Country of Origin Israel
Description Since his appointment as artistic director in 1990, Ohad Naharin has become an internationally regarded choreographer of deeply sensual, humanist, and artistically intrepid works. American audiences know Naharin’s dances primarily through his commissions for Nederlands Dans Theater and Hubbard Street Dance, among many others, but Batsheva itself has never performed in New York under his artistic direction.
This spring, BAM presents the US premiere of Naharin’s Virus, the culmination of a history-making collaboration between the Jewish-Israeli choreographer Naharin and Arab-Israeli composer Habib Alla Jamal created in the wake of December 2000, a period marked by some of the most shattering Israeli-Palestinian violence in recent history. An affecting and kinetically urgent adaptation of the absurdist play Offending the Audience by Peter Handke (co-screenwriter of Wings of Desire), Naharin’s Virus combines snatches of Handke’s provocative text with achingly beautiful Arabic song and uncompromising, intensely muscular movement. It’s a powerful mix, evoking the Middle East’s ongoing struggles and yielding a work made even more potent given the extraordinary tenor of our time.