Ohad Naharin’s decadance

Read more about the June 4-5 premieres of 'decadance' in our Re:Source section.

Read more about the June 4-5 premieres of ‘decadance’ in our Re:Source section.

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Ohad Naharin: decadance

For the first time ever, the Czech National Ballet’s repertoire will include works of the legendary Israeli creator Ohad Naharin, who for several decades has been among the crème de la crème of the world’s modern dance theatre.

Choreography: Ohad Naharin
Lighting and set design: Avi Yona Bueno (Bambi)
Costumes: Rakefet Levy
Music: Perez Prado & His Orchestra, Billy May´s Rico Mambo Orchestra, The John Buzon Trio, Dick Dale, traditional Israeli music, Antonio Vivaldi, Marusha, Don Swan & His Orchestra, Dean Martin, Chari Chari, Kid 606, AGF, Fennesz, Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai, Chronomad, The Beach Boys, Rayon, Seefeel

1st premiere performance: 4 June 2015, the New Stage (National Theatre)
2nd premiere performance: 5 June at the New Stage (National Theatre)
Further performances: 7, 23, and 24 June, 27 August



The mosaic made up of such towering figures as Jiří Kylián, Nacho Duato, Mats Ek, Christopher Bruce, and William Forsythe will now be supplemented by another, very precious, stone.

Mr Naharin says about Gaga:
Gaga is a language that is still developing. And it largely concerns listening to your body, that which it feels, no matter if you are dancing or are at rest. This consciousness in turn creates space for emotions, as emotions are borne on a current of energy. Becoming aware of your body gives rise to space for its explosiveness; to explode, you also need space. Yet becoming aware also creates scope for subtlety. And that is what I strive to achieve.

And although the evening will comprise a special combination of parts of and entire opuses conceived by Ohad Naharin over the past decade, to a certain degree it will be a new form, since original moments will be created within the direction line and choreographic structure of the whole performance.

Ohad Naharin’s powerful charisma, specific geographic and cultural background, singular and unique poetics of movement, and idiom in general represent an immense and novel experience not only for the Czech National Ballet dancers but also, and most notably, for the audience, who can expect an exceptional, overwhelming, remarkable spectacle. … This is the beginning of the article. To continue reading, click on the black Re:Source tab at the top of the page.

Photo Credits: Pavel Hejný

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