Meet the 2023 Choreographers Circle
Andrea Costanzo Martini was born and raised in Italy where he began his studies in dance at Danzicherie in Cuneo and Teatro Nuovo in Turin, followed by Heinz Bost Stiftung Ballet Academy. He has performed with Aalto-Theater, Cullberg Ballet, Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak Dance Company, and Deborah Hay, among others. He danced with the Batsheva Ensemble and Batsheva Dance Company.
His choreographic works have been presented internationally including: Curtain Up Festival, Anticorpi XL in Ravenna, Teatro a Corte Festival, InTeatro Polverigi Festival, Fabrik Potsdam, K3 Hamburg, Shanghai Int. Dance Center, The Place London, Zurich Tanzhaus, HochX Munich, BMotion Festival, InTeatro Festival, Brigittines, Charleroi Danse, Pavillon Noir/Preljocaj, MAAT Festival Poland, and La briqueterie. He has been commissioned to create dances for Cullberg Ballet, Dance Makers Collective, Rome Ballet, Turin Ballet Theater, and Balletto di Roma. In 2021 he created PayPer Play, a work for a young audience supported by Explore Dance, and Mood Shifters as part of Curtain Up Festival. In 2022 he was commissioned to create Wild Thoughts for NDCwales.
Awards include: first prize for Performance and Choreography, International Tanz Solo Competition Stuttgart; 2015 Public Award from Mas Danza; Second Prize 2016 Jerusalem International Choreography Competition; and he was named “artist to watch” by TimeOut Tel Aviv in 2019. Andrea has taught Gaga and improvisation for companies including Batsheva Company and Ensemble, Cullberg Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak, and many others. He is an associate artist of the VAN Cultural Association (ITALY) and a member of the Israeli Choreographers Association.
Annabelle Dvir is an Israeli-Georgian choreographer, voice artist, live sound composer and performer who researches live art through the tension between sensation and perception, the heard and the seen. She creates extreme physical-vocal practices and examines the aesthetics that merge between the worlds of reality and fantasy. Through a musical-choreographic eye she composes the embodiment of live sound and the visual shapes of alternating soundscapes in order to transform human preconception, emotions and inner desires. Her work centers the “performance body” as visual, audial-sonoric, and plastic frequencies. Her work has been presented in Germany, Croatia, Italy, Georgia, Denmark, Spain, Lithuania, France, and the USA.
Annabelle earned her MA and BA with Dean’s honors from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and graduated from Kelim Choreography Center’s 2-year program. She is the winner of the 2017 Israeli Ministry of Culture Award for outstanding emerging choreographers and the 2022 Ministry of Culture Award for artists in their first ten years of activity. In 2018 she received a DanceWEB scholarship and the Art Excellence Award of Holon Municipality. Annabelle is a member of The Israeli Choreographers Association, and CAMPI - Jerusalem Dance and Performance Community.
Olivia Court Mesa is a Chilean-Israeli dance artist. Devoted to performance art for the past 25 years, she is a choreographer, performer, teacher, improviser, and researcher. Olivia started dancing in Chile with Oscar del Bardo’s physical theater company. In 1998, she moved to Germany and studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln. She worked as a freelancer in Germany with VeraSanderArtConnects and Angulo Alterno (Mexico), followed by MSschrittmacher in the Theater of Oldenburg and then Marco Santi Tanztheater in the Theater of Osnabrück where she worked with Guy Weizman & Roni Haver, Martin Stiefermann, Marco Santi, Luc Dunberry, Massimo Gerardi, Verena Weiss and Antje Rose, among others. She has been based in Israel since 2010 where she has performed with Yossi Berg & Oded Graf, Renana Raz, Sahar Azimi, Roy Assaf, Dafi Altabeb, Rotem Tashach, and Sharona Florsheim, among others.
Olivia’s works have been presented in Israel, Europe, and South America.
She has received many awards including: 2017 Israeli Ministry of Culture Award for Best Solo Performer; 2022 Rotterdam International Duet Choreography Competition, XL Production award, Audience award, and two Partner awards; and 2022 Ministry of Culture Award for Best Performance.
Olivia studied the Ilan Lev method and is a teacher of floor work, contact improvisation and partnering work with a clear approach to anatomy and functional movement. She is a member of the contact improvisation community in Israel and the founder of The Common Body with her partner Yochai Ginton. She is a mother of three.
Roni Chadash is an independent choreographer, performer and teacher, based in Tel-Aviv. Roni graduated with honors from the dance department of Hayuval High School and studied dance at Vertigo Dance Company’s training program and Gaaton Dance Workshop. In 2014, Roni began to create her own work. In her movement research, Roni deconstructs the body into joints that function independently. She is in a constant search for instinctive, emotional and raw motives for movement. She attempts to deconstruct the body, movement, image, the relationship between the audience and the performers, and the act of the performance itself. She peels the body from its history, stereotypes and dictated labeling, and confronts it with the naked present. Roni has received numerous awards including the Israeli Ministry of Culture Award for Young Choreographers (2018, 2021) and Shades in Dance Award (2015).
As a dancer, Roni has collaborated with various choreographers including Niv Sheinfeld & Oren Laor, Maya Brinner, Odelya Kuperberg, and Satoshi Kudo. She teaches contemporary dance classes and repertoire at the most prestigious dance schools in Israel. Her classes are based on the physical principles of her language: discovering the instincts of movements, releasing muscle and focusing on spine movement, using direction in space to find balance and go beyond physical limitations.
Talia Beck is an independent dancer and choreographer based in Tel Aviv.
As a dancer she has worked with Vertigo Dance Company, Noa Dar, Roy Assaf, Netta Yerushalmy, Ella Rothschild, Yasmeen Godder, Bruno Listopad, and The Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak Dance Company where she also collaborated as rehearsal director, choreographic assistant and staging their work around the world.
Among her works are:
Saudade (2009) and Ma’atzama (2010) for the Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak Dance Company; The Botany of Desire (2013); W (2016); COLONIA (2018); ESTERS (2019); HHH (2020) for The Batsheva Ensemble; ABSERT (2020); and The Moon is a Girl with the Sun in her Eyes (2022).
Talia studied Philosophy and Art at Tel Aviv University. She received her Masters in Choreography from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.
In 2021 She began studying nursing at the Sheinborn Nursing School at Ichilov Hospital.