Internationally renowned dancer Ido Tadmor joined Chapman University’s faculty as a presidential fellow in the fall and now works with master-level students. He’s also planning upcoming dance tours in his native Israel, as well as in Africa, Australia, China and Poland. We caught up with the artist between dance sessions and travels to talk about his career, his passion and his work at Chapman.
What ignited your passion for dance?
I was born to a mother who was the principal dancer with the first Israel ballet company. My father was in the army at that time, so I was brought up between two extremes. But dance was bigger than me, so it ended up absorbing me.
What do you enjoy most about working with the students at Chapman?
I have rarely seen students with such intelligence, open minds and generosity. Together with an amazing faculty, this experience has been a joy and a blessing.
If you had to name one person who has influenced you most as a dancer, who would it be?
The legendary Bolshoi dancer Vladimir Vasiliev is like a second father to me. I’ve danced for him, and I also choreographed the last solo he ever danced.
What excites you most about what you’re doing now?
The people—their hearts, minds and openness!
And what inspires you?
I’m inspired by life and its fragility—the surprising moments that lead to great changes, for good or bad.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Here at Chapman, and continuing my work performing and choreographing all over the world. After all, dance has no age.