“The dance world should definitely pay attention to the next phase of Danaka Dance’s growth; Katz and her company are a rising entity.”
– Layla Macoran, NY Culture Examiner
“…When her precise, slinky solo cycled by in front of you, it was one thing that you wanted to spend more time with.” – Siobhan Burke, The New York Times
Dana Katz, a supported artist by The Kevin Spacey Foundation and an award-winning dance filmmaker (ADF) is the choreographer and artistic director of DANAKA Dance Ensemble. Her developed choreographic practice, involving the relation of the body to space is defined by physicality that draws its strength from the individual performer’s personal legacy. Katz holds her BA from The Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne Australia, and her MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She was an artist in residence at The Yard in Martha’s Vineyard, Springboard Danse Montreal, Chez Bushwick in Brooklyn and is currently a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC’s) Workspace artist in residence 2016-17.
DANAKA’s work has been commissioned, presented and toured internationally in Tel-Aviv, New York, Canada, Brazil, Spain, Tokyo, Budapest among others. The ensemble has received grants from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, Israeli Lottery Council for the Arts, Israeli Cultural Institute (IKI) in Budapest, and the Israeli consulates in Spain, Canada, Hungary and New York. DANAKA sustains a fruitful global collaborative practice, and this will be Katz’s sixth year as the curator of the Out of Israel Festival at the 92Y. Katz has also been among the initiating team of Gibney Dance Center’s Digital Technology Initiative.
Featured Image Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Artist