Neta Pulvermacher (Choreographer, Dancer, Performer, Professor of Dance) was born in Kibbutz Lehavot Habashan, Israel, and graduated from Juilliard in 1985. She earned an M.A. in Dance and Dance Education from Teachers College/Columbia University and an MFA in Dance from Hollins University. She is a professor at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and the artistic director of the JAMD Ensemble.
Neta choreographed over 90 works for her company and other companies and institutions around the world. In New York, her company, the Neta Dance Company has been presented at Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, The Joyce Theater, 92nd Street Y and many other venues. The company toured throughout the U.S., Israel (Israel Festival), Europe, Costa Rica, Africa and Canada. Neta is noted for her collaborations with musicians, composers and directors, such as Roy Nathanson and The Jazz Passengers, John Zorn, Anthony Coleman, David Broza, Miri Ben Ari, Sara Davis Buechner, the English rock band XTC, and film director Mira Nair.
Her choreographic work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, NYFA, The Jerome Foundation, Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Maxine Greene Foundation and The Greenwall Foundation, among others; She received a special choreography award from Bessie Schoenberg (1995). Neta has taught and choreographed in Senegal, Ivory Coast and Chad, SEAD in Salzburg and in Tasmania (Australia), gave master classes at SUNY Purchase and in Beit Tzhaur in the Palestinian Territory.
She currently creates interdisciplinary works. In 2018 and 2019 she created and directed a unique city and site specific project in Jerusalem, entitled “Body, Site, Dance” – a full evening combining original commissioned work by seven choreographers that invites the audience to converse with the multiple narratives that are Jerusalem. The first edition of this project was presented in ‘Hamiffal’, Jerusalem and the 2019 edition was presented at the Jerusalem historic YMCA.
Neta is the founder, original curator and producer of the critically acclaimed A.W.A.R.D. (Artists With Audiences Responding 2 Dance) Show! The series was held in six major US Cities: New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle and Philadelphia and supported by The Boeing Corporation and Scott G. Kasen.
Pulvermacher choreographed for director Mira Nair’s acclaimed film, The Namesake (2007).
In 2006 she was invited to the White House in recognition of her international work as a choreographer.
In April 2009 Neta was invited to Ecole Des Sables in Senegal to teach a choreography workshop for 20 leading contemporary Africa choreographers. She returned to Africa for choreographic residencies in Chad and Ivory Coast (both sponsored by the US State Department).
Neta served as an associate professor of dance at the University of Florida School of Theatre and Dance from 2006 until 2013, where she founded the Swamp Dance Fest!. At UF she was awarded the 2010 UF College of Fine Arts Teacher of the Year and the 2011 International Educator of the year.
In 2013 Neta moved to Israel to become the Dean of Dance at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.
Since returning to Israel she has created new works for students at The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance (JAMD), Vertigo Dance Workshop, the BGU Dance Company, and the Jerusalem Dance Theater. In September 2016 she was invited to premiere “Its About Time” in the Tasmania Dance Move Festival in Hobart Australia. In March 2017 she traveled with the Ben Gurion University Dance Company to SEAD, Salzburg for the company’s first international exchange. Pulvermacher was the director of “Dancing to a Different Tune International Gathering” at the Ben Gurion University in May 2017 sponsored by the Schusterman Foundation.
In the summer of 2018 she was an affiliate faculty of the new UARTS international MFA in Dance in Montpellier, France.
Recent Commissions include “Imagine that you are a Mouse” for the Barnard College Dance Department in NYC April 2019. Utopia and the Night June 2019 at the Beit Mazia Dance Series in Jerusalem, and is currently touring with this work throughout Israel and in Berlin, Germany. In June 2019 she traveled with the JAMD Ensemble to the Camping festival at the CND/Pantin in Paris, France.