Israeli born dancer and choreographer, Dana Ruttenberg graduated from The Bat-Dor School of Dance and the Thelma Yelin High-school for Performing Arts. She holds a B.A. in Dance from Columbia University and an MFA in Dance from the Hollins University/American Dance Festival program. As artistic director of her NY based dance troupe between 2000-2003, The Red Hill Project, she has created works that showcased at various venues across the US and Canada.
Since her return to Israel in 2003, she has been teaching, giving workshops and choreographing for the Batsheva Dance Ensemble, OtherDance Festival, IntimaDance Festival, Curtain Up Festival and Dance Arena festival, to name a few. Ruttenberg seeks to create works that engage all the senses, not excluding the sense of humor, and to reach new and varied audiences for Dance. To that aim, she collaborates with artists from different fields (theater, film, music and visual art), and examines new angles for the presentation and experience of dance. For instance, her work NABA allows audiences through the use of audio-guides (such as are used in museums) to choose the soundtrack for the piece themselves. Please Do Not Feed the Dancers is performed in an empty pool with the viewers watching it from above, and the gender-flexible POLY is presented with alternating female/male casts performing the same roles.
Ruttenberg continues to produce and present her own work in Israel and abroad. Her recent Dance-Film Private I’s (Director: Oren Shkedy) has screened at international film festivals in Chille, Germany,Hong Kong (Outstanding film Award), USA (Honorable mention Award), Portugal, Turkey, Argentina and Mexico. ScreensArt, a series of dance art works for the screen, premiered at Fresh Paint in Tel Aviv, showcased at the summer exhibition at Zemack Gallery in Tel Aviv and took part in the Miami Art Week in December 2012.
Dana continues to create choreography for various theater and TV productions throughout Israel, teach and perform abroad. She teaches in various dance departments and conservatories in Israel and gives workshops regularly. She was chosen as one of
“The Future Generation” women by The Marker W Magazine in 2011 and had recently been awarded the distinguished Rosenblum Award for Promising Young Artist by the municipality of Tel Aviv.
This Spring she was a visiting professor at Florida University as part of Schusterman Foundation’s Visiting Artist
Program, and gave workshops and talks in universities across the US.