Ariel Hayun (Israel, 1992) is active as a dance artist and Pilates teacher. She received a diploma in dance from SEAD Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (AU, 2019), and trained at The Danceworkshop Ga’aton (IL, 2015).
She is interested in the body's ability to tell stories and create dialogue through movement. Her recent work explores the possibilities of expanding society's perception of the female* (female-identifying) body through dance and performance. She sees the body as an "open history book" - a storyteller of past generations and a space in which we can rewrite our personal and collective history.
In 2022-2023 Ariel received #TAKEHEART grant for her research The Pelvis Knows by Fonds Darstelle Kunst, in the frame of NEU START KULTUR, DIS-TANZ-SOLO grant for her research Twerk and Belly-dance: In between stigma and feminist empowerment, by Dachverband Tanz Deutschland and #TAKEHEART grant for her research Twerk and Belly-dance: beyond the safe space, by Fonds Darstelle Kunst, in the frame of NEU START KULTUR.
As a dancer, she worked with, amongst others, Jérôme Bel (The Show Must Go On, 2019), Ingri Fiksdal (Diorama, 2019), Ahmed Khemis (Voyage de Poussières, 2019), Omer Keinan (The New Fire Ceremony, 2019), Julyen Hamilton (Collecting Water, 2018), and Ceren Oran (Urge, 2021), Søren Siebel (The Space of Unknowing, 2021 and The Body Of Nothing, 2022) and Rotem Weissman (AGADA,2022).
As a choreographer, she created Womb (2022) in collaboration with Cesar B. and Susanna Ylikoski, about flights that are about to be missed (2018) in collaboration with Lloyd Lovell, Underdiscussed (2018), and The Empty Serious Structure (2017) - supported by SEAD (AU). With Undefinables Collective, she co-created and co-produced Slug (2018), which performed at Klubkulturklub Freakadelle (AU) and Elevate Festival (AU).
Ariel is a core member and founding member (2020-present) of nein9.
i am using movement and language as the main sources that inspire my work. i believe in the dialogue existing between the dancing body and the spectator’s body. when creating, i reach to my roots, to the stories our bodies tell.