Batsheva Dance Company 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Choreographer and artistic director of Batsheva Dance Company, Ohad Naharin, had
premiered his latest creation Sadeh21, an incredible showcase for a group of
highly talented and intelligent dancers, raised on his GAGA
Naharin supplies the images but the dancers needs to respond
using their imagination and sensitivities and no one does it better than unique
dancer Iyar Elezra, who was chosen to dance the opening solo.
of Naharin’s more recent creations, the work was comprised of rather short
fragments, based on pure, extremely challenging movement. The dancers used their
entire dance arsenal to appropriate the space around them, defying balance,
coercing virtuosic positions.
And then there was stillness, gentle
quietness that Naharin uses so cleverly, so naturally.
The end held a
surprise as the dancers climbed the thin wall from behind and carried out a
prolonged scene of multiple falls back into the abyss. Yes, it was fun and a
great relief from the intense dance. It also set aside the company and freed the
dancers from the conventional bow to the audience.