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Michal Samama

Michal Samama was born and raised in Kibbutz Beit-Nir, Israel. She lived for ten years in Tel-Aviv-Jaffa and recently moved to New York.

Studying at the excellence program for dance education, ‘Seminar Hakibutzim’ Teachers College in Tel Aviv, Michal specialized in choreography and E.W movement notation.

After graduating, she choreographed several dance pieces, each with a strong emphasis on dance-theater, and also participated as a dancer and actress in different projects which sought to combine dance, movement and theater.

Following her desire to expand the areas with which she deals in her art, Michal graduated a few years later from the Interdisciplinary Art Program for Performance Studies at the ‘Search Engine Theatre School’ in Jaffa-Tel Aviv.

‘Search Engine’ is an experimental educational framework; promoting acting as a versatile art which feeds on and nourishes dialogue with other art forms such as music, dance, cinema, plastic art and performance, amongst others. The actor, therefore, is seen as an artist who can seek and instigate change in a contemporary artistic and social scene.

There, she had the opportunity to broaden her expertise in contemporary dance by furthering her skills in acting, writing and directing.

In Michal’s recent work she explores questions of space, language and body as mediums of performance, combining body work with theater and text, installation and video art. Her work can be conceived as a series of experiments, testing the role of mediums in the ongoing process of translation from the real, unsymbolized raw stuff of life to the symbolic and imaginary frameworks where it becomes registered.

The effort is to keep the materiality of mediums always in sight, to give body to the very materiality of the diverse mediums we use to express that which at first can only be intuited. She strives to emphasize the productive tension between movement and text; movement and sound; body and material; the inner space and outer space; artist, art and audience, to touch these thin lines, usually understood as boundaries between separate spheres. The very possibility of contact, however, suggests that there is more than mere separation. If there is movement, we are moved. And if we are moved, we have been touched.

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