Deca Dance Batsheva Dance Company

By Ohad Naharin in collaboration withBatsheva Dance Company dancers(Tel Aviv, Israel)
Contemporary art programme
5 June 2013Wednesday
Opera and Ballet Theatre

Choreographer – OHAD NAHARIN

Lighting Design for the original creations – Avi Yona Bueno (Bambi)

Costume Design for the original creations – Rakefet Levi except of “Seder” Costume

Design for “Seder” – Sharon Eyal

Music – Harold Arlen, arranged by Marusha

Tracks from: ‘Cha-Cha De Amor’ (sung by Dean Martin, Rolley Polley); Goldfrapp Popular song arranged by Dick Dale; The Beach Boys; Missy Elliott; A. Vivaldi; Seefeel Popular song arranged and performed by The Tractor’s Revenge and Ohad Naharin

Original music – Maxim Waratt

Text inspired by Charles Bukowski

Duration: 1 h 10 min without intermission

“Batsheva dancers give masterful performance in ‘Deca Dance’. There… is the wonderful way Naharin suggests a sense of order and then suddenly fractures it … there is the compelling sense of watching 17 bodies that rarely touch, yet seem to exist entirely in close tension with each other … there is Naharin’s fascinating use of repetition, and the hypnotic incremental building up of phrases of movement and words…”

Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times, February 9, 2009

“...this is a fascinating guide to the breadth of Naharin’s performative palate and musical tastes… blessed with a superb international troupe of dancers…provides an excellent window on the world of an ambitious and thoughtful choreographer”.

Mark Brown – Telegraph, 2008

Batsheva Dance Company has been critically acclaimed and popularly embraced as one of the most exciting contemporary dance companies in the world. Together with its junior Batsheva Ensemble, the organization boasts a roster of 40 dancers drawn from Israel and abroad. Touring extensively throughout the country and internationally, the two companies present 250 performances annually.

Batsheva Dance Company was founded as a repertory company in 1964 by the Baroness Batsheva de Rothschild, who enlisted Martha Graham as artistic adviser. Despite its youth, Batsheva was immediately granted the honor of being the first company outside Graham’s own troupe to perform the legendary choreographer’s dances. 

Through daily training in Gaga, Batsheva’s dancers research new movement possibilities and awaken their dynamic sensitivity. Company members are also encouraged to express their unique talents by creating for the annual Batsheva Dancers Create project.  

Many of the main company’s dancers honed their skills as members of Batsheva Ensemble, which cultivates dancers from ages 18-24 and carries out the educational agenda of  Batsheva. In addition to performing for young audiences around the country, the Ensemble holds open rehearsals, Gaga classes, and repertory workshops for dance schools. Batsheva Ensemble also engages in outreach activities, performing for underserved populations throughout Israel. 

The Batsheva Ensemble performances for children and young adults are dedicated to Sharon Peterburg.

Since 1989, Batsheva Dance Company has been in residence at the Suzanne Dellal Centre in Tel Aviv. 

Ohad Naharin has been hailed as one of the world’s preeminent contemporary choreographers. As Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company since 1990, he has guided the company with an adventurous artistic vision and reinvigorated its repertory with his captivating choreography. Naharin is also the originator of an innovative movement language, Gaga, which has enriched his extraordinary movement invention, revolutionized the company’s training, and emerged as a growing force in the larger field of movement practices for both dancers and non-dancers.