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Born in Israel, Naharin began his training as a dancer
Batsheva and continued his studies at Juilliard. He danced for
one season in the Martha Graham Company and with Maurice
Between 1980-1990 Naharin was active in the dance scene of
New York and worked with various companies. Jiri Kylian, of
Nederlands Dance Theater, saw his work and their encounter
the basis of a long comradeship, both with Kylian and NDT,
the beginning of a series of commissions from the leading
companies in the world.
Already a renowned choreographer, Ohad Naharin was
Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company in 1990. The
Cullberg Ballet, Lyon Opera Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet,
Dans Theater, Le Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve,
Nacional de Danza de Madrid and other top international
companies have commissioned works from him.
Naharin also appears on stage as a performer in his own
and is involved in the total act of creating, from words to
costumes, lighting and stage design.
Seeing movement as healing and strengthening, Naharin's
source of inspiration is the human body and its individual
"Gaga challenges multi-layer tasks.
We are aware of the connection between effort and pleasure, we are aware of the distance between our body parts, we are aware of the friction between flesh and bones, we sense the weight of our body parts, yet, our form is not shaped by gravity... we are aware of where we hold unnecessary tension, we let go only to bring life and efficient movement to where we let go . . . We are turning on the volume of listening to our body, we appreciate small gestures, we are measuring and playing with the texture of our flesh and skin, we might be silly, we can laugh at ourselves. We connect to the sense of "plenty of time”, especially when we move fast, We learn to love our sweat, we discover our passion to move and connect it to effort, We discover both the animal we are and the power of our imagination. we are "body builders with soft spine."
We learn to appreciate understatement and exaggeration, We become more delicate and we recognize the importance of the flow of energy and information through our body in all directions. we learn to apply our force in an efficient way and we learn to use "other" forces.
We discover the advantage of soft flesh and sensitive hands, we learn to connect to groove even when there is no music. We are aware of people in the room and we realize that we are not in the center of it all. We become more aware of our form since we never look at ourselves in a mirror; there are no mirrors. We connect to the sense of the endlessness of possibilities. Yielding is constant while we are ready to snap...
We explore multi-dimensional movement, we enjoy the burning sensation in our muscles, we are aware of our explosive power and sometimes we use it. We change our movement habits by finding new ones, we can be calm and alert at once.
We become available . . ."