Netta Yerushalmy is a dance artist based in New York City since 2000. Her work aims to engage with audiences by imparting the sensation of things as they are perceived, not as they are known, and to challenge how meaning is attributed and constructed.
She received a 2013 Jerome Robbins Bogliasco Fellowship, a 2012 Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, a 2010 Fellowship from the New York Foundation of the Arts, and a 2010-2012 Six Points Fellowship. She was Artist-In-Residence at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry in Berlin (2013), at Baryshnikov Arts Center (2012), at Tribeca Performing Arts Center (2010-2012), and through LMCC's Swing Space (2011). She received a 2014 grant from New Music USA, and has received grants from the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Puffin Foundation, multiple grants from the Lower Manhattan Community Council, and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant.
In New York City Netta’s work is regularly presented in venues such as La Mama, Danspace Project, Harkness Dance Festival, Dance New Amsterdam, Movement Research. In Israel she has been presented by numerous festivals including Curtain-Up, Jerusalem International Dance Week, Intimadance, International-Exposure, and Different Dance. Her work was also performed at the International Solo-Dance-Theater Festival (Stuttgart).
Her recent collaborations with philosopher David Kishik include The work of Dance in the Age of Sacred Lives, produced by HAU Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin (2013), and Critique of Pure Movement - an evening of theory and performance at the ICI Berlin (2013).
Commissions for repertory companies include the Rieri-Woodbury Dance Company (Salt Lake City, 2015), Zenon Dance Company (Minneapolis 2012 and 2014), Same Planet Different World (Chicago, 2013), Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (2011), Of Moving Colors (Baton Rouge, 2010), Misgav Dance Workshop (1999).
Since 2011 Netta has been a Guest Artist and visiting faculty at University of the Arts (Philadelphia). She was a teaching Guest Artist at the 2013 Salt Dance Festival (University of Utah), and will be at the 2014 American Dance Festival with a Footprints commission. As part of her work with Doug Varone, Netta taught around the USA, Russia, and the Dominican Republic and staged Varone’s work at University of Michigan and Point Park College. She has also taught modern technique at Yasmeen Godder’s Studio (Jaffa, Israel), Bikurey Haitim Center (Tel-Aviv, Israel), OfMovingColors (Baton Rouge, Louisiana), The Yard, Misgav Dance Workshop.
Netta currently dances with choreograher Joanna Kotze.
She was a member of Doug Varone and Dancers from 2007-2012 and has also performed with Nancy Bannon, Karinne Keithley, Mark Jarecki, Noemie LaFrance, Ronit Ziv, and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet.
Netta was born in South Carolina, where she had her first dance performance at age 3 (see above). She moved to the Galilee in Israel soon after and trained at the Misgav Dance Workshop, the school of the Kibbutz Dance Company in Ga’aton, and Bat-Dor studios in Tel-Aviv. In 1996 she relocated to New York to earn a BFA in Dance from Tisch School of the Arts.
Photo: Oded Hirsch