Daniel Ezralow is an Artistic Director, Choreographer, Writer and Performer. He is known for his powerful work in theater, film, opera, and television. His award-winning career, with a directorial approach both visceral and imaginative, his unique style of physical expression, freedom of spirit and articulate athletic vocabulary, has earned him a distinguished international reputation as a groundbreaking artist. He is the Artistic Director and Founder of Ezralow Dance, a movement based ensemble and the creative home for Ezralow's expansive and eclectic body of work. Ezralow Dance aims to collaborate with performers, composers, visual artists and filmmakers, transporting audiences to new dimensions, exploring and questioning the ideas of dancing and humanity.
Ezralow studied dance at the University of California at Berkeley and graduated in 1976. He began as a dancer with the dance companies 5X2 Plus, Lar Lubovitch, Paul Taylor, and Pilobolus. He was one of the original dancer-choreographer’s of MOMIX and is a founding member of ISO Dance. In The New York Times review in 1986, the reviewer noted that "Daniel Ezralow is an unforgettably gutsy and intelligent virtuoso dancer."
He has created original works for, among many, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Batsheva Dance Company of Israel, the London Contemporary Dance Theatre, and the Cirque du Soleil show LOVE. His company, the Daniel Ezralow Dance Company has performed at the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center, Israel, in the 2008-09 season. In a review of his work Super Straight is coming down by the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in 1989, the reviewer wrote that it is a "coldly tormented work", and that "Ezralow has put his own manic stamp on the piece--the headlong barrel turns, the galumphing leaps, the desperate floor rolls--and has potently contrasted such excesses with moments of sullen stillness."
His works for opera include The Flying Duchman, for the Los Angeles and Houston Opera Companies, Maggio Musicale’s Aida with Zubin Mehta as conductor, and the Paris Opera Ballet. He also choreographs for advertising products, including The GAP, Issey Miyake, and Hugo Boss.
For the theatre, he has choreographed The Green Bird in 2000, Cats in Italy in 2009 for Compagnia della Rancia and is the choreographer of the musical musical adaptation of the Spider-Man comics, working again with Julie Taymor.
In 2014 he choreographed the opening ceremony for the Sochi Olympics. In 2016 Daniel toured with his dance company, Ezralow Dance throughout America including dates at the Prince Theater and the Wails Annenberg. He will be returning to the Annaberg later in 2017. Recently, Daniel has been collaborating with Katy Perry and Skip Marley on the 59th Grammy awards where she debuted her newest song Chained to the Rhythm. Visit DanielEzralow.com for more details and upcoming events.
- Love (Cirque du Soleil) (2006)
- The Green Bird (2000)
- Cats (2009)
- Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark (2010)
- Across the Universe (Julie Taymor, director, 2007)
- The 59th Grammy Awards (2017)
- The 78th Annual Academy Awards (2006)
- Josh Groban in Concert (2002) (choreographer) (stage manager)
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) (choreographer)
- The 70th Annual Academy Awards (1998) (choreographer)
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