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Sharon Eyal

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Biography Sharon Eyal

Danser and choreographer

Sharon Eyal was born in Jerusalem. She danced with the Batsheva Dance Company from 1990 until 2008 and began choreographing within the framework of the company’s Batsheva Dancers Create project. Eyal served as Associate Artistic Director of Batsheva between 2003-2004, and House Choreographer of the company between 2005-2012.

In 2009 Eyal began creating pieces for other dance companies in the world: Killer Pig (2009) and Corps de Walk (2011) for Carte Blanche Dance of Norway; Too Beaucoup (2011) for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Plafona (2012) for Tanzcompagnie Oldenburg, Germany.

In 2013 Eyal launches L-E-V with her long-time collaborator Gai Behar. This October, they premiered Untitled Black in collaboration with the Goteborgs Operans Danskompani in Gothenburg, Sweden.
 Eyal is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2004 Ministry of Culture Award for young dance creators and the 2009 Landau Prize for the Performing Arts in the dance category. In 2008, she was named a Chosen Artist of the Israel Cultural Excellence Foundation.


Press Reviews:

Sharon Eyal's BILL is not just another well choreographed piece, but rather a milestone, a significant and wondrous creation by a skilled and mature artist who is not afraid of complexity

Merav Yodilovich, Ynet, May 13, 2010


“Batsheva Dance Company: Breathtaking”:  “One almost believed he was in the jungle, in a warm place, physical, tribal… a breathtaking performance….In Bertolina, the choreographer at home of the company, Sharon Eyal, discards the choreographic conventions in order to return to the source dancing: movement and energy. From the beginning to the end , she does not leave any breathing space to the spectators, and they do not complain… One can affirm that the Batsheva Dance Company has left behind her an indelible trace. The spectators have been moved, troubled, and breathtaken by what they saw.”

Daphne Bedard, Le Soleil-Quebec

 “Bertolina Sets the Maisonneuve Aflame”: “The 36-year-old choreographer, active in the Israeli company of international scale for 10 years, claims herself a worthy heiress to the renowned Ohad Naharin… Brilliantly orchestrated, the group scenes magnificently build on the vigor of the number and the weight of the masses opposite the individual.”

Christian Saint Pierre, Arts de la scene, Nov. 23, 2007     

“A Menagerie Gone Wild”:  “Imagine that Manet´s beautiful Olympia should come down from her bed, and start dancing with fury. Or that the "dejeuner sur l´herbe" was caught a little while later, in the middle of the orgy that is starting under the wondering eye of the painter. You will then have an idea of the freedom that the choreographer, Sharon Eyal, has captured in order to brush her dance painting…. They are 20 magnificent interpreters, invading a black canvas, intense, black, deep, and the beautiful Sharon Eyal among them, superbly feline, nearly naked, captures all the glances."

Guylaine Massoutre, Le Devoir