Ophir Ben-Shimon (1981) is a film and theater director, photographer and performer, who lives and works in Tel Aviv, Israel. He is a graduate of the Film and Television Department at Tel Aviv University (TAU) and a graduate of the Visual Communications department at Wizo Academy of Design and Education in Haifa. His short films ”A man asleep” (2010) and ”Elevation” (2014) were screened in numerous festivals in Israel and abroad and have also been broadcast on Israeli national Television. Ophir is currently working on his first feature-length film, “Like life, maybe even better.”

In 2015, together with Merav Dagan, Ophir co-created and performed with in “I can’t hold it” a performance  which premiered in the 35th Acco International Fringe Festival. The work won the award for Best Video. Ophir was artistic advisor and actor in Merav Dagan’s play ”I See Them Coming” which won the Shades in Dance Award in 2013.


Ophir also works as a freelance stills and video photographer at an advertising agency and is the director of Balconytv Tel Aviv, a viral project that documents Indie bands on rooftops in Tel Aviv. In 2015 Ophir created the band Tonic Clonic, an interdisciplinary cabaret show which combines music, dancing, and nonsense. He is currently working on recording the first album.  

2019

 

30/11

Tonic-Clonic

.Performance  at Levontin 7, Tel Aviv

23/11

Come Closer

Performance at 'Sfera' a dance series at Clil, Israel.

15/11

Tonic-Clonic

. Performance  at Alternadiv Festival, Pardes Hana, Israel

30/10-30/1

.Teaching yoga and contemporary dance at Re-search training program

 

1/10-30/12

Residency at Stage Workshops Center, Tel Aviv.

12/10

Bloody Mary

.Performance at Habait Theater, Tel Aviv-Jaffa

 

5/10

Tonic-Clonic

.Performance  at Wunderbar, Haifa

22/10

. Movement workshop at Teatro Franko Parenti, Milan, Italy

20/9

Bloody Mary

Performance at HANGARTFEST, Pesaro, Italy

28/8-2/9

Bloody Mary

. Performances at Gothenburg Fringe Festival, Sweden

7/8

Bloody Mary

.Performance at Habait Theater, Tel Aviv-Jaffa

2/8

Artist Talk and presentation at Suzanne Dellal Center, Tel Aviv

30/7

Tonic-Clonic

.Performance  at Levontin 7, Tel Aviv

28/7

Tonic-Clonic

Performance at Kuli Alma, Tel Aviv

 

23/6

Bloody Mary

Performance at BELEF Festival, Belgrade, Serbia

5-28/6

Creating  a commissioned work for Belgrade Dance Institute.

30/5-3/6

I Can't Hold It - video art

Fresh Paint Art Fair, Expo Tel Aviv.

30/5

Bloody Mary

Performance at Acco Theater.

24/5

Tonic-Clonic

Performance at Shablulim festival.

11/4

Tonic-Clonic

Performance at Sheikh Abreik Festival, Kiryat Tivon.

6/4

Tonic-Clonic

Performance at Mizkaka, Jerusalem.

 

29-30/3

100 Shades of Red - Premiers

A commissioned work for Carmela dance group, Noa Dar Studio, Tel Aviv.

 

28/3

Tonic-Clonic

Performance at Mahsan 7, Beer Sheva.

 

9/3

Tonic-Clonic- Album Launch Event

Bascula, Te-Aviv.

 

6/3

Bloody Mary at Woman Festival

Performance at Holon Theater.

 

25/1

Bloody Mary

Performance at Inbal Theater, Suzanne Dellal, Tel-Aviv. 

 

17/1

Tonic Clonic

Performance at "The Drank Carp", Kibuzz Amir.

14/1 - 12/3

Contemporary dance and yoga classes at RESEARCH training program, Netanya.

 

2018

 

27/12

Come Closer

Performance at Tmuna Theater, Tel-Aviv.

 

7/11

Bloody Mary

Performance and artist meeting, the Jerusalem Academy of music and dance.

 

13/12

Lecture at Tighs: Dance& Thought Conference, Mandel Cultural Center , Jaffa.

 

6/12

Bloody Mary

International exposer, Suzanne Dellal, Tel-Aviv.

 

1/12

Tonic-Clonic

Performance at Pergamon, Jerusalem.

 

24/11

Tonic-Clonic

Performance Gagarin Club, Tel-Aviv.

 

21/11

Tonic-Clonic

Performance at Radio EPGP, Tel-Aviv.

 

6/11/18 - 4/2/19

Creating  a commissioned work for Carmela Dance Company- Haifa, Israel.

 

27/10

Tonic-Clonic

Performance at Levontin 7, Tel-Aviv.

 

12/10

Tonic-Clonic

Performance at Indie Negev Festival.

 

29/9

Tonic-Clonic

Performance at Mizkaka, Jerusalem.

 

25/9

Come Closer

Performance at Vertigo Ecologic Art Village, Nativ Halmad Hei.

 

30-31/8

Bloody Mary- Full Work- Premiers

Diver Festival, Fresco center, Tel-Aviv.

 

4/8

Come Closer

Performance at Tmuna Theater.

 

31/7

Tonic-Clonic

Performance at Levontin 7, Tel-Aviv.

 

15/7-31/8

Artist residency at Tights- Dance and Thought, Fresco center, Tel-Aviv.

 

28-30/6

Bloody Mary- Part 1: Premiers

Intimadance Festival, Tmuna Theater, Tel-Aviv.

 

23/6

Tonic-Clonic

Performance at The Rock Hall, Kibbutz Givat Haim.

 

16/6

Tonic Clonic

Performance at Cassiopeia festival, Jaffa port.

 

16/5

Bloody Mary – Work in Process

Kolot Haadama Festival, Shderot.

 

18-21/4

Residency at Shderot Adama center, Shderot.

 

7/4

Tonic-Clonic

Performance at Pergamon,Jerusalem.

 

5/4

Tonic-Clonic

Performance at Mahsan 7, Beer-Sheva.

 

2/4

Come Closer

Performance at Tmuna Theater.

 

17/3

Tonic Clonic

Performance at Abraham Hostel, Tel-Aviv.

 

15/3

Tonic Clonic

Performance at Teder, Tel-Aviv.

 

20/2

Tonic Clonic

Performance at Mizkaka, Jerusalem.

 

6/2

Tonic Clonic

Performance at Levontin 7, Tel-Aviv.

 

20-25/1

The neighbor's Grief is Dipper

Performances at Singapore Fringe Festival.


11/1

Come Closer

Performance at Tmuna Theater.

 

4/1

Tonic-Clonic

Performance at Mahsan 7, Beer-Sheva.

 

2017

 

18/11

Tonic-Clonic

Performance at Levontin 7, Tel-Aviv.

 

14/11

Tonic Clonic

Performance at Kuli Alma, Tel-Aviv.

 

4/11

Artist workshop at Dance community Club, Naim Studio, Tel-Aviv.

 

31/10

Come Closer

Performance at Tmuna Theater.

 

16/10-25/12

Contemporary dance and yoga classes at RESEARCH training program, Netanya.

 

15-17/9

Come Closer

Performance at Diversia festival, Kostroma, Russia.

 

5-10/9

Come Closer

Performances at Stockholm Fringe festival, Sweden.

 

27/7

Tonic Clonic

Performance at Zimmer , Tel-Aviv.

 

19/7

Come Closer

Mash, Jerusalem.

 

10-13/6

Performance of Marathon in Russia.

 

11/5

Tonic Clonic

Performance at Zimmer , Tel-Aviv.

 

29/4

Come Closer

Meeting Festival, Kelim center Bat-yam

 

17/4

Tonic-Clonic

Performance at Hudna, Tel-Aviv.

 

28/3

Artist Lecture together with Stav Marin

KIBBUTZIM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, TECHNOLOGY AND THE ARTS, Tel-Aviv.

 

23/3

Come Closer

Performance at March Hare Festival, Kelim center Bat-yam.

 

 22/2

Artist Workshop at wizo Hadasim Dance department.

2/1-3/4

Contemporary dance and yoga classes at research training program, Netanya.

 

11/1

Megiraki (Tonic Clonic)

Performance at Mahsan 7 , Beer Sheva.

 

4/1

I Can't Hold It

Performance Tmuna Theater, Tel-Aviv

 

2016

 

31/12

I Can't Hold It

Performance Tmuna Theater, Tel-Aviv

 

8/12

Come Closer

International Exposer, Suzanne Dellal Center, Tel-Aviv.

 

17/11

Come Closer- Premieres

A new piece in collaboration with Stav Marin

Curtain Up festival. Suzanne Dellal Center, Tel-Aviv.

 

14/11

Come Closer- Premieres

A new piece in collaboration with Stav Marin

Curtain Up festival. Beit Mazia, Jerusalem.

 

11/8

Come Closer- Premieres

A new piece in collaboration with Stav Marin

Curtain Up festival. Suzanne Dellal Center, Tel-Aviv.

 

8/11

Come Closer- Premieres

A new piece in collaboration with Stav Marin

Curtain Up festival. Kibbutz Gaaton.

 

11/8

I Can't Hold It

Performance Tmuna Theater, Tel-Aviv.

 

20-23/7

All The Treadmills are Desperate 2- Premieres.

Intimadance festival, Tmuna Theater Tel-Aviv.

 

7/6

Megiraki (Tonic-Clonic)

Performance at Levontin 7, Tel- Aviv.

 

24/5

Megiraki (Tonic-Clonic)

Performance at Hamizkaka, Jerusalem.

 

20/5

Come Closer- Work in progress as part of Homage project, supported by Kolben/Dance Company, Inbal Theater, Tel-Aviv.

 

14/5

I Can't Hold It

Performance Tmuna Theater, Tel-Aviv.

 

2/5

Come Closer- Work in progress as part of Homage project, supported by Kolben/Dance Company, Beit Mazia, Jerusalem.

 

25-26/4

I Can't Hold It

Performance at Tmuna Theater, Tel-Aviv.

 

5/4

I Can't Hold It video art screening

OTION FRONT STUDIO, Brooklyn, NY, United States.

 

28/3-3/4

Marathon performances in Montreal

MAI Theater (Montréal, arts intercultural).

 

21/3

I Can't Hold It

Performance at Tmuna Theater, Tel-Aviv.

 

22/3

Megiraki (Tonic-Clonic)

Performance at Passage club, Tel-Aviv.

 

11/3

I Can See Them Coming

Performance at Tmuna Theater, Tel-Aviv.

 

11/2

Megiraki (Tonic-Clonic)

Performance at Teiva Theater, Tel-Aviv.

2/2

I Can't Hold It

Performance at Tmuna Theater, Tel-Aviv.

 

30/1

Megiraki (Tonic-Clonic)

Performance at Zimmer club, Tel-Aviv.

 

1/1-30/1

An artist residency in collaboration with Stav Marin at the Festfactory center, Bat Yam.

 

3/1-22/3

Contemporary dance and yoga workshop at Research training program, Netanya.

 

28/1-5/2

All the Treadmills are Desperate-

A durational performance as part of Nir Segal's art exhibition- Two Work, at RawArt Gallery, Tel-Aviv.

 

11-12/1

I Can't Hold It

Performance at Tmuna Theater, Tel-Aviv.

 

2015

 

9-11/12

Project 48

Curated by Dana Rotenberg.

 

28/9-1/10

I Can't Hold It- Premieres

a new piece in a collaboration with Ophir Ben Shimon.

Acco International Fringe Theatre Festival.

 

12/7-16/8

DanceWeb  scholarship program.

2010 - present

2010 - present