Vertigo Dance Company


Durham Performing Arts Center

Thursday, June 12 at 8pm
Friday, June 13 at 8pm

Tickets on sale May 11

Celebrating twenty years of Vertigo Dance Company’s creations, Noa Wertheim’s festive production Vertigo 20 attempts to re-decipher the secret of time. Vertigo 20, a co-production of Fondazione Campania dei Festival – Teatro Festival Italia and Vertigo Dance Company, is the company’s largest-scale production to date. The piece is a kind of retrospective of Wertheim’s work that moves from real to surreal, from intimate to theatric, from impalpable to tangible. Unique movement language accentuated by wit and hinted sadness takes the spectator on an unexpected and inspiring journey through unknown worlds.

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About vertigo dance company

Shortly after her graduation from the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem, Noa Wertheim was accepted into the Jerusalem Tamar Dance Company. It was there she met Adi Sha’al whose professional dance experience included both the Bat-Sheva Ensemble and the Kibbutz Dance Workshop. Partners in life and dance, Wertheim and Sha’al founded Vertigo Dance Company in 1992.

Wertheim and Sha’al’s first professional collaboration, a short duet called Vertigo, led to the establishment of their company of the same name. The inspiration came from the first-hand experience Adi had with the sensation of vertigo during his years in training with the air force. Vertigo – the performance – was built upon the concept of spinning out of control, not just in the air, but in relationships as well. Sha’al remarks, “Noa and I created a piece which looks at the loss of direction – the dizziness – in the human duet.”


20 Years Young by Ori J. Lenkinski, The Jerusalem Post