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Artistic Director Emanuel Gat

Emanuel Gat was born in Israel in 1969. His first encounter with dance was at the age of 23 during a workshop led by Israeli choreographer Nir Ben Gal. Few months later he joined the Liat Dror Nir Ben Gal Company with whom he toured internationally. He started working as an independent choreographer in 1994.

Ten years later, Emanuel founded his company Emanuel Gat Dance at the Suzanne Dellal Centre in Tel Aviv, with whom he has created several pieces of which “Winter Voyage” (2004) and “The Rite of Spring” (2004) won a Bessy Award; “K626” (2006) and “3for2007” (2007), before choosing to settle in France, at the Maison Intercommunale de la Danse in Istres. “Silent Ballet” (2008) was the first piece created in France, followed by “Winter Variations” in 2009 and “Brilliant Corners” in 2011.

In 2013, Emanuel Gat was associated artist to the Montpellier Danse Festival for which the company developed the project "Up Close Up" proposing two new works : “The Goldlandbergs” and “Corner Etudes”, a photographic installation “It’s people, how abstract can it get ?” and a choreographic event “Danses de Cour”. In 2014, Emanuel Gat creates "Plage Romantique", a one hour work for 9 dancers, in the Agora courtyard during the 34th Festival Montpellier Danse.

Emanuel is associated choreographer to Montpellier Danse Festival for the seasons 2016-18 and has presented “SUNNY”, a choreography for 10 dancers in collaboration with musician Awir Leon who is playing live. In 2017, Emanuel presented his second project as part of his residency at Montpellier Danse, which included two productions: a unique collaboration with the Ballet de l'Opera de Lyon, “TENWORKS (for Jean-Paul)”, a program of ten short new pieces mixing dancers from both companies; and “DUOS”, a series of duets presented at different public locations around the city of Montpellier during the festival.

In 2018, Emanuel collaborates with the prestigious Ensemble Modern and creates Story Water at the Cour d'Honneur during Festival d’Avignon. Gathering 12 dancers, 13 musicians and a conductor, Story Water examines the space between dance and music, with Dérives 2 by Pierre Boulez for the first time in the choreographic field. The score is also composed of Fury II by Rebecca Saunders and FolkDance, co-composed by the Ensemble’s musicians and Emanuel Gat.

Emanuel is associated choreographer at the National Scene of Albi in 2016 and from the season 2018-19, he is associated choreographer at the National Theater of Chaillot in Paris, for three years.

Emanuel is regularly invited to set his work and create new pieces for dance companies around the world, including the Paris Opera Ballet, Sydney Dance Company, ICK Amsterdam, Tanztheater Bremen, Le Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, Ballet de Marseille, The Royal Swedish Ballet, Polish National Ballet, Ballet de Lorraine, Cedar Lake, Ballet British Columbia and Ballet de l'Opera de Lyon among others.




WORKS (75')

Choreography, lights: Emanuel Gat

Music:Richard Strauss, Im Abendrot. Gewandhausorchester directed by Kurt Masur – Singer : Jessye Norman. Emanuel Gat, MnM , Emanuel Gat, SARA, J.S Bach, The well tempered clavier, book 2 Prelude #4 in C Sharp minor BWV 873, Piano : Glenn Gould , Chick-P, Business Bach, Irving Berlin, They Say It’s Wonderful, The Chordettes, Awir Leon, MANU 15 , Nina Simone, Sinnerman, (Live in New-York, 1965)

Costumes: Thomas Bradley, Emanuel Gat

Created in collaboration with and performed by: Thomas Bradley, Robert Bridger, Péter Juhász, Michael Löhr, Emma Mouton, Eddie Oroyan, Genevieve Osborne, Karolina Szymura, Milena Twiehaus, Sara Wilhelmsson

Production: Emanuel Gat Dance
Coproduction: Festival Montpellier Danse, Scène Nationale d’Albi
Coproduction Milena & Michael: Maison de la Danse de Lyon
With the help of Conseil Départemental des Bouches-du-Rhône and the Région Sud - Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. Emanuel Gat Dance acknowledges the support of the city of Istres, of the French Ministry of Culture and of the DRAC Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.

Created at the Agora - cité internationale de la danse and Maison de la danse d’Istres.


WORKS was originally created as a collaboration between Emanuel Gat Dance and Le Ballet de Lyon, mixing ten dancers from each company. Two years after its creation, Emanuel recreated a new version with dancers only from Emanuel Gat Dance, further developing the ideas and themes explored in the rst version of the work.

WORKS is a dance piece celebrating dancers. Their uniqueness, virtuosity, engagement, fearlessness, sense of responsibility and humanity. A group of 10 dancers, all long time collaborators of Emanuel Gat Dance, sharing years of a joint artistic collaboration as well as an intimate knowledge of Gat’s creative process, ll the stage in a frantic succession of choreographic fragments evolving through various constellations, formats, musical environments and choreographic procedures.

WORKS is in many ways a reaction to the changing times and to the constant evolution of how dance, and art in general, is being created and produced. It is an attempt to question old boundaries and hierarchies, to foster a new redistribution of artistic responsibilities and resources.

A stream of choreographic consciousness, WORKS navigates freely between questions of scale, decision making, collaborative strategies, notions of efficiency and clarity, real time choreography, theatrical approaches and musical interpretations, in order to reveal the inner logics and mechanics of human behaviours.

WORKS is personal journey of ten individuals looking for connection. A complex choreographic structure and at the same time, a dance reduced to its most fundamental elements, where dancers are ‘driving’ the work and recreating it each time anew, examining the role of the performer as an onstage, live creator.

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