The aim of the workshop will be to introduce the participants to the different methods and techniques Yasmeen Godder and Itzik Giuli have developed over their 15 year collaboration, in the process of generating materials, structuring and then performing them. The workshop will include exploration of different resources to develop personal creative materials using writing techniques, sense memory, instinctually driven movement exploration, images and choreographic structures, to expand choreographic and performantive possibilities. The workshop is intended for dancers and choreographers.
Yasmeen Godder was born in Jerusalem in 1973, and moved to New York with her family in 1984. She graduated from the High School of the Performing Arts in New York City, and received her BA from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.
Since 1999, she has been living in Jaffa, Israel. Her works have regularly been presented at the Suzanne Dellal Dance Center in Tel Aviv, and extensively throughout the world.: She is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Bessie Award in New York in 2001, for the presentation of “i feel funny today”. She has twice received the Israeli Ministry of Cultural Affairs “Choreographers Award” in the years 2001 and 2003, and her company received the Ministry’s award for “Small Ensemble” in dance in 2003 and 2009.
To date Yasmeen has created eight works: Hall” (2001), “Sudden Birds” (2002) “Two Playful Pink” (2003), “Strawberry Cream and Gunpowder” (2004),”I’m Mean, I Am” (2006) , “Singular Sensation”(2008) , LOVE FIRE”(2009), “Storm End Come” (2010) and with the Bat-Shevah Dance Company create The Toxic Exotic Disappearance Act (2011).
In 2007 Yasmeen Godder Studio has been opened in Jaffa, a home for all of her activity and projects, which other than creation and rehearsals include open classes for professional dancer, year-long workshops and collaborations with “Search Engine”- Contemporary Center for the Performing Arts, headed by her partner and longtime collaborator Itzik Giuli.
Playwright, director and actor – he is the co-artistic director of Yasmeen Godder’s work and company. Since 1997 Giuli has been working closely with Godder on all of her works and in “Storm End Come” led a 3 month research workshop with the performers. In 2007 Giuli founded “Search Engine”- Theater Group and Contemporary Center for the Performing Arts in Jaffa. A graduate of the Telma Yelin High School for the Arts, Giuli continued his studies in New York at Circle in the Square and the Neighborhood Playhouse. Since his return to Israel, in 1997, he worked as an actor in various theatres, as well as in different TV and film production. His first full-length play, “Sometimes Elephants Pass Here” won the Best Play Award at the 2000 Akko Fringe Theater Festival. And in 2004, he directed his second full-length play “Birth Marks”, at the Tmuna Theater in Tel-Aviv.