Israeli company Roy Assaf Dance makes its New York debut with a program of intricate and nuanced works: Six Years Later is a duet meditating on a mysterious connection, and The Hill, a powerful all-male trio, is inspired by the experiences of war veterans. One of the most sought-after emerging choreographic voices today, Assaf has received commissions from companies across the globe, including Batsheva Dance Company, The Royal Swedish Ballet, National Dance Company Wales, and LA Dance Project.
Roy Assaf Dance's premiere U.S. tour, with partnering performances at Baryshnikov Arts Center (NYC), CityDance (Bethesda, MD), and Dance Place (Washington, DC), is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Generous support has also been provided by the Israel Institute, Washington, D.C. and Israel’s Office of Cultural Affairs in North America. Lead support of dance programming at BAC is provided by the Rudolf Nureyev Endowment. Major support for dance programming and activities provided by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Harkness Foundation for Dance.
Soldier Dances, From a Land Pervaded by the Military
IMPRESSIONS: Roy Assaf Dance's New York Premiere at Baryshnikov Arts Center
In the Studio: Roy Assaf On His Greatest Fears as a Choreographer
Roy Assaf was born in 1982 in the rural community of Sde Moshe in southern Israel. In 2005, Assaf created his first work, We Came for the Wings, Stayed Because We Couldn't Fly, as part of the Shades In Dance competition in Tel Aviv. The work won the Judges Choice and Audience Favorite awards. From 2006 through 2009, Assaf worked as assistant choreographer to Emanuel Gat, developing new works and restaging existing repertoire around the world.
In 2010, he was appointed Artistic Associate at the NND company in Groningen, where he created Rock. In 2011, he created and danced in Six Years Later, which was awarded first prize in choreography at the 5th International Choreography Competition in Copenhagen. The following year, he created and danced in The Hill, which won first prize in the 27th International Competition For Choreographers, Hanover. More recently, his invitation to participate in 7th edition of [re]connaissance danse contemporaine with The Hill resulted in first prize awards from both the jury and audience. Assaf continued to explore the theme of gender with two distinct full-length works, Girls (2014) and Boys (2015), both supported by the Intima Dance Festival hosted by Tmuna Theatre in Tel Aviv. In September 2014 he created II Acts for the Blind for L.A. Dance Project under the direction of Benjamin Millepied, which premiered in the Biennale de Lyon, followed in February 2015 by Ballader, a collaboration with the Swedish pianist and composer Roland Peter Pöntinen, for the Royal Swedish Ballet. 2016 saw the creation of Adam, a work for 12 dancers, for the Batsheva Dance Company and Profundis, a work for nine dancers, for National Dance Company Wales. In early 2017 Assaf remade II Acts for the Blind into a full evening with his own company in Israel.