About the author
Nimrod Freed, choreographer, artistic director, entrepreneur, lecturer.
Over the past 30 years, Nimrod has created in his unique movement language, interdisciplinary dance, using a remarkable mixture of dance, live music and theatre. His creation is personal, social, authentic, uncompromising, with high aesthetic values, that provides the audience with an exciting experience.
His work engages Dance in public space – Urban and nature site specific. In 2007 he created “PeepDance” – dance performances inside peeping booths, and since full stage performances, performed successfully locally and internationally. “PeepDance” redefines dance viewership and perspective with a message of preserving individual rights. More than 100,000 people have already watched “PeepDance”.
Nimrod’s works are performed in international festivals and leading cultural events, locally in Israel and Internationally over five continents: Italy – the International Biennale of Architecture in Venice; New York –Central Park SummerStage Festival; China – Shanghai Expo, the world’s largest exposition, and the Guangdong Festival; Australia – one of the opening performances of the highly prestigious Brisbane Festival, international co-production; Johannesburg – the interdisciplinary Biennale for Architecture; India – the international film festival in Goa; Tokyo – performances with international cooperation with the Japanese Stage Designers Organization and in Singapore; Europe – the Minsk Opera House in Belarus; Portugal, Croatia, Romania, Germany, Cyprus, Polland, Lituania, Crete, Italy and more. Israel – the Israel Festival in 1990, 2007, 2008, 2011, Spring Festival in Rishon LeZion, Acco Fringe Festival, Bat Yam Festival, Karmiel Festival, Suzzanne Dellal- International Exposure Festival, Curtain Up Festival etc. In addition to performances over 40 cities and communities throughout Israel.
Nimrod is the Founder and Artistic Director the Tami/Nimrod Freed Dance Company, supported by the Steinmetz Family Foundation that chose to support the company for several years, to enrich cultural life in the community. The company includes dancers, an actor, musicians and a designer. Nimrod collaborates with fantastic musicians –Israel Breit, Shlomo Bar, Din Din Aviv – with whom he won the Habima National Theatre Artistic Duo prize. Furthermore, he has received additional awards: creativity grants, grants for international performances from the Israel Lottery Council for Culture and Art, the Israel AIDS Task Force, and more. Nimrod creates and collaborates with dance companies around the world – in Tokyo with the virtuoso men’s Dance Company KAYM; in Johannesburg with Moving Into Space; in Australia – the Qut Dancers; in Cyprus – Dance Lab and in Spain – Agitart Dance Company. He has a long-lasting collaboration with designer Talia Freed.
For 10 years he founded and artistically directed the series of performances “On the Edge” at Beit Tami, a cultural center at the heart of Tel Aviv community – an intimate and revolutionary project of dance, live music and theater, which gave an experimental and different stage to most dance creators in Israel. Artistic director of the “Red Line” project at the Tel Aviv Museum of Modern Art, co-artistic director of the “Curtain Up 2009” festival, and “Home Port” by the Choreographers’ Association.
His notable works: “Arri Vederci“, “A Hole in the View”, “Window”, “La”, “Flies”, “Control Freaks”, “PeepDance – the Body as a Last Space for Freedom”, and more.
Nimrod is one of the founders of the Choreographers’ Association – he was the association’s first director for the first two years of its existence.
For the past twenty-seven years, Nimrod has been a teacher and faculty member at the Kibbutzim College of Education – School of Dance Arts, a senior lecturer at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.
Nimrod Fried began his professional dance career at the age of 16. In 1970 he was chosen by Lia Schubert to receive a full scholarship for the Haifa dance school under her management, and to join Bimat HaRakdnim, her dance company with whom he first appeared in the opera “Samson and Delilah” at Caesarea Amphitheater, accompanied by the Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Zubin Mehta, as part of the Israel Festival.
Between 1982-1992 he lived, created and performed in New York City, where he was invited by the renowned Japanese choreographer, Kei Takei. For five years he danced and performed with the “Kei Takei the Moving Earth” dance Company, with which he performed throughout the United States and Japan. Furthermore, he worked with Min Tanaka, among the founders of Butoh dance from Japan, and danced at the La MaMa Theatre Dance Company in New York, under legendary manager Ellen Stewart, the founder and manager of La MaMa Theatre in New York.
Nimrod first choreographed in New York City, 1985. His works were performed with great success – Riverside Dance Festival, The Theater of the Open Eye, Dia Art Foundation. Nimrod was selected by the High Priestess of Dance, Bessie Schoenberg, to create and present in the production of the prestigious DTW New York Dance Center.
Nimrod graduated with an MA from Columbia University, New York.
“Tennis True Story”
“PeepDance – the Body as a Last Space for Freedom”
“Tennis Now or Never” -Studio performance + Workshop
Tami Dance Company/Nimrod Freed
Established in 2004 with the generous support of Daniela and Daniel Steinmetz – at Beit Tami, Lev Tel Aviv Community Center – to enrich community life and promote authentic Israeli culture.
The company holds a wide variety of dance theater workshops for professionals and in the community – freedom of movement, release and concentration techniques, working with a partner, masks, live music and dance, improvisation and connection, movement in pleasure and sound and movement – for children, youth, and adults, from different and diverse population sectors.
The Tami Company/ Nimrod Freed performs in Israel and internationally, with the company’s repertoire and international co-productions.
In September 2017 he first introduced “Tennis True Story”. For the past three years, the company’s repertoire has included the works “Tennis True Story” and “PeepDance” – performances around the world and in Israel.
The company is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Sport, the Culture Administration department of Dance, The Lottery Council for Culture and Art, the Foreign Ministry – the Division for Culture and Scientific Relations, Tami House Central Tel Aviv Community Center, Choreographers’ Association.
Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance
Kibbutzim College of Education – school of Dance Arts.
Special Awards and Grants
“PeepDance-Dare to Desire”, Desigh & Emotion Award, Hong Kong 2008
The Steinmetz Family Foundation – Enriching Community Life: 2004,2005,2006,2007
Creative Grant, Anonymous – 2005
Habima Theater Duo Artist Award 2000
Israel AIDS Task Force Foundation, Chairman of the Jury – Mr. Giora Manor 1993
Fellowship Scholarship at Lincoln Center Institute, New York 1990
RESIDENCY DTW, New York – Artistic Management Bessie Schoenberg 1990
The Lottery Council for Culture and the Arts – special creative grants for Israel and abroad
“Breaking Conventions… New… Exciting… Must See” First line, Kol Yisrael, Haya Barel.
“High level of performance… Praises…” Ora Berfman, speech dance
“Surprising movement solutions… was a mesmerizing dimension in the quality of movement” Ruth Eshel, Haaretz
“… Excellent performance…” “A steaming theatrical work…” Zvi Goren, Habima
“Humoristic and entertaining, flowing and saturated with colors… Worth watching…” Daniel Efrati, Makor Rishon
“… This is no longer a regular dance performance… Fascinating in every minute… One of the most fascinating and diverse we have seen in Israeli dance …” Alice Blitenthal, Tzfon Ha’ir
“The movement and visual-symbolic texture is excellent… The audience was enthusiastic and responded warmly… Multidisciplinary work, in which the combination of dance and music, acting and singing, manages not to compromise in any field… Work full of crazy humor” Giora Manor IsraelDance
“A gem of creativity, daring and freshness, and the performance is excellent… as in an imaginary circus… sensual and humorous dance… A catchy, creative, surprising and quality show” Ruth Eshel, Haaretz
“In a move to push the boundaries of going to the theater… an entirely new lens…”
Unique performances” Courier Mail, Australia”
“…It fascinates us…” Dance Magazine, New York
One of the most memorable and innovative dances I have seen in a while…” Dancing perfectly free WordPress.com
…PeepDance has got an exceptionally big turn up of the audience because of its originality…Inventive…” The Day of Kaunas, Lithuania
“Real surprise evolves…purity of form…each dancer shines… simply takes your breath “away…” Robyn Sassen, Artzone, Johannesburg
“Do not miss“ Timeout Cyprus”
“To discover the beauty” China International Press “
” Unique and splendid…” Tokyo Dance Digital Magazine”
“The most powerful performance of the festival” National T.V. Lisbon, Portugal”
“Dance Philosopher…“ The International Press Conference, Minsk, Belarus