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Batsheva Dance Company

January 10, 2017

Last Work

COMING to NAC Theatre, Ottawa

(January 11 & 12, 7:30 p.m.)


Photography by Gadi Dagon

Artistic director of Batsheva Dance Company Ohad Naharin, known for his adventurous and compelling choreography, and his widespread influence on generations of performers, presents a 70-minute dance creation at the National Arts Centre this week.

Last Work, which premiered last summer, is being hailed another Naharin masterpiece. Emotional and puzzling, the dance will be presented by dancers who are trained in Naharin’s unique dance lexicon known as “Gaga.” It explores the body in motion and meditates on futility. Electronic composer Grischa Lichtenberger of Berlin has composed original music for the piece – the first time he has written a score for dance.

One critic describes the work as “overtly political, with sequences that seem to touch on militarization, the selfishness of violence and the weight of history. The dancers are literally taped together at one point, caught in a massive, interconnected and illogical web. It is hard not to contextualize this work in terms of the Middle East conflict and feel deeply saddened.”

Batsheva Dance Company, founded in 1964, is a company in residence in Tel Aviv, Israel. Naharin first joined the company in 1974 and formed his own company in New York in 1980. In 1990, he returned to Israel as artistic director of Batsheva.


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