During the many years I lived abroad, one of my strongest connections to Israel was through dance. Every time I visited Israel, my mother had recommendations on new works to see, and in the summer of 1996, I saw Ohad Naharin’s Yag, a work which made an indelible impression on me with its fusion of text, texture and sound. Now Naharin is planning to create a new dance, inspired by Yag – sounds very promising!
Yag 2016 will premiere in April, along with the debut of a new work by Roy Assaf. Having seen and admired Roy Assaf’s work over the years, from his debut in Gvanim BeMahol 2005 with We Came for the Wings Stayed Because We Could Not Fly, Six Years Later (Curtain Up 2011), the radiantly beautiful and playful duet in which he performed with Hadar Yunger , the politically charged The Hill (Curtain Up 2012), Girls in Curtain Up 2013, which was followed by Boys – I’m curious to see what will come next.
More to come in the 2015 – 2016 season:
The Batsheva Ensemble will perform a new work by Danielle Agami, an independent choreographer and former dancer with the Batsheva Dance Company. Agami created Shula for the Batsheva Ensemble in 2013, a visually and emotionally compelling work. Definitely a choreographer to watch! The Ensemble will also perform Bill by Sharon Eyal, a fiercely lyric and powerful work… an experience at once ultra contemporary and primal; charged with allusive imagery and movement.
Look forward to the return of favorite works this season: Last Work, Three, The Hole, and for all ages – Kamuyot and Decal’e. This year’s remix of Decadance will include samples from Sadeh21 and Project Secus.
The full schedule may be found on the Batsheva Dance Company website.