ROOM - Yasmeen Godder and Monica Gillette, Flora Fauna Project 

January 7 - February 28, 2021, by Maria Nilsson Waller and Stace Gill

Go in! check it out! It’s worth the plunge.

Since early 2019, the Yasmeen Godder Company is deeply involved in a research project titled “Practicing Empathy” with a group of six dancers, out of which a series of outcomes are being created: performances, workshops, and events. Each of the outcomes is set to explore the notion of empathy through a variety of perspectives and approaches, attempting to look at what opens us up emotionally. What makes us identify and connect with others, as well as with ourselves? And how can we create new practices, rituals, songs, and choreographies, which may open up our ability to take in complexities without fear and distrust?

Practicing Empathy #2by2 a format created in response to the spread of Covid-19, for two performers and two audience members, who will share a 25-minute journey, reclaiming the 2-meter restriction and turning it around as a means for connectivity, empathy, and intimacy. 

Co-production: Tanzhaus nrw and in collaboration with CSC - Centro per la Scena Contemporanea

״I’m Here״ is a new work by Yasmeen Godder inviting people to perform a personal, physical ritual in the privacy of their homes, creating a body print, using color on fabric. This proposal comes as a response to the disappearance of the body in the public sphere and the need to reconnect with it, feel its materiality, and at the same time acknowledge its fragility and vulnerability. 50 body prints of people who have signed up for this practice were collected and hung together in a central place in Tel Aviv as part of Exit Strategies events and potsdamer tanztag, Germany 

In Demonstrate Restraint, Godder collaborated with Tomer Damsky -a musician, vocalist, and composer with whom she has worked in the last 4 years. Together they embody, represent and deconstruct images, words, sounds, and symbols of Israeli politics. emerging from different fields, these two female performers use their extensive artistic practices as a tactic to crack open and engage with loaded, exhaustive and explosive content, shifting between the urge to protest and self/external silencing. Check out the video teaser

We are excited to share that last October Yasmeen has been invited to be a Valeska Gert Guest Professor for Dance And Performance at the Institut fürTheaterwissenschaft (drama department) at Freie Universität Berlin. The Professor’s namesake is one of the most innovative dancers of the historical avant-garde, Valeska Gert (1892-1978), whose accomplishments are associated with an aesthetically and politically formidable manifesto: in experimental and avant-garde practice, in the self-reflection of one’s own choreographic effect, in the critical revision of existing images of the body and in the original connection of movement, media and Performance. The idea is to give students of Dance and Theatre Academics new insights into the artistic procedures and critical reflections of more recent developments in dance and performance, as well as new insights into art and culture’s conflicts with new media. To date, the position has been held by inspiring artists such as Xavier LeRoy, Robyn Orlin, Deborah Hay, Meg Stuart and Mette Ingvartsen. Godder is honored and excited to be part of this list.

Candoco Dance Company is continuing to tour with Face In, created by Godder, after its premiere at Sadler's Well this March. Recently performing in Dusseldorf's Tanzhaus, and in Zagreb's Dance Week Festival, next show at the Birmingham Dance Festival. Try to catch this special work - trailer

In January 2017 we held the MOVING COMMUNITIES conference celebrating three years of dance classes that brought together dance professionals and people living with Parkinson's disease at the Yasmeen Godder Studio in Jaffa, Israel. The conference invited participants to re-examine and experience anew the connection between thought and movement, dance and well being, and art as a transformative force in the community. It will focus on different practices of teaching dance to people with Parkinson's, as well as on the exploration of new initiatives that connect creativity, body and community. The 2017’s Classes and the conference of Moving Communities was made possible thanks to a generous grant from The Ted Arison Family Foundation. Click here for the full program and more information  

In October 2017 the Shimon Peres Prize awarded to those who made an outstanding contribution to the friendship between Germany and Israel was given on the project Störung (“disorder” in German) by German Monica Gillette and Israeli Yasmeen Godder's Company, which incorporated German and Israeli experts from the fields of medicine, engineering, theater and dance in a two-years-long study of the effect of movement and contemporary dance on people with Parkinson's. The prizes were awarded in cooperation with the German-Israeli Future Forum Foundation.  

We're honored to be a part of the Global Dance for Parkinson's portal. The Yasmeen Godder Company was chosen to be the Israeli partner in this wonderful project and you are welcome to click-in and read about our weekly Contemporary Dance Classes for People Living with Parkinson's. Inside you will find documentation from two classes held in our studio: one with Anat Vaadia and the second with Sigal Bergman. The portal is an amazing tool to read and learn about varied approaches from some of the finest dance centers in the world that develop dance classes for people who live with Parkinson. 

Our weekly Contemporary Dance Classes for people living with Parkinson’s Disease began in February 2015, as part of the “Störung/הפרעה” Project. Initiated by Theatre Freiburg, Germany, this unique interdisciplinary collaborative project brought together professional dancers and choreographers with scientists and physicians – along with people with Parkinson’s from Israel and Germany – to explore different aspects of human movement and movement disorder. For more information about the project please visit our Following this successful and fulfilling year, we have continued the weekly classes independently. In January 2017, we received a generous grant from The Ted Arison Family Foundation allowing us to add another weekly class and a concluding conference. We are excited that in 2018 we continue with the bi-weekly classes. more information about the classes

Weekly Classes

Open Morning Class with Yasmeen Godder

Tuesdays  9:00am-10:45am

A release-based technique class for people with experience in dance. 

The studio opens at 8:45.

50 NIS a class - pay online /225 NIS for a card of 5 classes - pay online / 400 NIS for 10 classes pay online. 

No classes until further notice 

*Please register by sending an e-mail to 

Open morning Yoga Classes with Avital Barak  

Sundays and Thursdays 9:00 am - 10:15 am

Vinyasa style, for dancers and non-dancers

40 NIS a class - pay online / 200 NIS for a card of 6 classes - pay online 

*No registration is required

Contemporary Dance Classes for People Living with Parkinson's Disease

Mondays at 11:30-12:45 and Wednesdays at 10:30-11:45

60 NIS a class - pay online / 500 NIS for a card of 10 classes - pay online

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