Leaving smiles, hugs and not a few tears in her wake, Batsheva Dance director general and co-artistic director Naomi Bloch Fortis has announced her resignation, effective at the end of this season. "After 11 fascinating and challenging seasons leading the companyâ€¦ I feel the time has come to pass the baton to fresh hands," she said in a statement. Together, she and choreographer/artistic director Ohad Naharin have not only made Batsheva Dance one of the world's most respected dance companies, but they have initiated innovative international projects such as Quantities (Kamuyot) that the Batsheva Ensemble did in Sweden, and the trail-blazing Furo with Japanese video-artist Tabaimo at the Tel Aviv Port. Fortis also supervised Batsheva Dance's effective outreach program to audiences that, often, had never even seen dance, and organized a Friends of Batsheva association. Naharin said that "the years with Naomi at the helm of Batsheva Dance are characterized [above all]â€¦ by the clear understanding that here's someone to rely on." Fortis will remain with Batsheva Dance in an as-yet undisclosed senior position.