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founder & creator

Sharon is Artist in Residence at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts during 2023/24 season.

Born 1982 in The Netherlands and based in Israel. Sharon is an international

Choreographer, teacher and dancer. Mother of Lavie (6) and Live (3). She founded Body in Dance, a project-based company in 2012, a member of The Israeli Choreographers Association. Vazanna is Winner of The Ministry of Culture Artistic Dance Award for Young Choreographers 2019.

 

Sharon and her team performed across Europe and USA in diverse festivals and venues, among them: The KORZO Theatre - The Hague, The Netherlands, 92Y - New York, USA, Sibenik Dance Festival- Sibenik, Croatia, Konzert Theatre Festival - Bern, Switzerland, Energie De Tel Aviv Festival - Milan, Italy.

Her creations and productions are supported by International and Israeli funds among them The Israeli Ministry of Culture, The Schusterman Foundation and The Israel Institute- USA, Running Up The Hill Residency center - Bologna, Italy, ilDance-  Sweden, The Pais Foundation - Israel, The Tel Aviv City Municipality.

In 2017 Vazanna was commissioned by the Delattre Dance Company in Mainz, Germany. She was an artist in residence as part of a program made possible by the Israel Institute and the Schusterman Foundation at The Muhlenberg College, Pennsylvania in 2016. 

Vazanna holds an M.A. in Choreography from the Jerusalem Dance Academy (2016). Graduate of the Rotterdam Dance Academy (B.A. 2004), Vazanna was a dancer at the Cullberg Ballet in Sweden and the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company in Israel. She worked with Choreographers Johan Inger, Crystal Pite, Alexander Ekman, Mats Ek, Anouk Van Dijk, Idan Sharabi, Idan Cohen and others. 

Sharon teaches contemporary dance and repertoire in diverse educational institutes among them: The Thelma Yellin School Of The Arts, The Kibbutzim College and The Pro-Mornings- open classes for professional dancers at The Suzanne Dellal Dance Center in Tel Aviv.

Prizes

  • Vazanna is a winner of The Ministry of Culture Artistic Dance Award for Young Choreographers 2019.

  • Her creation Monster won the outstanding performer prize for the performance of the dancer Dana Zeharia at The Fringe Choreography Competition 2018, Be'er Sheva, Israel.

  • Her creation Transparent Borders won first prize in The Fringe Theatre Choreography Competition 2017 Be'er Sheva, Israel.

  • Vazanna received an excellence scholarship for the creation BODIES from the Israeli Union of Performing Artists in 2016.

  • Her creation Red Fields won the Audience Award at the 2013 MASDANZA Choreography Competition In The Canary Islands, Spain.

  • Vazanna is the winner of the Outstanding Dancer Award at The Copenhagen International Choreography Competition 2012, Denmark.

The Jury's Statement for the Ministry of Culture Artistic Dance Award of 2019:

"Vazanna's creation focuses on the rich possibilities and outstanding skills the dancing body can offer, on the exacting demands of control and dexterity from her dancers and on the ravishing show she offers to her public."

 

"Vazanna has an impressive record of creations distinguished by their sensuality, fluency and precision. She excels in appreciating the delicate fabric of human relations and thus knows how to create tension by playing with the distance between the moving bodies."

 

"Her clear theatrical language is expressed, among other, by the very heedful look of her dancers. The rhythm of her creations is full of surprises and the movement is lively and very tense."

Photo: Liron Weisman

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