Itzik Galili (IL, 1961) began his career as a dancer with the Bat Dor Company in Israel and then joined the Batsheva Dance Company. In 1990, he made his debut as a choreographer with Double Time, and a year later in 1991 he moved to the Netherlands. He previously created work for SALLY’s Bull’s Eye and Revolt, and this season his work can be seen in Skyline.
During his career, Itzik has created an impressive number of choreographies for Dutch as well as international groups. In the Netherlands, he has created works for Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, Netherlands Dance Theater II, The National Ballet, Reflex, and SALLY Dance Company Maastricht, among others. Internationally, he has created works for the Gulbenkian Ballet Portugal, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, Batsheva Dance Company Israel, Tac Company Aachen, and Nye Carte Blanche Noorwegen, among others.
In 1997, the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science appointed Itzik as artistic director of the Stichting Noord Nederlandse Dans in Groningen. The Familiar Stranger, the first production by the new company NND/Galili Dance, premiered in 1998. Galili then continued on for 12 years as artistic director of NND/Galili Dance. He was also co-founder and artistic director of Dansgroep Amsterdam.
Early on, with only his second choreography The Old Cartoon (1990), Itzik won first prize in the Israeli Choreographers Competition. In 1992, he won the audience prize during the International Choreographers Competition in Groningen with his work The Butterfly Effect; this work marked his (inter)national breakthrough. In 1994, he received the Philip Morris Finest Selection Award for his contribution to Dutch culture, and in 2006 he was made a Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau.