Amit Noy is a performer and dance maker living in Aotearoa New Zealand. "He grew up as a visitor on the unceded lands of Oahu, Hawai’i and Aotearoa New Zealand to Latine and Israeli parents." Since 2019, he has been a member of Michael Keegan-Dolan’s company Teaċ Daṁsa (IRE). Amit makes dances from the questions and inheritances of his life as a post-Holocaust homosexual Jew. He is currently working on a performance with his family called ‘A Big Big Room Full of Everybody’s Hope’, which was a finalist in the seventh edition of Danse Élargie and has been presented across France, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.
For his fellowship Amit will cooperate with Miguel Gutierrez, a choreographer, music artist, writer, and advocate based in New York City. Gutierrez’s work creates empathetic and irreverent spaces outside of traditional discourse; it is philosophical inquiry disguised as performance. Amit aspires to learn from Gutierrez’s fiercely irreducible relationship to identity, his polyrhythmic creativity, and his deft leadership of groups. To this end, their fellowship exchange will take place in a variety of situations. Amit will follow Miguel through the creation of a new piece on university students, a research residency for a music project, and the remounting of two existing dance performances in New York City.
„Amit Noy makes dances about irresolvable questions and histories that live in our bodies, often in relation to a queer mixed Jewish heritage. Amit has worked with family members to create intergenerational performances about surviving the Holocaust, the terror of being a body, and living with obsessive compulsive disorders. In so doing, Amit discovers the daily practice of love and enduring relations. This fellowship will be structured around an encounter with Miguel Gutierrez, whom Amit sees as “a choreographic forefather”. Miguel’s work rings loudly for Amit as they share a deep and personal kinship around making. It is an opportunity to build Amit’s creative trajectory which juggles performing, choreography, writing, and teaching."
- Jury Statement