Ella Ben-Aharon | אלה בן-אהרון




Founder of one and co-founder of another dance company, Ben-Aharon (MFA) is a choreographer whose choreographic and
video work has been presented in the US (Joyce SoHo, REDCAT, Dancespace Project et al), Israel, Europe and Brazil. She
has a special interest in multi-disciplinary collaboration with fields such as architecture and video. She is engaged with the
field of neuro-cognitive research, which has led to a collaboration with Dr. Asaf Bachrach, a researcher in cognitive
neuroimaging at the French National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris.
Ella was a guest choreographer/teacher at numerous dance programs and art centers in the US, Europe and Israel. She was
invited as a guest lecturer at a few international conferences. As a Pilates Master Teacher through PSC (LA), Ella has been
extensively teaching anatomy, continuing education and certification programs since 2006.
At the beginning of 2016, Ella embarked on a new adventure and had open her own Pilates/movement studio in Tel Aviv.
In 2016, Ella was chosen as an Artist-in-Residence at KSU, GA, through the Schusterman Foundation.

MFA, Choreography / Jacksonville University/Whit Oak, FL 2012
A two-years low residency program. Over the course of two summers, Ella studied with masters and professors Jill Johnson
(Frankfurt Ballet, Dance Director at Harvard), Jean-Paul “Loppo” Martinez (Cirque de Soliel, Dragon Production), Dr. Ana
Sanchez Culberg, Alonzo King (Lines Ballet), Yaniv Avraham (Batsheva Dance Company), Laura Greenhalgh (Laban),
Steven Caras (Photographer, NYCB), Christina Teague-Mann, Cari Coble, Brian Palmer and Bill Hill.
Ella's MFA-thesis, “Embarking on the origin of movement: infant reflexes as the path to reveal invisible threads
towards phenomenology of a performative event,” is based on Primitive Reflexes as a base for developing a
choreographic approach that seeks not only to prevent the performer from falling into automatic patterns, but encourages
phenomenology in order to turn a performance into a performative event.
BFA , Dance / California Institute of the Arts 2003
Ella studied under Cristyne Lawson (Ailey), Tina Yuan-Lems (Ailey), Colin Conor (Limon), Lyndon Branaugh (Graham,
Laban), Glen Eddy (NDT), Helen Picket (Frankfut Ballet), Cinthya Young (Ballet West), Laurence Blake (Joffrey Ballet).
While at school her duet “Im-possible” was chosen to participate in the opening of the REDCAT (Roy Edna Disney CalArts
Theater) at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los-Angeles, thereafter she was commissioned to produce her own evening
work, “(in)Veiled,” a work for nine dancers and four musicians.
Pilates Master Teacher / Pilates Sports Center, LA 2006
In 2006 Ella received a Master Teacher certification from Pilates Sports Center (Los-Angeles). Over the years Ella
participated in continuing education workshops with: Irene Dowed, Kelly Kane, Mary Bowen, Brent Anderson, Rael
Isikowitz, Jillian Hessel, Alan Herdman, Alastair Greetham, Yamuna – among others. A member of the international
organization Pilates Method Alliance, Ella specializes in rehabilitation work and is teaching private sessions, groups, and


You make (me) sense                                                  
All-Most (Full-evening)
Taṇhā / Trishna
Ich Bin Du (Full-evening)
Pericardium (Full-evening)
Spaces, Collaboration with Trialogue
Part A: The Meating
rooms, Collaboration with Trialogue
Duet, Contemporary Dance Festival
Leave-in Room (Full-evening work)
GoofsA, Collaboration with Trialogue
GARDENS (Full-evening work)
Moshe (a video-opera by Yoav gal)
add : infinitum (Full-evening)
(in)Veiled (Full-evening)
Im-Possible (opening of REDCAT, LA)
Short Chapters in the Infinite 2000


Ben-Gurion University Dance Company – manager, choreographer
CNRS – JIM, participant, workshop leader
“Diablogue,” Curator
Le Briquetterie, CND - The Conscious Body II+III, participant
Gaaton Dancers Workshop, Guest Choreographer
'Le Centre', Artistic Residency
dança em foco, Video Dance
Ella & Edo, co-Founder / Choreographer
Streaming Museum/Tina B Contemporary Art Festival, Video Dance
Trialogue – an ongoing collaboration with an Architect and a Video Artist
YelleB Dance Ensemble, Founder / AD
MAKOR, Artist in Residence
”Dance Conversations,” (now the A.W.A.R.D Show!) Co-Curator
”Hubbard Street Dance 2,” Invitation to choreograph for the company
Dance Camera West Festival, Video Dance
”Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company 2,” Dancer

Schusterman Foundation, Artist-in-Residence (KSU), (2016)
Choreographic Commission, Between Heaven and Earth Festival, Jerusalem (2014)
Grant Recipient, Israeli Ministry of Culture (2011-2016)
The Dean's Award, Jacksonville University (2011-2012)
Grant Recipient, Joshua Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts (2012, 2014)
Grant Recipient, Brooklyn Arts Council (2009)
Space Grant, 92nd St. Y, NYC (2006)
CalArts Scholarship, based on merit (2002-2003)



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