Kerem Shemi is an Israeli dancer, martial artist and teacher, based in Berlin.
Her daily practice consists of a unique combination of dance and martial arts, which is manifested in her teaching and choreography.
She teaches movement and dance lessons and workshops in Europe and Israel (see more information under 'Teaching').
Her choreographic works are presented in venues and festivals around Europe and in Israel. Within her main works are "Thoughts on material and body" (2014), "Mishkalim" (2016) and "Layered" (2017), "Radio Dance" (2018) and "Dancing with a Partner Alone" (2019).
Kerem received her BA in dance and choreography at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. She continued her movement research in China, living and training full time at the WDP school for internal Chinese martial arts of Wudang and in 2015 moved to the Academy for Internal Martial Arts in Berlin (Wudang Deutchland), where she is currently practicing and teaching.
As a dancer she has worked with the choreographers Anat Shamgar, Ronnie Heller and Avigail Sfez. Currently she works on a new production with the choreographer Ofir Yudilevitch.
Kerem was awarded first prize at the Gertrud Kraus Choreography Competition in 2014 with her piece "Thoughts on material and body". She won gold and silver medals in Kung Fu tournaments taking place in China and Berlin.
Training background and influences:
- Internal martial arts and combat training with Ismet Himmet, Raphael Scullion and Stefan Müller, China and Germany, 2015-present -
Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Tai Yi, Ba Ji, Sword, Staff, Xing Yi, Bjj, basic Boxing.
- Movement training with Joseph Bartz, 2017-2018.
- BA dance and choreography, 2010-14 -
somatic work, Release technique, post-modern dance, E.W. movement notation, contact improvisation, Feldenkrais technique, Floor work, improvisation,
- Movement Pedagogy, 2010-14.
- Wushu with Leonid Rikman, Israel, 2011-15.
- Iyenger Yoga training, Israel and India, 2001-13.