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Deganit Shemy

Past Guest Choreographer

Israeli and New York-based choreographer Deganit Shemy studied art at the Kalisher School of Art, and dance in the movement department of the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance.

Her critically-acclaimed choreographies have been performed throughout Israel and the United States, as well as internationally since 2002.

In 2003, Ms. Shemy won the Gvanim Bemachol Award and the Choreographer Award from the American-Israeli Cultural Foundation. She was named Young Choreographer of the Year by the Israeli Ministry of Education in 2004.

Since re-locating to New York, Ms. Shemy has been an Artist-in-Residence at Dance New Amsterdam, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, DMAC, Movement Research, Dance Theatre Workshop and the Baryshnikov Arts Center. In addition, Ms. Shemy received space grants from the Harkness Dance Center at the 92nd Street Y in 2005 and 2008. She has also been awarded a 2008 NYFA Fellowship and a 2010 Built Grant.

IODINE, choreographed by Deganit Shemy, won the 2008 A.W.A.R.D. show for best choreography and was presented at Performance Space 122 and at the Singapore Fringe Festival.

Deganit Shemy was selected as a 2008-09 Sugar Salon Artist, The excerpt from the developing piece was presented in Baryshnikov Arts Center in January 2009.

Ms. Shemy was commissioned to present her new full evening length work, ARENA, at Dance Theater Workshop, on April 16-18, 2009. The piece was partly developed in residence at the Baryshnikov Arts Center and an expanded version of ARENA was performed at the inaugural Ringling International Arts Festival in Sarasota, Florida on October 7-11, 2009. Prior to the performances, the company toured to Florida for a two-week residency at Florida State University in Tallahassee.

In addition Ms. Shemy presented a new short piece at Duo Multicultural Arts Center in June 2009, and received a new commission and production by Dance Space Project in February 2010to present  Arena-Round 2 and Blink.

Ms. Shemy's first site-specific piece, 2 Kilos of Sea, was commissioned by LMCC NY and presented as part of the Sitelines Festival in July 2010.

Deganit Shemy has served as the Barbara Bray Ketchum Artist-in-Residence at Sarah Lawrence College and as guest teacher at the Roger Williams University of Rhode Island.

Photo by Jiri Boudnik


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