About the author
Choreographer, creator, producer in dance and dancer. Director of the Idan Sharabi and Dancers Dance Comp since 2012 and mentor and judge on the 2017 TV show “Just want to dance ” on Channel 2, by Keshet and Teddy Productions.
Winner of Choreography Awards from the International Competitions in Copenhagen and Hanover, and the prestigious Juilliard College in New York.
Announced twice as the Promising Future Choreographer of the Dutch dance company NDT and as one of the 9 Promising Artists of Israel in the TYP project of American Express.
Sharabi is also the winner of the Ministry of Culture Award in 2014, and his works for his company are presented with additional awards.
In Israel he choreographed for dance companies, including: The Kibbutz Dance Company, the Israeli Ballet, The Project of the Israeli Opera House and Suzanne Dellal. Internationally, he choreographed and performed in his works, with his company, in the Netherlands, Britain, Chile, Denmark, Russia, USA, Canada, Italy, Spain, Taiwan, Vietnam, Hungary, Lithuania, Germany and more. Sharabi has created for many companies and opera houses, including:
NDT, Ballet Du Rhin, Royal Danish Theater, Ballet Chileno, NND, Ballet Junior deGenève, .Zhukov Dance Theater, EBBC, New Dialect.
He has been privileged to share historical moments with various choreographers. Prominent among them was when he created with Jiri Killian “God and Dogs”, his 100th and final work for NDT2, in which he was the lead dancer. Sharabi created and performed early in his career on stages such as Carnegie-Hall New York, Sadlers-Wells London and Suzanne Dellal in Israel.
As a dancer, he is a graduate of Thelma Yellin and Juilliard College, where he worked with William Forsyth, and at the end of his studies was accepted to the NDT dance company in the Netherlands. In 2010, he returned to Israel to dance with the Batsheva Dance Company, under the artistic direction of Ohad Naharin, where he also worked with Sharon Eyal on her work “Bill”.
As a teacher and lecturer, he taught at Juilliard, Alvin Ailey School, the Academies of Gothenburg (Sweden), Utah (USA), and many other platforms.
His dance company, Idan Sharabi and Dancers, has also performed in Israel at festivals such as Curtain Up, Tel Aviv Dance, International Exposure, the Israel Museum series, Hot Dance, Shalem Dance, Between Heaven and Earth and more.
Idan is a member of the Choreographers’ Association, supported over the years to present day by the Ministry of Culture and Sports, Mifal Hapayis Lottery Art Council, TYP Project – American Express Israel, Tel Aviv Municipality, Israel Festival, Suzanne Dellal Center, Bikurei Ha’itim Center, American-Israel Cultural Foundation (AICF), Israeli Opera House and donors from Juilliard College, New York, USA.
About the Company
Idan Sharabi and Dancers was founded in 2012. After dancing with NDT and Batsheva Dance Company, Sharabi began working with dancers in Israel and founded a home for their activities. In early 2012, he was selected by American Express Israel as one of the country’s nine most promising artists, as part of the TYP project, and was supported by them during the season. That same year the company performed a number of shows in Israel and toured with his works in Sweden and Denmark. Subsequently, Idan created “Nishbar” for the Curtain Up festival with the support of the Director of Culture and the Israel Festival, and was accepted with the work for International Exposure 2013. A season later, Sharabi joined the Choreographers’ Association and continued touring with the company in numerous countries in Europe, Canada and Russia. The company premiered the work “Makom” at the Chutzpah Festival in Vancouver (Canada), at Korzo Theater in The Hague (Netherlands) and also performed in a special performance of the Italian Dance Alliance in Rome, Italy. Subsequently, he and his team won 1st prize in choreography and audience awards at international competitions in Copenhagen (Denmark) and Hanover, (Germany). Later that year, the company premiered his work “We Men” at the Open Look Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, and from there returned to perform the work in various theaters in the country. After several months, the company won the Culture Minister’s Performance Award, for this work, in the 2014 Chamber ensemble category. The company was selected for the Shalem Dance festival, which subsidized the process of creating a new work, which Sharabi created with the company during and inspired by the Israel- Gaza conflict in 2014. This work, called “Interviews 2014”, was staged in the Jerusalem Festival and International Dance Week in Jerusalem. Subsequently, Sharabi was commissioned to create a gala evening in Herzliya, by conductor Gil Shochat, and this work was presented to the former President of the State of Israel, the late Mr. Shimon Peres, who gave his blessing to the company on gala night. As a result, Sharabi was invited to create a dance evening in the production of “Polyphony” in collaboration with Shochat, this evening is called “Shochat-Sharabi-Chopin” and was staged in Israel in January 2015. Subsequently, the company was invited to perform at the Israel Museum with Makom, and continued to collaborate with “Corpus” and the Royal Danish Theater in Copenhagen. Later in 2015, the company was invited again to the Vancouver Chutzpah festival, with a full-length evening called, “Interviews / Makom”.
From July 2015, the company has been invited and performed at various international festivals: Dance Umbrella (London), Vignale Monferrato (Turin), Quartier D’ete (Paris), Sziget (Budapest), Aura (Lithuania), Gender Bender (Bologna). That summer, the company performed at the CICC8 gala performance at the Copenhagen Summer Festival, and Sharabi was also invited to judge the city’s international choreography competition, in light of his win a year earlier. At the end of the season, the work “Interviews / Makom”, which is supported by the Director of Culture and the Lottery art council, has performed at the Solis Theater in Uruguay and at various festivals and halls in Israel.
In 2016, the company performed at the National Arts Center in Ottawa, Canada (NAC) and was also selected to represent Israel at the Israeli Spotlight events in Toronto. The company later performed at the La Villette Festival in Paris and the Be’er Sheva Fringe Festival. Later that year, the company released a new piece, called “Now”. This work focuses on improvisation in movement and music, and is presented as a new study that appears in smaller spaces and / or in different studios, in order to share a work with the audience in an instant. The show has been staged in various versions around the world, first in Canada, and then at the Inequilibrio Festival in Tuscany, Italy. The company has since performed “Now” several times in Israel at Yasmeen Godder’s studio and Suzanne Dellal, as well as in the cities of Nashville and New York, USA. The company recently performed “Interviews 2014” at the Goethe Center in Hanoi, Vietnam, and Ours at B.Dance and Chemistry shows in Taiwan. In January 2017, the company was invited to perform at various festivals including the Out of Israel / APAP and the Excognito in New York.