Keren Levi (Israël, 1972) was trained in and danced four years for the school of Kibbutz Dance Company conducted by Yehudit Arnon. Following she was a dancer for Ohad Naharin at the Batsheva Ensemble. Here she made her choreography ('96).
Since 1996 she is in Europe working as a dancer in different productions, with Philippe Blanchard(Zw), ClairRussEnsemble (ENG), Leine&Roebana (NL), Händeler & Elshout (NL), Joaquim Sabate (NL), Club Guy & Roni(NL) en 2nd Nature Co. (AUS). In the same period she developed her own work for DWA, Dansateliers, Korzo, Het Grand Theatre, Fontys and the Rotterdam Dance Academy (Codarts). She taught for HJS, Amsterdam Theaterschool, Fontys, Codarts and Charleroi/Danses.
The path of her work as a maker has traveled through different themes, styles and aesthetics but has always maintained an intense physical signature. She focusses on movement and its organization following a coherent concept or a task, placing the body at the center of her investigation, teasing the boundaries of both performers and public. Her working method, and general artistic standpoint, is to derive material from the performers with whom she works. Her process is collaborative; the work is inspired and driven by an exchange with the performers as individuals. Their history, beliefs, perspectives and personal fascinations serve as material to work with and from. She invites the performers to take an active role in the creation process and to own the work, making it theirs as much as hers. She sees herself as a facilitator; directing, supporting, nourishing and giving form to a collective effort and inspiration.