Press Release: Celebrity Series of Boston Presents Jerusalem-based Vertigo Dance Company in “Vertigo 20”

A new production by choreographer Noa Wertheim celebrating the Company’s 20th Anniversary

October 29-30, 2016 — Shubert Theatre

For Immediate Release
Contact: Stephanie Janes PR, (617) 419-0445,
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DSC_2385(Boston) Celebrity Series of Boston will present the Jerusalem-based Vertigo Dance Company in Noa Wertheim’s new production Vertigo 20 October 29-30, 2016, at the Shubert Theatre, 270 Tremont Street, Boston, MA. The performances will take place on Saturday, October 29 at 8pm and Sunday, October 30 at 3pm. The Dance Series is sponsored by the Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, the Royal Little Family Foundation, and the Cynthia and John S. Reed Foundation. Support is also provided by the Consulate General of Israel to New England.

Tickets start at $65, and are available online at, by calling CelebrityCharge at (617) 482-6661 Monday-Friday 10:00am.- 4:00pm, or at the Shubert Theatre Box Office, 270 Tremont Street, Boston, MA.

This performance marks the Boston Premiere of Vertigo Dance Company.

Vertigo 20 weaves together twenty years of the Vertigo Dance Company’s creations from its inception to this date. In her current piece choreographer and Vertigo co-founder Noa Wertheim follows the trail of pebbles she laid, as if re-deciphering the secret of time. As stitches between the private and the public are unraveled she moves from real to surreal, from intimate to theatric, from impalpable to tangible. The Vertigo 20 unique body language accentuated by wit and hinted sadness delivers a spectacular staging of rituals.

A multi-talented artist, choreographer and dancer, Noa Wertheim was born in the USA and grew up in Netanya, Israel, where she started dancing at Esther’s Studio. Although her religious upbringing delayed her pursuit of a dancing career, in 1990 she completed her studies at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. Noa performed with the Jerusalem Tamar Dance Company, where she met Adi Sha’al her partner in life and in dance. Wertheim and Sha’al’s first professional collaboration, a short duet called Vertigo, led to the establishment of their company of the same name. The inspiration came from the first-hand experience Adi had with the sensation of vertigo during his years in training with the air force. Vertigo – the performance – was built upon the concept of spinning out of control, not just in the air, but in relationships as well. Sha’al remarks, “Noa and I created a piece which looks at the loss of direction – the dizziness – in the human duet.”

Noa is a numerous award winner, including the 1998 Ministry of Culture award for young choreographers, the 2003 Landau Prize for the Performing Arts and the 2012 Israel Culture Minister award for her choreography of “Birth of the Phoenix”.

Vertigo is a contemporary dance company, offering a physical meeting place for artists and audience. Vertigo takes the viewer every time to a new or an unexpected, exciting and challenging journey into unfamiliar territories. Vertigo represents international standards of artistic excellence, with a social and community touch.

The founders see Vertigo as a messenger of Israeli Art at its best, at home and abroad, that brings people closer together and touches them through the language of the body. As such, the company combines, in addition to its performances, master classes, workshops, co-productions with other companies from around the world and invites artists from different fields to create together with the company.

The community branch of Vertigo includes the Dance School, which operates alongside the company and enables everyone to study dance; the Vertigo Dance Workshop, which provides a professional framework for training dancers. Performances and workshops for every community, including the disabled, out of the belief that the dance language of Vertigo is unique yet universal and challenges the limits of the body.

About Celebrity Series of Boston
Celebrity Series of Boston was founded in 1938 by pianist and impresario Aaron Richmond. Over the course of its 78-year history, Celebrity Series has presented an array of the world’s greatest performing artists, including Sergei Rachmaninoff, Arturo Toscanini, Ignace Paderewski, Artur Rubenstein, Vladimir Horowitz, Glenn Gould, Fritz Kreisler, Jascha Heifetz, Isaac Stern, Andrés Segovia, Kirsten Flagstad, Marian Anderson, Luciano Pavarotti, Béla Bartók, Igor Stravinsky, Martha Graham, Ballet Russe De Monte Carlo, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Mstislav Rostropovich, and the New York City Opera Company.

The Celebrity Series has been bringing the very best performers–from orchestras and chamber ensembles, vocal and piano music, to dance companies, jazz, and more–to Boston’s major concert halls for 78 years. The Celebrity Series of Boston believes in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experiences, transform lives and build better communities. Through its education initiatives, the Celebrity Series seeks to build a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, lifelong, shared experience–on stages, in schools, at home– everywhere.

The Celebrity Series of Boston, Inc. receives generous support from Amy & Joshua Boger, Leslie & Howard Appleby, the Boston Cultural Council, The Boston Foundation, the Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, Charlesbank Capital Partners LLC, the Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation, Deloitte LLP, Donna & Mike Egan, Foley & Lardner LLP, Gabor Garai & Susan Pravda, David & Harriet Griesinger, Zachary Haroutunian and the Garbis & Arminé Barsoumian Charitable Foundation, the Charles and Cerise Jacobs Charitable Foundation, Paul L. King, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Joseph McNay, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New England Foundation for the Arts, Eleanor & Frank Pao, The Peabody Foundation, PTC, the Cynthia and John S. Reed Foundation, the Royal Little Family Foundation, the Stifler Family Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Henri A. Termeer, Michael and Susan Thonis, Tufts Health Plan, Sanjay & Sangeeta Verma, Nancy Richmond Winsten, Anonymous, and many others.


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