Uri Shafir

Uri Shafir is an Israeli dancer, choreographer, and a performance artist. Uri has been creating independent works since 2009, and presenting them on different platforms and festivals in Israel and around the world. As a dancer, worked in Ensemble Batsheva Dance Company, and in dance works by Yasmeen Godder, Niv Sheinfeld & Oren Laor, Dana Ruttenberg, Guy Gutman and more. Uri is a graduate of MASPA (kibbutz Ga’aton Dance Workshop), Kelim Choreography Center (Israel), and the MA choreography program MASTER EXERCE in Montpellier France, at ICI-CCN, (artistic director – Christian Rizzo).

Uri’s works can be situated on the threshold between choreography and performance, and usually explore the notion of Liveness in live performance, through choreographed and un-choreographed movement, through different relationships and constructions with the audience, the performers, and the performance itself.

Uri is a teacher in Seminar Hakibutzim Tel Aviv college of arts, where he teaches movement research. He gives classes in Israel and abroad on his choreographic methods. Uri is also a certified Gaga techer (Ohad Naharin’s movement language). He has collaborated with Yasmeen Godder comapny in the works Climax, Common Emotions, Simple Action, Practicing Empathy 2X2. He also took part in the different community projects that take place in the company’s studio, and has been an artist in residency in the studio in 2021.