Jason (Morris) Danino Holt
Date of birth : 17.01.1987
British father - MoroccanCanadian mother - Born and raised in Tel Aviv
Multidisciplinary artist and cultural entrepreneur:
playwright, theatre director, visual artist, documentary filmmaker, video photographer and editor, performer, translator (English to Hebrew) and teacher.
2012 till present - founder of Jason Morris Danino Holt Company - Tel aviv based indie theatre group (עמותת קידום נתיב האמן)
2016 till present - artistic director of HABAIT Theatre Tel Aviv
2022 - Head of program - Yearly Acting Course for the Trangender Community. (co-operation Paramont Studios and Nissan Nativ Acting Accademy)
Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design - MFA in Fine Arts - 2019- 2021
Nissan Nativ Acting Studio Tel Aviv 2007-2010
Thelma Yellin arts high school - theatre department 2001-2005
Awards grants fellowship programs
Grant - Theatre’s Future - City Counil For Yound Playwrites - Tel Aviv (2021)
Grant - POP-ART Funding - PAIS national lottery foundation - Tel Aviv (2021)
Fellow of Cité Des Arts Paris - Literature department - Paris (2019)
Fellow of Asylum Arts International Jewish Artist Retreat - New York City (2018)
Fellow of The Festival Academy - Atelier For Young Artistic Directors - Shanghai, China (2017)
Fellow at ALMA - Home For Hebrew Culture - fellowship program (2017)
Fellow of the Akademie Der Kunste (Academy Of The Arts) - Berlin (2017)
Grant from PAIS national lottery foundation. Years: 2015, 2017, 2018, 2020, 2021
Winner of the Rozenblum prize for best young artist 2016 **
Winner for short story at Haaretz competition 2019
National Lottery grant for international presentations of HE CAME TO BERLIN TO DIE 2017 National Lottery grant development of Not Letting It In 2015TLVmedia fest awards for best actor and actress (Jason Danino Holt and Evelin Hagoel) for WHORE 2015
Starting Point scholarship for innovative writing with the play WHORE 2014
Israel Fringe Awards for Best actress, Best Supporting actress , Best costume Design for Oedipalit 2013
2021 “Screenshot” - Debut novel (Kibutz-Poalim Publishing)
2021 “Monogamy Kills” - Solo Exhibition \ performance \ pop-up store Alfred Institue of Fine Arts, Tel Aviv.
2021 “TALYANI - MFA thises final exhibition ” - Bezalel Academy Of Fine Arts
2021 “CAT” artist book - self-published, 200 copies.
2020 “Cleansed - By Sarah Kane” Exhibition \ performance \ pop-up underwear store
Indie Gallery, Tel Aviv.
2020 “METOHARIM - Online Candle store for Volksbuhne theatre, Berlin” -Premiere: Digital Website
2020 “More from the buest eye” - Short story publication - Erev-Rav online magazine
2020 “With or without shock stoppers - audio work for group exhibition at Eilat old airport” Premiere: Eilat airport
2020 “Toshiki Death” - Screenplay for ducomantry film. Dirctor: Tom Gan-Or.
2020 “6 reasons to get the f*** out of here”
Premiere: Nissan Nativ Tel Aviv academy of the arts
2019 “Out Of Love”- A deliberately offensive rap concert - Premiere: MedFest 2019 - Turkey
2019 “Y?Y?Y” - installation performance on the art of question asking Premiere : Mishkan Museum of Art, Ein Harod
2019 “HE CAME TO BERLIN TO DIE - STAGE B” - 2019 - A video-Poem - Premiere : Habait Theatre
2019 “30(two)” a sad(ish) preformative birthday highschool reunion event. Premiere : Habait Theatre
2018 “NOBODY CARES IF YOU DON’T GO TO THE PARTY”
Dance duet with Tom Wienberger.
Premiere : Habait Theatre
2017 “HE CAME TO BERLIN TO DIE”
Series of presentations :
Trunk Poems - AGORA exhibition- Akademie Der Künste BERLIN
HE CAME TO BERLIN TO DIE - STAGE A - HABAIT theatre tel aviv
We came to berlin to die - workshop at B-TOUR Festival for participatory art - Berlin
2017 “30” a sad(ish) preformative birthday highschool reunion event - Premiere : Habait Theatre
2017 “Name Drop” a devised quest towards how one’s soundtrack is created. Premiere : Habait Theatre
2016 “I Know It When I See It - a contemporary musical reaction to porn” Premiere : Kampnagel international Summer Festival - Germany
“לילהLayla” - 2016 - a devised requiem on Tel Aviv’s nightlife Premiere : Habait Theatre
2015- “Not Letting It In”
A confessional durational theatrical event
Premiere : Umami Home Studio
Major performances : Akademie Der Künste- Berlin Radikal Jung Festival - Munich The Israel Museum Of Design Tel Aviv National Library Topics Book Store - Berlin.
2015 “ Attempts On Her Life” playwright: Martin Crimp. Premiere : Nissan Nativ Tel Aviv academy of the arts - Nominated best Fringe TLV 2015
2014 “Whore“ - a contemporary southern Tel-AvivGreek tragedy. - Premiere : Nachmani 4 Theatre TLV - winner of the “ starting point “ scholarship for innovative writing
Translated to German (Gehäutet) by Gundula Schiffer, comissened by the Akademie Der Kunste - Belin (Translation and staged reading at the behest of the Akademie Der Kunste- Berlin. (Gehäutet, translated to German by Gundula Schiffer)
2013 ״the woman i could have been” Premiere : IntimaDance festival , Tmuna Theatre
2013 - Queen - an X-rated PoP fairytail” Premiere : Nissan Nativ tel aviv academy of the arts
2012 Oedipalit -an homage to Pedro Almodovar based on the Oedipus myth” - 2012 - Premiere : Tzavta Theatre TLV , shows : Nachmani 4 Theatre TLV (winner fring prizes 2013 : Best actress, Best Supporting actress , Best costume Design)
2011 ״Heart - a play in four rooms” - Premiere : Acco Fringe Festival. (winner for best lighting - Shows: Tmuna Theatre TLV
2010 - “Lady Twisted - a sketch of a play inspired by Shakespeare's Macbeth״ 2010
Premiere : Israel Festival, shows : Tmuna Theatre TLV
2010 “ Till Death Kills You“ - Playwright : Natalie Cohen Vaxberg - Premiere : Acco Fringe Festival shows : Hasimta Theatre
2010 “Shanti & Martin “
A documentary filmed and edited by Danino Holt - about his relationship with his mother that moved to a hut in Sinai beaches.
Premiere : Doc-Aviv Festival , Satellite Broadcast
2012 participant in the Docu-Drama Television format “Connected”
broadcasted on channel 3 , cable TV
Major Projects invented and led as artistic director of HABAIT theatre Tel Aviv :
- creator and artistic director of “The Poles Are Coming” -
An international residency program in tel aviv (2017 - Poland)
- creator and artistic director of FOMO festival - multidisciplinary performance festival for live broadcast online
- creator and artistic director of HABAIT theatre’s HOMEGROWN INCUBATOR residency program
2015 - founder and curator at Ben Avigodor - a home studio for welcoming arts
2015 - founder and curator at HASHMALIT - collective space of creative get togethers.
Acting and Performance
2016 “the conversation piece” - Tmuna Ensemble. Creator : Yair Vardi
2014 - “ Lost Paradise “ - winner best show at the Acco Fringe Festival. Creator : Lilach Dekel Avneri
2012 - “An Enemy of the People “ - Beer Sheva theatre. Director: Nir Erez.
2012 - “ when the ship sinks “ - Tzavta Theatre. Director : Daniela Michaeli.
2013 - “ Almost Human “ Curtain Up Dance Premieres Festival. Choreographer: Idan Yoav
2013- present - Nissan Nativ Acting Studio Tel Aviv - classes in “devised methods of acting and autobiographical tools for theatre making” resulting projects such as : Queen Malka, Attempts On Her Life, What are these ones talking about when they talk about love, In My Eyes
2014-2016 - “Up Stage” - a youth program for contemporary theatre (alongside the dramaturge Yael Citron)
״the tube״ - a daily show about tech new - english language on - i24 news (2014-2017)
״switched on״ - MTV Europe (2008-2009)
numerous shows on israeli television ( channels 3, 10 , 22 )
Translation (English To Hebrew)
4.48 psychosis - Sarah Kane
Cleansed - Sarah Kane
Attempts On her Life - Martin Crimp
Berlin Is Not Yours - alejandro Moreno
San Diego - Daniel Craig
**Winner of the Rozenblum prize for best young artist 2016.
From the Jury’s remarks : “Jason Danino Holt is a young, ambitious and extraordinary artist who has forged a surprising and fascinating path from television stardom to his emergence as a committed artist who possesses a unique, provocative and subversive voice.” “Jason Danino Holt writes and directs most of his works, through which he seeks to stretch the boundaries of theatre and create an alternate theatrical-poetic world, which offers the audience a new inclusive and stirring viewing experience.” “Danino Holt deals in extreme scenarios, which threaten and imperil the supposedly placid and comfortable life of his characters. He uses art to examine, challenge and struggle against that life. Danino Holt’s unique style is based on a dense aesthetic, which produces a wildly carnivalesque result – at once attractive and repulsive, superficial and philosophical, pleasurable and disquieting. Building upon the principles of post-dramatic and performance theatre, Danino Holt creates a visual and auditory experience of shifting images and situations featuring broken and fragmented narratives and characters, often occurring simultaneously and overloading the senses. The viewers are required to actively search for the performance’s organizing principles and its relevance to their own world. Jason Danino Holt’s semi-cinematic direction is based on the creation of a constant dissonance between the work’s various composite parts, while engaging in a brave dialogue with his personal biography and incorporating fragments of local and global culture with which he is acutely familiar, thanks to his extensive knowledge in theatre, music, dance and literature – classical and contemporary alike.” “In his works Danino Holt seeks to challenge contemporary society, with its culture of exhibitionism, branding and empty role models, that cannot ultimately dispel alienation, loneliness and violence. For these reasons the jury has elected to present Jason Danino Holt with the 2016 Rosenblum Prize for Promising Young Artist.”