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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                  January 12, 2009

                                             The Neta Dance Company presents
                                                           Air + Fold
                                 February 26-28, 2009 at 8:30pm at Danspace Project

Neta Pulvermacher, whose work has been lauded by Gia Kourlas of the The New York Times as “a little slice of
heaven…frisky musicality,” leads The Neta Dance Company into its 22nd season premiering Air + Fold. Performances
will take place February 26-28, 2009 at 8:30pm at Danspace Project, St. Marks Church as part of the DANCE:
Access series. DANCE:Access is a low-cost self-production series administered by Danspace Project that primarily
serves independent choreographers and dance companies. Danspace Project is located at 131 East 10th Street at
Second Avenue. Tickets are $18 and available at or by calling 866.811.4111.

In the world premiere of Fold, seven dancers fold and unfold an ever-shifting paper landscape of clothes, boats, napkins,
lovers, dogs and dreams to an original score by Alon Nechushtan and played live by the composer and a band of his
musicians. In Air, twelve female dancers clad in hot pink dresses soar on Handel's divine Dixit Dominus, populating
Pulvermacher’s atheist's vision of heaven. Choreography is by Neta Pulvermacher with dramaturgy by Bradley Cherna
and lighting design by Kathy Kaufmann.

Fold, the company’s world premiere, is a multidisciplinary work inspired by origami operations that explores the possible
meanings of folding and un-folding: “For me folding isnt just about the amazing mathematical and architectural concepts
that are behind origami designs, but rather what fascinates me is the realization that to fold something means to envision,
to make, to take action, to interact with matter and to participate in an act of becoming” (Neta Pulvermacher).

Completing the program is Air, a majestic work in eight sections set to Handel’s glorious choral work, Dixit Dominus.
Born of an atheist yearning for a vision of heaven unshackled by religious and historic conventions Air derives its grace
from the singular beauty of the Handels score.

The Neta Dance Company was founded in New York City in 1986 by Juilliard graduate and Israel native Neta
Pulvermacher. It creates work with the belief that reinterpreting dance is not enough; it must be re-thought. Curious and
quick, Pulvermacher and her company have gone on to push the boundaries of dance by merging movement, philosophy,
science, music, intuition, narrative and imagery to suggest new meanings and possibilities, creating a living, breathing
theatrical space.
Air + Fold is supported by American Music Center’s 2009 Live Music for Dance Program, Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation, The Harkness
 Foundation for Dance, Israel Consulate General in New York - Cultural Affairs Office, LMCC Fund for Creative Communities, Our Children's
Foundation in Harlem, The Puffin Foundation, University of Florida School of Theatre and Dance, and the Friends of The Neta Dance Company.

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About the Company

The Neta Dance Company seeks to bring full creative expression to all people through public performances of original
work, mentoring partnerships with other organizations, teaching, community involvement, and participation in social
media, among other activities. Artistic Director and Resident choreographer Neta Pulvermacher envisions a
comprehensive theatrical art form that approximates how the mind perceives reality (true or imagined), including the
chaos inherent in our contemporary existence. By re-thinking the traditional division of labor between visual artists,
musicians, media-makers and performers, The Neta Dance Company strives to create a new cinematic language that
merges movement, music, symbolism, images and spoken language, giving an expression to the human experience and

Artistic Director Neta Pulvermacher co-founded The Neta Dance Company (aka House of Dance, Inc) with her Julliard
classmates Ani Udovicki, Stephanie Tooman, Kraig Patterson, and Andrea Feier in 1986. The company has toured
throughout the US, Israel (Israel Festival), Poland (Krakow 2000 and The International Festival of Modern Dance in
Bytom 1998, 1999, 2000), Costa Rica (The Costa Rica International Arts Festival 2002), Canada, and Belarus. In New
York, the company has been presented by Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, The Joyce Theater, Central Park’s
SummerStage, the 91st Street Playhouse, The Kitchen, The Ohio Theater, The Flea Theater, Merkin Concert Hall,
Symphony Space, and many other venues. The company enjoyed month-long runs in 2001 and 2004 at the Flea Theater,
and in 2005, the company celebrated a two-program retrospective for twenty years of artistic exploration. Most recently,
the company has engaged students at Roger Williams University, University of Florida, and the American Dance Festival;
audiences at Dance New Amsterdam MIT, The JCC of Stamford, ACDFA Conference; and social networks across the
web. In January 2009, the company previewed its New York season at the 92nd St. Y's Sundays at Three Program. In
May 2009, the company will perform at La Mama Moves Dance Festival and will travel to Senegal for a residency with
Company Jant-Bi.

Neta Pulvermacher (Artistic Director & Resident Choreographer) was born in Kibbutz Lehavot Habashan, Israel, and
graduated from Juilliard in 1985. Since founding the Neta Dance Company in 1986 she has choreographed over 65 works
for her company as well as other companies and institutions around the world. Neta is noted for her collaborations with
avant-guard musicians and composers, such as Roy Nathanson and The Jazz Passengers, John Zorn and Masada, Anthony
Coleman, Yuval Gabay and the English rock band XTC among others. She has been supported by the NEA, NYFA, The
Jerome Foundation, Mary Flager Cary Charitable Trust, Maxine Greene Foundation and The Greenwall Foundation,
among others; and she received a special choreography award from Bessie Schoenberg (1995). Neta is also the founder,
curator and producer of the critically acclaimed A.W.A.R.D. Show! Series held at Joyce SoHo, and recently
choreographed for Mira Nair’s film, The Namesake.

Neta is on the Faculty of the University of Florida School of Theatre and Dance and has taught at Barnard College,
Manhattanville College, Princeton University and the American Dance Festival. As a guest artist, she has taught at
Hollins University, ASU, numerous communities in Alaska, George Mason University and many other universities. Most
recently she conducted choreographic residencies at MIT, the Dreyfoos School for the Arts in West Palm Beach Florida
and Manhattanville College. In December her work Blue, was performed at the Limon Dance Company’s Gala. She has
had the honor of working with the Limon Dance Company in February 2008 at the Maggie Allesee National Center for
Choreography (MANCC), Free To Rep Project, and looks forward to another opportunity to choreograph on that
wonderful company in 2010. Neta is the proud mother of her son, Alon.

Alon Nechushtan (Composer) has written orchestral, chamber, electronic, big band and choral works, collaborating on
new works with numerous choreographers in the U.S., his native Israel, and in Europe including: Valerie Norman-Van
Dance, Edisa Weeks -Delirious Dance, Clare Byrne Dance, Mariana Beckerman Dance, Ilanit Tadmor, Victoria Hanna,
Sally Ann Friedlander, Deganit Shemi Dance, Wendy Osserman-Wo Dance, Valerie Green-Dance Entropy, and Pele
Bauch. These compositions have been presented at Dance Theater Workshop, Performance Space 122, Danspace Project
at St. Marks Church, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Dance New Amsterdam, W.A.X, The Flea, The Brick,
Tribeca Performance Center, Merce Cunningham, and other venues in New York City, Europe, and Jerusalem.


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