Choreographer, dancer May Zarhy works under a wide definition of choreography and her pieces range from stage works to site-specific and interventions in the public space. Looking for the intersections between dance, choreography and other fields of knowledge, May regularly collaborates with other artists, focusing on the body as the departure point for physical experimentation, which ultimately transcends into immateriality and abstraction.
Born in 1984, May created her first piece for the National Choreography Biennale “Shades in Dance 2001” Tel Aviv, before moving to the Netherlands in 2002 to study dance at the Rotterdam Dance Academy. In 2005, she assisted William Forsythe in his creation “3 Atmospheric Studies”. In 2007 May was a member in ex.e.r.ce in Montpellier France, directed by Mathilde Monnier and Xavier Le Roy. In 2009 she formed together with Fabrice Mazliah and Ioannis Mandafounis the collaborative trio “MAMAZA”, with whom she created and performed all around the world.
Together with the trio May was Associated Artists in deSingel Antwerp in 2011-2012, and resident artists in Mousonturm Frankfurt in 2012-2014 (Doppel Pass program of the Bundes Kultur Stiftung Germany). In 2012 she was selected to be a Modul-Dance European project artist.
Since 2014 May have been working independently from the trio, creating work as well as regularly assisting as an outside eye for fellow artists, such as: Fabrice Mazliah, Hermann Heisig, Shira Eviatar, Elpida Orfanidou and more.
May currently works on stage work "the VOICES", a second collaboration with vocal artist Michal Oppenehim, created and performed by a female ensemble of singers and dancers, a work right at the intersection between the mediums of dance and music.
In the season of 2016-2017 May was artist in residence at the FEST'FACTORY Artists Compound in Bat Yam, where she researched and initiated the project WALK in the public space together with artist Galit Criden.
She regularly teaches workshops and lectures in places such as: The Visual Theater School in Jerusalem, Jerusalem Academy of Music & Dance, K3 Hamburg, Kelim choreography center Bat Yam and more.