Born in Haifa, Israel, Edan Gorlicki is the choreographer and artistic director of INTER-ACTIONS in Heidelberg, Germany. Edan is an active advocate for dance and works as a mentor, movement research artist and dance-activist. As a dancer he has worked with the prestigious dance companies Batsheva Ensemble Dance Company, Inbal Pinto Dance Company, NND/Galilidance and Club Guy & Roni. Edan has performed the works of many choreographers including: Ohad Naharin, Inbal Pinto, Sharon Eyal, Itzik Galili, Paul Selwyn Norton, Emmanuel Gat, Guy Weizman & Roni Haver and more.
Edan’s choreographic works THE PLAYERS and LUCKY BASTARDS have been awarded the prestigious Tanz- und Theaterpreis der Stadt Stuttgart und des Landes Baden-Württemberg for 2017 & 2019. At the festival 6TageFrei in Stuttgart, THE PLAYERS received both the critics’ prize and the public prize for best production in 2017 and LUCKY BASTARDS received the guest performance award in 2019. Edan’s work OUT_CRY, created on the Ludwik Solski Academy of Dramatic Arts Krakow was nominated for a Silesian Golden Mask award for most unique production in 2016. In addition, Edan was selected in 2016 for the THINK BIG Choreographic Residency program of the StaatsOper Hannover in collaboration with the TANZtheater INTERNATIONAL festival Hannover for which he created his work VORTEX. Besides creating independently with his own company INTER-ACTIONS, Edan has choreographed works on numerous companies including: Random Collision, Ballett Pforzheim, NND/Galilidance, Tanzhaus Zürich, Noord Nederlandse Dans, Club Guy & Roni, OpenFLR and a production (in cooperation with the dancer Florencia Lamarca) supported by Sasha Waltz & Guests .
The philosophy and beliefs of Edan’s artistic approach are based on searching the self within its surroundings. Layered, complex and thought provoking, Edan’s work always explores social, psychological and emotional realms. Edan has made stage works inspired by numerous subjects such as decision making, gender and identity, privilege, communication, power and control, sexuality, fantasy, stress, addictions, belonging and perceptions. Edan is currently working on a trilogy of 3 productions on the theme of collective trauma.
In 2018 Edan launched the BUILDING-ACTIONS outreach program with the intent to bridge the connection between audiences and the creative process. The program allows people to develop a personal connection to the work and for the development of a work to be influenced by its audience. The program offers citizens an insight to Edan’s working methods through open workshops, studio presentations, discussion sessions and intervention performances during the creation process of a new work.
As a teacher, Edan is regularly invited to teach workshops of his repertoire and personal movement research including training for dancers and non-dancers to; professional dance companies such as Landestheater Linz, TanzMainz, Dance company Nanine Linning, Dance Theater Heidelberg, Johannes Wieland Dance Company/Staatstheater Kassel, Theater Pforzheim, Tanztheater Trier, Academies of dance such as Codarts – Rotterdamse Dans Academy and Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, and Profi-training at dance-houses worldwide including Eintanzhaus Mannheim, Produkztionszentrum Tanz Stuttgart, Tanzbüro Basel and Dansateliers Rotterdam.
In Addition, Edan contributes to the development of other makers as a coach, mentor, outside-eye and rehearsal director. In 2007, Edan co-founded Random Collision in Groningen, the Netherlands – a center dedicated to the development of young choreographers. Since 2017 Edan was appointed the artistic director of the GUMMITWIST nurturing program for choreographers at Theater Felina-Areal in Mannheim. Edan’s vision and main interest is to develop the dance field as a whole, regularly participating and collaborating in unique multidisciplinary projects connecting dance with diverse fields such as science, film, scenography, dramaturgy, coaching and many more.