+972 by Dana Ruttenberg

Performers: Netta Yerushalmy, Dana Ruttenberg

January 5, 2021, 7pm EST
Video presentation followed by a conversation with the artists moderated by Jesse Zaritt.



Dana lives in Tel Aviv.
Netta lives in New York City, but spent the fall months in Tel Aviv.
Dana and Netta make dances.
They were once girls. Now they are women in their 40s.
Dana and Netta don’t really truly know each other and have never worked together.
They gathered, by ADF’s invitation, to create a digital art object. This “blind date” was captured and journaled, in video and sound, in English and in Hebrew.
+972 is the result of talking and moving, of yawning and fumbling, of staring at walls, at the sea, and at one another.
As the dance world was coming to an existential halt – Dana and Netta created an intimate document, letting the camera catch sight of where they found themselves, and each other, in this wildly delicate moment in time.

+972 by Dana Ruttenberg is commissioned and presented by ADF with support from Jewish for Good, Office of Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of Israel in New York, and Consulate General of Israel to the Southeast.




Dana Ruttenberg is an Israeli born dancer and choreographer. She holds a B.A. in Dance from Columbia University and an MFA in Dance from Hollins University. As artistic director of her NY based dance troupe between 2000-2003, The Red Hill Project, she has created works that showcased at various venues across the US and Canada.

Since her return to Israel, she has been teaching, giving workshops and choreographing for the Batsheva Dance Ensemble, OtherDance Festival, IntimaDance Festival, International Exposure, Curtain Up Festival and Dance Arena festival, to name a few.

Ruttenberg seeks to create works that engage all the senses, not excluding the sense of humor, and to expand the existing audiences for dance. To that aim, she collaborates with artists from different fields (theater, film, music and visual art), and examines new angles for the presentation and experience of dance. In 2014, she succeeded in making 2000 audience members move as one at the world’s largest Pecha Kucha event. Her work Dream Team premiered in 2018 and her most recent work 60,000 Gra(h)m premiered in June 2019 at IntimaDance Festival in Tel Aviv.

Ruttenberg continues to produce and present her own work in Israel and abroad. Her Dance-Films Private I’s and Glove Story (Director: Oren Shkedy) have screened internationally and have won Outstanding film Award at the Jumping Frames Festival, the Audience Choice Award at Dance Camera West and first prize at the Tallahassee International Competition, among others. ScreensArt, a series of dance art works for the screen, premiered at Fresh Paint in Tel Aviv and exhibited at the Miami Art Week 2012 and in Art Brussels in 2015. A solo exhibition of Ruttenberg and Shkedy’s dance-based video art works, CUT! premiered at Chelouche Gallery in Tel Aviv, and showcased at the UNTITLED Art Fair in Miami in May of this year.

Dana is the founder and artistic director of Project 48 Dance, now entering its 8th year, a creative blind-date adventure which brings in over 40 artists to create original dance works in two 24 hour rounds, in collaboration with Batsheva Dance Company and various academic institutions. She is the founder and curator of Studio Visits, a series of intimate encounters with choreographers and their work-in-progress, open to the public. In 2020 she was appointed artistic co-director of Curtain Up Festival.

Dana continues to create choreography for various Theater and TV productions throughout Israel, teach and perform abroad (Senegal, USA, Hungary, Denmark, South Africa, Italy, Austria, Serbia,Spain and Russia to name a few). She was on faculty at the Tel Aviv School of the Arts Dance Department between 2005-2015 and is currently on faculty at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance’s MA Program. In Spring 2013, she was a visiting artist at Florida University for as part of Schusterman Foundation’s Visiting Artist Program.

She is the winner of the 2013 Minister of Culture Award. She was awarded the distinguished 2012 Rosenblum Award for Promising Young Artist by the municipality of Tel Aviv.


Netta Yerushalmy is a dance artist based in New York City. Her work aims to engage with audiences by imparting the sensation of things as they are perceived, not as they are known, and to challenge how meaning is attributed and constructed.

For her choreographic work, Netta has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, Princeton Arts Fellowship, Research Fellowship at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Toulmin Fellowship for Women Leaders in Dance at the Center for Ballet and the Arts at New York University, New York City Center Choreography Fellowship, Jerome Robbins Bogliasco Fellowship, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award, National Dance Project Grant, commission from LMCC’s Extended Life program, Six Points Fellowship, and New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship.

Her work has been commissioned and presented by venues such as Danspace Project, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Joyce Theater, American Dance Festival, New York Live Arts, HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Wexner Center for the Arts, La Mama, River to River Festival, Center for the Arts/Buffalo, International Dance (Jerusalem), Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Foundation, ‘62 Center for the Arts/Williamstown, ODC & Bridge Project, Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance (Tel Aviv), Harkness Dance Festival, International Solo Festival (Stuttgart), and Roulette. 

Her work has been supported by the Baryshnikov Arts Center, Watermill Center, National Center for Choreography/Akron, Djerassi Arts Program, Movement Research, Gibney’s DiP, and Trinity College. 

Netta works across genres and disciplines: she contributed to artist Josiah McElheny’s Prismatic Park at Madison Square Park, choreographed a Red Hot Chili Peppers music video, worked with cellist Maya Beiser and composer Julia Wolfe on Spinning, and collaborated on evenings of theory and performance at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICI Berlin). 

As a guest artist and visiting faculty, Netta has created work with repertory companies and students nationwide at the University of the Arts, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, Juilliard School, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Rutgers University, University of Utah, Zenon Dance Company, American Dance Festival, Alvin Ailey School, SUNY Brockport, University of Texas at Austin, James Madison University, Long Island University, UNC Charlotte, Roger Williams University, and Sarah Lawrence College.

As a performer, Netta has worked with Pam Tanowitz Dance, Doug Varone and Dancers, Joanna Kotze, Karinne Keithley, Nancy Bannon, Mark Jarecki, and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet.

Netta grew up in Galilee, Israel. She received a BFA in Dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.


Jesse Zaritt’s work engages drawing as dancing – a visual and physical practice linked to dreaming, drafting, and materializing futures. His choreographic, performance and teaching practices research the ways in which excessively virtuosic, contemplative and resistive dance practices change how movement arises in the world and how dancing participates in processes of social transformation. A series of solo works made between 2008 and 2018 interrogate attachments to Jewish ritual and community, seeking to queer dominant paradigms of familial/national belonging, religion, gender and sexuality. Zaritt currently works in creative dialogue with Sara Shelton Mann.

Zaritt has performed his solo work in Taiwan, Uruguay, Russia, Korea, Germany, New York, Japan, Mexico, Israel and throughout the United States. He has performed with the Shen Wei Dance Arts Company (NYC, 2001–2006), the Inbal Pinto Dance Company (Tel Aviv, 2008), and in the work of Netta Yerushalmy (NYC, 2009–2016) and Faye Driscoll (NYC, 2010–2015); he was an artistic adviser for Driscoll’s Thank You For Coming projects (2014-2019). He created duet works in collaborative partnerships with Jumatatu Poe (2012-2015), Mark Haim (ADF commission, 2015), and Katie Swords (2015-1019). Zaritt is an Associate Professor at the University of the Arts, having previously been the inaugural 2014–2016 Research Fellow in the University’s School of Dance. He has also taught at Bard College, Hollins University and the American Dance Festival.

Photo of Netta and Dana by Uriel Sinay.
Headshot of Dana by Yair Meyuhas.

About This Event


January 5, 2021
12:00 am - 1:00 am