The Kurt Jooss Prize was established as a prize for young choreographers in 2001 on the occasion of the 100th birthday of Kurt Jooss, co-founder of the Folkwang Academy and founder of the Folkwang Dance Studio. On 24.May 2007 the prize was awarded to choreographers Nicola Mascia (Italy) und Matan Zamir (Israel) collectively known as Matanicola, for their work under 1 .
In under 1 Nicola Mascia und Matan Zamir explore the idea of creating a common identity by confronting contradictions and similarities of their cultural and religious backgrounds and playing with our perceptions of intimacy and gender expectations.
Carrying an endowment of 6.000 Euro, the »Kurt Jooss Prize« is sponsored by the Anna Markard (b. Jooss) and Hermann Markard Foundation Amsterdam together with the City of Essen and is awarded every three years.
Jury 2007: Nils Christe, Anna Markard, Prof. Oliver Scheytt, Martin Schläpfer, Dr. Patricia Stöckemann
Orginisation : Alfons Wafner, Kulturbüro Stadt Essen
Direction/choreography UNDER I: Nicola Mascia, Matan Zamir
Direction/choreography UNDER II: Yasmeen Godder
Creation, performance: Nicola Mascia, Matan Zamir
Stage design: Heike van Bentum
Costumes: Beate Borrmann
Music: Tal Hadad
Piano composition: Matan Zamir
Light design: Thorsten Schneider
Technical direction: Andreas Harder
Sound: Maximilian Brauer
ponsored by the Sparkasse Essen