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.