Staff and Board


Yair Vardi , Director                                                                
Claudio Kogon, Deputy Director                                            
Sarah Holcman, Director of Programs & International Relations   
Michal Mor-Haim, Rentals, Events & Production Manager   
Avi Evan, Graphic Design                                                     
Ora Aviv, Bookkeeper                                                           
Galit Perry, Box Office Membership Manager                      
Ben Shimnuberg, Box Office                                                
Maya Ra-El, LookApp, Website Management                     

Jacob Beresy, Chief Electrician & Lighting Design             
Miki Patish, Sound Engineer                                             
Sergei Berezin, Maintenance Manager                             


The Suzanne Dellal Centre Council and Board of Directors
Prof. Nehemia Friedland, Chairman of The Council
Prof. Ruth Ben-Israel, Chairman of The Board
Zeev Sokolowski, Chairman of Finance Committee

Dina Aldor, Limor Amit, Avi Atias, Ruth Barack, Roni Bareket, Adv. Aviram Borochov, Ilan de-Vries, Zeev Feldman, Anat Fischer Leventon, Ran Gwetta, Ilana Kaufman, Nili Lamdan, Ora Leventon, Micha Lewensohn, Michal Litvin, Dr. Uri Marmur, Sima Mishori, Gideon Paz, Orna Peri, Karin Ringel, Lilach Sapir, Gili Shahak, Diane Sokolowski, Yaffa Vigodsky, Suzy Yogev.

Yair Vardi was born on May 1948, in Kibbutz Kfar Blum in the Upper Galilee. A talented athlete and dancer in local dance companies, Vardi joined the Batsheva Dance Company, where he studied and advanced from member to principal dancer and choreographer. Vardi performed pieces by Martha Graham, Glen Tetley, John Butler, John Cranko and Moshe Efrati. He danced with Ballet Rambert in London, and has worked with such figures as Christopher Bruce, Norman Morrice, Lindsay Kemp, Rudolf Nureyev, and many others. In 1983, he founded English Dance Theater and the Dancity Center for Dance in Newcastle, England.
In 1988, Vardi returned to Israel where he was appointed the Director of the yet-to-open Suzanne Dellal Centre for Dance and Theater in Neve Tzedek, then in preliminary stages of construction. Since the Centre’s establishment in 1989, Vardi’s vision has placed the Centre as the home for dance in Israel. The Centre’s pioneering programs and initiatives garnered much fame, making it a center for dance like few others in the world. The Centre became a home to artists of all disciplines with dance as the anchor. By approaching new audiences and creating platforms for choreographers, the Centre took dance from a marginal form of art to a mainstay of Israeli culture. The international dance competition directed by Vardi from 1992-1996 brought international renown to the Centre, with performances by some of the greatest names in contemporary dance. The establishment of DanceEuropa and Tel Aviv Dance brought international dance companies for the first time to Israel and exposed audiences to an ever-growing variety of contemporary artists from different cultural backgrounds. Vardi is also responsible for the establishment of International Exposure which brings hundreds of dance professionals, cultural figures, festival directors, and journalists from around the world to Israel to acquaint themselves with the local scene. This has resulted in the global recognition and interest in Israeli contemporary dance.
Yair Vardi was awarded the Kinor David Prize for choreography; the Tel Aviv Municipality Rosenblum Prize for his contribution to the city’s culture; the Chevallier de Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French Government for his contribution to spreading French culture; the Shield of Honor for exceptional contribution to the exporting of Israeli Culture from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cultural Relations Department; the EMET Prize for special contribution to society; and in 2010, Suzanne Dellal Centre, directed by Vardi, was awarded the Israel Prize.

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