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 also exists to engage students in enriching their appreciation of the art form.
ZviDance brings its audiences a passionate vision of community in a modern age. A collaborative alliance among artists, the company’s stirring work celebrates diversity by melding movement genres into the distinct dance vocabulary constantly evolving and refusing to succumb to dialectics of the medium. The company is shaped by a collaborative model of creation, involving the ensemble and designers from the initial research phase, so as to constantly push the methodology and ethics of a creation process within an inter-disciplinary format.
In the last 33 years of existence, ZviDance has received critical praise and stable funding for its artistic projects, a work that fearlessly refuses to be bound to specific thematic or aesthetic dogma. The company performs frequently at home in such New York venues as the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Joyce Theater, New York Live Arts and Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors. 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, Israel, Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador and Japan.
Zvi Gotheiner – Artistic Director
Internationally acclaimed choreographer Zvi Gotheiner is the Artistic Director of ZviDance. Praised for a signature innovative style and fascinating melding of artistic mediums, his work is recognized as radical, contemporary dance theater, ground-breaking, thoughtful yet passionate, with lush movement. Zvi is also a renowned ballet teacher with a devoted following throughout the world, hailed by the New York Times as The Zen Dance Master of New York.
His work frequently touches upon relevant issues and themes around relationships and community. He has been described “as much sociologist as dance-maker” (Alastair Macaulay, New York Times),
A prolific choreographer with over 35 works in the last 30 years, Zvi integrates exciting original musical scores, evocative lighting designs, with edgy multi-media and video projections. The ZviDance renowned creative team includes composers Scott Killian and Jukka Rintamak; visual designers Josh Higgason and Herzog Nadler; and lighting designer Mark London. His collaborative approach extends to the dancers and is infused with deep regard for the individual and their creative, aesthetic role within the ensemble. His company is admired for its elasticity, athleticism, and emotional expressivity.
Zvi has created numerous commissioned works for prestigious companies, institutions and universities around the world, including Repertory Dance Theatre Utah, GroundWorks Dance Theatre, Juilliard Dance New Dances, Princeton, NYU, Ohio State University, University of Washington, Bard College, Vassar College.
Born in Israel, the musically gifted young Zvi encountered a performance of the Batsheva Dance Company that forever changed his life, inviting him “into a world of fantasy and self-definition”. As a young dancer/choreographer, he was discovered by the legendary Gertrud Kraus, who took him under her wing. Following a dance scholarship with the America-Israeli Cultural Foundation, he began dancing throughout the world with Batsheva Dance Company, Joyce Trisler, Eliot Feld, among others.
He founded the Tamar Ramle Dance Company, a herald of the Israel dance fringe movement, and later directed the Tamar Jerusalem Dance Company. Increasingly drawn to New York City, he moved in 1988, and in 1989 founded ZviDance.
ARTISTIC STATEMENT – From Zvi……
“In these increasingly tumultuous and volatile times, the creative process is the most powerful force in my life. I aspire to make my work reflect on the “now”. While making new movement phrases, I shed sequences imprinted in my memory, such as those in ballet, folk dance, and numerous contemporary genres, and research the invention of new ones with my collaborators.
I’ll have the sense there’s a piece in me, maybe not in verbal form but in my consciousness, a sculpture in the stone. There is research and a process but, in the end, I’m always surprised by how it comes together. It’s richer and more interesting when I don’t know where I’m going.
My starting point is the body. I allow for greater collaboration with the dancers and project designers. I have shifted my role from a “knowing” director to a collaborator seeking to discover the evolution of ideas. I have incorporated a system of critical response and feedback that are now essential for me in the creation of new movement vocabulary and the overall shape of a given work. This loose system allows me to invent a new creative process tailored to each work, and a flow of creative intelligence from an entire team. The more deeply I observe the creative process, the more mysterious making something from nothing becomes. I feel lucky to have these opportunities to immerse in invention, and a remarkable group of collaborators that brings it all together.”
Doron Perk, originally from Israel, studied at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance with the support of the “America – Israel Cultural Foundation. After graduating in 2008, he danced in Croatian National Theater Ballet in Split, Compañía Nacional de Danza in Madrid, and The Batsheva Ensemble – The Young Company in Tel Aviv. In 2016, Doron moved to New York City as a Gaga teacher and started working as an independent artist. After dancing and teaching with Zvi Gotheiner for five years, he is now Associate Artistic Director with ZviDance. Doron was listed in “Best Performers of 2016” by Dance Magazine, received two Extraordinary Ability in the Arts O-1 Visas, and is a LABA fellow at The 14th street Y.
Alison Clancy is an artist in pursuit of beauty and catharsis. Most days start with ballet and end with electric guitar. She dances with The Metropolitan Opera, teaches at NYU, and is signed as a solo musician to Independent Project Records. She is a creative director for many performance and media projects. Most recently she was commissioned to choreograph and compose new work for a collaboration between Dancers of the Met Opera and Musicians of New York City Ballet. Alison’s work bridges between worlds; integrating original music, somatic rituals, dramatic visuals, and eclectically beautiful collaborators to create otherworldly environments: lost intersections where we search for ourselves in the shadows. Alison has been a company member of Zvi Dance since 2008.
Evan Fisk Currently working as an Actor, Dancer, and Model in New York City, Evan Fisk earned his BFA from the Juilliard School in 2017 and immediately joined the cast of PunchDrunk’s Sleep No More. He has also been a dancer for Brian Brooks Moving Company for 3 years performing around the country. At the Park Avenue Armory, Fisk was one of the “initiates” to wear Nick Cave’s SoundSuits during the Upright Ceremony, and an audience facilitator during installation hours. Additionally, he also creates his own work, blending dance, theatricality, and speech, often collaborating with his peer Caitlin Javech, as well as with composers and filmmakers. Most recently Evan participated in the creative process, performance, and filming of “Silver City”, Boise based LED’s (Lauren Edson Dance) production at BSU’s Morrison Center. This is Evan’s first project with ZviDance.
Caitlin Javech, a native of Miami, Florida, Caitlin Javech attended high school at New World School of the Arts and went on to The Juilliard School, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2017. Caitlin choreographed prolifically at Juilliard and has continued to present and perform her own work as a freelance artist at various venues in NYC post-graduation. Caitlin has performed professionally at The Banff Centre, the Cunningham Trust, Hatch Presenting Series, The Chen Dance Center, Arts on Site NYC, 7MPR Themed Dance Theater Program, and The Higher Ground Festival. Caitlin is also a fully certified Pilates instructor and runs her own business “JavechMovement Pilates Training” and is the co-founder of “Beyond the Barre, NYC; Pilates for Dancers by Dancers”. Most recently, Caitlin has worked as a dancer and company manager for Tabula Rasa Dance Theater and with ZviDance while pursuing an MFA in Choreography CalArts.
Matilda Mackey is a burgeoning professional dance artist specializing in the sensory language of movement and choreography. Raised in Iowa City, IA, she began dancing at age two at the Nolte Academy, where she connected with the beauty and curiosity of movement language throughout her adolescence. Matilda attended The Juilliard School and matriculated in May of 2020 with a BFA in Dance, and has embarked on several freelance endeavors since then. She has worked with and performed pieces by choreographers including Maxine Doyle, Bobbi Jene Smith, Zvi Gotheiner, Bill T. Jones, Peter Chu and Zina Zinchenko among others. She currently performs with Zvi Dance Company, Wyckoff Collective, and other project-based companies. Alongside performing, Matilda is also passionate about choreographing; her work has been presented at Juilliard’s Choreographic Honors Showcase and various festivals, including the Dare to Dance (D2d) in Public: Pandemania, White Wave Solo/Duo Festival in NY, and the Iowa Dance Festival. Additionally, she is a certified Pilates instructor at Inspira Physical Therapy in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Matilda is driven by the desire to create connections between the moving body and the brain, and how dance can connect communities and ignite joy.
Nat Wilson grew up in Michigan where he first studied dance with Ballet Chelsea. He continued his training at various ballet schools around the United States before joining the Joffrey Ballet Studio Company in 2013. He danced with Visceral Dance Chicago before moving to Israel to join Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company in 2016. While with KCDC, he had the opportunity to perform and teach workshops around the world, including South Korea, Colombia, and India. He moved to New York in January of 2020 where he currently works as a freelance dancer.
Ching Ching Wong was born in Manila, Philippines and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She credits her lifelong teacher Alia Harlan Kaneaikala for instilling in her the love for dance. She is the recipient of Princess Grace Award in Dance (2015), was listed in Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch (2017), and is currently represented by Movement Talent Agency. After graduating from UC Irvine, Ching danced for NW Dance Project for seasons. Currently a freelance dancer her collaborations include ZviDance, LED, Brendan Duggan, PARA.MAR, CARLON, Safety Third Productions, YYDC, SALT Contemporary Dance, Heidi Duckler Dance Theater, Oddknock Productions, and WHYTEBERG. Ching Ching is assistant and répétiteur for Swiss based choreographer Ihsan Rustem re-staging his work throughout the US and Europe. Ching Ching now lives in Philadelphia, PA.
Anson Zwingelberg is from Myrtle Beach, SC, Anson began dancing at the age of 5. In 2008, he enrolled at Coastal Dance Centre where he studied with Liza Mata. At 14, he was accepted to South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, where he began training under Stanislav Issaev and later Josée Garant, graduating in 2013. In the spring of 2017, he received his BFA from The Juilliard School in New York City, where he had the opportunity to work with distinguished faculty and perform works by Richard Alston, Merce Cunningham, José Limón, Paul Taylor, Matthew Neenan, Zvi Gotheiner, Loni Landon and Takehiro Ueyama. While at Juilliard, Anson performed at The Guggenheim Museum as part of Works and Process, and received additional training at Springboard Danse Montréal and Merce Cunningham Trust workshops. Anson danced for Charlotte Ballet 2017-2020, where he performed works by Johan Inger, Javier de Frutos, Robyn Mineko-Williams, Myles Thatcher, Bryan Arias, Peter Chu, Filipe Portugal, Christopher Stuart, Helen Pickett, and Christian Spuck. In April, 2019 Anson performed in the Merce Cunningham Centennial, ‘Night of 100 Solos’ at BAM in NYC.
SCOTT KILLIAN (Composer) has composed works for such major American companies as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Hubbard Street Dance-Chicago, Nikolais/Louis Dance, and the José Limón Dance Company. Zoom marks his 14th work with Zvi. Mr. Killian created over 20 works with long-time collaborators Danny Shapiro and Joanie Smith, as well as numerous works with Cherylyn Lavagnino, Johannes Wieland, and others. As a composer/sound designer for theatre, Mr. Killian has served as Resident Composer for the Berkshire Theatre Festival since 1997. Among the many other theatrical venues are the Manhattan Theatre Club, New York Theatre Workshop, Public Theater, Women’s Project, The Acting Company, Rattlestick Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre of Washington D.C., Shakespeare & Co., Seattle Rep, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, George Street Playhouse, Baltimore’s Center Stage, Boston’s Huntington Theatre, GEVA Theatre, Theatre Calgary and the Vancouver Playhouse. Music for film includes Witnessing, a documentary film which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and aired on MSNBC, the film Undetectable: the Changing Face of AIDS (premiered on PBS and the NOW Film Festival/NYC) and Swan Lake, Minnesota an award-winning video adaptation of the classic ballet produced by the A&E network in conjunction with PBS.
MARK LONDON (Lighting Designer) Mark continues to value his longstanding collaboration with ZviDance where he can free himself from the confines of broadcast lighting and return to his joy for lighting dance. Some of Mark’s international collaborations include Noche Flamenca De Madrid, Stars of the Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet, the Chinese Opera of Taipei and the Pokrovsky Russian folk ensemble. NY based companies have included Jeanette Stoner, Muna Tseng, Colloquium Dance, 40Up and ISO Dance as well as theatre productions at the Public Theater and the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) among countless “more intimate” venues. Some of Mark’s notable work in broadcast includes the design of lighting systems for WNET, WNYC, CNN, Bloomberg, MSNBC, Fox and Reuters as well as overseeing production of the broadcast lighting for four of the last five Olympic Games. Mark credits his family; Gail, Rachel and Ian, as a constant source of inspiration.
JOSHUA HIGGASON (visual designer) is a video, scenic, and media designer for theater, concerts, opera, and events. He started working in experimental theater and art with The Builders Association and Big Dance Theater in NYC, touring across the US and Europe. Recent productions include The Aging Magician (lighting and video design); Control (Five Landscapes for Orchestra), a new piece by Nico Muhly (Film and Set design; Utah Symphony); and video designs forMackie Messer- Eine Salzburger Dreigroschenoper (Salzburger Festival; Dir. Julian Crouch), Sufjan Stevens’ Carrie and Lowell Tour 2015, Powder her Face (New York City Opera; Dir. Jay Scheib); The Ambassador (BAM; Dir. John Tiffany); Dream of the Red Chamber (Times Square Art Alliance; Dir. Jim Findlay); and Round-Up (BAM; Sufjan Stevens). He also designs sets, lighting, and video for Radiolab and their national US tours. His recent concert collaborations with Candystations and The Windmill Factory have included JR JR, SXSW, Metric, Ray Lamontagne, M. Ward, and Sufjan Stevens/Bryce Dessner/Nico Muhly’s Planetarium. He has taught classes and workshops in video design for live performance at Bennington College, The New School, NYU, LIU, Princeton, MIT, and Duke.
JUKKA RINTAMAKI (composer) Jukka Rintamäki is an independent composer and musician, whose work includes music for contemporary dance, film and video games. Born in Vasa, Finland in 1974, he moved to Gothenburg, Sweden at the age of 20 to study musicology and philosophy. Today, Rintamäki lives and works in Stockholm, where he has been based since 2006. Rintamäki is member and songwriter in Silverbullit, formed in 1995. The group has released three albums and toured Europe and the United States. The band’s live performances and albums continue to receive wide acclaim from audiences and critics alike.
In 2004, Rintamäki started composing music for film, contemporary dance and art, producing and doing remixes for bands. Feature films for which he has written original score include the award-winning movie Kid Svensk, directed by Nanna Huolman, shown at festivals in Scandinavia and Europe, including the Karlovary Film Festival and Gothenburg International Film Festival in 2008. The latest film featuring Rintamäki’s music was The Corridor (Swedish title ‘Isolerad’), a critically acclaimed Swedish thriller from 2010 shown at a number of film festivals around the world, including festival premiers at Plan D’Anger, Fantastic Fest Austin and the Brussels Film Festival.
Since 2005, Rintamäki has also collaborated with a number of choreographers. He composed music for works by choreographer Helena Franzén that were performed at Dansens Hus, Stockholm in 2009 and at Moderna Dansteater, Stockholm in 2011. He also composed music for performances at Joyce Soho, New York in 2009 and wrote music in collaboration with Silverbullit for performances at the Royal Danish Opera in 2005. His repertoire of compositions includes music for three works by choreographer Kenneth Kvarnström, performed at Göteborgsoperan, Norrlandsoperan and the Helsinki City Theater, later touring worldwide, including performances at Jacob’s Pillow, Massachusetts in 2010. He also composed music for choreographer Ori Flomin’s work All We Are, performed at DTW, New York in 2010. Most recently he composed the music for the dance performance Meeting You by Flomin and Franzén that has been played in Stockholm, Munich and at La MaMa in New York.
Board & Staff
Artistic Director Zvi Gotheiner
Associate Director Doron Perk
Board President Florence Packman
Board Members Wayne Adams, Don Christiansen, Heidi Gotman, Paul Calendrillo, Douglas Hamilton, Ayala Marcktell, and Catherine Javech.
Secretary Lise Rode
Marketing Associate Loganne Bond
Fiscal Administrator Alex Goleman, Pentacle
Director of Sponsor Relationships Paul Calendrillo
Technical Director Mark London
Publicity Michelle Tabnick, Director, Michelle Tabnick Communications
Accounting Chris Yeboa, CPA, Yeboa & Lawrence