Rakefet Levy has designed for theare, opera, dance, film and TV over 250 productions both in Israel and overseas. She has taught and lectured in various institutions such as the School of Visual Theater, Sam Spiegel Film School and Bezalel Academy of Arts, Jerusalem, and headed the Costume Design Program in Shenkar College of Arts. She has founded her own School of Design for The Performing Arts, supported by the Israeli Ministry of Education, with acclaimed Israeli artists teaching classes and workshops, and cooperating with renowned Israeli theatres, dance companies and the Israeli Opera, to provide hands-on experience and apprenticeship for her students.

She has worked closely with Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin, designing many of his works created for Batsheva Dance Company, Nederlands Dans Theater, Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Finnish National Ballet, Cullberg Ballet and Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal among others, and with choreographers Noa Wertheim, Orly Portal and Ruth Ziv-Ayal.  Her designs for dance  include Anaphaza, Queens of Golub, Black Milk, Mabul, Sabotage Baby, Zachacha, Three, Naharin’s Virus, Rabia and Vertigo 20, as well as collage works such as Decadance and Minus One.

Levy has designed for Playwright Hanoch Levin five of his latest plays, including ‘Requiem’ and ’Beheading’ (Israeli Theatre Best Costume Design Awards). She has worked with renowned Israeli Directors such as Rina Yerushalmi, Hannan Snir, Yevgeny Arye, Shmuel Hedges, Israel Guryon, Sinai Peter, Ofira Henig, Rami Danon, Ilan Ronen, Yossi Pollak, Gedalya Besser, Nava Zukerman and Yossi Izraeli. Her designs include ‘The Slave‘, ‘Mademoiselle Julie’, ‘The Whiners’, ‘Those Who Walk In The Darkness’, ‘Scenes From An Execution’ and ‘Mountain Won't Budge’ (Israeli Theatre Award Nominations), and ‘Oedipus the King’, ‘Waiting for Godot’, ‘Revizor’ and ‘Addiction’ (Israeli Fringe Theatre Award Nominations).

Her designs for the Israeli Opera include ‘Idomeneo’, ‘Il barbiere di Siviglia’, and ‘La Cenerentola’ which she also directed. As a designer for film, Levy is three times winner of the Israeli Academy Award for Best Costume Design for ‘The Heritage’ directed by Amnon Rubinstein, ‘Dangerous Acts’ directed by Shemi Zarhin, and ‘Rutenberg’ directed by Eli Cohen. In 1999 she designed the costumes for 'Free', Eurovision song contest interval centerpiece, performed by Dana International . 

Earlier in her career Levy had danced with ‘Sound and Silence’ dance group and played the saxophone with various groups, including the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra in the "Music Viva" series conducted by Luciano Berio. ​Levy currently resides and creates in Kamon Community Village, located on a summit overlooking the Lake of Galilee.

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