Born in Beit-Alfa, Israel, in 1962, Ziv Frenkel was a member of the Kibbutz Dance Company under the artistic direction of Yehudit Arnon from 1988 to 1995. He then joined the ensemble of the Bremer Tanztheater under Susanne Linke, where he remained until 1999. From 1999-2008 he was part of Johann Kresnik’s ‘choreographic theatre’ at the Volksbühne Berlin and the Theater Bonn. In 1996, he co-founded steptext dance project in Bremen. He has been a collaborator of the choreographer and director Rosamund Gilmore since 2010, working with her on projects including Wagner’s Ring Cycle at the Leipzig Opera.
Ziv Frenkel also creates his own choreographic works. Of particular importance for his artistic approach are his longstanding collaborations with artists from various disciplines. Collaborators include the chorographers Valenti Rocamora i Tora, Yoshiko Waki (bodytalk Munster), Helge Letonja (steptext dance project Bremen), Julia Keren Turbahn, the dancer Anne Minetti, the composer Stepha Schweiger, sound designer Florian Tippe, the directors Sebastian Bauer, Dr. Frank M. Raddatz (Theater des Anthropozän Berlin), the artist Christoph Dahlhausen and the photographers Axel Largo and Pedro Malinowski. Since 2022 Ziv Frenkel is a member of the Dance On ensemble.