Danse: Adi Sha’al Noa Wertheim
Dance is the very essence of Israel since the distant times of the patriarchs. Biblical times were both historical and choreographic. At that time the highlights of the calendar were sung and danced. This is a crucial and fundamental teaching of the Bible,” says Dany Karavan, artist-plastician and sculptor. In the 1920s it was a renaissance for this dance tradition. It is growing in stature by being enriched by all cultures. First influenced by German immigrants, Israeli dance underwent a metamorphosis in the 1960s thanks to Martha Graham, the American choreographer and icon of Modern Dance, who created The Batsheva Dance Company with the help of Rothschild’s patron, Batsheva.
The Suzanne Dellal Centre in Tel Aviv, which has been run by its world-famous choreographer Ohad Naharin since 1990, is an emblematic venue that welcomes dance stars such as Anna Sokolow, Gary Bertini and Lisi Estaràs. The Suzanne Dellal Centre in Tel Aviv was awarded the Israel Prize in 2010 for its artistic contribution. It receives more than 500,000 visitors from all over the world to breathe the company’s breath. It also houses the Inbal Pinto dance company where dancers from all over the world perform. Today, Israeli dance is well established in its time. Thus the Vertigo Company of Noa Wertheim, based in Jerusalem, staged the postures to express the relationship between bodies and nature. Last but not least, Kamea, Tamar Gintz’s company based in Beersheva, at the entrance to the Negev, offers the inhabitants of the south all its dizzying and intoxicating choreographic creativity. From now on, Israeli dance makes every moment a movement and every major problem a theme declined and drawn by the body.
Vertigo is a dance company founded in 1992 in Jerusalem by Noa Wertheim and Adi Sha’al. Vertigo has toured several times for festivals in Israel and around the world where he is invited to perform on prestigious stages. He has received several awards from professionals and the public. The company presents its own works but also works by independent choreographers. Vertigo’s studios are located at the Centre Béhar in Jerusalem and also at Kibbutz Netiv Halamed-Heh, where the couple established an arts village in 2007
ecological. Noa is very interested in the connection between the body, the being and nature and the environment. Vertigo focuses mainly on modern dance, improvisation, classical ballet technique and the environmental link.
The troupe is mainly sponsored by the Jerusalem City Hall and the Dance Section of the Ministry of Culture and Sports.
Noa was born in the United States. She is a graduate of the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem. While studying at the Academy she met Adi from the Batsheva Dance Company and they decided to create Vertigo.
Adi was born in Israel. He started dancing at the age of 17 when he joined the Caravan Friendship folk dance and song troupe. He studied and danced with the Batsheva Dance Company among others.
Adi and Noa have three children.