Nataly Zukerman

Born in 1978, Nataly Zukerman is an independent Performance Artist. Over the last fifteen years,  She has created and participated in various performances and theater works around the world. She creates interdisciplinary works, combining devised theatre, live art, dance and her own autobiographical materials.

In her works, she deals with the notion of identity and disability. At the age of 12 Nataly was injured at a youth camp, leaving her disabled for life. Zukerman’s severe neural back injury is almost invisible and she does not fulfill the stereotype of the disabled woman, creating a dissonance between the physical visibility and the internal experience. This discord is expressed in her work on stage confronting the audience with their preconceptions of the disabled and handicapped and their own inner disabilities.

In 2013, Zukerman created The Other Body, an intimate solo show for which she won the Best Performer Award at the Israeli Fringe Awards 2014. The Other Body is the first part of a trilogy in which Zukerman came to terms with her disability and publicly owned the definition disabled. In 2015 she created the second part Practice Makes Perfect in which she continued to research what exactly the word disabled means from a personal and cultural point of view. The show won Best Performer Award at the Acco Festival for Alternative Theatre 2015 and is the winner of the Best Ensemble Award at the Israeli Fringe Awards 2016. Zukerman is currently working on the third part which deals with cultural exclusion of different minorities.

Zukerman is also a freelance performer, a lecturer, a dramaturge, and a curator. She holds a BA in education and directing from The Kibbutzim College of Education, a  BA in Performance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and an MFA in theater studies from Tel Aviv University.

 

  • Photographer: Gadi Dagon
  • Photographer: Gadi Dagon
  • Photographer: Gadi Dagon
  • Photographer: Gadi Dagon
  • Photographer: Gadi Dagon

Contact details

Nataly Zukerman
Independent Artist

Productions

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

Duration: 80
Number of people on road: 7 people
Freight:

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Description

In "Practice Makes Perfect" a running instructor, a professional dancer and Zukerman's partner teach her how to cope with the challenges of performing everyday physical actions like walking, dancing and falling. By doing so, Zukerman exposes the complex physical procedures of our normative body that we totally take for granted.

THE OTHER BODY

Duration: 80
Number of people on road: 4 people
Freight: No freight necessary

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Description

At the age of 12 Nataly became disabled. Her disability is invisible therefore she doesn't fulfill the stereotype of the handicapped woman. In "The Other Body" Zukerman shares with the audience her coming out story, exposing how her condition affected her relationships with her family, her partners and with society. 

Press Comments & Testimonials

"Zukerman brings honesty and truth to the stage… She has a special stage presence, and her physical and emotional exposure touches the most exposed nerves…"
- Marat Parkhomovsky, Time Out Israel, November 2013

"Zukerman is a relentless artist… A social, intrusive and important performance – which is the most personal there is".
- Ophir Hillel, NRG, October 2015

"Zukerman asks, and succeeds, to express the most basic desire of the human nature – to let go of our labels and to be accepted by others, in-spite the flaws, oddities and injuries we gathered through life".
- Hava Yarom, Martha Knows, November 2013