Wherever the Batsheva Dance Company performs, the theatre is turned on its head and both press and audience are lyrical thanks to the original voice of Ohad Naharin and his virtuoso dancers. This company is among the best in the world.
After talk with Ohad Naharin on the 23rd of January
World summit of dance in surprising and turbulent trip.
The New York Times called Ohad Naharin 'one of the most fascinating dance makers on the planet'. Until 2018 he led the famous Israeli Batsheva Dance Company, which shot to the top under his leadership. Although he retired as artistic director, he remains in company as a resident choreographer. He also works for leading companies outside Israel, from the Nederlands Dans Theater to the Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet New York.
Naharin's dance is powerful, rough and musical (he often composes the music himself, under a pseudonym). The execution is always sensational. And it is always about something, although it is never made explicit: about the place of the individual in society, about violence and conflicts between people. After Last Work, SADEH21 and The Hole, we are bringing Naharin's new production Venezuela to Amsterdam.
This surprising piece consists of two parts. In the second part, audience expectations are brilliantly turned upside down. Venezuela is a turbulent trip in which tender moments seamlessly turn into wild, almost electric outbursts. The soundtrack is just as unpredictable and eclectic, from rock and rap to Gregorian songs.
'Fascinating and versatile piece with a surprise at the end that the viewer will remember for a long time to come' - Time Out
Due to security reasons luggage, travel bags and large handbags are not admitted in the auditorium. There is a free, supervised cloakroom where you can leave your bag.
Choreography: Ohad Naharin
Dancers of the: Batsheva Dance Company
Lighting Design: Avi Yona Bueno (Bambi)
Soundtrack Design and Edit: Maxim Waratt
Musical Advisor: Nadav Barnea
Costume Design: Eri Nakamura
Assistant to Ohad Naharin and Eri Nakamura: Ariel Cohen
Dancers Instructor: Natalia Petrova
Assistant: Omri Mishael
Special thanks to The Israeli Ballroom Dancing Fund.
copresentation with Holland Dance Festival
"Coma" by Converter, "Ae Ajnabi" (From "Dil Se") by Mahalakshmi & Udit Narayan, "Bullet in the Head" by Rage Against the Machine, "Mirage" by Biz, "The Wait" by Olafur Arnalds, "One Large Rose" by Niblock Phill, "Dead Wrong" by The Notorious B.I.G, "Kyrie fons bonitatis, Litany", "Beata Viscera" - Gregorian Chant, Songs of the Spirit; "Offertorium: Lubulate Deo Universa Terra" - Gregorian Chants from Mönchsschola der Erzabtei St. Ottilien; "O Euchari" by Hildegard Von Bingen; "De Profundis","Alma Redemptoris"- Gregorian Chants;" Alma Redemptoris Mater", "Litany: Litany" -Gregorian Chant from Westminster Cathedral Choir.
Produced by Batsheva Dance Company. Co-producers: Chaillot National Theater, Paris; Hellerau –European Center for the Arts, Dresden.
With special support provided by the Dalia and Eli Hurvitz Foundation, as well as the New Works Funds of Batsheva and the American Friends of Batsheva.
World Premiere: 12 May 2017, Suzanne Dellal Centre, Tel-Aviv.
choreography Ohad Naharin
dancers from the Batsheva Dance Company
lighting design Avi Yona Bueno (Bambi)
sound design Maxim Waratt
costumes Eri Nakamura
co-presentation with the Holland Dance Festival
Batsheva Dance Company choreographer Ohad Naharin has been hailed as one of the world’s preeminent contemporary choreographers. 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. In 1990, Naharin was appointed Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company, and in the same year, he established the company’s junior division, Batsheva – the Young Ensemble. He has since created over thirty works for both companies. After almost thirty years of leading Batsheva, Naharin stepped down as Artistic Director in 2018, and continues to serve as the Company's House Choreographer.