Idan Cohen was born and raised in Israel on Kibbutz Mizra, a socialist community, which had tremendous impact on his life and artistic work. He performed with Israel’s world-renowned Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company. He has been performing, creating and teaching as an award-winning choreographer since 2005. His recent works include: Gender Bender (2013); Song of a Wayfarer (2012); Mad Siren (2011); Brazil (2010, in collaboration with Maria Kong Dance Company); Because (2010, created for Silesian Dance Company in Bytom, Poland; Swan Lake (2009, supported by Tanzplan, Dresden, Germany); and Joy Ride (2008).
A 2008, 2010 & 2012 winner of the Israeli Ministry of Culture’s Young Artist Award, Cohen is the recipient of numerous international honors. He has been a resident artist at Amherst College in 2010 & 2013, and Spring 2016. He was awarded First Performance Prize in Stuttgart Solo Dance Festival for My Sweet Little Fur (2007); first place and Encouragement Award for Original Interpretation of a Musical Composition at the Margarita Arnaudova Modern Dance Competition in Sofia, Bulgaria, for Half a Cup of Sesame Seeds (2007); and second place in the “No Ballet” Competition, Ludwigshafen, Germany, for A Year in the Life of a Fish (2006).
In Spring 2016, Idan taught Choreography and Repetoire courses at Amherst College, while choreographing and directing the opera | Capuleti e | Montecchi for its premire in Amherst College's Kirby Theater.
Top left: Photo of Idan Cohen by Ranen Aviner.
Above: Idan Cohen's Swan Lake at Amherst College Kirby Theater. Photo by Jim Coleman.