The Playground Intensive with Idan Sharabi
Monday, December 12 – Friday, December 16
10:00 am – 2:00 pm / All Inclusive Fee: $200

Limited to 15 participants
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Idan Sharabi’s movement research develops unique movement principals. His work is very physical and daring, yet it is full of delicacy and detail. Sharabi’s work is combining elements of Pilates, Floor work and the Ilan Lev Method, which is a new form of treatment, after the Feldenkrais Healing Method. As a dancer, he has worked with different choreographers in his career. Three of them can be mentioned as big influences on his movement style: Ohad Naharin (Gaga), William Forsythe (Improvisation technologies) and Jiri Kylian (Ballet based). The mixture of such different styles and choreographic approaches in his background has given Sharabi a very colorful surface to grow from as a young creator. The work recognizes and locates parts of the body to find isolation in it and builds to concentrate on the accumulation of details, and finally with letting go, reflecting on the progress in a more sophisticated body. Eventually, in a more advanced level, the work deals as well with time and memory, while playing with choreographed & improvised materials. The workshop is made to expose dancers to Sharabi’s movement language & give them improvisational tools & technologies to use for their own creative research.
“People always move. My research aims to find our physical freedom in relation to our limiting mind, and vice-versa. By using our imagination, we deal with many movement elements, such as speed or texture changes. We challenge ourselves to go beyond our so-called “limits”. The work combines learning improvisation technologies as well as some movement patterns. It is a very physical process, yet the learning can be also cerebral. After layering movement patterns into the body and mind, we discover the delicacy of detail in us. Listening to the details is crucial to the work at every single moment. However, after finding the source, the work is about daring. Daring to move ourselves and the space. Creating movement inside us that would immediately read in the space around us.” –Idan Sharabi


  • Idan Sharabi

    Idan Sharabi was born in Israel in 1984. He graduated Thelma Yellin and The Juilliard School before he danced in Netherlands Dans Theater and Batsheva Dance Company. He was chosen to create for NDT Upcoming Choreographers 10′ and has won The Zeraspe Award 06′, Copenhagen International Choreography Competition 2012 & 2014, The Mahol Shalem International Competition 13′, and The Hannover International Choreography Competition 2014. Idan received the PAIS grant for performances of existing shows in 2015 for Interviews/Makom, Minister of Culture Prize for Best Performance of 2015, Balletmester Albert Gaubiers og Poul Waldorffs Fond scholarship in Denmark, and received Dododotan Best Performance 2014 for We Men as a performer. Between 2011­ and 2014 he created for companies: “TheProject” of The Israeli Opera House, KCDC, The Israel Ballet, Ballet Junior de Geneve, NND, ZDT, and EBBC Madrid. In 2012, Sharabi was chosen to be one of the nine promising young artists of Israel by American Express and founded his group, Idan Sharabi & Dancers, in September 2012 . Since then, he has created several works for the group which were invited to festivals in Sweden, Denmark, Canada, Italy, Holland, Russia & Israel. Throughout the years, Sharabi has been teaching and creating with students/young dancers in schools & companies such as Contemporary Dance School Hamburg, Gothenburg Ballet Academy, Alvin Ailey School, The Italian Dance Alliance, Springboard Dance Montreal, The Maslool Dance Program, The Sadna in Ga’aton, Israel, Ballet Junior De Geneve, Zhukov Dance Theater SF and more. His 2014/15 residencies included companies such as DDT, Royal Danish Ballet, Ballet Chilleno, NDT II, and he will premiere an original work in March 2016 with Ballet Luzern. Sharabi has been supported by American Express TYP Project, Israel Ministry of Culture, The Israel Festival, Suzanne Dellal, Bikurey Ha’Itim, The AICF, The Israeli Opera House, The Juilliard School Donors and a donor of The Dance Library of Israel Organization.