Lee Méir is a choreographer, performer, and costume designer, born in Jerusalem and today living and working between Berlin and Tel-Aviv.
Her work examines states of paradox and explores the tension(s) between language, movement, sound, and meaning production, as well as what unfolds between fiction and action. In her practice she searches for encounters between conflicting elements which co-exist at the same time, within the same body, be it a singular body or a social body.
Lee oscillates between working as a solo artist and working in collaborative formats: She sees her solo practice as a home base, a place to come from and go back to, when lost in the wild wild west of contemporary art making. She sees her collaborative practice as a way to destabilise individual ideas and put political and collective identities into question.
Lee’s works are presented internationally in over and underground platforms such as: Tanz im August Berlin, Brighton Festival, Roter Salon at Volksbühne Berlin, Tanzquartier Vienna, Akademie der Künste Berlin, Diver Festival Tel-Aviv, ausland Berlin, Pavillon-Noir in Aix-en-Provence, Heidelberg Tanzbiennale a.o.
She received grants and scholarships from foundations such as: The Capital Cultural Fonds Berlin,(Haupstadtkulturfonds), the Berlin City Council for Cultural Affairs, Danceweb Vienna, Life Long Burning, the Israeli Ministry of Culture, The Israeli Lottery Foundation. In 2011 her solo Translation included, was awarded first prize at Israel´s Biennale for young choreographers, at the Suzanne Dellal Centre for Dance.
As a choreographer and performer Lee collaborates with artists and thinkers such as: Maya Weinberg (Choreographer), with whom she she founded the duo the defaults of self indulgence / Roni Katz (Choreographer), with whom she conceived two feminist political Cabarets in Berlin and Tel-Aviv / Marcus Steinweg (Philosopher), with whom she maintains a longterm dialogue regarding the intersection of dance and philosophy / André Lewski (Director, Performer), who works with her as a longterm dramaturge/. a.o.
As a performer Lee works for theatre and dance makers such as: artistwin deufert&plischke, Jasmin Ihraç, Clément Layes, Otso Houpaniemi.
As a costume designer she works with choreographers such as: Milla Koistinen, Jee-Ae Lim, Kareth Schaffer, as well as designing the costumes for her own works.
In 2013 Lee completed choreography studies at HZT- Inter University Centre for Dance, Berlin.
Since 2017, Lee curates the series Nah Dran extended, at ada Studio Berlin, where she accompanies young choreographers in realising their first works.
Lee has been recently awarded the 2019 Pina Bausch Fellowship in cooperation with L’Ecole des Sables in Senegal. In addition she is currently collaborating with the swiss director Boris Nikitin, for a new production premiering at Kaserne Basel in 2020.
Photo by André Lewski
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