MOR DEMER is a choreographer and dancer based in Berlin. Mor was born and raised in Kibbutz Dvir in Israel. In 2017 she graduated with her MA in choreography at e.x.e.r.c.e., ICI-CCN Montpellier (FR). From an early age she began dancing in the Hatzerim Dance School (IL) and between 2007-2010, she completed the professional dance training program at Vertigo Dance Company in Jerusalem (IL) and danced for the company’s young ensemble. In the summer of 2010, she participated in the three-month training program at pOnderosa, P.O.R.C.H., in Stolzenhagen (DE) and relocated to Berlin. For six months in 2014, she was a volunteer-facilitator for the Arts & Culture Foundation in Angola, where she immersed in valuable community organizing experiences with various orphanages, women-led collectives and local artists inthe city of Huambo.
Mor is engaged in a holistic ecosystem of movement and performance practices, striving to develop new language for each project as a creative collaborator, instigator or maker. Her choreographic research cultivates sincere presence tuning to a logic of emotional, intuitive immediacy; engendering a state of high exposure, friction, precision and poetics. Demer conceives of movement and choreography as a decentralized terrain that works with simultaneous perspectives; her artistic practice incorporates drawing, writing, percussion and other crafts.
As a creative collaborator and performer,she has worked and trained with artists including Keith Hennessy, Sara Shelton Mann, Maria F. Scaroni, Sigal Zouk, Stephanie Maher, Anna Nowicka, Benjamin van Bebber, Magda Korsinsky, Mark Tompkins and Tino Sehgal among others. Mor is a long-time collaborator of Peter Pleyer and Michiel Keuper, performing in their CrankyBodies: a/company. Since 2016, she has been a collaborator in Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods company, performing in “Atelier III”, “Projecting [Space[“, “Violet” and most recently “CASCADE”.
In 2017, Demer made the trio ‘Oscillations’, curated as part of the emerging choreographers platform at the ‘December Dance’ festival in Bruges (BE). During 2020-2021, Mor was an artist in residence at DOCK ART (DE), presenting her dance solo and artistic publication, New Rear. She is currently directing a long term topological research called, To Mend, which instigates a series of participatory and transformative actions in public space. To Mend sets the foundations for an upcoming performative work in 2023. Demer’s choreographic workhas been presented in Germany, France, Belgium, Portugal and Israel in a variety of different venues and festivals.
My current artistic research dwells at the crossroads between the profane and sacred. Reveling between the synthesis of art, dance, language, healing, rewilding and mapping landscapes; a creative curiosity arises from the exploration of dynamic and polymorphic voices emerging between these semantic and physical fields. Exploring the gaps of existential human conditions and queries, I embrace content that holds a tension between narrative and abstraction while resisting conceptual tendencies. Through movement and choreography, I nurture a relationship with Source and a pulse that guides us to concealed groves revealing the miracles of the world. My essential practice is to enhance a sense of introspection, reverence and somatic orientation. I grow to perceive dance as a conduit and a witness. Through my artistic work, the hope is to reconsider our place in this world and develop greater capacity for how we can participate with the co-creation of life; guiding us from one state of being to another; from this world to the next.
Pieces / Choreographic Works
To Mend, topological research project, Berlin, Germany
Premier: New Rear, Dock11, Berlin, Germany
Premier: Oscillations, December dance 17, Bruges, Belgium
Skating for Emptiness on a Bloody Day ('exercice commun' in the frame of MA e.x.e.r.c.e), ESBAMA Gallery Montpellier
Coraux, ICI-CCN, Montpellier, France (in the frame of MA e.x.e.r.c.e)
Ass Between Us, Montpellier, France (in the frame of MA e.x.e.r.c.e) and DOCK11, Berlin
Polyevent#1, A multidisciplinary improvisation performance instigated with Yuli Kobvasnian & Yoav Admoni and guests at Harmon Hol, Tel Aviv, Israel
Choreographic research: Cataleco, Ponderosa, Stolzenhagen and P.O.R.C.H. Extended at Kunstquartier Bethanien Berlin
Premier :Beshivaron, co-creation with Matan Fridman, Be’er-Sheva Fringe Theatre, Israel
Body Enters, a solo of live choreography as part of P.O.R.C.H. Extended evening Tanztage, Berlin
Premiered: Based on a true story, co-creation live choreography with Sandra Wieser, Crack Punkt Tanz AADK / Mica Moca, Berlin. Zeitraumexit, Frish Eingetroffen, Mannheim and Tanztage Sophiensaele, Berlin
Meg Stuart / Damaged Goods creations and tours: Cascade (2020-2021- 2022), Violet (Season’s 2018/2019), Projecting [Space] (Habbel am Ufer, Berlin. Ruhrtriennale, Dinslaken2017/2018), ATELIER III (Decoratalier, Brussels 2017)
Premier: Eye Sea by Ana Nowicka, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin, Germany
Premier: Ritournelle - Entwürfe für ein sesshaftes Leben by Benjamin van Bebber, Kampnagel, Hamburg and Ballhaus Ost, Berlin.
ECHO by Sara Shelton Mann, Dock11, Berlin
Moving the Mirror, Peter Pleyer, Malta festival, Poznań, Poland
Aftershocker by Antonija Livingstone& Supernova, HAU Berlin
Premier: Cranky Bodies Dance Reset by Peter Pleyer, Sophiensaele and Dock11, Berlin
Rocks of Dispute by Yoav Admoni, site-specific performance, Mekudeshet Festival, Jerusalem, Israel-Palestine
Premier: Visible Undercurrent by Peter Pleyer, Sophiensaele, Berlin
Kick- Off Visible Undercurrent initiated by Peter Pleyer, Sophiensaele, Berlin
Club Tropicana byJulia Gladstone & Yoav Admoni, Stolzenhagen, Germany
Premier: This Variation by Tino Seghal, Documenta (13) Kassel, Germany (2012), Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Hollande. (2015), Martin-Gropius-Bau Museum, Berlin (2015), Palaise de Tokyo, Paris (2016)
Premier: Lena ist grade nicht daby Magda Korsinsky, Ufer studios & Sophiensaele, Berlin
Turbulence, A Dance about the Economy initiated by Keith Hennessy, Ponderosa, Stolzenhagen, Germany
Premier: 13 Poems in a body by Shannon Sullivan, Studio Labor Gras, Berlin
Premier: Who has seen the Pale Blue Prince?, Nansy Banfi, Forum Factory, Berlin
The state of things installation by Vania Rovisco, Maria F. Scaroni & Metka Pretnar, Ufer studios, Berlin
Vexasions, durational performance instigated by Amos Hetz, Tanz Fabrik Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany
Vertigo Young Dance Company, creations and repertoire Roxy (toured in Israel), Roni by Elad Schechter (Premier: Curtain Up, Suzanne Dellal Tel-Aviv)
Premier: Gredazyasite specific performance by Inbal Aushman,Dance Scene, Jerusalem, Israel
Gastana Dance Company creations by Imanuel Gat, Galit Lis, Gilat Amotz, Oz Morag, Anat Tene, Amalia Eidelsztein, Eldar Groisman, Graeme Watson (various venues and festivals in Israel & Open Look St. Petersburg, Russia)
New Rear an artist book by Mor Demer
Ni OURS fanzine made and assembled with Sandra Wieser
residencies & misc.
An artist resident in DOCK11/DOCKART in Berlin, 2 year’s research grant support
Received a residency in the program of XXATENEUXXI, All space, at Ateneu commercial du Porto, Portugal
LABABC - participant in a two week lab instigate by Meg Stuart and Mark Tompkins, IDA, France
Talking to a deer friend, Co-Curator with Asaf Aharonson a four night’s performance event at DOCK11, Berlin
Volunteer for the Art & Culture Foundation, Huambo, Angola, responsible for and coordinator of all activity in the Huambo Province and City. Worked with different demographics i.e. orphans, street children, local women’s cooperative, government agencies and local artists.
MAM Maroc Artist Meeting, Marrakech, Morocco, Participant in artists meeting; shared studio practice, performances, artist in community devising site specific performance for public space. Residential research in non hierarchal living and self-organisation. Produceda nd Facilitated by Hanna Tifrati.
Moving Alchemy: an “advanced training” by master teacher Sara SheltonMann, Arlequi, Spain
E.X.E.R.C.E master's degree in Choreography: Research and Performance with the direction of Chrisitian Rizzo, ICI-CCN Montpellier, France
P.O.R.C.H Ponderosa. ongoing. research. collaborative. happenings. Three month dance and performance intensive training with Stephanie Maher, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Keith Hennessy, Peter Pleyer, Jennifer Monson, Nancy Stark Smith &Mike Vargas, Vânia Rovisco, Maria Francesca Scaroni, Ester Gal, Jan Burkhardt, Tove Shalin, Frank Willens.
2010 and ongoing
Independent training via workshops and masterclasses with Benoît Lachambre, Mark Tompkins, Sara Shelton Mann, Meg Stuart, Stephanie Skura, Sigal Zouk, Rosalind Crisp, Angela Doni, Jeremy Wade, Autarco Arfini, Hanna Hegenscheidt, Myriam Van Imschoot & Marcus Bergner, Jocelyn Cottencin, DD Dorvillier, Jennifer Lacey, Vincent dupont, Laurent Pichaud.
Ongoing training in Vinyasa and Kundalini Yoga, Osho Dynamic Meditation, Feldenkrais Method and Quigong.
Vertigo Dance Company - Professional Dancers Training Program. ballet, contemporary dance, release technique, contact improvisation & improvisation conservatoire training and choreography Jerusalem, Israel.
Mata”n Arts. Video dance course. Israel
The Hatserim Dance Studio. ballet, contemporary dance, jazz training. Israel.
Video & photo credits
Katarzyna Szugajew, Robin Hinsch, Chris Van derBurght, Michiel Keuper, Micheal Rowsome, Marc Coudrais, Tom O'doherty, Martin Argyroglo, Laura Van Severe, David Kashtan, Clara Paccote