Born in Israel in 1984, May Zarhy 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 the 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” and created together “Z.E.R.O.” (2009), “Cover Up” (2011) and “The Nikel Project – songs&poems” (2012) in collaboration with the contemporary music ensemble Nikel, as well as “Pausing” (2012) with Ioannis Mandafounis, which have been shown and co-produced by numerous venues and festivals, such as Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Künstlerhaus mousonturm Frankfurt, The Forsythe Company, Theatre de l’Usine, Les Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis, PACT Zollverein Essen, Festspielhaus Hellerau, deSingel Antwerp, Onassis foundation Athens etc.
In addition, the trio created projects which transcend the theatrical settings and touch topics such as communal, social and public space, like: “Garden State” (2014) and “ASINGELINE” (2011), which was presented among others in the Architecture Biennale in Venice in October 2014, as well as in various African countries between 2013-2015. Together with the trio May was Associated Artists in deSingel Antwerp in 2011-2012, and resident artists in Mousonturm Frankfurt in 2012-2014 (thanks to the Doppel Pass program of the Bundes Kultur Stiftung Germany). With their piece “Pausing”, Ioannis and May have been selected to be part of Modul-Dance 2012, as well as part of the “Reso - Réseau Danse Suisse” and to tour the piece throughout Switzerland.
In 2014 May created “1325”, worked on and performed with Kathryn Enright. At the same year she assisted and performed in Hermann Heisig's creation “STRTCH” (2014). In 2015 May presented the work “YES / כן” in the Tel Aviv Museum within Diver festival, created in collaboration with vocal artist Michal Oppenheim. At the same year, May worked as a dramaturg in "Telling Stories" by Fabrice Mazliah created for the MD Collective. In 2016, May dramaturgically assisted Shira Eviatar in her new piece “Shining” for Curtain Up festival in Suzanne Dellal Israel.
May’s new piece "NEXT TO NEAR" in collaboration with Hermann Heisig will be presented in February 2017 in Sophiensaele Berlin.
Parallel to this, May regularly teaches choreography & perception of space, contemporary physical practices and theory seminars to students and professionals from the field of dance and architecture.