“Yael has gathered together an international band of actors, dancers and musicians whose credentials and commitment are impressive.” Latest 7

The Karavan Ensemble is a group of international performers combining dance, physical theatre, text, live and recorded sound – often in a site specific context.

The company’s mixture of nationalities and backgrounds enables and explores a richly varied performance language.

The Ensemble is based in Brighton. Since their foundation 2010 they have created four shows, A Ship of Fools, A Light through the Night, Dressing Room and Anima. Artistically Directed by Yael Karavan.

Our work has been supported by The Arts Council England, South East Dance, Brighton & Hove Council, The Dome Artist Forum, Hollingdean Youth Trust, Coachwerks, The Nightingale Theatre and West Hill Community Hall.

Karavan Ensemble’s Artistic Director Yael Karavan


Actress, dancer and author, Yael Karavan was born in Israel and grew up in Florence, Paris and London. At the age of 13 she began an acting career in the National Theatre, television and films in Israel.

In 1995 she began travelling through Europe, N.Y, Brazil and Japan searching to develop a contemporary physical language of expression bridging between east and west, dance and acting.

Her work is often described as visual poetry, Drawing on elements of Butoh, dance, mime, clown, physical and visual theatre she explores the themes of Memory, Metamorphoses, the invisible and the notion of repetitive cycles, constantly balancing on the fine line between the tragic and the comic.