Sharon Vazanna (1982)
founder & creator
Founder of Sharon Vazanna Body in Dance and a member of The Israeli Choreographers Association. Sharon and her team have performed across Europe and the USA in diverse festivals and venues. Vazanna holds an M.A. in Choreography from the Jerusalem Dance Academy. Graduate of the Rotterdam Dance Academy (B.A), 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 and others.
Sharon received the Ministry of Culture Artistic Dance Award for Young Choreographers 2019.
Her creation Transparent Borders won first prize in the Be’er Sheva Fringe Theatre Choreography Competition in 2017.
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 Competitionin The Canary Islands, Spain.
Vazanna 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. In 2017 Vazanna was commissioned by the Delattre Dance Company in Mainz, Germany.
In 2021 Sharon is invited to create a work for the repertoire company Inbal Dance Theatre, Tel Aviv.
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: Ascaf Avraham