About the author
Born in Israel in 1978 to parents from the former Soviet Union; The late Dora Karolin and Zaxharia Getman.
A graduate of the Bat-Dor School of dance under the direction of the late Ms. Jeannette Ordman. Graduated from Ironi Alef Art High School. Languages: Hebrew, English, Russian, Basic German. Website: www.michaelgetman.com
Upon completing his professional training at the Bat-Dor School of Dance, Michael joined the Batsheva Ensemble in 1995, artistic director Naomie Perlov and Ohad Naharin. After a year at the Junior company, Michael followed Ohad Naharin’s invitation to join the Batsheva Dance Company, where he danced until 1999. In 1998 he met the choreographer, Amanda K Miller, when he participated in her work “The Toy Artist” created for the Batsheva Dance ensemble. In 1999 Michael Joined the Amanda K Miller Pretty Ugly Ballet Freiburg company.
Between 1999 and 2005, Getman worked with the choreographers: Amanda K Miller, William Forsythe, Marguerite Donlon.
Between the years 2003-2005 he was an assistant to the choreographer Amanda K Miller and staged works from the company’s repertoire at the Komische Opera of Berlin, Carte Blanche Norway, the Opera Ballet Zurich and the Kyoto Ballet Japan. In 2004 he created his first choreographic work for Amanda K Miller’s company, Pretty Ugly Ballet Freiburg. Getman was mentioned in the European monthly Tanz magazine as a must-see young and promising dancer for 2004. From 2006 he began his career as an independent choreographer.
Winner of Choreography Awards for his works “Ramifications”, “Face to Face” in international choreography competitions 2008, 2014 – Cross Connection Copenhagen International Choreography Competition, Copenhagen, Denmark. No Ballet International Choreography Competition, Ludwigshafen, Germany.
His works are presented in theaters and festivals in Israel and internationally, such as: Curtain Up Festival, International Exposure, Tel Aviv Dance Suzanne Dellal, The Holland Dance Festival – Korzo Theatre, The National Theater De Chaillot Paris, White Box Art Gallery New York City, Deutsche Schauspielhaus – Hamburg, La Rival Theater Stockholm, The Open Look Festival St Petersburg, The Opera House Graz Austria, The Royal Theatrical In Copenhagen, Mousonturm theater in Frankfurt, the Jewish Museum in Warsaw, the Operaestate Festival Venato, the State Theater Perth Australia, Springboard Dance Montreal, the Israel Museum Jerusalem and more.
He has also created choreography works and teaches master classes at universities and academies such as: Artez University of the Arts Holland, Codarts University of the Arts Holland, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, Tel Aviv Kibbutzim college of education, Maslool – Professional dance program Tel Aviv, artistic director Naomie Perlov and Ofir Dagan, and more.
In 2015/16 upon invitation by the acclaimed cellist and the artistic director of the ‘Voice of Music- Upper Galilee Chamber Music Festival’ Zvi Plesser, Getman created works for Schubert’s Quartet “The Death and the Maiden”, and Stravinsky’s “L’histoire du Soldat”. These works were commissioned for the opening night of the ‘Voice of Music- Upper Galilee Chamber Music Festival’, Beit Ha’Am, Cultural center in Kfar Blum.
Michael collaborated with theater director Igor Berezin and director Evgeni Mestetschkin. Getman created choreography for the play “Bucha” – at the Jerusalem Kahn Theatre, director Igor Berezin, artistic director Michael Gurevitch. He also created choreography for the documentary play “Outside Mea Shearim” directed by Evgeni Mestetschkin. The play premiered at the National Theater in Hamburg Germany in 2015.
In 2016/17/18 Getman was commissioned to create for the Fresco dance company Tel Aviv, Strut Dance company Australia, Kaiserlauten dance company Germany, Springboard Montreal, ADT Australia, Format Zero Warsaw Poland.
In 2017/18 he created the solo work “Am I” for the dancer / soloist Talia Paz, the work was presented at the 2019 Venice Biennale Festival, artistic direction Maria Schweinar.
Michael has won scholarships and awards from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Rabinovich Foundation for Performing Arts, and Mifal Hapayis Lottery art and Culture council. Supported by the Ministry of Culture and Sports and a member of the Choreographers’ Association since 2010.