Marina Beltov

Marina Beltov

Choreographer, director, artistic director at Habait Theater and movement instructor at Nissan Nativ Acting Studio

Marina was born and raised in the city of Ryazan, Russia.

She is a graduate of the Faculty of Literature and English History at Ryazan State Pedagogical University, and of the Faculty of Choreography at Moscow's Russian University of Theatre Arts ("GITIS").

Since 1977 she has worked as a choreographer in youth and children's theater, in the "Rond and "Jang" acting groups and in Moscow's leading theaters including Lenkom, MAT, Sovremennik, the Meyerhold Center and the Oleg Tabakov Theater.

In 1990 she immigrated to Israel. That same year she began working as choreographer and movement instructor at Nissan Nativ Acting Studio. She has continued to teach at the studio for the past 27 years, and works on choreography for all studio productions.

Since immigrating to Israel she has created choreography for productions in both repertory and fringe theaters including the Cameri Theater, Beit Lessin, Habima, Gesher, Beersheba Theater, the Khan Theater, Haifa Theater, Tmuna, Hasimta, the Itim Ensemble and the Yiddishpiel Theater. She has also created work for various musicals, children's theater productions and opera productions.

She has worked with numerous directors including Irad Rubinstein, Moshe Naor, Roni Ninio, Yoshua Sobol, Roni Pinkovitch, Michael Gurevitch, Udi Ben Moshe, Yevgeny Arye, Yossi Izraeli, Oded Kotler, Hanan Snir, Michael Ronen, Sinai Peter, Edna Mazia, Dedi Baron, Rina Yerushalmi, Jason Danino Holt and many others.

In 1997 she began directing productions at Nissan Nativ Acting Studio as well as in fringe theaters, and has to this day directed over 15 plays. Her work focuses on original plays by young artists and incorporates movement derived from the actor, built on improvisation during the rehearsal process.

In 2016 Beltov and Jason Danino Holt founded the Habait Theater, a fringe theater center located in Jaffa's flea market.

Awards

Best Choreography at the 2004 Israeli Theater Prize ("Tzur VeYerushalayim" – Beit Lessin Theater)

Best Choreography at the 2001 Israeli Theater Prize ("The Master and Margarita" – Gesher Theater)

Best Choreography at the 2000 Israeli Theater Prize ("Yam" – Gesher Theater)

Selected Works

"Borot" (2014) – An absurdist fairytale concerning a serial killer condemned to death in a hole filled with the shoes of his victims. Beltov directed with Ariel Bronz, who also wrote the play.

Eretz Puk (2014) – An absurdist sociopolitical play set in a hospital. Beltov directed the play, written by Ariel Bronz 

I Am Daniil Kharms (2015) – A play based on the short stories of Daniil Kharms, a subversive Russian absurdist writer who was active in 1930s Soviet Russia.