People — teaching, performing, or otherwise involved in Contact
Karkur , Israel

Shahar Dor is an artist, teacher, performer, the founder and director of Artness. He has been researching, performing and teaching contact improvisation and improvisation as a performing art using movement, theater, music, photography and video for the last 15 years. He performs, cooperates with artists, and does projects all over the world, within independent and academic settings.
Shahar is one of the mainstays of this kind of art, in Israel and Europe. His work creates a place of safety, study and creation for many people, with a variety of abilities and desires.

Shahar is known for his original approach to the body, movement and performance, and the inspiration he derives from other art forms. His practice uses a variety of techniques from movement and presence, work with the voice, music, photography, video, the visual arts, martial arts, yoga and meditation. The rich language of images that he uses in teaching combine worlds and approaches using humor, sensitivity, independent discovery and the expression of movement and its performance.

In 2005 he founded Artness. In 2009 the school was founded in Kibbutz Ein Shemer and in 2010 the school moved to its present home, which included a modern studio, a theatre-gallery and the houses of culture and performance were founded.

Artness is a unique language of work and creation that is based on movement, improvisation and multi-disciplinary work which combines the arts of movement, visual theater and dance, visual and digital arts and music alongside elements of research and practice in movement as a way for self-development and empowerment, both personal and within society. Today, Artness is a house of modern culture and a unique and leading school in the field of inter-disciplinary art as a language of the creation of art, and as a tool of cultural development. The unique creative language which developed over a period of years is characterized by interdisciplinary thought and action, supported by proficiency in a wide range of performance tools: movement, space, stage design, costumes, sound, and direction, and an emphasis on the in-depth investigation by the independent performer of his tools.

CONTACT: Shahar Dor, +972 (0)459322125, ,
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Lior Ophir
Herzlia, Israel

Lior Ophir (Israel) is a Dancer, Improviser, Performance Artist, Musician, Shiatsu therapist, Engineer, Teacher, Student.
Born 1971. After years of working in the field of engineering, I met with the dance that changed my life.
Since the late 90’s Lior practices and explores various forms of movement, dance, body/mind and awareness, including: Improvisation, Contact Improvisation, Butoh, Contemporary Dance, Shiatsu Therapy, Yoga, Vipassana Meditation, Tai-Qi, Qi-Kong. His performance work and teaching are influenced by these disciplines.
Lior has been performing in solo works as well as in collaborations with various artists, in theaters, galleries and in the public space, in Israel and throughout the world.
He has been teaching in Israel, Japan, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Netherlands, Switzerland, Hungary, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, Argentina, Brasil, and more.
Co-founder of the Israeli CI Association, co-organizer of the Israeli CI festival, and founder of several other festivals and ensembels.
Had worked, collaborated and danced with some of the great dancers and teachers such as Yoshito Ohno, Arye Burstein, Nancy Starks-smith, Julian Hamilton, Juan Cruz-Diaz, Nita Little, Frey Faust, Mirva Makinnen and many others.
Lior currently lives in the little village of Udim in Israel, cares for his vegetable garden, teaches and performs.
You can see him dancing:

In my teaching today I look for a relaxed and awake state in the body and mind in the dance. I am influenced, among other things, by Release and Klein Techniques in search for a released physical state in movement and using our structure in an easy and efficient way, an understanding and work with the physical forces that work on us. I like to invite and allow the personal/authentic dance of each one, the meeting, and the pleasure in dancing.

In my performance work today I am investigating Improvisation and Contact Improvisation as performance art, exploring the whole range between physical and emotional. Specifically curious how can I fill an empty space – alone and with a group, How can I fine-tune myself as performer to get closer to the “human-string” that vibrates in all of us so the personal/authentic journey of the performer invites the audience to share the journey, to be touched and ultimately to change.

CONTACT: Lior Ophir, +972-544-671234,
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Ady Elzam
Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv 64928, Israel

I’m a dancer, performer, teacher and I research movement and improvisation..
I’m part of the Israeli CI Organisation and one of the organizers of the Israeli CI Festival…
I’m also organizing a Iprov festival in Pushkar, Rajasthan, India…
I teach CI for five years.

CONTACT: Ady Elzam, +972523627653,
Permalink — Updated: Mar 14 2013