Deganit Shemy

Andrew Horwitz has worked with Deganit Shemy since 2005, curating her into Performance Space 122 (2008), into Beyond Gaga: Contemporary Israeli Dance and the Reinvention of the Jewish Body (2009) and The River to River Festival (2010) with a new site-specific work 2 Kilos of Sea that was later presented in a stage version at the Baryshnikov Arts Center.

Since then he has worked as a creative and strategic advisor to Ms. Shemy, including her most recent work in the States, 2012’s Hungry Kite at The Chocolate Factory Theater.

Choreographer Deganit Shemy’s works, which create a critical gap between content and form through its distinguished movement vocabulary, have been commissioned and presented at Danspace Project, PS122, Dance Theatre Workshop, DUO Multicultural Arts Center, Baryshnikov Arts Center, the Inaugural Ringling International Arts Festival in Sarasota, Singapore Fringe Festival and at various venues through Israel.

Ms. Shemy has been an Artist-in-Residence at Dance New Amsterdam, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, DUO Multicultural Arts Center, Movement Research, Dance Theatre Workshop and Baryshnikov Arts Center; has received space grants from the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center in 2005 and 2008 and was selected as a 2008-09 Sugar Salon Artist. She has also been awarded a 2008 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and a 2010 BUILD Grant.

Shemy won a Gvanim Bemachol Contest (2003), the A.W.A.R.D. Show (2008), was honored with the Choreographer Award from the American-Israeli Cultural Foundation (2003) and named Young Choreographer of the Year by the Israeli Ministry of Education (2004).

Shemy  has served as a 2010 Barbara Bray Ketchum Artist-in-Residence at Sarah Lawrence College and as a guest teacher at the Roger Williams University of Rhode Island. Most recently she was a guest artist at the Peter B. Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University.