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BATSHEVA DANCE COMPANY

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Die Batsheva Dance Company zählt seit den frühen 1990er Jahren zu den besten und begehrtesten Tanzensembles der Welt. Die 1964 von Martha Graham und Baroness Batsheva De Rothschild gegründete Compagnie wurde mit Ohad Naharin, der seit 1990 künstlerischer Leiter des Ensembles ist, zu einem Aushängeschild Israels.

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Ohad Naharin wurde in Israel geboren und beginnt seine Ausbildung als Tänzer im Alter von 22 Jahren bei der Batsheva Dance Company. Er arbeitet in den USA mit Martha Graham, schreibt sich bei der Juilliard School ein und studiert bei Maurice Béjarts „Ballet des 20. Jahrhunderts“. Seine erste Choreografie entsteht 1980, und er gründet die Ohad Naharin Dance Company, die Einladungen aus der ganzen Welt erhält. Seit 1990 ist er künstlerischer Leiter der Batsheva Dance Company, die 1964 von der Baronin Batsheva de Rothschild und von Martha Graham gegründet worden war.


Naharin began his training as a dancer with the Batsheva Dance Company. He came to New York one year later at the invitation of Martha Graham to join her company, as well as to make use of a scholarship to the School of American Ballet. After a year with the Martha Graham Dance Company, he continued his studies at The Juilliard School of Music as well as with Maggie Black and David Howard. He then joined the Maurice Bejart Company in Brussels for one season and made his choreographic debut in 1980 in the Kazuko Hirabayashi studio in New York.

From 1980 to 1990 he performed and worked in New York, where he lived with his wife; the dancer Mari Kajiwara who died of cancer in 2001. In 1990 he was appointed Artistic Director of the Batsheva Dance Company.

Naharin has been the recipient of many awards and honors, including the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in 1998, two New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Awards (for Naharin's Virus at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2002 and for Anaphaza at the Lincoln Center Festival in 2003), a Doctor of Philosophy honoris causa by the Weizmann Institute of Science in 2004, and the prestigious Israel Prize for dance in 2005.

Naharin's works are performed by many companies throughout the world, including Nederlands Dans Theater, Frankfurt Ballet, Lyon Opera Ballet, Ballet Nacional d’Espana (Madrid), Cullberg Ballet (Sweden), and the Opera National de Paris, among others.

“Physically superb, natural musicality, sensuality, boldness and sensitivity,” are a few of the terms critics have used to describe Naharin and his choreography.
“If you could hold one of Ohad Naharin’s dances in your hand, it would feel smooth. Think of a polished stoned, it looks like a piece of sacred sculpture, but hurl it and it becomes a weapon.” Deborah Jowitt, Village Voice

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