Michal Samama

Michal Samama, photo by Matthias Pick

Michal Samama (Born 1977, Israel) is a New York based choreographer and performance artist. She was recently selected to the 2012-2013 Fresh Tracks Performance and Residency Program at New York Live Arts. During the last ten years Samama created works in dance, theater and performance art and is now focusing on the research and creation of movement based solo performances, involving video, photography and site-specific practices. Samama is a Movement Research 2011-2013 Artist-in-Residence. She recently awarded a New Dance Alliance LiftOff Residency and participated in The Field Artist-in-Residence (Fall 2010). Since arriving to NYC in 2010, her work has been presented at Dixon Place, Movement Research at Judson Church, Joyce SoHo, Chez Bushwich, Priska C. Juschka Gallery, First Street Green at First Park, Vaudeville Park (In a work by Yoni Niv) and the 92nd Street Y, where she also curated an interdisciplinary art event in January 2012. In Berlin, she created two solo works as part of Extension PAStudies and performed there at the Home Sweet Home Festival, Werkstatt der Kulturen and the Grimmuseum. In Israel her work has been shown in Suzanne Dellal Center, Tmuna Theater, Tzavta Theater and more. Her play which she wrote and performed in was presented at Act 2 Festival (Haifa, 2009). Samama studied dance and choreography at Ha-kibbutzim Teachers College and then theater, writing and performance art at Search Engine, an Interdisciplinary Art Program, founded by Yasmeen Godder and Itzik Giuli. She has taught choreography in various schools in Israel and she is now teaching dance at the 92nd Street Y.