VERTIGO DANCE COMPANY
Founded in 1992 by Adi Sha’al and Noa Wertheim, Vertigo Dance Company has established a unique presence in the contemporary dance scene worldwide. Having developed a distinct artistic language that emphasizes the link between Art and Earth, their works challenge and create an awareness to the limits of the human body. The result is a collage of intricate and singular dance creations that exude the holistic and spiritual approach of leading choreographer, Noa Wertheim. Since founding the Vertigo Dance Company, Sha'al and Wertheim have created a new production each and every year, from original dance works to various collaborative projects - each time, inviting audiences on a unique and enchanting journey. Vertigo's artistic exploration extends to the promotion of social and environmental change. Cultivating personal ties with the community through innovative programs that relate to current social realities - all the while maintaining the company's high dance performance standards. Conveying their message over the years, Vertigo Dance Company has garnered respect and admiration for their work both socially and professionally Constantly seeking to reach out and bring people together through the creative expression of movement Vertigo maintains dance as a way of life further expanding the boundaries of dance to raise social and environmental awareness and make a difference.
Vertigo Dance Company presents an outstanding contemporary dance approach promoting artistic creation with a strong sense of social, environmental, and community awareness that reflects an ongoing commitment to further exploring human nature and our link to the environment. This vision has developed over the years to form a way of life and a distinct dance language learned in Israel and around the world.
Noa Wertheim, artistic director, choreographer and co-founder of the Vertigo Dance Company, was born in the United States in 1965 and grew up in Israel where she first studied dance in Netanya. After three years of military service in the developing town of Yeruham, Wertheim completed her dance studies at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in 1990 and, in 1992, together with Adi Shaal, founded the Vertigo Dance Company, which is based in Jerusalem and in the Vertigo Eco Art Village in the Ella Valley where she lives with Shaal and their three sons.
Under the artistic direction of Wertheim, who is an Honorary Fellow of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, the internationally acclaimed Vertigo Dance Company has begun its third decade with an impressive repertoire of original works choreographed by Wertheim, whose distinct dance language inspires dance students and artists by encouraging interpersonal communication and community involvement.
Beyond her contribution to cultural life in Israel, Wertheim’s unique approach promotes social change by creating an artistic connection with the community and the environment, and this has been evident in the Vertigo Dance Education School, founded in Jerusalem in 1997, in the Vertigo Eco Art Village, founded in Kibbutz Netiv Halamed-Heh in 2007, and in The Power of Balance, a dance program for inclusion of the disabled.
2019 One. One & One is nominated for a 2019 Bessie Award in the category of Out Standing Production
2012 Vertigo Dance Association WINS RUDERMAN PRIZE IN DISABILITY
2011 Noa Wertheim won the Israel Culture Ministry prize for 'Zionist-oriented' art
2011 TEDGLOBAL 2011 Edinburgh, Scotland
2010 Noa Wertheim TEDxTelAviv speaker
2010 Ministry of Culture outstanding dancer award to Rina Wetheim
2009 Ministry of Culture Dance Award.
2003 Noa Wertheim won the Landau Performing Arts Prize, Israel.
2000 “The Gas Heart” won the best performers and the best actor in the “Alternative Theater Festival”, Budapest.
1999 Vertigo won the Cultural Ministry Award for the best Ensemble Company, Israel.
1998 Noa Wertheim won the Cultural Ministry Award for Young Choreographers, Israel.
1996 Chosen to represent Israel in the Vth Rencontres Choregraphiques Internationals de Saine-Saint-Denis, France.
1994 Groningen Competition for Choreography “Audience Choice” Award.
1993 First Prize – Shades of Dance Competition for Choreographers, The Suzanne
Dellal Centre for Dance, Israel.
1992 British Council Dance Prize, Scholarship to Place Theater in London.