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Itzik Galili

(b. 1961)

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(b Tel Aviv, 1961)

Israeli dancer, choreographer and director. He started training late, taking classes in folk, classical, and contemporary dance before performing with Bat-Dor Company and then with Batsheva. He began choreographing in 1990 (Double Time) and in 1991 moved to the Netherlands to create works on his own group of dancers including The Butterfly Effect (1992). In 1997 he founded a permanent, publicly funded company NND/Galili Dance, based in Groningen. Here he created numerous works, including Beautiful You (1999), For Heaven's Sake (2001), Mono Lisa (2003), Hikarrizatto (2004), Exile Within (2006), and Heads or Tales (2007). In 2009 he joined Krisztina de Châtel to form a new company, Dansgroep Amsterdam, its repertory created by themselves, their dancers, and invited choreographers, including Mark Baldwin.

Galili's fluid, rhythmically exact style incorporates influences from various forms, including hip-hop, samba, classical, and contemporary dance, as well as elements from film and theatre. His evocations of human relationships are frequently filtered through a wry sense of the absurd. A prolific choreographer, his works are in the repertory of many companies including Stuttgart Ballet, Ballets de Monte Carlo, Batsheva, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Royal Finnish Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Rambert Dance Company, and Dutch National Ballet. He has also choreographed for television including A Sense of Gravity (2002).

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