Reut Shemesh, born and raised in Israel, works in the field of contemporary dance, poetry and experimental film. She received her BA from the ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Arnhem (NL), and holds a Master’s in Media and Fine Art from the Kunsthochschule für Medien (KHM) in Cologne (DE). Her works were exhibited and performed at tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf, Kampnagel Hamburg, Tanzhaus Zürich, Suzanne Dellal Center Tel-Aviv, the Jewish Museum in Berlin, Theatre Lab NYC and the Korzo Theater in Den Haag. She was a guest lecturer for the Heinrich-Heine Universität Düsseldorf, Universität zu Köln, Hochschule Düsseldorf (HSD) and the Zentrum für Zeitgenössischen Tanz in Cologne (ZZT), which presented a showing with students in 2021. 

She was nominated for several prizes and her piece LEVIAH won the Cologne Dance and Theater Prize 2016. Her video work was presented in 2017 at the Oberhausen Short Film Festival and at the Art Cologne. In April 2019, Shemesh created the piece ATARA during the residency program at K3|Tanzplan Hamburg and which was then invited to the Tanzplattform Germany 2020. Her research project under the working title WITNESS opened the Impulse Theatre Festival 2019, with its final version COBRA BLONDE premiering at tanzhaus nrw in April 2021. In October 2021, HELLERAU Dresden presented a collection of her most recent pieces and installations in cooperation with the Jüdische Kulturtage 2021 under the heading: Portrait: the Choreographer Reut Shemesh.

Recently, Shemesh presented the German premiere of TONKY LONKY, commissioned by the BODHI PROJECT dance company/SEAD at the MOVE! Festival 2021 in Krefeld. Further commissions include the Maslool Dance School of Tel Aviv and the Stadttheater Oberhausen (the City Theater of Oberhausen), with a premiere set to March 2022. From summer 2022 onwards, she is also looking forward to starting a long-term collaboration with the Belgian production house fABULEUS in Leuven.

Reut Shemesh is currently a Factory Artist at the tanzhaus nrw.

Hoffnungsträgerin des Jahres 2019/ promissing artist, tanzmagazin 2019

It’s as if this brilliant performance suddenly conjures a deeply sad core of the carnival that upends our traditional knowledge.“
Martin Krumbholz, Süddeutsche Zeitung, June 2019

Shemesh is not only a choreographer but is also well versed in experimental film and even poetry – which was clearly reflected in the language of the performanceChristian Oscar Gazsi Laki, Westdeutsche Zeitung, May 2019

Leviah is big, dark, brave, personal, but not private. Reut Shemesh is dealing with vulnerability without portraying the victim as small and powerless” Melanie Suchy, Tanz Magazin, September 2016

Photography © Shemesh / ATARA