Noa Zuk is a choreographer and a dancer. She was born and raised in Kibutz Sh’ar Ha’amakim in the north of Israel. She began dancing at the age of four, doing folk, modern, ballet, jazz, and improvisation as well as martial arts (she holds a black belt in Shotokan Karate).
At the age of eighteen she began her professional life as a dancer with choreographers Inbal Pinto and Yuval Pick and with the Young Kibbutz Dance Company. A year later she joined The Batsheva Ensemble, Batsheva Dance Company’s junior company, where she danced for three years, performing up to 120 shows a year, in Israel and abroad.
In the year 2000 she joined Batsheva Dance Company (BDC), where she danced for nine years. As a company member under the artistic direction of Ohad Naharin, Noa danced in all of his creations for the company during those years, and was part of the original cast of pieces such as Naharin’s Virus, Mamootot, Telophaza, Three, Furo, and MAX. She performed hundred of shows and toured extensively on the company’s many international tours, dancing on the world’s most prestigious stages – BAM (NYC), Lincoln Center (NYC), Barbican Centre (London), Montpelier Festival (France), Reggio Emilia Festival (Italy) and Sydney’s Opera, to name only a few. During her time with BDC, she also worked with and performed works by choreographers such as Mats Ek (Culberg Ballet), Sharon Eyal (LEV Dance Company) Jiří Kylián (NDT), Yasmeen Godder, and Yoshifumi Inao (Norwegian National Ballet).
Noa left the company in 2009 to concentrate on her work as a choreographer. Among her early pieces are O.M.S., A Droom Come Tree, and the trio Boxerman, which was performed by members of the Batsheva Ensemble in NYC. Her collaboration with interdisciplinary artist, Ohad Fishof, on the dance video One More Song was presented in Israel and abroad. In 2010, she was awarded The Schusterman Foundation Visiting Artist Scholarship and spent three months in residency at The Ohio State University in the United States. Her work Speaker premiered in Israel’s Curtain Up series in 2011. In 2012, her new creation for Bern Ballet premiered in Switzerland, and she was also selected as one of ten finalists to present her work in the 5th Copenhagen International Choreography Competition. In the fall of 2012 she had a second artist residency at The Ohio State University, where she premiered NOTHING II, a piece for 15 OSU dancers created in collaboration with Ohad Fishof and performed at the Wexner Center for the Arts. In 2013 she created After Chorus for GroundWorks Dance Theater in Cleveland, Ohio and the solo Nothing III (co-created by Ohad Fishof), that was performed in the U.S., Israel, Russia and China. In 2013 she also premiered the duet Doom Doom Land as part of the International Dance Week in Jerusalem and toured it in Russia, Poland and The Czech Republic. In summer 2014 she was commissioned to create a new piece for Repertory Dance Theater in Utah. Following the success of staging a piece on Singapore’s Frontier Danceland earlier that year, she was invited to create a new piece for the company, together with Ohad Fishof, premiered in November 2014. Her latest work, Garden of Minutes, in collaboration with Ohad Fishof, was premiered as part of the Curtain Up Festival in Tel Aviv, in November 2015.
Noa is also a renowned teacher. She has been teaching composition, technique, and repertory workshops (both of her own work and of Naharin’s choreographies) worldwide, and is a Gaga teacher since 2007.