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Co-Creators

Avi Yona Bueno

Avi Yona Bueno

Lighting Designer

Avi Yona Bueno, also known as Bambi, began his career as a lighting designer for rock concerts. He has designed shows for leading Israeli singers and bands including Ofra Haza and Rita as well as for international stars including Nina Simone, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, and Chick Corea. In the 1980s, Bambi moved to London, where he worked for the Pink Floyd lighting company and Britannia Row Productions. He also did lighting design for Meatloaf and toured Europe with popular artists including The Cure, The Commodores, and the Thompson Twins.

Upon his return to Israel, Bambi began designing for the theater. He worked with prestigious repertory theaters such as the Cameri Theatre and the Habima National Theatre as well as fringe and experimental theater productions. Bambi currently serves as the resident lighting designer for the Gesher Theatre and the avant-garde Itim Theatre Ensemble, founded by Rina Yerushalmi. He has been widely acclaimed for his impact on the field of lighting design in theater and was honored with numerous awards, including the 1995 Moshe Halevi Tel Aviv Prize for transforming lighting design in Israel into an art form. In 2011 Bambi received the Theatre Award for Best Lighting category fo Gesher Theatre's production of "Six Characters in Search of an Author."

In 1992, Bambi began designing for dance. At Batsheva Dance Company, where he is Resident Lighting Designer, he has lit Ohad Naharin’s Kyr, Passomezzo, Mabul, Arbos, Perpetuum, Black Milk, Sinking of the Titanic, Queens of Golub, Anaphaza, Sabotage Baby, Virus, Kaamos, Z/na, Moshe, Zachacha, Mamootot, Telophaza, Furo, Three, and MAX. He has also designed for Sharon Eyal’s Love, Quiet Village, Bertolina, and Makarova Kabisa. Outside of Batsheva, Bambi has lit productions for such renowned dance companies as the Cullberg Ballet, Carte Blanche, Nederlans Dans Theater, Paris Opera Ballet, the Royal Danish Ballet, and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Bambi’s lighting has also illuminated numerous operas, musicals, stadium productions, television productions, museum installations, and architectural projects, as well as the Israeli Opera productions in Masada - 'Nabucco' (2010) and 'Aida' (2011). He is in the process of developing his Tel Aviv studio for creating lighting installations 

 
Gadi Dagon

Gadi Dagon

House Photographer

Gadi Dagon was born in Australia in 1957. He began his career as assistant to Ben Lam and Gavra Mandil, and as photographer in various leading press publications in Israel, becoming a specialist in political and economic portraiture.

Gadi is House Photographer for Batsheva since 1990, creating images that have become visual icons of Bataheva and earning international acclaim as a dance photographer.

Gadi photographs regularly for Israel's two leading dailies – Yediot Aharonot and Ma'ariv, and is house photographer of the New Israeli Opera, the Jerusalem Khan Theater, Gesher Theater and the Herzeliya Ensemble. He also photographs regularly for the Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance and Theater, Took part in numerous group exhibitions. In 2011 Dagon published his book "Theatre - Hanoch Levin, Gadi Dagon" documenting the plays of the famous playwright during the last 12 years. The publication was launched with an exhibition at Tel Aviv's Givon Gallery.
 

 
Ohad Fishof

Ohad Fishof

Musician

Ohad Fishof is an interdisciplinary artist, working in the fields of sound, dance, performance and visual art. He began his artistic career in music and gradually broaden his creative endeavors to other media. In 1997 he received an MA in dance from Laban Center London. He spent the following years expanding his ever-growing body of work – a difficult-to-categorize continuum of idiosyncratic time-based art, ranging from improvised music to site-specific performance work, video animation, installations, dance pieces and soundtrack work. His work has been commissioned by art organizations such as Artangel, performed in the Venice Biennale and presented in museums, galleries and theaters in the UK, the USA, Israel, Japan and Switzerland among other places. Fishof is also a long term collaborator of Batsheva Dance Company and have for many years worked closely with choreographer Ohad Naharin as a soundtrack designer, music director and dramaturge. A Teacher of Gaga since 2004, He had taught dance, performance and audio master classes and workshops worldwide and is currently teaching on both the BFA and the MFA programs at Bezalel Academy for Art and Design, and at the New Media Department of Hamidrasha Art School in Beit Berl College in Israel.

 
Rakefet Levy

Rakefet Levy

Costume Design

 Rakefet Levy is a graduate of "The School of Art – Hamidrasha" in Ramat Hasharon and the department of fashion design of the "Shenkar College". Rakefet has taught and still teaches in many academic institutions, such as the Shenkar College, The School of Visual Theatre, Jerusalem, Vital College for the Arts and the Bezalel Academy for Art and Design. She has established and managed the School of Visual Art and Stage Design in Tel Aviv.
Rakefet has designed sets and costumes for tens of plays in Israel's leading theatres, among others for Hanoch Levin, Yossi Izraeli, Rina Yerushalmi, Hanan Snir, Ofira Henig, Yossi Polack, Yvgeni Arieh, and has won numerous Israeli Academy of Theatre awards. She directed and designed Cinderella for the New Israeli Opera (2007). Rakefet has also designed costumes for many films, television shows and musical productions.
Since 1991, Rakefet has been a co-creator of Ohad Naharin, designing costumes for the Batsheva Dance Company and the Batsheva Ensemble.

 
Hadar Portnoy-Nerubay

Hadar Portnoy-Nerubay

Graphic Designer

 Hadar was born in 1977. She graduated from the Holon Institute of Technology (HIT) with a degree in visual communications and began her career as a designer at the top leading branding studio in Israel. For the past 4 years, Hadar has owned a design studio, specializing in branding and graphic design.

Hadar's work with Batsheva Dance Company involves translating the language of dance and motion into a corresponding visual language.
Furthermore, her work includes building a graphic frame for all the group's contents in Israel and abroad.
www.nerubay.com

 
Ariel Cohen

Ariel Cohen

Costume Design

Ariel Cohen, performer, performance creator and plastic-artist. He danced with Batsheva Ensemble and created pieces for 'Intimidance' and 'Curtain Up'. Ariel attended Rakefet Levy's Design School for Performing Arts and took part in various fashion and styling projects. Co-Director of the Hybrid Lava performance with Nimrod Peled, and will soon tour China with a performance co-created with Osnat Kelner. Ariel also performs in 'Struggles for Love in the 21st Century", which he created. 

 
Roni Azgad

Roni Azgad

Director and Designer

Roni Azgad is a graphic designer, who works mainly with video as a director, editor, artistic advisor and flame artist. Roni graduated her 'Visual Communications' degree from Shenkar College of Engineering and Design and started her career as a flame artist in the post-production studio 'Gravity'. Today she also lectures in Shenkar College at the Visual Communication department. Roni has been working with Batsheva Dance Company since 2012 on various projects as director and graphic designer. She created and directed the videos for "MIXTAPE", "Session", "The Hole”, on top of the graphic design and identity that accompanies the the piece "The Hole".

 
Guy Shomroni

Guy Shomroni

Guy began dancing with the Batsheva Ensemble in 2001 and joined the Batsheva Dance Company in 2004, where he performed numerous pieces by choreographers such as Ohad Naharin, Sharon Eyal, and Yasmeen Godder and created ten original pieces for Batsheva's annual Dancers Create evening. In 2013 he served as Ohad Naharin’s assistant for the creation process of The Hole. In June 2014 Guy collaborated with Yaniv Avraham to present a joint creation, entitled Kuntz, at the Zira Festival in Jerusalem.
Guy is also an active DJ in Tel Aviv’s local scene, DJing at clubs and bars as well as DJing live for Batsheva Dance Company’s performances of Session. Guy is an internationally recognized Gaga teacher, with over ten years teaching experience.

 
Zohar Shoef

Zohar Shoef

Lighting Designer

Zohar is an industrial designer that defected to the artistic field. He started out designing and managing in the field of commercial design for stores and other displays. During this time he initiated, hallucinated and designed cultural events, exhibitions and parties.
In 2011 Zohar left his role as studio director in 'Koren Visual Solutions" and began focusing on complementary design for the arts such as exhibitions, cultural spaces, set designing and props for dance and theater along with technical consultation to visual artists.
Among Shoef's projects are designing the street art exhibition at Helena Rubinstein Pavilion, Tel-Aviv Museum; set design for "The Hole" by Ohad Naharin, Batsheva Dance Company; set designing for "Hakord" by Ela Rothschild; planning and designing the theater of the Israeli Choreographers Association, Warehouse 2 at Jaffa Port; props and furniture for the works of Yael Rasulli, Nivi Alroy, Jaquline Pearl, Kibutzim College and many more.