Vertigo Dance Company (IL)
17 October, 7:00 p.m.
Slovak National Theatre Drama Hall
VERTIGO DANCE ASSOCIATION
The Vertigo Dance Association established in Jerusalem 30 years ago by Noa Wertheim and Adi Sha’al operates two complementary centers – in Jerusalem and at the Vertigo Eco-Art Village in the rural Ella Valley. Led by artistic director, Noa Wertheim, the Vertigo Dance Company presents an outstanding contemporary dance approach promoting artistic creation with a strong sense of social, environmental, and community awareness that reflects an ongoing commitment to further exploring human nature and our link to the environment. This vision has developed over the years to form a way of life and a distinct dance language learned in Israel and around the world.
Artistic director & co-founder of the Vertigo Dance Company
Noa Wertheim, the artistic director and choreographer of the Vertigo Dance Company, was born in the United States in 1965 and grew up in Israel where she first studied dance in Netanya. After three years of military service in the developing town of Yeruham, Wertheim completed her dance studies at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in 1990 and, in 1992, together with Adi Shaal, founded the Vertigo Dance Company, which is based in Jerusalem and in the Vertigo Eco Art Village in the Ella Valley where she lives with Shaal and their three sons.
Under the artistic direction of Wertheim, who is an Honorary Fellow of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, the internationally acclaimed Vertigo Dance Company has begun its third decade with an impressive repertoire of original works choreographed by Wertheim, whose distinct dance language inspires dance students and artists by encouraging interpersonal communication and community involvement.
Beyond her contribution to cultural life in Israel, Wertheim’s unique approach promotes social change by creating an artistic connection with the community and the environment, and this has been evident in the Vertigo Dance Education School, founded in Jerusalem in 1997, in the Vertigo Eco Art Village, founded in Kibbutz Netiv Halamed-Heh in 2007, and in The Power of Balance, a dance program for inclusion of the disabled.