The Vertigo Dance Company founded in Jerusalem, in 1992, by Noa Wertheim and Adi Sha’al has developed a distinct artistic language promoting social and community awareness through the arts and established a distinct presence in the contemporary dance scene worldwide.
The Vertigo approach seeks to evoke artistic and environmental inspiration promoting social involvement in a responsible manner to sustain the future of our planet while bringing people together and expanding the boundaries of dance.
The Vertigo way of life encompasses:
The Vertigo School of Dance in Jerusalem, a refreshing and vibrant local meeting place offering various training and workshops for dancers from 'all walks of dance'.
The Vertigo Eco-Art Village midway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv in the rural Elah Valley, a cultural center to explores and study the link between art and environment.
The Vertigo International Dance Program (VIDP) for professional dancers from around the world through Masa
The Power of Balance an integrative dance program for able and disabled dancers.
The Vertigo CultureLab – Mateh Yehudah arts and research center established by Mifal HaPay is in the Vertigo Eco –Art Village
Vertigo is a contemporary dance company, offering a physical meeting place for artists and audience. Vertigo takes the viewer every time to a new or an unexpected, exciting and challenging journey into unfamiliar territories. Vertigo represents international standards of artistic excellence, with a social and community touch.
We see Vertigo as a messenger of Israeli Art at its best, at home and abroad, that comes to bring people closer together and touch them through the language of the body. As such, the company combines, in addition to its performances, master classes, workshops, co-productions with other companies from around the world and invites artists from different fields to create together with the company.
Shortly after her graduation from the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem, Noa Wertheim was accepted into the Jerusalem Tamar Dance Company. It was there she met Adi Sha'al whose professional dance experience included both the Bat-Sheva Ensemble and the Kibbutz Dance Workshop. Partners in life and dance, Wertheim and Sha'al founded the Vertigo Dance Company in 1992.
Wertheim and Sha'al's first professional collaboration, a short duet called Vertigo, led to the establishment of their company of the same name. The inspiration came from the first-hand experience Adi had with the sensation of vertigo during his years in training with the air force. Vertigo - the performance - was built upon the concept of spinning out of control, not just in the air, but in relationships as well. Sha'al remarks, "Noa and I created a piece which looks at the loss of direction - the dizziness - in the human duet."
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.