(TIVOLI, N.Y.) – ZviDance concludes its residency at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 7:30pm with a work-in-progress showing of “Escher/Bacon/Rothko,” set to premiere in at New York Live Arts in Manhattan in June 2015.
ZviDance, a company comprised of athletic and lyrical dancers, blends contemporary aesthetics with lush, full-bodied movement. A world-class dance company, ZviDance exists to share with audiences the choreographic vision and movement vocabulary of Israeli-born Artistic Director Zvi Gotheiner. Each piece defines a unique set of relationships and experiences, boldly addressing the depths of the human experience.
ZviDance has received critical praise and prestigious grants for its artistic pursuits. The company performs frequently at home in New York City at venues such as the Joyce Theater, Dance Theater Workshop and Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors.
Acting as a cultural ambassador for the city, ZviDance has toured across North America to festivals such as Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and The American Dance Festival, and abroad to Germany, Poland, Russia, Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador and Japan.
In addition to concert presentations, ZviDance engages in site-specific work that has been performed at a variety of locations such as Governors’ Island, Alice Austen House Museum on Staten Island, the Angel Orensanz Foundation and the garden paths of Wave Hill.
Born and raised in Mesilot, a kibbutz in northern Israel rooted in communal living, Zvi Gotheiner arrived in New York City on a dance scholarship from the American-Israeli Cultural Foundation. Born to Polish parents who emigrated to Israel during the rise of national socialism across Europe, Gotheiner’s work contains a distinct blend of influences ranging from European Expressionism to NYC-based postmodern dance, intertwining concept- and movement-based performance into his signature movement vocabulary.
Each work by Gotheiner engages in pressing themes of contemporary relevance while maintaining a universal reach. Recently, Gotheiner’s work has been focused on contemporary communities, mental patterning and the human condition.
Zvi Gotheiner began his artistic career as a gifted violinist with the Young Kibbutzim Orchestra, where he attained the rank of soloist and Concertmaster at age 15. He began dancing at 17, and soon after formed his first performance group. After arriving in New York, Zvi went on to dance with the Joyce Trisler Dance Company, Feld Ballets/NY and the Bat-Sheva Dance Company. After directing Tamar Ramle and the Jerusalem Tamar Dance Companies in Israel and the Israeli Chamber Dance Company in New York, he founded ZviDance.