 she curated Moving Film: A weekend of dance, cinema and in-between for the Bistritzky Foundation curator-creator project.
Dana founded, curated and hosted the series of Studio Visits in collaboration with Tel-Aviv municipality and the choreographers’ association. It is a series of intimate encounters that opens a window for the general public into the creative processes of local dance creators.
Dana lectures at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. She teaches, conducts workshops and presents her works locally and internationally including Italy, Senegal, Russia, the United States, Hungary, Denmark, Germany, Austria, South Africa and Canada.
She was selected by The Marker magazine as one of the most promising women of 2010 in the field of art. She was also selected for an artists’ fellowship in the Visiting Artist Program by The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation in which she was a visiting professor at the University of Florida in the United States. Dana was a member of the founding piloting committee of the Dancers’ Association at EMI, which revolutionized awareness of the dancers’ rights. She initiates and participates in many and varied community projects.
Winner of the Rosenblum Award for a creator in the field of Dance and the Ministry Of Culture promising Choreographer award.
“Na BA 2.0”
“Private I’s” – Dance Film
Why dancers move instead of talking
Dance and Word Workshop
Moving in the Ear meeting