About Hagit

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Award Winning Israeli choreographer Hagit Yakira founded Hagit Yakira Dance Company in 2007 and has since gone on to tour the UK, Europe, Scandinavia and Israel. So far she has created eight works for her company amongst many other commissioned works for other companies and students. Hagit Yakira Dance Company creates work whereby human experiences, movement and dance are uniquely and poetically interwoven into an individual interpretation of relationships and emotions through dance and performance.

Two of her company works were awarded: first prize for 'Oh Baby' in the 'Kajaani Choreography Competition', Finland 2009, and second prize for 'Somewhere between a self and another' in the 'Burgos New York Choreography Competition' (New Dance Trend Category), Spain 2007.

She has toured in numerous festivals and dance platforms in the UK, Europe, Scandinavia and in Israel. She has also been choreographing for different companies and institutions around Europe and the UK as well as leading performance projects and workshops for both professional dancers and the community. Hagit is a teacher and a guest choreographer at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Trinity Laban and at The Place and since summer 2011 she has been delivering workshops at ImPulsTanz, Vienna.

Hagit received her PhD from Trinity Laban/City University. Her thesis is titled: Relational Autobiographical Choreographies - on a new choreographic practice. Hagit is now an associate professor at the University of Stavanger, Norway where she teaches improvisation, contact improvisation, contemporary technique, Choreography, and create work on the students.  

Hagit has been developing a personal style and way of teaching. She is constantly in demand to deliver classes for professional dancers and the community around the UK, Europe, Scandinavia and Israel with many dedicated followers. Hagit's training commenced at the Music and Dance Academy in Jerusalem, Israel. After qualifying as a Dance Movement Therapist in 2004, Hagit relocated to London where she completed an MA in European Theatre Dance (2005). 

Hagit has been commissioned by Sadler's Wells, London Contemporary Dance School, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Trinity Laban, Giessen Dance Theatre. Hagit was also commissioned by Yorkshire Dance and the University of Leeds as part of Respond.

Hagit's aim is to develop a personal approach, which is based on close collaboration with various artists working within different art forms. In her work she explores different aspects of human relationships, by playing with fiction and reality, emotion and feeling, and by shifting between drama and humour. Her approach in general, as well as to the movement research, is based on autobiography, and different physical exploration of emotions; she is being informed by her background as a dance movement therapist alongside her background as a performer and a choreographer.

Audiences engage with the work because of its empathic nature that draws out the feelings and emotion in the dancers that are identifiable to all. Her warm approach enables her to talk to people through her work in a way that is compassionate and relevant to a wide age rand from diverse background.

“Hagit Yakira and her company don't only dance, they live and take the audience with them.” Audience member