A dance performance by Ohad Naharin, choreographer and artistic director of the Israeli Batsheva Dance Company.
Together with the dancers Ana Laguna, Niklas Ek and Margalit Oved, Ohad Naharin and the Jewish Theatre created a thrilling encounter: LOL.
About Ohad Naharin
“If it were possible to hold an Ohad Naharin choreography in the palm of one’s hand, it would feel soft and smooth. Think of a polished stone, part of a sculpture, which, if you throw it, turns into a weapon.”
Deborah Jowitt, Village Voice
Ohad Naharin was born on a kibbutz in Israel and was brought up in an artistic environment. At 22, Naharin joined the Batsheva Dance Company » and embarked on a career as a dancer.
He was soon invited to the USA by Martha Graham and her dance company. After one season with the Martha Graham Dance Company, Naharin moved on to the Julliard School of Music and the School of American Ballet in New York to study other dance forms. In 1977, he joined the Maurice Bèjarts Ballet of the 20th Century and danced in the company for a year. He made his debut as a choreographer in 1980, in New York, where he studied and danced with many prominent contemporary dancers.
Between 1980 and 1990, Ohad Naharin founded and danced with his own company in New York, collaborating with, among others, Jiri Kylian from the Nederlands Dansteater (NDT). This encounter was the beginning of a long friendship, both as an ongoing co-operation between themselves and with the NDT. It also spawned numerous commissioned works and collaborations between Ohad Naharin and leading dance companies all over the world.
In 1990, in mid-career, Naharin was invited by the Batsheva Dance Company » to be their resident artistic director for a shorter period. Five months later, he took over its leadership full-time, and has since then been its director.
Participants in LOL
LOL consists of Two Short Stories, with a script by Italo Calvino, and Off White, both by Ohad Naharin, and two works, Ballads which Naharin based on the unique career of Margalit Oved.
TWO SHORT STORIES
Dance: Ana Laguna
Set and lighting: Ohad Naharin
Costume: Rakefet Levy
Makeup: Horst Stadlinger
Text by: Italo Calvino
Music: Elvis Presley & Vera Matson, Lou Handman & Roy Turk, Camille Saint-Saëns
Dance: Ana Laguna and Niklas Ek
Set: Arik Levy
Lighting: Ohad Naharin
Costumes: Rakefet Levy
BALLADS 1 & 2
Dance: Margalit Oved
Directed by: Ohad Naharin
Lighting: Kenneth Björk
Costume: Rakefet Levy