Tomas Alfredo Valladares

Amy Havin brings The Holding Project to life

The birth of a new company's first project, 'Hava,' that investigates emotional struggles and physical interactions

HAVA | חוה is a new dance piece, opening this week, that combines film and live movement. It was created by The Holding Project, a new collective of dance artists and filmmakers directed by dancer/choreographer Amy Leona Havin. Originally from Rehovot, a small city in Israel just outside of Tel Aviv, Havin moved to San Diego, California, as a teenager and later attended the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle where she received her BFA in dance and choreography.

Havin’s early dance training in Israel was in ballet and the GaGa Movement Language with Ohad Naharin, the artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company. After following a friend to Portland, Havin fell in love with the city and its environment for nurturing new independent artists, and decided to stay. I interviewed Havin on the who, what and why of HAVA | חוה and The Holding Project via email; below is our conversation.