OHAD NAHARIN: decadance

The auspices of the production have been personally assumed by His Excellency Mr. Gary Koren, Ambassador of the State of Israel to the Czech Republic.

For the first time ever, the Czech National Ballet’s repertoire will include works of the legendary Israeli creator Ohad Naharin, who for several decades has been among the crème de la crème of the world’s modern dance theatre. The mosaic made up of such towering figures as Jiří Kylián, Nacho Duato, Mats Ek, Christopher Bruce and William Forsythe will now be supplemented by another, very precious, stone. And although the evening will comprise a special combination of parts of and entire opuses conceived by Ohad Naharin over the past decade, to a certain degree it will be a new form, since original moments will be created within the direction line and choreographic structure of the whole performance. Ohad Naharin’s powerful charisma, specific geographical and cultural background, singular and unique poetics of movement and idiom in general represent an immense and novel experience not only for the Czech National Ballet dancers but also, and most notably, for the audience, who can expect an exceptional, overwhelming, remarkable spectacle.

Born in 1952 in Kibbutz Mizra, Ohad Naharin began his dance training with the Batsheva Dance Company at the age of 22. During his first year with the company, the visiting choreographer Martha Graham singled out Naharin for his talent and invited him to join her own company in New York. While in the USA, he studied and polished his technique. He went on to perform internationally with Israel’s Bat-Dor Dance Company and Maurice Béjart’s Ballet du XXe Siècle in Brussels. Naharin returned to New York in 1980, making his choreographic debut at the Kazuko Hirabayshi studio, and that year he formed the Ohad Naharin Dance Company with his wife, Mari Kajiwara.

Since 1990, he has been at the helm of the celebrated, phenomenal Batsheva Dance Company, based in Tel Aviv.

In addition to creating choreographies for the stage, Naharin has pioneered Gaga, an innovative dance language, which emphasises the exploration of sensation and availability for movement and is now the primary training method for Batsheva’s dancers. Gaga has also attracted a wide following among dancers around the world and appealed to the general public in Israel and worldwide.

"Gaga is a language that is still developing. And it largely concerns listening to your body, that which it feels, no matter if you are dancing or are at rest. This consciousness in turn creates space for emotions, as emotions are borne on a current of energy. Becoming aware of your body gives rise to space for its explosiveness; to explode, you also need space. Yet becoming aware also creates scope for subtlety. And that is what I strive to achieve." says Naharin

1st premiere performance: 4 June 2015 at the New Stage of the National Theatre
2nd premiere performance: 5 June 2015 at the New Stage of the National Theatre
Further performances: 7, 23 and 24 June, 27 August 2015

For more information please visit: www.narodni-divadlo.cz

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