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Co-Creators

Avi Yona Bueno

Avi Yona Bueno

lighting designer

Avi Yona Bueno, also known as Bambi, began his career as a lighting designer for rock concerts. He has designed shows for leading Israeli singers and bands including Ofra Haza and Rita as well as for international stars including Nina Simone, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, and Chick Corea. In the 1980s, Bambi moved to London, where he worked for the Pink Floyd lighting company and Britannia Row Productions. He also did lighting design for Meatloaf and toured Europe with popular artists including The Cure, The Commodores, and the Thompson Twins.

Upon his return to Israel, Bambi began designing for the theater. He worked with prestigious repertory theaters such as the Cameri Theatre and the Habima National Theatre as well as fringe and experimental theater productions. Bambi currently serves as the resident lighting designer for the Gesher Theatre and the avant-garde Itim Theatre Ensemble, founded by Rina Yerushalmi. He has been widely acclaimed for his impact on the field of lighting design in theater and was honored with numerous awards, including the 1995 Moshe Halevi Tel Aviv Prize for transforming lighting design in Israel into an art form. In 2011 Bambi received the Theatre Award for Best Lighting category fo Gesher Theatre's production of "Six Characters in Search of an Author."

In 1992, Bambi began designing for dance. At Batsheva Dance Company, where he is Resident Lighting Designer, he has lit Ohad Naharin’s Kyr, Passomezzo, Mabul, Arbos, Perpetuum, Black Milk, Sinking of the Titanic, Queens of Golub, Anaphaza, Sabotage Baby, Virus, Kaamos, Z/na, Moshe, Zachacha, Mamootot, Telophaza, Furo, Three, and MAX. He has also designed for Sharon Eyal’s Love, Quiet Village, Bertolina, and Makarova Kabisa. Outside of Batsheva, Bambi has lit productions for such renowned dance companies as the Cullberg Ballet, Carte Blanche, Nederlans Dans Theater, Paris Opera Ballet, the Royal Danish Ballet, and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Bambi’s lighting has also illuminated numerous operas, musicals, stadium productions, television productions, museum installations, and architectural projects, as well as the Israeli Opera productions in Masada - 'Nabucco' (2010) and 'Aida' (2011). He is in the process of developing his Tel Aviv studio for creating lighting installations 

 
Gadi Dagon

Gadi Dagon

House Photographer

Gadi Dagon was born in Australia in 1957. He began his career as assistant to Ben Lam and Gavra Mandil, and as photographer in various leading press publications in Israel, becoming a specialist in political and economic portraiture.

Gadi is House Photographer for Batsheva since 1990, creating images that have become visual icons of Bataheva and earning international acclaim as a dance photographer.

Gadi photographs regularly for Israel's two leading dailies – Yediot Aharonot and Ma'ariv, and is house photographer of the New Israeli Opera, the Jerusalem Khan Theater, Gesher Theater and the Herzeliya Ensemble. He also photographs regularly for the Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance and Theater, Took part in numerous group exhibitions. In 2011 Dagon published his book "Theatre - Hanoch Levin, Gadi Dagon" documenting the plays of the famous playwright during the last 12 years. The publication was launched with an exhibition at Tel Aviv's Givon Gallery.
 

 
Ohad Fishof

Ohad Fishof

Musician

 Ohad Fishof is an artist and musician working in a diverse range of fields including sound, dance, video, performance, and installation.
Fishof began his artistic career as a musician with seminal pop combo Nosei Hamigbaat and later moved to compose music for dance, performance, and art installations, while at the same time expanding his artistic endeavors to other media. In 1997, he received a master’s degree in dance from the Laban Centre in London. Since then, his work in dance and performance and his sound and video installations have been presented on stages and in galleries around the world including the Venice Biennale. In 2005, he performed “A Slow Walk for Longplayer” in London, commissioned by Artangel.
Fishof is a long-term collaborator with Batsheva Dance Company and its artistic director Ohad Naharin. Fishof designed the soundtracks for Naharin’s Three, MAX, Seder, Telophaza, and Furo, and he was the dramaturge of Naharin's solo evening Playback, which he also produced musically. He is also a teacher of Gaga, Naharin's movement language.
Over the past few years, Fishof has presented video, installation, and choreographic work in Israel and Japan, designed soundtracks for various dance pieces in Israel and abroad, and participated in many group exhibitions. He recently served as guest editor for a special edition of Studio, Israel's leading art magazine, and formed Bney Hama, a new duo with Ishay Adar, where he plays circuit bent instruments and sings. He is also a member of the improvisation trio Yom Gagatzi.
Fishof lives and works in Tel Aviv and teaches at both Hamidrasha Art College and the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. He was named a Chosen Artist of the Israel Cultural Excellence Foundation in 2008.
www.ohadfishof.com

 
Rakefet Levy

Rakefet Levy

Costume Design

 Rakefet Levy is a graduate of "The School of Art – Hamidrasha" in Ramat Hasharon and the department of fashion design of the "Shenkar College". Rakefet has taught and still teaches in many academic institutions, such as the Shenkar College, The School of Visual Theatre, Jerusalem, Vital College for the Arts and the Bezalel Academy for Art and Design. She has established and managed the School of Visual Art and Stage Design in Tel Aviv.
Rakefet has designed sets and costumes for tens of plays in Israel's leading theatres, among others for Hanoch Levin, Yossi Izraeli, Rina Yerushalmi, Hanan Snir, Ofira Henig, Yossi Polack, Yvgeni Arieh, and has won numerous Israeli Academy of Theatre awards. She directed and designed Cinderella for the New Israeli Opera (2007). Rakefet has also designed costumes for many films, television shows and musical productions.
Since 1991, Rakefet has been a co-creator of Ohad Naharin, designing costumes for the Batsheva Dance Company and the Batsheva Ensemble.

 
Hadar Portnoy-Nerubay

Hadar Portnoy-Nerubay

Graphic Designer

 Hadar was born in 1977. She graduated from the Holon Institute of Technology (HIT) with a degree in visual communications and began her career as a designer at the top leading branding studio in Israel. For the past 4 years, Hadar has owned a design studio, specializing in branding and graphic design.

Hadar's work with Batsheva Dance Company involves translating the language of dance and motion into a corresponding visual language.
Furthermore, her work includes building a graphic frame for all the group's contents in Israel and abroad.
www.nerubay.com

 
Ariel Cohen

Ariel Cohen

Costume Design

Ariel Cohen, performer, performance creator and plastic-artist. He danced with Batsheva Ensemble and created pieces for 'Intimidance' and 'Curtain Up'. Ariel attended Rakefet Levy's Design School for Performing Arts and took part in various fashion and styling projects. Co-Director of the Hybrid Lava performance with Nimrod Peled, and will soon tour China with a performance co-created with Osnat Kelner. Ariel also performs in 'Struggles for Love in the 21st Century", which he created.