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Maayan is a choreographer, dancer and teacher, active in Europe and Israel, a fellow of Akademie Schloss Solitude. 


She relates to dancing and choreographing as an act of revealing; of giving access to the interior thinking structures of the maker/performer. In her making, she is interested in the distance between the actual and imagined, between fact and assumption, between static and fluid, linear and radiant. Through those concepts, she investigates how perception can be radically transformed though subtle choreographic choices and thus, dives deeper into unfolding the relationships between what was and what could possibly become.


Born and raised in Tel Aviv, she trained ballet and modern dance and received first insights into release based work, improvisation and somatic practices in 2003, through the studies of contemporary dance with Yasmeen Godder and contact improvisation. In 2006, she moved to Europe to pursue contemporary dance education at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance, where she studied with Susan Rethorst and Claudia Heu a.o. who had impacted her artistic world and nourished her interests in choreography and improvisation.       


Since graduating in 2008, she has been working as a dancer (with Oleg Soulimenko, Jana Unmußig, Dragana Alfirevic, Maya Weinberg, a.o.) and as a choreographer, making dance and performance work for theatre, galleries and outdoor spaces.


In 2012, Maayan enrolled into the MA program in Dance Dissemination at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln. In 2014, the duet “coda”, created as part of her final project was shown at the opening event of the dance centre, Tanzfaktur in Cologne and in Diver Festival, Tel Aviv Museum of Art. At the same year, upon finishing her master studies, she received the danceWEB Scholarship. 


In 2015, she created space-ballet in the frame of Artist in Residence Program of Kelim Choreography Centre/IL and premiered we began walking THERE we have been in tanz.tausch Festival, Cologne/DE, which was invited for Tanz NRW 17. In 2018, she initiated a performance and workshop tour around and with this performance in 5 X-Yugoslavia countries.


In 2016, she premiered Mirrors and Windows at ZAIK - Centre for Exchange and Innovation Cologne, participated in Tanzkongress as a speaker on the institutionalisation of theory in contemporary dance education and wrote for publication by the 5. Biennale Tanzausbildung. 


Maayan has been teaching dance, improvisation and choreography in dance universities and centres, (i.e. Academy of Dramatic Arts, Zagreb, Tanzfabrik Berlin, HfMT Köln) since 2007. She sees her teaching inseparable to her artistic practice.


Since 2018, she is working on Metaphors in Dance and Audio-Visual Material, Telepathy Work and Front-back, frame layer.

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