Biography

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. 

In 2016, her piece LEVIAH won the Cologne Dance Theatre Prize. Her work was presented in the Israel, the U.S., Switzerland and at several festivals in Germany, including the Tanzplattform, Impulse Festival, tanz nrw and FAVORITEN. In 2017 she showed her video work 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, which was subsequently 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.

Her current work BAD MOTHERS, a commission for the Theater Oberhausen, premiered in March 2022 and was her first choreographic commission for an acting ensemble at a German municipal theater.
In August 2022, the piece ATARA, as well as the commissioned work GOLA 3rd Movement for the Maslool Dance School will be performed at the Suzanne Dellal Centre in Tel Aviv.
The fourth reworking of the GOLA series,GOLA 4th Movement, will then premiere in September at HELLERAU in Dresden.
Starting this summer, Reut will begin a long-term collaboration with the Belgian production house fABULEUS in Leuven (BE).

Reut Shemesh is currently a Factory Artist (artist in residence) 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