photo: Erik Berg
Y to C - is a roof name for all activities of choreographer and visual artist Yaniv Cohen.
Yaniv Cohen (1977-Israel) – Choreographer, Photographer and associated professor for contemporary dance at the Art Academy in Oslo.
Cohen's work relates to the basic human desire to communicate, to the way humans perceive themselves and question the way they portray it to others. His work constantly shifts between the belief that people are responsible for their actions and between the theory that social facts and fashions are controlling them. Cohen does not try to answer it, not just yet.
Yaniv started his dancing career at the age of 22. As a freelance dancer, he worked with Javier De Frotus, Yasmeen Godder, Sahar Azimi, Paul Selwyn Norton, Ina Christel Johannessen among others. In 2015, he joined the Icelandic dance company and later on that year, Carte Blanche dance company. In Carte Blanche Yaniv has worked with choreographers such as Ohad Naharin, Ingunn Bjørnsgaard, Alan Lucien Øyen, Örjan Andersson, Bruno Listopad, Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar, DansDesign, Hofesh Shechter, and many more. In 2014, he joined the Norwegian National Ballet for the creation 'A Swan Lake' by Alexander Ekman.
From 2009, Yaniv choreographed his own work that was performed in Norway, Israel, Germany, the Czech Republic, and Hungary. In 2012, he created his first full-length multimedia work in collaboration with C.Eckly and A.Spreafico called 'kill e baby one more time'. In 2013, 'Blanke Ark', a group work for Carte Blanche dance company. In 2014, 'How hard can it be' - a multimedia full evening duet and more. His last stage work 'You look like you' premiered on Oct 2016 and is touring ever since. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Yaniv created Flekk, a national action\performance for kids. Flekk performed in more than 10 cities around Norway by 16 dancers.
Yaniv is an autodidact photographer and cinematographer, and his work had been exhibited in galleries and various festivals. He created short art movies, documentary films, and short promotion