14’22, Israel, 2021

Concept and direction: Dana Ruttenberg, Performers: Dana Ruttenberg and Netta Yerushalmy


Dana lives in Tel Aviv. Netta lives in New York City, but spent the fall months of 2020 in Tel Aviv. Dana and Netta make dances. They were once girls. Now they are women in their 40s. Dana and Netta don’t really truly know each other and have never worked together. They gathered, by ADF’s invitation, to create a digital art object. This “blind date” was captured and journaled, in video and sound, in English and in Hebrew. +972 is the result of talking and moving, of yawning and fumbling, of staring at walls, at the sea, and at one another. As the dance world was coming to an existential halt during the pandemic, Dana and Netta created an intimate document, letting the camera catch sight of where they found themselves, and each other, in this wildly delicate moment in time.


Israeli born dancer, choreographer and curator, Dana Ruttenberg holds a BA in Dance from Columbia University and an MFA in Dance from Hollins University. As artistic director of her NY based dance troupe between 2000-2003, The Red Hill Project, she has created works that showcased at various venues across the US and Canada. Since her return to Israel in 2003, she has become one of the leading voices of contemporary dance in Israel, creating and presenting work as well as initiating and re-shaping frameworks for dance. Ruttenberg is dedicated to expanding the boundaries of dance as an art form through multi-disciplinary, interactive and innovative artistic explorations. She is the founder and artistic director of Project 48 Dance, now in its 10th year. Together with director Oren Shkedy she creates internationally acclaimed dance films and video art. She is the co-Artistic Director of Curtain Up Festival. Ruttenberg serves on faculty at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and The Kibbutz Seminar . She is the winner of the Minister of Culture Award and the Rosenblum Award for Promising Young Artist.


The film will be part of the screening on 29.10.2022, 17:00-18:30, Festival and Congress Centre – Varna.