Ronnie Heller, Biography
Ronnie Heller רוני הלר
Independent choreographer and performer.
Born in Rochester, New York, 1975
Former member of "clipa" theater. Studied visual art at Kalisher School of Art, has a BFA in dance and MFA with an excellence scholarship in choreography from Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem, where she teaches since 2004. Teaches at the Tel Aviv University theater department. Founded Ronnie Heller Dance Theater in 2012 as an interdisciplinary framework to work on her own ideas, and as a production label.
Living and creating in Tel Aviv Israel.
רוני הלר, רקדנית וכוריאוגרפית עצמאית.
נולדה ב ארה"ב 1975.
בוגרת תואר ראשון בריקוד ותואר שני בכוריאוגרפיה עם מלגת הצטיינות מהאקדמיה למחול ע"ש רובין בירושלים, ומלמדת שם. מלמדת בחוג לתיאטרון באוניברסיטת תל אביב. חברה לשעבר בתיאטרון קליפה. הקימה את "תיאטרון מחול רוני הלר" ב 2012, כמסגרת אינטרדיסציפלינרית לעבוד בה על רעיונותיה וכלייבל להגשמת הפקתן העצמאית של יצירותיה.
חיה ופועלת בתל-אביב יפו.
1994-5: Fine arts studies at Kalisher Art School, Tel Aviv
1994-1996: Studies Chi Gong, Pa Qua & Mei Kuei Chuang - Chinese soft martial arts & theory of Chinese medicine with Yossi Morgenstern, Tel Aviv
1996-2000: Bachelor of Dance, Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, Movement Department
2000-2002: Studied Aikido in the dojo of Shlomo Adelsberg, Tel aviv
2001: Butoh training with Butoh Master Ushio Amagatsu (Sankai Juku), Paris
2003: Certified apparatus an mat Pilates instructor, certificate studies at Tamar Zachi Studio, Tel Aviv
2002-2004: Advanced studies on Movement Notation, and performance of works by Noa Eshkol, with Rachel Nul-Kahana, Kibbutzim College, Tel Aviv
2005: Improvisation workshops with Julian Hamilton, UK & Spain
2006: Improvisation workshop and work with artifacts with Eva Karczag (Trisha Brown), Scotland & Netherlands
2006-2008: Private classical dance lessons with master Sergei Lukin (ex Bolshoi Ballet soloist), Studio Nes Pilates, Tel Aviv
2007: Butoh workshop with master Botoh Taketeru Kudo, Japan, at Clipa Theater, Tel aviv
2009: Butoh workshop with masters Taketeru Kudo and John Wakabayashi, Japan, at Clipa Theater, Tel Aviv
2009: Butoh workshop with master Katsura Kan, Japan, at Musach Haguf, Tel aviv
2010: Physical Theater and Art of Performance workshop with Idith Herman and Dimitri Tulpanov, Clipa Theater, Tel Aviv
2011: Teaching workshop with master Butoh Tamar Borer, Tel Aviv
2012: Butoh workshop with master Taketeru Kudo, Japan, at Clipa Theater, Tel aviv
2012: Butoh workshop with Jinen Butoh master Atsushi Takenouchi, Artness school, Ein Shemer
2012-2013: Traditional Kung Fu and Qigong with Nicholas Ksekliar Marquiz, LESSPT Tel Aviv
2013: Traditional belly dancing with Yael Beker, Studio Na’im, Tel Aviv
2013: Advanced studies in Ohad Naharin’s Gaga movement method, Bat Sheva, Tel Aviv
2014: Butoh workshop with master Taketeru Kudo, Japan, Clipa Theater, Tel aviv
2014: Day workshop with Sankai Juku, Suzanne Dellal, Tel Aviv
2015: Started practicing Bikram Yoga, Bikram, Tel Aviv
2015: Movement Archery workshop with Tom Vexler, Tel Aviv
2016: Axis Syllabus workshop with Baris Mihci, Tel Aviv
2016: Artist workshop with Kai Takei, The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance
2017: Advanced studies Axis Syllabus, Tel Aviv
2017: Zen Acrobatics workshop with Tom Vexler, Tel Aviv
2017: Bows and Arrows research workshop, 30 international dance and movement artists meet to share information and create together. Initiated by Tom Vexler, Nataf
2017: Primal Movement workshop with Aaron Cantor, Berlin
2016-2018: MA in Choreography, with an excellence scholarship, at The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. Research topic: The Question of Free Will - The inherent automaton of the human motor system and the choreographic act.
Performances and independent productions:
2001: Performing dancer in choreography by Prof. Amos Hetz, Chamber Dance Festival, Tel Aviv & Jerusalem
2002-2004: Performing dancer in Noa Eshkol choreographies, performances in Kibbutzim College Tel aviv, and Women Festival 2004 in Holon Theater
2005-2006: First creation: “Portrait”, choreography and performance by Ronnie Heller, Performed at Chamber Dance Festival 2005 Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, in Other Dance Festival in Suzanne Dellal Tel Aviv, and in the art happening Be-Longing at Alhambra Theater, Jaffa-Tel Aviv
2006: “Keresh” - Short piece written with composer Dganit Elkayam. Performed at Chamber Dance Festival, Tel Aviv & Jerusalem, and in Clipa Aduma Festival in Tel Aviv
2006-2007: “Stones” - Collaboration with choreographer and dancer Anat Shamgar. Independent production at Suzanne Dellal Yerushalmi Hall, and at Zira Jerusalem
2009: “Furniture” - First Butoh style Piece - Performed in Chamber Dance Festival, Clipa Aduma Festival, In Haifa Museum and as part of “Object Relations” (2012)
2010: “Do Not Disturb” - Physical theater in cooperation with Idit Herman and Gabriel Neuhaus, performed at Clipa Theater, Tel Aviv
2011: “The Observatory” by Clipa Theater. Heller participated as a dancer, performed in Israel Festival in Jerusalem and in Dresden
2012: “Object Relations” - First independent production by Ronnie Heller Dance Theater, performed at Suzanne Dellal Yerushalmi Hall in Tel Aviv, and as part of Other Dance Festival in Suzanne Dellal, Tel Aviv
2013: “N&M” - Independent production by Ronnie Heller Dance Theater in cooperation with martial artist Nicholas Ksekliar Marquiz and the composer-performer David Gordon. Performed at Suzanne Dellal Yerushalmi Hall in Tel Aviv, and as part of Tel Aviv Dance Festival in Suzanne Dellal, Tel Aviv
2013: Gala performance - Rite of Spring by Stravinsky. Art direction Idit Herman, Shades of Dance Festival Suzanne Dellal, Tel Aviv
2013-2014: “Driftwood” - Independent production by Ronnie Heller Dance Theater. Performed in Butoh Salon at Tamar Borer Studio Tel Aviv, As an independent production at Suzanne Della Yerushalmi Hall, in Clipa Aduma Festival 2014 at Clipa Theater Tel Aviv, and as part of International Exposure 2014 at Suzanne Dellal, Tel Aviv
2013-2014: Performer in “Last Night” by Tamar Borer. Performed at Nahmani Theater, Tel Aviv
2015: Performer in “Experiment in Mass” by Maayan Gur, Shades of Dance Festival 2015, Suzanne Dellal Tel Aviv, and International Exposure 2015 in Suzanne Dellal, Tel Aviv
2015: Film: Supporting role in “Saving Neta” by Nir Bergman
2016: “Helen & The Horses” - Written and performed solo by Ronnie Heller, independent production, Mahsan 2, Jaffa - Tel Aviv
2016: “Help” Homage to Dimitri Tulpanov, solo performance in Clipa Theater, Tel Aviv
2016: Guest performance in “Facility 27”, Clipa Theater at Tel Aviv historic City Hall
2016: Guest performance in “Culture in the Periphery”, Clipa Theater, Tel Aviv
2017: “Helen” solo performance, Hayadit Festival, Pardes Hanna
2017: “Surviving Dance Crash Moments” solo and duet, Lake Studios Berlin
2017: “Medea” and “Helen” in Zaz Festival, Tel Aviv
2018: “Surviving Dance Crash Moments: at FIM, Basel
2018: “Surviving”, “Medea” and “Helen” at ACUD Theater, Berlin
2018: “Medusot” choreography for the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance ansambel, Suzanne Dellal, Tel Aviv
2018: “Dance Crashes” and “Helen”, Der Jungen Theater, Leipzig
2018: “Human Matter” Residency and Performance, Step Grant for activist artists, Lake Studios Berlin
2019: Choreographic research residency, Lake Studios, Berlin
2019: “CORE-banot” (wordplay on Core girls/victims in Hebrew), written by Heller to the sacrifice scene in Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, performed by students of the Movement Department, Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance
2003-Present: Certified Pilates teacher
2007-Present: Joined the faculty of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance as an adjunct professor teaching bachelor students: Body Theater Beginners (years 1-2) and Advanced (years 3-4), and teaches Composition since 2017. In 2020 added a course focusing on Hellers own work for year 2 students.
2015 - Present: Accepts students of Butoh for apprenticeship in her private studio
2016 - Present: Volunteer work with youth suffering from autism, Alonim school Herzliya
2017 - Present: Joined the Tel Aviv University Theater Department as an adjunct professor. Teaches Movement Foundation Beginners and Advanced in the acting excellence program.
2018: Gave a movement workshop to the Basel Chamber Orchestra led by first violinist Daniel Bard, Basel