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Ze'eva Cohen

Professor of Dance in the Lewis Center for the Arts, Emerita

Ze’eva Cohen is a dancer, choreographer and dance professor at Princeton University where she served as Coordinator and Head of Dance from1969 until 2008. Cohen came to New York from her native country, Israel, in 1963 to study at the Juilliard School and perform with the Anna Sokolow Dance Company.  She was also a founding member of Dance Theater Workshop, where she worked as a choreographer and dancer from the mid-sixties to the mid seventies.

In 1971, she initiated her pioneering and highly acclaimed solo dance repertory program, which toured nationally and internationally for twelve years, partly under the auspices of the National Endowment for the Arts Residency Touring Dance Program.  The solo repertory included commissioned works and reconstructions as well as her original choreography comprising a total of twenty-eight solos by twenty-three choreographers.

In 1983, she founded Ze’eva Cohen and Dancers, a company for which she developed a diverse group repertory, performing in New York and on national tours. Cohen’s choreographic work includes fifty dances that have been performed by twenty-nine national and international dance companies including Boston Ballet, Munich Tanzprojekt, Batsheva Dance Company, Inbal Dance Theater of Israel and the Alvin Ailey Repertory Dance Company.  Over twenty educational institutions have also staged her work.

Cohen’s works have been commissioned by several dance companies and have also been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council for the Arts and various foundations and institutions, including Princeton University.

Over the last decade, Cohen has choreographed, produced and performed Negotiations and Female Mythologies -- programs dealing with cultural, political and social issues and focusing on women’s myths and lives.

Since 1998, Cohen has worked with the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) to help create and oversee their international curriculum and assessment criteria for Dance.

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