About Nina Haft & Company

Nina Haft & Company is an Oakland-based contemporary dance group.  Taking a ‘live cinema’ approach to directing, we integrate movement, sound, light and space into evocative works that foster a deep understanding of place.

Nina’s work in New Jewish Performance investigates Jewish identity through a post-colonialist lens, using the body as a metaphor for home, boundaries and sites of intimacy or violence.  The work has achieved national recognition, including profiles in Dance Magazine and support from the Djerassi Resident Artist Program, Margaret Jenkins’ CHIME Program, the Conney Project on Jewish Arts (UW-Madison), the Purdue University (IN) Klatch Family Artist Residency program, the Zellerbach Family Fund, the Clorox Company Foundation, the CA$H Fund of Theatre Bay Area, the Alameda County Arts Commission, the City of Oakland, the California Arts Council and numerous generous individuals.  Major works in this vein include Mit a Bing, Mit a Boom! A Klezmer Dance, Arc of the Wor(l)d: A Dance Salon, Geographies of Memory, and 36 Jewish Gestures.

Nina Haft & Company is also known for the Dance in Unexpected Places Series, presenting cultural commentary and site-specific performances in dockyards, synagogues, libraries, train stations, bars, parking spaces, government buildings and historic Mountain View Cemetery.  Nina has presented her work throughout the Bay Area and abroad, including performances in West Wave Dance Festival, Bare Bones, 8x8x8, ODC’s ‘24 Views’, the Bay Area Dance Series, Festival at the Lake and at numerous other venues.  A former core member of AXIS Dance Company, Nina’s choreography has been presented in Boston (Dance Umbrella), Minneapolis (Walker Art Center), New York City (Central Park Summerstage), and Novosibirsk, Siberia, as well as on public television as part of the PBS People in Motion Series.

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