Emanuel Gat started working as an independent choreographer in 1994 and founded his company EMANUEL GAT DANCE in 2004 at Suzanne Dellal Center in Tel Aviv, Israel. His first program WINTER VOYAGE / THE RITE OF SPRING was a huge success and toured all over the world for several years. In 2006 Emanuel received the prestigious Bessie Award after presenting the program at Lincoln Center in New York City.

In 2007 Emanuel and his company moved to the South of France and settled down at Maison de la Danse in Istres. SILENT BALLET was the first piece created in France, followed by WINTER VARIATIONS, a duet with his longtime collaborator Roy Assaf in 2009 and BRILLIANT CORNERS in 2011.

As associated artist to the Festival Montpellier Danse 2013 the company developed the project UP CLOSE UP including two new works: THE GOLDLANDBERGS and CORNER ETUDES, a photographic installation IT’S PEOPLE, HOW ABSTRACT CAN IT GET?  and a choreographic event DANSES DE COUR. During the following edition of Montpellier Danse Emanuel Gat premiered PLAGE ROMANTIQUE, a one hour work for 9 dancers, in the courtyard of the Agora – Cité internationale de la Danse.

For the seasons 2016-2018 Emanuel and his company were again associated artists of Montpellier Danse. Framed by an extensive accompanying program Emanuel presented SUNNY in collaboration with musician Awir Leon in 2016 and TENWORKS (for Jean Paul), a project joining the dancers of the Ballet de Lyon with his own group, and DUOS in 2017.

In summer 2017 it was announced that Emanuel Gat would be appointed associate choreographer at Théâtre national de Chaillot in Paris for the two following seasons.


  • Throwback Thursday

    Throwback Thursday #1

    I guess Throwback Thursday is pretty self-explanatory. So here is a new edit of some old footage from SUNNY at Philharmonie de Paris:
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  • A metropolitan dance

    Dansa. Quinzena Metropolitana is a young festival that aims to put dance at the centre of cultural life. Its second edition presented almost 200 performances in 9 cities: Badalona, Barcelona, Cornellà de Llobregat, El Prat de Llobregat, Esplugues de Llobregat, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Sant Cugat del Vallès, Santa Coloma de Gramenet and Viladecans. Photographer Luis San Andrés documented our...
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  • Where the music dances

    EMANUEL GAT. CET ESPACE OÙ DANSE LA MUSIQE is a comprehensive collection of articles about the work of the choreographer Emanuel Gat. The book contains contributions by Bérengère Alfort, Thomas Hahn, Jessica Piris, Mabru Lothaire and Christophe Martin and is compiled by the french journalist and dance critic Philippe Verrièle for Riveneuve‘s series L’Univers d’un...
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  • Things are getting intense

    Emanuel Gat Dance will hold a five days summer intensive in Rome, aimed at professional dancers. The summer intensive will be led by Sara Wilhelmsson and myself, alongside Emanuel Gat who will be present and working directly with the participants throughout the course. The course will introduce the dancers to the teachings and methodology developed during the...
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  • Drift and Fury

    Dance journalist Thomas Hahn describes STORY WATER as “One of the best French dance companies and one of the best contemporary German orchestras in a vibrant choreography of bodies and minds.” He elaborates that “The new creation of Emanuel Gat unfolds a surprising dramaturgy of atmospheres and energies. And it tells us about the bonds that...
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  • Emanuel Gat's DUOS

    Coloured up

    There is alway something special about performing Emanuel Gat’s DUOS. You never know what’s gonna happen. Each show takes place under different circumstances, in a different setting, and with a different partner. And dancing in full body paint (created spontaneously by artist Yifat Gat for each show, sometimes in front of the audience) can be...
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  • It’s a wrap!

    2018 is a wrap and it’s time to say thank you for a year full of exciting projects! I feel really really lucky that I’m able to work with so many great people and institutions around the world. I performed 35 times across 7 countries, spent 10 weeks creating (and restaging) 5 different works with...
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  • Gat fam playlist

    Electric Warm Arse

    Get your groove on with the Gat fam! If you ever wondered what we listen to when we warm up our tired bodies before a show, here’s a little playlist with some selected tracks from before (and after) our recent shows at deSingel in Antwerp. Hope you enjoy the ride…
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  • Harsh, rugged and angular

    Silvia Staude from German newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau came to see STORY WATER at Tanzfestival Rhein-Main last week. After several working residencies at Frankfurt LAB and a successful world premiere in Avignon, the Emanuel Gat Dance /  Ensemble Modern co-production returned to where it all started for two celebrated shows. Check out the German review below...
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  • Sharlie’s Story

    It always feels like we only truly start working on a production once we begin touring it. So naturally Emanuel Gat’s STORY WATER is still somewhere at the beginning of its journey. And while we keep discovering and understanding more and more layers of the show each time we meet and work, our audiences have...
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