Noa Eshkol

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Noa Eshkol (born February 28, 1924 in Kibbutz Degania B , Palestine ; † October 14, 2007 in Cholon , Israel ) was an Israeli dancer, dance teacher and artist.


Noa Eshkol was the daughter of Levi Eshkol , who emigrated to Palestine in 1914 and became an important politician there, from his first marriage to Rivka Maharshek.

Eshkol studied dance from 1943 to 1945 at the “Tehila Ressler School” in Tel Aviv and from 1946 to 1948 with Rudolf Laban and Lisa Ullmann at the “Art of Movement Studio” in Manchester . In London she attended the "Sigurd Leeder School of Modern Dance". In 1954, together with her husband, the architect Avraham Wachman, she developed and coded the Eshkol-Wachmann notation system for dance and founded the “Chamber Dance Group” in Cholon, which she directed until 1993. She danced her minimalist dance style in Israel and at festivals abroad, including the Festival dei due mondi in Spoleto .

In 1972 she founded the Research Center for Movement Notation at Tel Aviv University and in 1984 organized the first international conference for movement notation there.

Eshkol has taught at the Cameri Theater Drama School in Tel Aviv, the Beit Zvi in Ramat Gan , at the dance faculty of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and at the Kibbutzim College of Education in Tel Aviv. At the University of Tel Aviv , she was 1972-1990 Professor in the Faculty of visual and performierende arts. In 1968 she had a visiting professor at the University of Illinois at Springfield .

When the dancers were drafted into their group during the Yom Kippur War in 1973 , they began to make tapestries from found scraps of fabric; the Noa Eshkol Foundation in Cholon houses five hundred copies.

The photographer Sharon Lockhart has been installing photos and films about Eshkol's choreographies with dancers from Eshkol's dance troupe at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem , the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and in 2013 at the Jewish Museum in New York City . An exhibition of her artistic works under the title Noa Eshkol: Wall Carpets was also shown in the Opelvillen in Rüsselsheim in 2013/14 .

Fonts (selection)

  • with Abraham Wachmann: Movement notation . London, Weidenfeld and Nicolson 1958


  • Beate Kemfert (Ed.): Noa Eshkol, Wall carpets . Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2013
  • B. Eshkol: Moving writing reading . Movement Notation Society, 1973

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Noa Eshkol ( Memento of the original from October 1, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , Short biography at EWMN @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  2. Tehila Ressler (1907–1959) (Tile Rössler, German dancer and emigrant)
  3. Lisa Ullmann (1907–1985), see French Wikipedia fr: Lisa Ullmann
  4. Sigurd Leeder (1902–1981), see French Wikipedia fr: Sigurd Leeder
  5. A Two-Person Exhibition With Someone Who Isn't Here , in NYT , January 31, 2013. See also Sharon Lockhart in Wikipedia: en: Sharon Lockhart
  6. Ursula Wöll: Tante Leahs Baum , taz , December 3, 2013