In just a few short years, Yuval Pick has asserted a unique choreographic style, independent of the earlier influences on his career.
In just a few short years, Yuval Pick has asserted a unique choreographic style, independent of the earlier influences on his career. From one work to the next, he deepens his exploration of the relationship between movement and music. He constructs unexpected dialogues mixing rhythmic elements and redefining spaces. In his approach, no single material is dominated by another, nor do they ignore each other. Appointed head of the National Choreography Centre in Rillieux-la-Pape in August 2011, Pick has built an extensive career as a dancer, instructor and choreographer. After training at Bat-Dor Dance School in Tel Aviv, he joined the Batsheva Dance Company in 1991. He then launched into an international career in 1995, working with artists such as Tero Saarinen, Carolyn Carlson and Russell Maliphant. In 1999, he joined the Lyon National Opera Ballet before founding his own company, The Guests, in 2002.
His work is marked by a complex writing of movement, accompanied by close collaboration with music composers, in which the balance between the individual and the group is constantly challenged. In 2012, he created No Play Hero, a piece for five dancers and five musicians based on music by David Lang. Another piece, Folks, was created for seven dancers and was presented at the Lyon Dance Biennale. In 2014, he created the duet Loom, to the music of Nico Muhly, and Ply, a work for five dancers that he created with the American composer Ashley Fure. In 2015 came his piece Apnée (Corps Vocal) for four dancers and six singers, followed by Are Friends Electric ? for six dancers, with music by Kraftwerk. In 2016, the French National Monuments Centre commissioned Pick to create an in-situ project, Hydre, for the Royal Monastery of Brou, as part of the series Monuments en Mouvement #2. In 2018, Acta premiered at Théâtre National de Chaillot, and in 2019, he was named lifetime honorary member of the Tero Saarinen Company.