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@home // Netta Yerushalmy (watch on demand)
June 4, 2020
On Thursday, June 4, dancer and choreographer Netta Yerushalmy joined us from her home in New York City to perform a live, responsive improvisation. Feeding off prompts from the audience gathered in advance and in real-time, as well as new music by composer and vocalist Judith Berkson, Netta welcomed everyone to influence her movements and be part of artmaking. Responding to the prompts through her own idiosyncratic physicality, together we had a realtime dialogue across movement, language, and virtual space. Netta also shared reflections and answers questions about her artistic practice.
Broadcasted live from the artists’ living room to yours and hosted by TIOH Arts & Culture’s artistic director Diana Wyenn, this 30-minute virtual performance was live-streamed for free on our Facebook page as part of TIOH Arts & Culture’s @home series.
Netta Yerushalmy is a NY-based dance artist whose work aims to engage with audiences by imparting the sensation of things as they are perceived, not as they are known, and to challenge how meaning is attributed and constructed. She is currently an Arts Fellow at Princeton University. For her choreographic work, she has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, Jerome Robbins Bogliasco Fellowship, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award, National Dance Project Grant, a commission from LMCC’s Extended Life program, and New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. She was recently a Research Fellow at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, and a Fellow for Women Leaders in Dance at the Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University, as well as a New York City Center Choreography Fellow. Her work was presented by such venues as the Guggenheim Museum, American Dance Festival, The Joyce Theater, Danspace Project, New York Live Arts, Jacob’s Pillow Dance. Her work has been supported by institutions such as Baryshnikov Arts Center, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Movement Research, and Watermill Center. As a professional dancer, Netta performed with Pam Tanowitz Dance, Doug Varone and Dancers, the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, among others. Netta grew up in Galilee, Israel, and received her BFA in Dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Judith Berkson is a soprano, pianist and composer living in Brooklyn, New York. She studied voice with Lucy Shelton and composition with Joe Maneri at the New England Conservatory. She has collaborated with Kronos Quartet, Wet Ink, Yarn/Wire and City Opera and has presented work at Picasso Museum Malaga, Roulette, Le Poisson Rouge, Joe’s Pub, The Stone, Barbès and the 92 Street Y. She has received a Six Points Fellowship, a Jerome Foundation grant, Meet The Composer grant and support from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her solo album “Oylam” (ECM Records) was called “Standards and Schubert and liturgical music, swing and chilly silences, a beautiful Satie-like piece to open and close the record” by Ben Ratliff of The New York Times.
This virtual performance included the following compositions by Judith Berkson:
Castle (Auf Einer Burg; Robert Schumann interpreted and translated by J.Berkson)
Neu Deux – for electronics and voice
Monotonfin – for electronics and voice
Der Kreuzzug (The Crusade) by Franz Schubert
Image description: [top image] On a black stage in the foreground dancer and choreographer Netta Yerushalmy in a yellow top and blue flowy skirt is leaping upwards with one arm raised straight up with a fist and the other at a 90-degree angle and flat palm facing downwards. In the background, another dancer in a peach tank top and shorts is bent forward and low with their hands together in front of them. [middle image] A headshot of Netta wearing a leopard print shirt and orange hoodie. She is fair-skinned with curly hair and hazel eyes. She looks straight into the camera. [bottom image] A black and white photograph of Judith Berkson, a fair-skinned woman with shoulder-length hair, sitting in profile at a white keyboard.
Photos courtesy of the artists.