"Batsheva hosts" performances, under Hillel Kogan's artistic direction, offer the Company's veteran, supporting audience, as well a different, curious, art loving audience, open to innovation, the opportunity to be exposed to the artistic journey of alumni of Batsheva Dance Company's after venturing on a new, independent road. In addition, the series gives the opportunity to meet other artists who never created or danced with the Company, but in whom the Company has faith, and is happy to expose under its umbrella. Through this platform, the Company provides a professional and supportive framework to the guest artists in the form of production services, marketing, and exposure to its audience. As Israel’s largest dance company espousing cooperation, giving, and the sharing of knowledge, Batsheva is committed to supporting the activities of the independent community of body arts – and dance and performance arts in particular. This hosting enables us to present our audience and dance enthusiasts in general, with a rich and diverse artistic selection.
Hillel Kogan was born in Tel Aviv in 1974. He studied at the Bat-Dor School of Dance and at the Merce Cunningham Studio in New York. Hillel was a member of Batsheva - the Young Ensemble from 1995-1996, and he also danced with Nomades Dance Company in Switzerland and the Gulbenkian Ballet in Portugal. Since 1996, he has created 15 works for various companies and festivals in Israel and abroad. Hillel is an active member of the contemporary dance scene in Israel as a performer, choreographer, teacher, and improvisation artist.
Hillel has served as Rehearsal Director of Batsheva - the young Ensemble from 2005 until 2016. From Season 2016-2017, Hillel is the new Artistic Director of "Batsheva Hosts" series, and manages Batsheva's educational activities for outstanding young dancers. In 2010 he received the Yair Shapira Award for the advancement of dance in Israel. In 2015 was appionted by the Minustry of Culture as Co-Artistic Director of the Curtain Up Festival, and was awarded the prestigious Landau Prize for the Arts.
The 2016-17 performance season hosts: Project 48 "Dance Blind Dating" under Dana Ruttenberg's artistic direction, "An Hour with All-Eaters" by Shani Granot and Nevo Romano, "The Other Body" by performance artist Natalie Zuckerman, a piece based on Zuckerman's personal story, HARROWING, by creator and Company alumnus Bobbi Jene Smith, "GRAVITAS" a virtuoso acrobatic dance performance by Ofir Yudilevich, and "Rising" – a dance work by Shira Eviatar.