"Ze'eva Cohen Creating A Life In Dance"
Sharon Kaufman Director, Co-Producer, Editor
Ze'eva Cohen Co-Producer
World Premiere: Dance on Camera Film Festival at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater in February 2015
Award winning television and video editor Sharon Kaufman makes her directorial debut with the legacy project Ze'eva Cohen Creating A Life In Dance - a model of how an artist can survive in the dance world by carving out an independent path for herself. The half-hour documentary, as narrated by Ze’eva Cohen, demonstrates the transformation and evolution of an artist over seven decades, showing how life and art constantly intersect. Through restored archival film and stunning professional photos, Kaufman constructs a documentary that captures the cultural and stylistic diversity, originality, honesty, and pure beauty of Cohen’s work. We see Cohen creating a rich life from her roots as a young dancer in her native Israel to building a unique and prolific career in the U.S. as solo dance artist, choreographer, and innovative dance educator at Princeton University, where she founded and directed the dance program for four decades (1969-2009). The film’s message of renewal and resourcefulness throughout a long career can benefit future generations of dancers and non-dancers for pursuing and sustaining a creative life.
Disc 1 includes the half-hour documentary, followed by the 28 minute Passing It On: Four Princeton Alumni Look Back - conversations with Jose Mateo '74 (Jose Mateo Dance Theatre), David Rosseve '81 (David Rosseve/REALITY), Jill Sigman '89 *98 (jill sigma/thinkdance), and Mariah Steele '06 (Quicksilver Dance), who reflect on Ze'eva's teaching and profound influence on them and their subsequent careers as dancers and choreographers.
Disc 2, Five Complete Works, features Negotiations (1996), If Eve Had A Daughter: Mother's Tongue/I Love You (1996), Ariadne (1985), Rainwood (1977), and Mother's of Israel (1975) - a few of the full length iconic representations of Ze'eva's 40-year career.