Roy Assaf

Roy Assaf Volker Beinhorn450pxBorn in Israel in 1982, Roy studied dance at the Shivtei Yisrael school in Kiryat-Gat. In 2004, after his military service, he met choreographer Emanuel Gat and danced alongside him in his first two works: "Winter Voyage" and "The Rite of Spring".
Already an accomplished dancer, Roy created "We Came for the Wings, Stayed because We Couldn't Fly" as part of the Shades of Dance festival in 2005. The work won a prize the same year.
In 2006 he worked as assistant choreographer to Emanuel Gat for the creation of K626 and has continued to develop new works and re-stage existing repertoire for the Emanuel Gat Dance Company throughout the world.
In 2010 he was appointed Associate Artist at the NND Company in Groningen in the Netherlands, for whom he created "Rock"
In 2011 he created the duo "Six Years Later" for the Curtain Up festival. This work was awarded first prize in choreography at the 5th International Choreography Competition in Copenhagen.
In June 2013 his work "The Hill" won first prize in the 27th Choreography Competition in Hanover. This award was followed by many others and has led to Roy Assaf being considered one of the most promising creators for contemporary choreography.
Roy has recently created a work for the Los Angeles Dance Project under the direction of Benjamin Millepied.