Tirza Sapir ( 1941-2018 ) choreographer, teacher and scholar of movement through Eshkol-Wachman movement notation. She was born and grew up in Kibbutz Gat.  She was from 1968 a student, and later a colleague of Noa Eshkol, founder and co-creator of Eshkol-Wachman Movement Notation. She was a member of the Movement Notation Society 1969–2008, and participated in the preparation of many of its publications. She served on the staff of the Research Centre for Movement Notation at the Faculty of Visual and Performing Arts, Tel Aviv University 1973–1977.


She developed teaching methods in EWMN for children and adults and from 1978 taught Movement Notation at the Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and Art, Tel Aviv. She served from 2000–2007 as Head of the School for the Arts of Dance at the College, and from 1978–2014 coordinated Movement Notation studies there. At the School she founded the programmes for Dance Theatre and for Graduate Teachers, and courses in teaching methods for the application of Movement Notation in the Treatment of Learning Disabilities – the Sapir Method.


She founded the dance group RikudNetto in 1990 and was the choreographer and instructor of the group, working in the framework of Eshkol-Wachman Movement Notation. Her published scores include two dance cycles – Hanukka Notebook (1987), Festive Dances (2013) – collections of festive dances, written in the framework of her dance activity, for the revival of festival culture in Israel; and four dance suites (subject and variations) performed by the RikudNetto group: Birds (2005), Landscapes (2007), Dancing Fire (2014), In the Steps of Painters (2016) and the posthumously published Seascapes(2019). In addition, three theoretical textbooks: Voices of Landscapes (2011) and together with John Harries, About Time (2009) and Body and Space(2015).

Performing as part of Noah Eshkol troupe in the 1970s

Teaching children in KIbbutz Gat 1975