May Zarhy is a choreographer and performer living and working between Berlin, Frankfurt a/m and Tel Aviv. Her work operates at the intersections of choreography, performance and sound art. In her practice May relates to the body as a plastic entity that resonates through movement and sound, among other things. By creating an immersive environment in her performances, where the public and the performer/s integrate into a relational-scape, the viewers are invited to encounter unfamiliar aspects of their bodies, and to suspend the interpretations of what they experience. Questioning what the act of listening could be and look like is a core motivation for her artistic practice, and is manifested in her way of creating, collaborating, curating and teaching.
May Zarhy created her first piece aged 16 for the National Choreography Biennial "Shades in Dance 2001" in Tel Aviv before moving to the Netherlands in 2002 to study dance at the Rotterdam Dance Academy, and in 2007 in ex.e.r.ce in Montpellier, France directed by Xavier Le Roy and Mathilde Monnier. In 2005 she worked as assistant to William Forsythe at the Forsythe Company. Together with Fabrice Mazliah and Ioannis Mandafounis, she founded the collaborative trio "mamaza” (2009 - 2014) with whom she created and performed around the world. In this context May was an associate artist at deSingel Antwerp in 2011-2012 and a resident artist at Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt in 2012-2014 (Doppelpass-Fonds of the German Federal Cultural Foundation). In 2012 she was selected as a European project artist by Modul-Dance. Since 2014 May has been creating her own performance work. Next to her stage works, she has also been creating participatory works in the public sphere.
She regularly works as a dramaturg and rehearsal director for fellow artists such as: Adi Boutrous, Hermann Heisig, Fabrice Mazliah, Shira Eviatar, Elpida Orfanidou and more. She teaches at The School of Visual Theater in Jerusalem, Jerusalem Academy for Music & Dance, K3 Hamburg, Kelim Choreography Program Bat Yam and more. Since 2017 she has been curating and presenting her screening series “Cinemay” at the Center for Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv, hosting artists such as Eszter Salamon, Youness Atbane, Germaine Acogny and others.