Shira Eviatar is an independent choreographer, dancer and artist based in Jaffa. She presents her work, lectures and leads workshops of her method in Israel, Europe, and the US, including festivals such as Rencontres Chorégraphiques, Fabbrica Europa, SPRING, and at Gibney and Batsheva Hosts, among others. She is the only Israeli choreographer invited to present at Theater De La Bastille in Paris to date. Eviatar was a guest artist at SEAD and participated as a lead choreographer in the Choreographic Series, a partnership of Suzanne Dellal Centre with ATOM Theater, Bulgaria.
PRIZES & RECOGNITION
She was a 2015 DanceWeb Scholar and is the recipient of the 2019 prize from the Ministry of Culture and Sport for the Preservation and Cultivation of Israeli Culture, and The 2020 Rosenblum Prize for Promising Artist for creating a new genre of local dance called contemporary Mizrahi.
Eviatar also often collaborates with various artisits. In 2018 she was selected to participate in a unique residency project of the international Cumplicidades festival in Portugal and the AADK in Spain which brought together artists from the Mediteranean to co-create and generate dialogue. Later than year, Eviatar collaborated with the international tap dancer Josette Wiggan to co-create Tapping into Self, which premiered in Intimadance Festival. In 2019, she co-created the duet "Possessing" in collaboration with the choreographer Hadar Ahuvia (New York). The work premiered at Gibney in NYC and toured in Israel.
AROUND THE WORLD
Eviatar's works have performed in Poland, Germany, Italy, France, Austria, Portugal, Spain, U.S., Romania, Hungary and Bulgaria. Some of her works include Body Roots, Body Mandala, Rising, Eviatar/Said, Three Generations: One Body, Kosher, De-Port Workers, Making sense, Possessing, taping into self.
THE ROOTS OF THE BODY
Eviatar's works reflect the forms within tradition and the knowledge they contain, creating a meeting point between the ethnic/traditional body and the concrete/present body, an abstraction of tradition. Eviatar is fascinated by the roots of the body and mind and how we embody our past generations, traditions and cultures. Her work seeks to question the artistic aesthetics based in Israel and attempts to recentralize Mizrachi culture in contemporary dance.
Eviatar holds a degree in dance theatre from Kibbutzim College. She studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in New York and in Kelim - a body for choreographic research.