but you are the joy | Yaniv Cohen

“but you are the joy” is the second chapter and expansion of the work ‘but you were the joy’. Both works explore how cultural related body language is evolving and passing from one generation to the other. The work relates to Cohen’s personal experiences as a second-generation immigrant from Morocco to Israel, through the current day, where Cohen himself passes his culture to his Norwegian daughter. 

Photo credit: Gadi Dagon


Y to C - is an umbrella name for all activities of visual artist Yaniv Cohen.

Yaniv Cohen (1977 Israel) is a dancer, Choreographer and photographer based in Oslo, Norway.

Yaniv started his dancing career at the age of 22 after studying at the Bat Dor school of dance in Tel Aviv. He was part of 'Hakamery Theater' in Tel Aviv and participated in different theater works.

As freelance dancer he danced for Javiar De Frotus (UK), Yasmeen Godder, Sahar Azimi, Paul Selwyn Norton (UK) and Per Jonsson (SW), Alexander Ekman (Norwegian National Ballet)

After dancing one project with Iceland dance company (2005) he joined Norwegian based dance company Carte Blanche, where he danced 8 years until 2013. Working with choreographers such as Ina Christel Johannessen, Ohad Naharin, Ingunn Bjørnsgaard, Alan Lucien Øyen, Örjan Andersson, Bruno Listopad, Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar, DansDesign, Hofesh Shechter and more.

In 2009 Yaniv created his first work and has been making his own work ever since, performing in Norway, Germany, Israel and the Czech Republic. He won 3rd prize in Hannover International Choreography Competition 2012 for his duet “I wish I was Johnny Cash”. Yaniv has created short duets, solos and full evening pieces.

Yaniv is an autodidact photographer and cinematographer, exhibiting in galleries and various festivals. Yaniv create short art movies, documentary films, promos and cinema ads for institutes like Carte Blanche and the Norwegian ballet and for freelance choreographers such as Marsja Abrahamsen, Ina Christel Johannessen, Ella Christina Fiskum, Hillel Kogan and more.