Cohort I Fellow Saar Harari and Lee Sher have been nominated for a Bessie Award for outstanding emerging choreographer! Formally known as the New York Dance and Performance Awards, the prizes are named for the influential teacher Bessie Schonberg. The dance world’s equivalent of the Academy Awards will be presented on October 15th, at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem. Read about the nominations here, and find out more about the Bessies here!
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Saar Harari Nominated for a Bessie Award!Wednesday, July 18th, 2012
Saar Harari’s FAME PremieresTuesday, December 27th, 2011
NYC Cohort I Fellow Saar Harari and LeeSaar the Company are debuting their new work as part of Peak Performances. In the world premiere of FAME, an international company of six performers will strive to reach moments of fame as viewed through numerous pop culture filters and reference points. Utilizing an extremely physical and sensual performance style, truths are told and fragile secrets revealed as the audience strives to interpret the difference between what is seen… and what is perceived.
March 29 & 30 at 7:30pm
March 31 at 8:00pm
April 1 at 3:00pm
Netta Yerushalmy and Saar Harari at 92YTuesday, December 27th, 2011
As part of APAP (American Performing Arts Presenters), Netta Yerushalmy (NYC Cohort II) and Saar Harari (NYC Cohort I) will both be performing in Out of Israel at the 92nd Street Y.
Friday, January 6, 12pm – Featuring works by Neta Dance Company, Michal Samama, Netta Yerushalmy, Lior Shneior, LeeSaar/The Company and other guest artists.
Saturday, January 7, 3pm – featuring Neta Dance Company, Michal Samama, Netta Yerushalmy, Lior Shneior and LeeSaar/The Company. Each company will present the full length version of excerpts presented on Friday’s program.
3 pm: Michal Samama
3:30 pm: LeeSaar
4 pm: Neta Pulvermacher
4:30 pm: Netta Yerushalmy
5 pm: Lior Shneior
Sunday, January 8, 3pm – With works by: Netta Yerushalmy (Dance), No Collective (Music), Rebecca Patek (performance) Tom Pnini (video art), Yonatan Niv (sound installation) and Michal Samama (Dance)
For more info about each performance, please click here.
Saar Harari speaks at Fall for DanceMonday, October 24th, 2011
This Friday October 28, Wendy Perron, the Editor and Chief of Dance Magazine, will lead a discussion delving into the Diaspora of Israeli Dance. Panelists include Zvi Gotheiner, Saar Harari, Neta Pulvermacher, and Noa Wertheim. The panel will explore the many ways that the Israeli aesthetic is influencing dance internationally and how it has impacted these choreographers. This free panel will take place from 6:30-7:30PM.
The Fall for Dance Festival offers two free and open to the public pre-performance discussions as part of DanceTalk, a series of panels that explore a variety of aspects of Fall for Dance programming. Internationally renowned choreographers and dancers discuss relevant topics moderated by dance experts in an intimate studio setting.
Catch both Saar Harari (work pictured here) and Netta Yerushalmy in Out of Israel at the 92nd Y. Join New York-based Israeli choreographers as they gather together to showcase the finest in Israeli contemporary dance.
Fri, Jan 7, 12-2pm
Fridays At Noon Performance—See new works and excerpts of works in progress from a rich collection of New York-based Israeli choreographers.
12pm: Netta Yerushalmy
12:15pm: LeeSaar The Company
Sat, Jan 8, 3pm
Immerse yourself in full-length performances of the latest in Israeli dance in an intimate and informal studio setting. Performances will go into the evening. Light refreshments will be available throughout the day.
3pm: LeeSaar The Company
5pm: Netta Yerushalmy
PROJECT STATEMENT — Saar HarariMonday, May 10th, 2010
In February, Saar Harari took his signature style incorporating movement vocabulary of the military, Gaga movements, and lean and visceral choreography and pushed it to the limits.
LeeSaar The Company’s previous works were received with critical acclaim. Herd of Bulls was described by the New Yorker as an “exploration of animal instinct [that] ranges past the violent and murderous impulses of the body to the sensual and seductive,” and these works build to this ambitious new project for the company.
February was performed at La Mama, and was received with wide acclaim. The Village Voice referred to the dancers as “amazing” and “mysterious,” and The New York Times wrote, “…Mr. Levasseur’s lighting gives the work a fascinating theatricality and rhythm, and the focused interiority shown by Ms. Lin and Ms. Hsiang is never less than remarkable to watch.”
Their production, Prima, was met with rave reviews. The New York Times wrote, “The intense Israeli duo Saar Harari and Lee Sher return to Performance Space 122 with the premiere of “Prima,” a highly physical quartet. Throughout “Prima,” the line between violence and sexuality is cynically blurred, as dancers hold their arms up, as if at gunpoint, or crawl on the floor like strippers.” nytheatre.com recommended the show to audiences saying, “The dancers—Jye-Hwei Lin, Hsin-Yi Hsiang, Hyerin Lee, and Candice Schnurr—are simply breathtaking. Three very petite women and a third whose athletic physique might be described as ever-so-slightly more Baccanale than Balanchine, they move with fervent intensity and ease. Several sequences of Prima take place in absolute silence and feature periods of magnificent stillness; launching out of these moments, the perfect synchronicity of the company is a thing of wonder. They seem almost preternatural, able to perceive one another’s movement utilizing a sense not granted mere mortals.”
BIO — Saar HarariMonday, May 10th, 2010
Saar Harari was born on a farm in Israel and trained as a dancer until the age of 18. He then joined the Israeli army and served for six years in a special combat unit as a commanding officer. He left the army and joined the Liat Dror, Nir Ben-gal’s company, and performed internationally.
After two years he left the company to work as an independent choreographer, and in 2000 he established LeeSaar The Company with actress and playwright Lee Sher. The company uses the different disciplines and training of theater and dance to create original theater and dance performances. The company members are from Germany, Italy, Taiwan, the United States and Israel.
In 2004, after a residency in Sydney, Australia, and two seasons in Tel Aviv, the company moved to New York City, where it is currently based. In 2005, Lee and Saar received American green cards awarded for excellence in the performing arts.
Performance Space 122 commissioned and presented the work of the company, “Herd Of Bulls,” on October 2005 and in January 2006. Following these two successful seasons, the company was invited to create new work for a long run at Performance Space 122 (September-October 2006 and January 2007).
The company was invited to open the Harkness Dance Festival at The Alvin Ailey Theater in February 2007 and was asked to return to the festival in March 2008 to present the new work, “Geisha.” They were 2008 NYFA Fellows and 2008 Guggenheim Fellows.
PRESS — Saar HarariMonday, May 10th, 2010
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