New York-based Israeli choreographer Deganit Shemy studied visual arts at the Kalisher School of Art and dance at the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem. Shemy’s works, which create a critical gap between content and form through its distinguished movement vocabulary, have been commissioned and presented, at Danspace Project, PS 122, Dance Theatre Workshop, DUO Multicultural Arts Center, Baryshnikov Arts Center, the Inaugural Ringling International Arts Festival in Sarasota, Singapore Fringe Festival and at various venues through Israel. Shemy has been an Artist-in-Residence at Dance New Amsterdam, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, DUO Multicultural Arts Center, Movement Research, Dance Theatre Workshop and Baryshnikov Arts Center; and was selected as a 2008-09 Sugar Salon Artist. She has also been awarded a 2008 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and a 2010 BUILD Grant. Shemy’s most recent choreography, 2 Kilos Of Sea, was commissioned by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) and presented as a site-specific work at the Sitelines Festival in July 2010.
2 Kilos Of Sea was originally created while working in a church courtyard, a space that juxtaposes layers of religious and social meaning and metaphor with a physical layout and design that creates concrete spatial limitations and hard borders. During its residency at Governors Island, the company will work on a new theatrical version of 2 Kilos Of Sea with a new set design for stage. Choreography: Deganit Shemy; Costumes: Deganit Shemy & Denisa Musilova; Creative Dancers: Denisa Musilova, Savina Theodorou, Elyssa Dole, Nicholas Bruder, Michael Ingle; Sound Designer: Jim Dawson; Set and Light Designer: Lenore Doxsee. Original cast was also included: Erika Eichelberger, Christina Robson, and Leah Nelson.
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