ZE’EVA COHEN: CREATING A LIFE IN DANCE – Film Screening and Master Class
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 21st 11:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Film Screening/Q & A: 11:30 – 1:00 p.m.
Repertory Master Class:
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Free, with a suggested donation of $10-$20
Photo by Jack Mitchell
Berkshire Pulse, 420 Park Street, 3rd Floor, Housatonic
Berkshire Pulse presents a screening of Ze’eva Cohen: Creating A Life In Dance, a documentary directed and edited by Sharon Kaufman, which received its world premiere at the Dance on Camera Film Festival at Lincoln Center in February 2014.
The screening of the 32-minute film, which focuses on dancer and choreographer Ze’eva Cohen, will take place at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 21 at Berkshire Pulse’s newly renovated studios on the third floor of 420 Park Street in Housatonic. A Q&A with Ms. Cohen, who will also lead a repertory workshop from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, will immediately follow the screening. This event is free and open to the public, although there is a suggested donation of $10.
“We are so thrilled to have Ze’eva at Pulse to share her rich life experience with our community,” says Bettina Montano, Berkshire Pulse Artistic Director. “The opportunity to learn her story through watching the film and then experience her talent and wisdom firsthand will be truly inspiring.”
The film presents a model of how an artist can survive in the dance world by carving an independent path for herself. Primarily narrated by Ms. Cohen, the documentary spans 70 years, encompassing her life as a young dancer in Israel, her work in the U.S. as a soloist, her pioneering 12-year solo repertory concerts, her choreography for diverse dance companies, as well as her educational work at Princeton University, where she founded and directed the dance program from 1969 to 2009.
Dancing professionally starting at age sixteen, Ms. Cohen came to New York from Israel in 1963 to study at the Julliard School and perform with the Anna Sokolow Dance Company. In 1971, she initiated her pioneering and highly acclaimed solo dance repertory program, which toured throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Israel for twelve years. In the mid eighties she founded Ze’eva Cohen and Dancers, a company for which she developed a diverse group repertory, performing in New York and on national tours. Cohen has also choreographed works for the Boston Ballet, Munich Tanzproject, Batsheva Dance Company, Inbal Dance Theater of Israel, The Alvin Ailey Repertory Dance Company, and many other national dance companies. Since 1996, she has been choreographing, producing, and performing Negotiations and Female Mythologies, programs dealing with cultural, political, and social issues with a focus on women’s myths and lives.
Filmmaker Sharon Kaufman made her producing and directing debut with this film and has a long career as a film and video editor for ABC, NBC and CBS television networks including for the 1992 Winter Olympics, the PBS series Heritage: Civilization and the Jews, and many other news magazine stories and long-form documentaries. She is the recipient of numerous awards including an Emmy and The Polk Award.
After the screening, the workshop will consist of a brief warm up, after which Ms. Cohen will teach short selections from her rich and diverse repertory. Students with varying degrees of experience (intermediate level and above) will be challenged and encouraged to experience the many expressive qualities embedded in each of the dances.