Nashville, Tenn. – June 7, 2021 – Contemporary arts center OZ Arts Nashville today announced the premiere of Enactor, an evening of solo works developed by leading international choreographers and performed by acclaimed Nashville dancer and artist Becca Hoback, will take place from June 24-26, 2021 in OZ Arts’ expansive creative warehouse. The three distinct works in the program are deeply personal yet also universal, exploring the relationship between the body, womanhood, and a rapidly changing society, and establishing Hoback as a virtuosic performer and inventive independent artist in her own right.
These solo dance works were developed by an internationally renowned lineup of choreographers, including Hoback’s longtime collaborator, Ben Green. A dancer and choreographer originally from Las Vegas who’s currently based in Tel Aviv, Green is a company member of the acclaimed Batsheva Dance Company and also develops his own choreographic projects. His work plays between the line of dance and theater and focuses on obscuring daily gestures and familiar scenes from everyday life. Hoback and Green met while he was living in Nashville. The two created the solo Offering during a residency in Tel Aviv in 2019. The piece, which will have its world premiere at OZ Arts as part of the Enactor program, explores the way ritual lives in our bodies and the cleansing power of vulnerability.
The second performance, a world premiere created specifically for Becca called Is this Good?, was developed by celebrated choreographer Ana Maria Lucaciu. Ana Maria graduated from the National Ballet School of Canada and immediately joined Canada’s National Ballet. She has performed with companies across the world, including the Royal Danish Ballet, Augsburg Ballet, The Portuguese Contemporary Dance Company and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, and now teaches ballet, contemporary and improvisation workshops at professional programs and dance companies across the US, Europe and Asia. Her work has been performed by countless dancers, including those in the Norwegian National Ballet, New Dialect and SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance. Is this Good? highlights the relationship between a performer and audience by placing a solo body on stage searching for affirmation in her own actions.
The final piece is the solo version of Roy Assaf’s wildly popular Girls, which was performed by New Dialect on the OZ Arts stage in 2019. The performance, titled A Girl, was developed in collaboration with Assaf’s frequent collaborator Ariel Cecelia Freedman while in Israel and has been performed in Europe, New York, and on the West Coast. The piece makes its regional premiere at OZ Arts as part of the Enactor program. Roy, born and raised in Israel and drafted into the Israeli Defense Forces at the age of 18, has become one of the world’s most sought-after choreographers, known for creating works that are provocative, humorous, and physically thrilling. His work has been performed all over the world, including at Jacob’s Pillow, Bolzano Danza, Biennale di Venezia, The Royal Swedish Ballet, Los Angeles Dance Project, and Batsheva Dance Company, among others.
“Becca’s solo work is evocative, theatrical, and virtuosic,” said Mark Murphy, OZ Arts Executive and Artistic Director. “We’re delighted to spotlight one of our brightest local talents and feature her stunning movements on the OZ Arts stage once again. These three guest choreographers are influential forces in the contemporary dance field.”
Tickets for Enactor begin at $20 and are on sale now at ozartsnashville.org/enactor/. Health and safety protocols will be enforced, including limited capacities and social distancing. To learn more about upcoming performances, please visit www.ozartsnashville.org.
About OZ Arts Nashville
Founded in 2013 by the Ozgener family, OZ Arts Nashville has quickly established itself as one of the Southeast's most influential and respected producers and presenters focused on the creation and presentation of significant performing and visual art works by diverse cultural visionaries who are making vital contributions to the evolution of contemporary culture. Through performances, exhibitions, and community events, OZ Arts focuses on producing and presenting the work of local and visiting artists who reflect our diverse society, utilize new artistic forms and technology in creative ways, and provide opportunities for meaningful engagement with audiences, students and cultural and civic leaders. OZ Arts' unique creative warehouse has developed a reputation as a major national and regional laboratory for experimentation and a home for contemporary dance and performance. More than 50,000 audience members have been introduced to adventurous artists from around the world since the organization opened, and hundreds of local and regional artists have used OZ’s 10,000 square-foot warehouse theater to develop new works. For more information, please visit ozartsnashville.org.
About the Artists
Becca Hoback is a dance artist based in Nashville, Tennessee. Becca began her solo project in 2018 to create, commission, and perform solo dance work that is evocative, theatrical, innovative, and experiential. She developed a community outreach initiative called “Body View” to promote physical expression and inspire artistic engagement. She is a founding member of New Dialect, and is featured in the company as a performer, outreach workshop team leader, community and company class teacher, and choreographic assistant to artistic director Banning Bouldin. She is an adjunct dance instructor at Harpeth Hall and a guest instructor for the Metro Parks Dance Division. Becca trained at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Learn more at beccahoback.com.
Ben Green is a dancer and choreographer, originally from Las Vegas, based in Tel Aviv. He is currently dancing for Batsheva Dance Company while also developing his own choreographic projects, including a full-evening work, PLATEAU, in 2019. His work plays between the line of dance and theater, with a focus on obscuring daily gestures and familiar scenes from everyday life. Choreography is a medium that allows him to interpret his own experiences into timeless landscapes for movement and stories to live and breathe.
Ana Maria Lucaciu is a freelance choreographer and performing artist based in New York City. Born in Bucharest, Romania, Ana Maria graduated from the National Ballet School of Canada and joined Canada’s National Ballet immediately after. She went on to dance with the Royal Danish Ballet, Augsburg Ballet (Germany), The Portuguese Contemporary Dance Company (Lisbon) and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet (New York), where she danced for seven years. Ana Maria has performed and created works with contemporary dance's foremost choreographers, including Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite, Hofesh Shechter, Jiří Kylián, Jo Stromgren, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, and many others. As a freelance performer she has collaborated with New Dialect, Zoe/Juniper, Bryan Arias and Aszure Barton & Artists. She assisted Crystal Pite on her Polaris project at New York City Center, and regularly assists Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman with new creations and stages his work around the world. Ana Maria’s own choreographic work has been presented by the Norwegian National Ballet, New Dialect and SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance. She created a full-evening duet with Nathan Griswold that has toured the US and Europe. She will create a new full work on Terminus Modern Ballet Theater in Atlanta for their 2020 season. Holder of a BFA in dance from Empire State College, Ana Maria teaches ballet, contemporary, and improvisation workshops at professional programs and dance companies across the US, Europe and Asia.
Roy Assaf was born in Israel in 1982. He has been dancing and creating as long as he can remember. He broke his front tooth at the age of five while dancing on the slippery floor of his family home. At the age of six, he began giving tap concerts for his neighbor, who watched him dance on his concrete balcony from her window across the yard. From 1990 to 1996 he created and performed his own choreography for monthly family gatherings in Jerusalem. In 1997, a morning performance by the Batsheva Ensemble revealed to Roy his desire to pursue a career in dance. At the age of 16 he joined a dance group led by Regba Gilboa at his local community center in Kiryat Gat. Two years later he was drafted into the Israel Defense Forces where, with a vest, helmet and a rifle on his shoulder he danced through the 8-hour checkpoint shifts. In 2003 he met Emanuel Gat, with whom he collaborated closely as both performer and choreographic assistant until 2009. Since 2010, Roy has been developing, performing and sharing his own works around the globe.