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Gecko Agon

Amit Noy’s Biography

Last Updated:
4/05/2023, 4:04 pm
Arts Foundation Springboard 2023
Jewish (Ashkenazi/Sephardic)
"I moved to Aotearoa when I was nine years old. As tauiwi, I am a guest here. It’s so moving for a place I love so much to go, 'I see you'. Being recognised for what I am doing makes me excited to continue to try. I am grateful."

This Springboard Award is gifted by Brad and Holly Spence.

Amit Noy makes dance-based performances to figure out how to be alive in the world. He works with choreography as a way of being with information, and aims in his work to provide an experience of impropriety, ritual, and ambivalence. The question of relation is an ongoing preoccupation. In the last few years, Amit has been making shows with my family, who co-create and perform in his work.

His most recent work is a large piece (created with his family) titled A Big Big Room Full of Everybody’s Hope which was a finalist in the seventh edition of Danse Élargie and has been presented across France, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. It’s about the Holocaust, George Balanchine’s ballet ‘Agon’, and musical theatre. Also in the pipeline: a video dance about cruising shot in public toilets, a duet for himself and a water hose, and a play (co-written with his sister) titled White Men in the Sky.

Amit grew up in Kailua, Hawai’i and Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington, to Latine and Israeli parents. In Hebrew, ‘Amit’ means good friend.

Amit Noy will be mentored by 2011 Arts Foundation Laureate, Lemi Ponifasio.

Lemi Ponifasio is acclaimed internationally for his radical approach to theatre, activism, and collaboration with communities. While firmly established within the international avant-garde, Ponifasio grounds his work within communities and diverse Maori and Oceanic cultures, exploring complex forms of knowledge such as oratory, navigation, architecture, dance, performance, music, ceremony, philosophies, and genealogies as a driving force in emphasizing local-oriented arts, indigenous cultural recovery, language and knowledge, thought and narratives that have been silenced or excluded.