Noa Zuk

Noa Zuk began dancing with the Batsheva Ensemble in 1997. In 2000, she joined the Batsheva Dance Company (BDC) where she performed until 2009. During her time with BDC, she also began choreographing her own work. Among her early pieces are “O.M.S.,” “A Droom Come Tree.” and the trio “Boxerman,” which was performed by members of the Batsheva Ensemble in New York City.  Her collaboration with interdisciplinary artist Ohad Fishof on the video dance “One More Song” was presented in Israel and abroad. In 2010, she was awarded The Schusterman Foundation Visiting Artist Scholarship and spent three months in residency at The Ohio State University in the United States. Her recent work “Speaker” (trio version) premiered in Israel’s annual event International Exposure as part of the Curtain Up series in 2011. In 2012, her new creation for Bern Ballet premiered in Switzerland, and she was also selected as one of ten finalists to present her work in the 5th Copenhagen International Choreography Competition. Noa is also a teacher of Ohad Naharin’s Gaga Movement Language.

1) What or who inspired you to want to be an artist? 
I’ve danced since I can remember myself. This was the primary passion that led to all the others: Joining the Batsheva Dance Company, starting to create my own work as a choreographer.

2) What was your creative journey that has brought you to where you are in your career today?
When I was 16 I went to see The Batsheva Dance Company performing Ohad Naharin’s work for the first time. And I felt that this was where I belong. Three years later I auditioned for The Batsheva Ensamble, the younger Batsheva company, and was accepted. From there I continued on  to the main company where I danced for 9 years. This is where I was shaped as a dancer and an artist.

3) What do you need as an artist today? 
Opportunities to create, excellent people to work with, and the money to pay them. I’m not interested so much in sets or complex productions. The center of my art is the work I do with the dancers.

4) What creative project are you working on now? 
Right now I am in Columbus, Ohio, 10 days away from the premier of a new piece. This is my second time as an artist in residence at the Department of Dance of The Ohio State University. I am here with my partner and collaborator Ohad Fishof. Together we are creating a new piece for 14 OSU dancers. The piece is called “Northing II.” The performances are on 16 & 17 of November at the Wexner Center. Also, in March 7 & 8 2013 I will be performing my work in NYC’s La Mama as part of the Israeli Dance week Festival.

5) Where do you see yourself and your career in 10 years? 
Creating work while meeting people from all over the world is what I enjoy the most. I hope to be able to continue to do this, under consistently improving conditions.

6) What does it mean to you to be an Israeli artist?
I’m happy about the way I was brought up and about who I am. I’m not sure what portion of that can be attributed to my nationality, and for me it is not so important.

7) What does it mean to you to have an organization like AICF available in the art world?
AICF has a great record of investing in artists in Israel over the years. Its contribution is incredible.