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DANIEL EZRALOW

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Carving an award-winning career that has expanded the boundaries of dance; masterfully traversed the mediums of live performance, film and television, from modest venues to the world’s greatest stages; with an approach both visceral and imaginative, Mr. Ezralow’s unique style of physical expression has earned him a distinguished international reputation as a groundbreaking artist. He has choreographed Arena and Stadium events in New York City, Rome, Paris, Tokyo, China and other cities around the world including his spectacular creation and staging of The Opening Ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He is revered for his live and filmed site-specific installations at the Getty Museum and The Ford Theatre in Los Angeles, Yankee Stadium and the Guggenheim Museum in NYC, The Louvre Museum and The Pompidou Centre in Paris and most recently at Fuksas’s new Center of Congress, “La Nuvola”, Rome. His choreography and aerial creations are currently celebrated in the hit show The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil (10 years running in Las Vegas), the seminal musical film “Across the Universe” Ron Howard’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”  and Robert Altman’s  “Pret a Porter”. On Broadway he created the choreography and high flying athletic movement of “Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark”. Mr. Ezralow’s 2017, spectacle collaborations can be viewed in Katy Perry’s  recent award winning video “Chained to the Rhythm,” the 59th Annual GRAMMY AWARDS,  THE BRIT AWARDS 2017, the infamous MET BALL 2017, Metropolitan Museum and Saturday Night Live, NYC. Mr. Ezralow’s was commissioned in 2015 to conceive, direct and choreograph the new and original dance theater play PEARL, inspired by the life of writer and humanitarian, Pearl S. Buck. The Huffington Post called the  show “a stunning collaborative spectacle of dance, theater, film, music, multi media and history.”  PEARL opened at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater 2015, toured Canada 2016 and has just completed a 20 city tour of China 2017.

In Tokyo, Mr. Ezralow  conceived, directed and choreographed the critically acclaimed  show, ‘Flying Bodies, Soaring Souls’,  in collaboration with legendary designer Issey Miyake and the award winning Aomori University Men’s Rhythmic Gymnastic Team at the 1964 Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. Mr. Ezralow went on to transform the Mariinsky Theatre (Saint Petersburg), into a rolling wheat field, directing and choreographing a striking visual spectacle, provocatively reinterpreting Igor Stravinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring’, shot live for television and broadcast throughout Russia and other European countries.

Mr. Ezralow’s unique blend of talent, creativity and integrity has fueled exciting collaborations with renown directors, musical and visual artists and celebrated performers around the world.

In television,  Mr. Ezralow conceived and created the award-winning dance special “Windows” (Bravo),  “Episodes” (PBS) – for which he received an Emmy Award, and Josh Groban in Concert (PBS). He received an Emmy nomination for his work on the 70th Annual Academy Awards( ABC). He has also created choreography and concepts for many popular shows including The Academy Awards(2005/1998), The Grammy’s(2017/1999), The Image Awards, CBS Anniversary Special for Israel’s 50th, The Adriano Celantano Special (RAI TV/4 episodes) ,  “The Greatest Show After the Weekend” with Fiorello (RAI TV/4 episodes), Amici(Channel 5/2006-2011), Sanremo Music Festival (RAI TV/2008- 2012/1999/1990). He has directed music videos, created choreography and staged shows for artists including Ludovico Einaudi, Katy Perry, U2, Shania Twain, Josh Groban, Beyonce Knowles, Faith Hill, Andrea Bocelli, Lucio Dalla, Sara Bareilles, Filippa Giordano, Sting, David Bowie, Vittorio Gassman and Ricky Martin. Mr. Ezralow has also been involved with worldwide add campaigns for companies such as Pleats Please Issey Miyake, The Gap, TIM Mobile, Vaseline, Raymond Weil, Lavazza, Fuji XEROX, Morellato, Ilford Film, Cutty Sark, Sapporo Beer, Ariston Appliances,  Hewlett Packard, The 1990 World Cup Soccer and he has captivated viewers with his movement and physical prowess, as Dannon Yogurt’s spokes person for five consecutive years(1999- 2003). Extolled by The Chicago Tribune as “One of the best American dancer choreographers now working on an international scale”  Mr. Ezralow is the artistic director and founder of Ezralow Dance,  a movement based ensemble known internationally for its explosive physicality, originative thought and playful humor and is a home for Mr. Ezralow’s expansive and eclectic body of work. “Ezralow’s expertise in multimedia showmanship and playful optical illusions present a singularly American art form paralleled only by MOMIX (of which he was a founding member) and Pilobolus.”The Philadelphia Inquirer, Marilyn Jackson, 2016. As a director/choreographer, Mr. Ezralow has created fifteen original dance theatre plays that have toured worldwide. “PRIMO PASSO”  had its US premiere at the Wallis Annenberg Center in Los Angeles this July 2017, while “OPEN”, with Ezralow Dance continues on it’s American Tour through 2019. Mr. Ezralow’s multimedia one-man show “MANDALA”, (1998-2002) toured worldwide and was reviewed as a work of “Modern Genius.” Mr. Ezralow has directed and choreographed for Los Angeles Opera, Houston Opera, English National Opera, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Teatro Filarmonico Verona, and Gran Teatro, Roma.  He has directed and choreographed for plays and musicals, including the pre-show at Yankee Stadium for the Pope’s historical visit to NYC and the world tour for the celebrated singer Josh Groban. Other theater credits/tours include: Nutcracker Magic, (Shanghai Cultural Square Theatre, 2013), his dance/theatre show WHY(Ezralow Dance) The Green Bird (Broadway), The Flying Dutchman(LA/Houston Operas), AEROS(ACA Award/world tour), Ezralow & Friends(world tour), Salgari(Teatro Filarmonico), CATS(Italy), Tosca (Gran Teatro, Roma), AIDA(Maggio Musicale), Florinda(The Freud, UCLA) and the ISO Dance(world turs). Mr. Ezralow has been awarded numerous commissions to create new works for Paris Opera Ballet, Batsheva Dance Company, Hubbard Street Dance Company Chicago, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Rudolph Nureyev and Friends, London Contemporary Dance Company, Helsinki City Dance Theatre, Atlanta Ballet, River North Dance Company, Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, the Fete de l’Humanite, Paris and others. His works continue to be performed in the repertories of premier dance companies worldwide

Mr. Ezralow image has graced the covers and been featured throughout dance photography books and magazines worldwide. He work is the subject of several award winning  documentaries, the most recent coming from film maker Nakano Hiroyuki, on the creation of Ezralow’s latest production and collaboration with Issey Miyake, “Flying Bodies, Souring Souls”, entitled “Flying Bodies”.  Mr. Ezralow’s work has earned him two American Choreography Awards for innovative and outstanding choreography, a Choreographic Media Honors Award, an Emmy Award, Emmy nomination, the Premio Positano (Italy), a Nijinsky Award, an  Ischia Award, a prestigious Friends of Italy award and an NEA Choreographic Fellowship. He is the recipient of the 2016 McCallum Theater Choreographic lifetime achievement award.

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Film
Across The Universe
Choreographer
Revolution Studios, Sony Pic. / Dir. Julie Taymor
How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Choreographer
Universal / Dir. Ron Howard
Love And Other Drugs
Choreographer
Pottersville Pictures / Dir. Ed Zwick
Flying Bodies
Choreographer
Miyake Design Studio / Dir. Nakano Hiroyuki
Playgrounds/Stories Behind Hommes Plisse
Choreographer
Miyake Design Studio / Dir. Nakano Hiroyuki
Camorra: A Story of Streets, Women and Crime
Choreographer
Canon Pictures / Dir. Lina Wertmuller
The Witches Sabbath
Choreographer
Cinemax, TF1 Films / Dir. Marco Bellochio
Earth Girls Are Easy
Choreographer
De Laurentis Ent. Group / Dir. Julien temple
Prêt-à-Porter
Choreographer
Miramax / Dir. Robert Altman
American Gun
Choreographer
Miramax / Dir. Alan Jacobs
Just One Night
Choreographer
Panoptic Picture / Dir. Alan Jacobs
A Magnificent Hunting
Choreographer
Fandango / Dir. Ferzan Ozpetek
La Famiglia Riccordi (The Riccordi Family)
Choreographer
RAI/Dir. Mauro Bolognini
Ulysees and the White Whale
Choreographer
P.P.M.,RAI / Dir.Rubino Rubini, Vittorio Gassman
Television
Josh Groban in Concert
Co-Creator / Creative Director
KQED / Warner Reprise
To Life! America Celebrates Israel's 50th
Choreographer
Don Mischer Prod. / Jeff Margolis
Ricky Martin One Night Only
Choreographer
CBS / Ken Ehrlich
Windows
Creator / Choreographer
Bravo / Denmars TV
Episodes
Creator / Choreographer
KCET / ISO Dance
Beatles Songbook
Choreographer
PBS / Lonesome Pine Special
XMAS PHILES/Philadanco Philadelphia Dance Co.
Choreographer
WHYY Philadelphia
Hubbard St. Dance Chicago
Choreographer
WTTW Chicago
DANCE DANCE DANCE / ITALY
Judge
FOX LIFE / Italy
UNICEF / Prodigi Italia
Judge
RAI 1 Television / Italy
SANREMO Music Festival (Five Seasons)
Choreographer
RAI 1 Television / Italy
SANREMO YOUNG (3 seasons)
Choreographer
RAI 1 Television / Italy
Amici (4 Seasons)
Choreographer
Canale 5 / Italy
Mondial 90 Italia 90
Choreography
RAI Television
Award Shows
59th Grammy Awards w/ Katy Perry
Creative Director / Choreographer
CBS / Ken Ehrlich
43rd Grammy Awards w/ Faith Hill & Destiny's Child
Creative Director / Choreographer
CBS / Ken Ehrlich, Cossette Prod.
2017 Brit Awards w/ Katy Perry
Creative Director / Choreographer
ITV / London
78th Academy Awards
Choreographer
ABC / Gill Cates Prod.
70th Academy Awards
Choreographer
ABC / Gill Cates Prod.
32nd NAACP Image Awards
Choreographer
De Passe Entertainment
Theatre
Spider Man: Turn Off The Dark
Choreographer
Broadway / Dir. Julie Taymor
PEARL: Sping, River, Flower, Moon, Night
Writer / Director / Choreographer
Lincoln Center Koch Theatre / Legend River
The Greenbird
Music Staging
Broadway / Theater for a New Audience
The Flying Dutchman
Choreographer
L.A. Opera,Houston Opera/Dir. Julie Taymor
Macbeth
Choreographer
Teatro Verdi Salerno /Dir. Lina Wertmuller
The Adventures of Emilio Salgari
Director/Choreographer
Teatro Filarmonico di Verona
Aida
Choreographer
Maggio Musicale Florence /Dir.Zubin Mehta
Lucio Dalla’s “Tosca Amore Disperato”
Co Director / Choreographer
Arena Di Verona, Gran Teatro / Zard Prod.
Florinda
Choreographer
Los Angeles / Audley Productions
Live Events / Concerts / Tours
Opening Ceremonies Sochi Winter Olympics
Choreographer
Five Currents / IOC and SOOC
Cirque du Soleil's "LOVE"
Choreographer
Cirque du Soleil / Mirage Hotel Las Vegas
Met Gala NYC w/Katy Perry
Stage Dir. /Choreographer
Katy Perry & Migos
80th Anniversary Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics
Director / Choreographer
Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg /I. Viner
Flying Bodies, Soaring Souls
Creator/Director/Choreographer
Olympic Arena Tokyo/Miyake Design Studio
Yankee Stadium Papal Visit
Director / Choreographer
Pope Benedict XVI / Yankee Stadium
AEROS
Co Director/ Co Choreographer
World Tour
Josh Groban Debut Tour
Director / Choreographer
USA Tour / Warner Reprise
Ricky Martin “Livin’ La Vida Loca Tour”
Contributing Choreographer
World Tour
2003 Olympics Arts Festival
Choreographer
Salt Lake City
Opening Ceremonies Albertville Paralympics
Choreographer
Tigne-Albertville / IOC
David Bowie "The Glass Spider" Tour
Contributing Choreographer
World Tour
Fashion Aid
Contributing Choreographer
Bob Geldof, Kevin Godley / Issey Miyake
Music Videos
Katy Perry "Chained to the Rhythm"
Choreographer
Motion Theory / Dir. Matthew Cullen
Shania Twain "Life's About to Get Good"
Choreographer
Motion Theory / Dir. Matthew Cullen
Sarah Bareilles "Gravity"
Choreographer
Motion Theory / Dir. Matthew Cullen
Josh Groban "Giro Con Me Questa Notte"
Director
Warner Reprise
Andrea Bocelli "O Mare E Tu"
Choreographer
Sugar Productions
U2 "Even Better Than The Real Thing"
Choreographer
Dir. Kevin Godley
Sting "They Dance Alone"
Choreographer
A&M, Propaganda / Dir. Dominic Sena
Commercials
Danone Yogurt, Noritake China, Asahi Beer, Ariston, Target, HP, McCain Chips, Visa, Vaseline Infusion, Salon Selectives Hair
Fashion Spectacle
Issey Miyake (1992 - 2020)
Director / Choreographer
Miyake Design Studio
Corporate
Cartier Gala Dinner
Artistic Director / Choreographer
Amano Studios / Tokyo
Gold at the Guggenheim
Director / Choreographer
Andin Jewlry / AMFAR Benefit
Herbalife
Choreographer
Atlanta Dome / Industrial
Honda
Choreographer
Live Stage Event 2000
Print Advertising
GAP Clothing
Choreographer / Subject
USA / Herb Ritts Photography
Xerox Document
Choreographer / Subject
USA / Paul Jasmin Photography
Danone Yogurt / Vitasnella
Choreographer / Spokesperson
Italy / Various Television Ads
Everready Conductor Battery
Choreographer / Subject
USA / Lois Greenfield Photography
Sansui Electric Company
Choreographer / Subject
USA / Lois Greenfield Photography
Tao Yogurt
Choreographer / Subject
Italy / Lois Greenfield Photography
Cutty Sark Scotch Whiskey
Choreographer / Subject
Japan / Lois Greenfield Photography
New York Times Men's Fashion
Choreographer / Subject
USA / Lois Greenfield Photography
Dance Theatre Tours
OPEN
Artistic Director/Choreographer
USA and European Tour
WHY...be extraordinary when you can be yourself
Artistic Director/Choreographer
USA and European Tour
MANDALA
Artistic Director/Choreographer
USA and European Tour
Daniel Ezralow and Friends
Artistic Director/Choreographer
USA and European Tour
ISO DANCE
Co- Artistic Director/Co-Choreographer
USA and European Tour
MOMIX
Co - Artistic Director/Co-Choreographer
USA and European Tour
Dance Company Commissions
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Choreographer
Chicago, USA
Batsheva Dance Company of Israel
Choreographer
Tel Aviv, Israel
Paris Opera Ballet
Choreographer
Paris, France
Philadanco Philadelphia Dance Company
Choreographer
Philadelphia, USA
Scapino Ballet
Choreographer
Rotterdam, Netherlands

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