Gil Harush, choreographer, psychotherapist and a dance teacher, born and raised in Israel. Graduated from the dance department at Thelma Yellin High School of the Arts , Tel Aviv. On 2007, Harush pursued a higher dance education at the Rotterdam Dance Academy , Holland, where he created his first dance works as a choreographer and worked with notable creators and choreographers throughout Europe and Israel.
In 2010, Harush returned to Israel and established “Ensemble Gil Carlos & Family”, a dance and performance ensemble based in Tel Aviv. Later that year, Harush won the Israeli Union of Performing Arts award.
Harush's creations illustrate real-life situations and relationships, using drama, performance, and significance visual elements. His creations are tightly attached and inspired strongly of Psychotherapy and Body & Soul Balance theories. Indeed, in 2017 Harush completed his psychotherapy studies and internship, in the oncology department at the Beilinson Hospital , Israel.
Harush presented his works in some of the most important dance events of Israel:
- Shades of Dance Festival , 2011, under the artistic direction of Ms. Idit Herman, “Takana”.
- Other Dance Festival , 2012, under the artistic direction of Mr. Yair Vardi, “Garlina Portzelan”. Following the performance: "Gil C. Harush marks himself as a strong root of the Israeli dance scene" [City Mouse].
- Curtain Up Festival , 2013, under the artistic direction of Ms. Ronit Ziv, “Deady”.
The International career of Harush, as a choreographer, began with his first full evening creation “Good Enough Parents”, 2012, premiered at the Suzanne Dellal Center of Dance and Theater, Israel. Later that year, the creation has been selected to present at the international celebrations of 25 years of relations between Israel and Ukraine .
On 2013, Harush has been chosen as one of fifty artists from all over to world to develop networks and international collaborations between artists, at the Asylum Artists Retreat of the Roi Community & Six Points, NYC. On that tour to the USA, Harush also presented a world premiere at the La Mama Theater in New York City, “White Wash”, in the frame of the Contemporary Dance Week. In late 2013, Harush established his personal dance workshop, “Exposed” for selected students, which took place first at the studios of the Batsheva Dance Company, Tel Aviv.
On 2014, Harush presented “DeadyCate”, which attracted attention around the world and has been presented in Israel, South America and Europe. The creation had been reconstructed for the Ballet Provincial of San Luis, Mexico, at the 50 years gala of the company. In France, this creation had brought Harush the Grand Prix, 1st price, at the international contemporary dance competition Synodales 2014 . At the same year in St. Petersburg, Russia, Harush has been selected as the most influencing guest teacher by the Open Look festival, and there he presented the world premiere of his creation “Perfect Pet”, 2015, Alexandrinsky Theatre.
“Garden - A Dance Trilogy” - Harush's 10th creation, premiered in 2016 at the Suzanne Dellal Center of Dance and Theater, Israel. By the end of the season, Harush returned to Europe and started coordinating the Area Young Ballet and a superior dance formation, Geneva. In Madrid, Spain, he opened his private clinic where he works as a psychotherapist.
In 2018, Harush was Nominated for the “Best Creation Award” of 2018 , by the critics, France, for his creation “The Heart of My Heart” for the Ballet de l'Opéra national du Rhin.
Gil Harush is portrayed as one of the most prominent choreographers of the new Israeli generation and his work He has shown his work in the Suzanne Dellal Center in Tel Aviv and the La Mama Theater in New York City, as well as in Ukraine, France, Netherlands, Russia, South America, South Korea and more. Harush’s work is unique in its genre for two reasons.
The first one is his distinct Israeli style. He brings the force and vitality of Israeli movement, which is rooted in both the rage and tenderness of the dance culture. He rises from this well-established language and explores the body, the presence, and space, taking it yet one step further into madness, passion, and vulnerability.
The second one is his quest for sense. Harush’s pieces are profoundly dramatic, the excess and the lacking, he portrays it all. With every piece, he raises questions that are tied to our very existence, and he delivers in a constructed, complex and compelling narrative on our fears and our relationships. Femininity is at the center of Harush's work, but the male side, which is latent, hiding, is very much there as well. Harush’s work is poignant and very real. The bodies, the music, the entire esthetic of his work aim to remind us that we are very much alive and in pain and that all that everyone really wants in the end, is to be loved. - E. Fuksbrauner
"Harmony can only be attained when the complexities
of real life situations are shown bluntly." Gil Harush
List of creations
2019 “KISS&FLY” - Area Jeune Ballet, Switzerland (15 min)
2018 “The Heart of My Heart” - Ballet of the National Opera du Rhin, France (45 min)
2016 “GARDEN A Dance Trilogy” - Suzanne Dellal Center Tel Aviv (50 min)
2015 “Perfect.Pet” - Alexandrinsky Theater, St. Petersburg, Russia (50 min)
2014 “DEADY.CATE” | Bat Sheva Dance Company Hall Tel Aviv (50 min)
2014 “A v r iN e wS t a r” - Paris, France (10 min)
2013 “DEADY” - Curtain Up Festival, Suzanne Dellal Center – Tel Aviv (15 min)
2013 “WHITE WASH” - La Mama Theater – New York City (50 min)
2012 “GOOD ENOUGH” - Suzanne Dellal Center Tel Aviv (50 min)
2012 “Garlina Porzellan” - Other Dance Festival, Suzanne Dellal Center – Tel Aviv (10 min)
2011 “TAKANA” - Shades of Dance Festival, Suzanne Dellal Center Tel Aviv (20 min)