Ori J. Lenkinski
was born in Canada, grew up in Philadelphia and attended McGill University in Montreal. From 2002 through 2011, Ori worked closely with site specific choreographer Noemie Lafrance, collaborating and performing in several of her works including the Bessie Award winning production Descent. After almost a decade in New York, Ori fell in love with Tel Aviv. In Israel, she has danced with Anat Katz and Erez Maayan, Ariel Cohen, Noa Shadur, the Israeli Opera and others. Shortly after arriving in Israel, Ori began to work with choreographer Rachel Erdos, with whom she has worked on a long list of projects in various roles from dancer to music advisor to dramaturg. In 2015, Ori created the duet The Painting with Michal Hersonski, which has been performed throughout Israel. In 2017, Ori created Portrait #2, a duet with Ruth Eshel inspired by Rachel Kafri’s 1977 creation Portrait of a Demagog. Since 2008, Ori has contributed regularly to The Jerusalem Post, specializing in dance, fashion and design. Ori’s writing has been featured in The Huffington Post, Reform Judaism Magazine, on www.danceusa.org, www.972mag.com and in Dance Magazine. She is the author of the column Parental Choreography, published bi-monthly in Haaretz. She is a regular guest on Trending on i24 News, speaking about all things dance. In 2016, Ori established Creative Writing, as a means for dance practitioners to expand the possibilities of text in relation to dance. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Israeli Union of Performing Artists. In 2019, Ori co-hosted Spring Forward TV from Val de Marne, France, interviewing the twenty Aerowaves artists who presented work as part of the Spring Forward Festival. In June, 2019, Ori premiered The Suit as part of Tmuna Theater’s Intimadance Festival, which was inspired by Jacqueline Kennedy. The work has since been presented at theaters throughout Israel and is set to run in a few cities abroad in 2020-2021. In September, 2020, Ori premiered Meet Me in the Market, a new Jackie-based choreographic tour of Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda Market as part of the From Jaffa to Agripas Festival. She is mildly allergic to pineapples.
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