May Zarhy

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Choreographer and performer May Zarhy (*1984), is a graduate of the Rotterdam Dance Academy in the Netherlands (2006) and the choreography program ex.e.r.ce in Montpellier France, directed by Xavier Le Roy and Mathilde Monnier (2007). She assisted choreographer William Forsythe in his creation for the Forsythe Company in Frankfurt Germany (2005). Zarhy is a founding member of the mamaza choreographic collective in Germany (2009-2015), with whom she created and performed all around the world. She is the initiator and curator of Cinemay Choreographic Cinema – a series of video projections of documentation of contemporary stage pieces, which were not seen in Israel for various reasons. Following the projection, a live Skype conversation with the artists takes place.

Zarhy’s work ranges between stage pieces, site-specific and intervention works, under a wide and flexible definition of choreography. In her work she creates intimate liminal spaces, inviting the audience to listen, experience and question the environment in which one is. Zarhy is busy with the possible relation between the media of dance and music, between the materiality of movement and that of dance, through collaborations with artists from the field of sound, voice and music.

  • untitled

    2019, production of HaZira Performance Art Arena.
    Premiere in Diver Festival Tel Aviv.

  • Kol Yom

    2018, sound tour for the urban space, creation with Elad Bardes.
    Loving Art Festival Tel Aviv.

  • the VOICES

    2017, creation with Michal Oppenheim.
    Premiere in Diver Festival Tel Aviv.
    Presented in Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis France.


    2017, creation with Hermann Heisig.
    Production of Sophiensaele Berlin Germany.

  • WALK

    2017, intervention in the urban space, creation with Galit Criden.
    Bat Yam international street theater & art festival.
    Residency at the FEST'FACTORY Bat Yam Artists Compound Israel.

  • YES

    2015, collaboration with Michal Oppenehim.
    Premiere in Diver Festival, Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

  • 1325

    2014, production of Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt Germany & Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis France.
    Presented in Tanz im August Berlin Germany.

  • Garden State

    2014, installation created within mamaza collective.
    Production of Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt Germany.

  • The Nikel Project, songs & poems

    2012, creation within mamaza collective together with Ensemble Nikel for contemporary music (Yaron Deutsch).
    Production of de Singel theater Antwerp Belgium.

  • Pausing

    2012, creation with Ioannis Mandafounis.
    Théâtre de l’Usine Geneva Switzerland.

  • ASINGELINE, an enacted thought

    2011-2015, intervention in the urban space within mamaza collective.

  • Cover Up

    2010, creation within mamaza collective.
    Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt Germany.

  • Z.E.R.O

    2009, creation within mamaza collective.
    Automne en Normandie Festival France.