Esplanade Presents | da:ns festival



Batsheva Dance Company (Israel)
1hr 15mins (no intermission)
Esplanade Theatre

There will be no latecomer admissions for this performance.

There will be a post performance talk with the artists on 21 Oct 2016, Fri.

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“Naharin may be today’s most widely worshiped guru of modern dance” The Dance Magazine
“The Batsheva dancers… have mastered Naharin's fiendishly difficult mix of revelation and secrecy, full corporeality and stylized evasion.” Chicago Sun-Times
“The ever-changing collage that choreographer Ohad Naharin keeps remaking from his considerable body of dances … the list of ingredients is not really the point – each new mix has its own flavour.” The Miami Herald

Proclaimed by The New York Times as an experience that will make you “want to jump onstage and dance," Decadance, created by Batsheva Dance Company’s award winning artistic director Ohad Naharin, is a collage of past and present excerpts from the movement genius’ repertoire spanning 20 years, weaved into one single dynamic production.

Featuring intimate duets to exhilarating full company pieces against a soundtrack veering from Vivaldi to Dean Martin, this evolving retrospective is regularly reshaped each time it is staged. A physically demanding production, it is performed with phenomenal physical technicality and sensitivity by the dancers of the internationally acclaimed Batsheva Dance Company. Hailed by Mikhail Baryshnikov as "the best dancers in the world", the company embodies Ohad’s signature style “distinguished by stunningly flexible limbs and spines, deeply grounded movement, explosive bursts and a vitality that grabs a viewer by the collar” (The New York Times) to perfection.

Decadance is an opportunity to experience a mesmerising survey of the extraordinary development of two decades of Naharin’s compelling choreographic craft, supremely textured movement vocabulary and innovative Gaga philosophy that has established him firmly as one of the world’s preeminent contemporary dance choreographers.

About Batsheva Dance Company and Ohad Naharin

Founded as a repertory company in 1964 by the Baroness Batsheva de Rothschild, who enlisted Martha Graham as its first artistic adviser, Batsheva Dance Company appointed Ohad Naharin as Artistic Director in 1990, which propelled the company into a new era with his adventurous curatorial vision and distinctive choreographic voice. The company now maintains an extensive performance schedule in Israel and internationally with over 250 performances and over 75,000 spectators per year. The award winning Naharin is also the originator of the innovative movement language, gaga, which has enriched his extraordinary movement invention, revolutionised the company's training, and emerged as a growing international force in the larger field of movement practices for both dancers and non-dancers. Gaga provides a framework for discovering and strengthening the body and adding flexibility, stamina, and agility while lightening the senses and imagination.

About da:ns festival

To all dance lovers and those curious, Esplanade’s da:ns festival invites you to fall in love with dance through a full-hearted celebration of movement this October. With powerful performances from around the world, exciting new creations and a wide range of opportunities to learn different kinds of dance, this 11-day festival will open your mind, lift your spirit and get your body moving.

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