Michael Getman

Born in Israel to Dora Karolin & Zaxharia Getman.

Michael is a choreographer and performer, currently based in Tel Aviv.

Having diverse professional education, Michael is interested in understanding and examining the relationship between our corporal body, it’s conceptual thought, us, and the reality which surrounds us. From action to movement, technique to freedom, translation, imagination, sound, voice, language, different forms of expression, different patterns of thought, behavioural representations in various cultural contexts.

Michael received his professional training at the Bat-Dor School of dance, founded and directed by Ms.Jeannette Ordman together with the Baroness Batsheva De Rothschild, who left her stamp on the Israeli dance scene for forty years.

After graduating Michael started his journey.

Between the years 1995 to 2007 he worked as a professional dancer, experienced and experimented with various creative styles and work methods. Choreographers such as Ohad Naharin, Amanda K Miller, Marguerite Donlon, William Forsythe, Katie Duck, Orjan Andersson, Regina Van Berkel, contributed to his understanding and view on the matter of performing arts and choreographic practices.

 

At the age of 17 Michael joined the young Bat Sheva Ensemble directed By Naomie Perlov.  (1995)

After a year at the Junior company, Michael followed Naharin's invitation, to join the Bat Sheva dance company. (1996)

In 1999 Michael Joined The Ballet Freiburg Pretty Ugly, Directed by Amanda K Miller.

Between 2002-2003 Michael joined  the Saarlandisches Staastheater Theatre, Artistic Director Marguerite Donlon, before joining the last season of Ballet Freiburg Pretty Ugly 2004-2005. 

Getman Assisted the Choreographer Amanda K Miller, re-mounting her Ballet,

Four For Nothing, at the Komische Oper Berlin and Carte Blanche, Bergen Norway.

 

His first Choreographic project, a site specific project, was an artistic collaboration with artists from the field of dance, music/sound, and theatre; facilitating an old cotton factory in Saarbrucken, Germany 2003.
 

Since 2006 Getman is based in Israel and working in the field of Choreography, Theatre and Performance.

Michael has been creating throughout the years numerous projects and choreographic works.

He is commissioned as an independent choreographer, utilising 

various forms of choreographic works in various venues, structures and collaborations.

His works are presented in festivals and venues such as; The International Exposure at the Suzanne Dellal Centre - Tel Aviv, The Israel museum - Jerusalem, The Korzo Theatre - Holland Dance Festival, Open Look Festival - St.Petersburg, Deutsche Schauspielhaus - Hamburg, Theatre National De Chaillot - Paris,

Graz Opera house - Austria, Die Tonne Theatre - Germany, Dance Springboard Montreal - Canada, La Rival Theatre - Stockholm, Nowy Theatre - Warsaw, Goyang Festival - Seoul, among others.

In 2015/16 Getman was invited by the claimed Cellist and the Artistic Director Prof. Zvi Plesser to create a Choreographic score on Schubert’s Quartet The Death and The Maiden, and Stravinsky’s L’histoire du Soldat, premiered at the opening night of The ‘Voice of Music- Upper Galilee Chamber Music Festival’.

In 2015 Michael assisted the theatre director, Evgeni Mestetschkin, staging and choreographing the theatre production 'Out of Mea Shearim', a joint Israeli-German production with ex-ultra Orthodox from Jerusalem. Premiere at the Schauspielhaus Hamburg.

  

In 2016 Michael collaborated with the theatre director, Igor Berezin, Staging and Choreographing the play 'Bucha' written by Yosef Bar Yosef for the Jerusalem Kahn Theatre.

 

Michael received the American Israel Cultural Foundation scholarship for promising young Choreographers 2006.

He has been awarded choreographic prizes:

The International Choreography Contest Cross Connection Ballet, Copenhagen 2008. (Ramifications)

The No Ballet International Choreographic Contest, Ludwigshafen Germany 2014. (Face to Face)

Getman teaches workshops, choreographic practices and ateliers for amateurs and professionals internationally and for Bachelor or Master programs; the Jerusalem Academy of Music & Dance, Tel Aviv Kibbutzim college of education, technology and the arts, Maslool - Professional dance program Tel Aviv, Artez University of the Arts Holland, Codarts University of the Arts Holland, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Adelaide college of the Arts, and more.   

Michael continues his artistic search and choreographic exploration by meeting with the “Daily Reality” and by collaborating with various artists from the field of Theatre, Dance, Music, Literature and Visual Arts.