Emanuel Gat
Artistic Director and Choreographer


Emanuel Gat was born in Israel in 1969. His first encounter with dance was at the age of 23 during a workshop led by Israeli choreographer Nir Ben Gal. Few months later he joined the Liat Dror Nir Ben Gal Company with whom he toured internationally. He started working as an independent choreographer in 1994.

Ten years later, Emanuel founded his company Emanuel Gat Dance at the Suzanne Dellal Centre in Tel Aviv, with whom he has created several pieces of which “Winter Voyage” (2004) and “The Rite of Spring” (2004) won a Bessy Award; “K626” in 2006 and “3for2007” in 2007, before choosing to settle in France, at the Maison Intercommunale de la Danse in Istres. “Silent Ballet” (2008) was the first piece created in France, followed by “Winter variations” in 2009 and “Brilliant Corners” in 2011.

In 2013, Emanuel Gat was associated artist to the Montpellier Danse Festival for which the company developed the project "Up Close Up" proposing 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”. In 2014 Emanuel Gat creates "Plage Romantique", a one hour work for 9 dancers, in the Agora courtyard during the 34th Festival Montpellier Danse.

Emanuel is associated choreographer to Montpellier Danse Festival for the seasons 16-18, and has presented “SUNNY”, a choreography for 10 dancers, as his first piece within this association at the festival during summer 2016. The work is a collaboration with musician Awir Leon, former dancer with the company, who is playing live for this piece. Emanuel is currently preparing his second project as part of his residency at Montpellier Danse, which will include two productions; a unique collaboration with the Ballet de l'Opera de Lyon, “TENWORKS (for Jean-Paul)”, a program of ten short new pieces mixing dancers from both companies, and “DUOS”, a series of duets presented at different public locations around the city of Montpellier during the festival.

Emanuel is regularly invited to set his work and create new choreographies for dance companies around the world including: The Paris Opera Ballet, Sydney Dance Company, Tanztheater Bremen, Le Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, Ballet de Marseille, The Royal Swedish Ballet, Polish National Ballet, Ballet de Lorraine, Cedar Lake, Ballet British Columbia and Ballet de l'Opera de Lyon among others. 

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Press Quotes

"Emanuel Gat masters his very personal art of choreography like a science whose boundaries he keeps pushing further and further beyond to translate ever-subtler meditations."

Le Figaro, Ariane Bavelier

"Emanuel Gat is as much a painter as an art director and a choreographer, all in one. He underlines that which may go unnoticed. […] Nothing religious about it, but undoubtedly, Emanuel Gat has a very close bond to what is Sacred.” 

Libération, Marie-Christine Vernay

"Gat has reached such a level of serene mastery of his craftsmanship, that everything seems like a playful fantasy, gemlike, fueled by a sense of freedom creating a virtuous time-line.”

Gerard Mayen - Mouvement.net

"[…] The asset of Emanuel Gat, besides his energy, is obviously his talent: the extraordinary velocity of his dance; the permanent challenges that he gives himself and raises with sovereign elegance. When many others gargle with concepts before even knowing how to put one foot in front of the other, the rigor of Emanuel's beautiful, bewitching and thoughtful writing makes him a rarity: an authentic and brilliant choreographer, combined with a magnificent dancer."

Raphaël de Gubernatis, Le Nouvel Observateur


More Press




"LOCK" / Ballet British Columbia, Vancouver
TENWORKS / Emanuel Gat Dance & Ballet de l'Opera de Lyon
DUOS / Emanuel Gat Dance


"SUNNY" / Emanuel Gat Dance


"Plage Romantique" / Emanuel Gat Dance
"Ida ?" / Cedar Lake New York
"Sunshine" / Ballet de l'Opéra de Lyon


"Transposition #1 & 2" / Ballet de Lorraine
"The Goldlandbergs" / Emanuel Gat Dance
"Corner Etudes" / Emanuel Gat Dance
"Danses de Cour" / Emanuel Gat Dance
"Morgan's Last Chug" / Los Angeles Dance Project
"Time Themes" / Royale Swedish Ballet


"Organizing Demons" / Ballet National de Marseille


"Brilliant Corners" / Emanuel Gat Dance
"Preludes & Fugues" / Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve


"In Translation" / Candoco Dance Company
"Satisfying Musical Moments" / Sydney Dance Company
"Observation Action" / Ballet du Rhin
"The Revised and Updated Bremen Structures" / Tanztheater Bremen


"Winter variations" / Emanuel Gat Dance
"Hark!" /  Ballet de l'Opera National de Paris


"Silent Ballet" / Emanuel Gat Dance
"Windungen" / Suresnes Cite Danses


"Through the center" / Emanuel Gat Dance
"My Favorite Things" / Emanuel Gat Dance
"Trotz dem alten Drachen" / Tanztheater Bremen


"K626" / Emanuel Gat Dance


"Winter Voyage" / Emanuel Gat Dance
"The Rite Of Spring" / Emanuel Gat Dance