Ruby Edelman

CEO, Founder, and Artistic Director

As a graduate of the choreography department at The Rotterdam Dance Academy, Edelman received the prestigious “Prince Bernard” Prize and was commissioned to create for the CaDance festival. He was invited to create also for the Scapino Ballet Rotterdam at 2001 and 2003.In 2005, Edelman was invited by Johan Kresnik to create “Olympics 2036“ for The Choreographices Theatre, Stadt Theatre Bonn. In 2010 received the Akko Fringe Festival Jury‘s Award for artistic courage on his work “Shoa-Lite“.

In 2011, Edelman was invited by the Schlachthaus Theater in Bern to create “The Holycoaster (s)Hit Circus” – A co-production of the Machol Shalem Dance House and the Swiss PENG!Palast group. The work has been Announced as “ The collective production of the year 2012” by the prestigious German TANZ magazine.

As an independent creator, Edelman has developed a unique interdisciplinary stage language which combines movement, theatre, performance, film and media installation.

Edelman lives and creates in Jerusalem and functions as CEO and Artistic Co-director of the Machol Shalem Dance House.

Ofra Idel

Founder and Artistic Director

Idel received her Master degree in Dance and theatre from the Dance Academy in Jerusalem. She has danced at the Kolben D.C and the Tami D.C/Nimrod Freed and has performed in the USA, India, China, Senegal, Japan, Chile and around Europe. In 2005, Idel was invited by the Alexandria Performing Arts Association to create for the BosmaDance Company, Washington D.C. Since then her work has been showcased in Israel and abroad including The Zawirowania Dance Festival – Warsaw, Side by side- Dusseldorf,  Visa 2 dance Festival- Tanzania, Artdanthé Festival Tilburg- Holland, Aura Festival- Lithuania, Competition Internactional Burgos -Spain, Dance wave -Cyprus, Dock 11 -Berlin, Derida Dance center -Bulgaria and teaches contemporary dance workshops in Israel and International platforms, such as the dance department of the Taliin University in Estonia, Chichester University England and more. Idel takes part in artistic committees of International competition such as MASDANZA Canary Islands, Zawirowania Poland, 10 Sentidos Valenica and international competition of young dance performers OPUS, Slovenia.

She performs in the Ha-E production Ha-E, by Ido Tadmor touring Interntionaly.

Idel is the Artistic Co-Director and founder of the Machol Shalem Dance house in Jerusalem.

Yael Iddan

Production Manager and Community Relations

Born in Israel in 1989, has made her first steps in the dance world when she was twelve -years-old 

In 2012 she was accepted to the Dancers Training Program at the Contemporary Dance Workshop in Haifa, under the management of Ada Orni and Roy Assaf, where she studied for two years. 

Dance and movement teacher since 2013 in different styles – classical ballet, jazz, modern and movement.

In 2014 she began her academic studies at the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem, faculty of dance, movement department, and majored in choreography. 

In 2015 produced the 3rd year’s students’ performance.

In 2016 was awarded for excellence by the faculty dean.  

In 2016 graduated with a B.A from the movement department at the dance faculty. 

Between 2015-2017 she danced and performed in “Dancing Hands” – a dance-theater company of the choreographer Maayan Zohar. 

Yoga teacher since 2018.

In 2018 she began working as productions manager and coordinator in Machol Shalem Dance House, a role which enables her to combine her dance and choreography background and experience with the organizational and production experience she has acquired over her years as counselor and leader in the Ha’Mahanot Ha’Olim youth movement. 

Sarit Cohen

Administrative Manager

Sarit Cohen, born 1989, has a degree in Practical Mechanical Engineering from the Technion in Haifa, where she participated in the Rakia project with the collaboration of the IDF and the Institute of Technological Training (MAHAT), and a B.A. in Human Resources Management from the Hadassah Academic College, Jerusalem.

While studying for her bachelor’s degree she was part of the management staff of Fox Home’s Jerusalem branches, managed a team of employees, and was involved in carrying out their training, motivating them to achieve and meeting objectives while managing the profit and loss unit.

Since 2015 she has been the administrative manager of the Machol Shalem Dance Center.

Gabby Foster

Production and Special Projects

Born in Boston, MA Gabby Foster is a new addition to the team at Machol Shalem Dance House. Gabby graduated from Colby College in Waterville, ME in May 2019 with a degree in Religious Studies and Theater/Dance. She performs ongoing research exploring the potential for contemporary dance practices to strengthen a sense of Jewish self and Jewish community. As a production and special projects manager, Gabby has the opportunity to employ the skills she gained from Theater and Dance major, while also witnessing the role contemporary dance plays in the culture and community here in Jerusalem.

Eiv Kristal

Administrative Manager

Born and raised in Italy, Eiv Kristal is a Jerusalem-based theatre and performance artist, and a recent graduate of the School of Visual Theatre in Jerusalem.

As well as working at MASH, Eiv is currently a resident artist and curator at the Mamuta Art & Research Centre in Jerusalem. In her performances, Eiv works closely with light and space, with a site-specific approach to her set designs. She creates image-based theatre, dealing primarily with foreignness, memories, and surrealist aesthetics. 

Eiv has also worked as a performer, lighting and production assistant. 

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