Batsheva Dance Company (IL)

MOMO has two souls. One sends long roots to the depths of the earth – a soul that embodies archetypes and myths of hardened, raw masculinity, and the other is in a constant search for an individual and distinct DNA; one moves within its own autonomous and independent force field and the other is a constellation of elements that spin around the same nucleus – alternately drifting away and towards it, making room for necessary tenderness and catharsis.

With a soundtrack comprised mostly of the album Landfall by the legendary Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet, one of the foremost contemporary classical music ensembles, a shared passion of deep sorrow and beauty unfolds on stage. Relinquishment becomes a dedicated search for a crack, and glitches in the movement code turn out to be free, playful, and emotive material.


Duration: 70 minutes without intermission


Major sponsor:  Chelck Family Foundation

Supported by: Batsheva New Works Fund, American Friends of Batsheva, French Friends of Batsheva, The Zita and Mark Bernstein Family Foundation, Factory54

Co-producers: Orsolina28, Moncalvo

Presenting Co-producers: Torinodanza Festival / Teatro Stabile di Torino – Teatro Nazionale / Festival Aperto – Fondazione I Teatri, Reggio Emilia / Fondazione del Teatro Grande di Brescia.

World Premiere: 10 December 2022, Suzanne Dellal Centre, Tel-Aviv.

10/01/2023MomoPerforming Arts Center Beer Sheva
13/01/2023MomoSuzanne Dellal Centre, Tel Aviv (IL)
14/01/2023MomoSuzanne Dellal Centre, Tel Aviv (IL)
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21/01/2023MomoSuzanne Dellal Centre, Tel Aviv (IL)
26/01/2023MomoHaifa Auditorium
13/02/2023MomoSuzanne Dellal Centre, Tel Aviv (IL)
14/02/2023MomoSuzanne Dellal Centre, Tel Aviv (IL)
16/02/2023MomoJerusalem Theatre
21/02/2023MomoHerzliya Performing Arts Cente
22/02/2023MomoHerzliya Performing Arts Cente
23/02/2023MomoHerzliya Performing Arts Cente
17/03/2023MomoTheatre Quintaou, Anglet (FR)
18/03/2023MomoTheatre Quintaou, Anglet (FR)
20/03/2023MomoLe Parvis Scène nationale Tarbes Pyrénées, Ibos (FR)
21/03/2023MomoLe Parvis Scène nationale Tarbes Pyrénées, Ibos (FR)
23/03/2023MomoGrand Théâtre d'Albi, Albi (FR)
27/03/2023MomoDijon Opera, Dijon (FR)
30/03/2023MomoThéâtres en Dracénie, Draguignan (FR)
02/04/2023MomoLAC Lugano Arte e Cultura (CH)
24/05/2023MomoLa Villette, Paris (FR)
25/05/2023MomoLa Villette, Paris (FR)
26/05/2023MomoLa Villette, Paris (FR)
27/05/2023MomoLa Villette, Paris (FR)
28/05/2023MomoLa Villette, Paris (FR)
30/05/2023MomoLa Villette, Paris (FR)
31/05/2023MomoLa Villette, Paris (FR)
01/06/2023MomoLa Villette, Paris (FR)
02/06/2023MomoLa Villette, Paris (FR)
03/06/2023MomoLa Villette, Paris (FR)
08/06/2023MomoHabama Cultural Center, Genei Tikva (IL)
03/11/2023MomoTanz Köln (DE) - CANCELLED
04/11/2023MomoTanz Köln (DE) - CANCELLED
05/11/2023MomoTanz Köln (DE) - CANCELLED
07/11/2023MomoTheater Gütersloh (DE) - CANCELLED
08/11/2023MomoTheater Gütersloh (DE) - CANCELLED
11/11/2023MomoForum am Schlosspark, Ludwigsburg (DE) - CANCELLED
12/11/2023MomoForum am Schlosspark, Ludwigsburg (DE) - CANCELLED
15/11/2023MomoGraf-Zeppelin-Haus, Friedrichshafen (DE) - CANCELLED
18/11/2023MomoFestspielhaus St. Pölten (AU) - CANCELLED
21/11/2023MomoFestspiele Ludwigshafen (DE) - CANCELLED

Performed by Batsheva Dance Company 2022/23
Chen Agron, Yarden Bareket, Billy Barry, Yael Ben Ezer, Matan Cohen, Guy Davidson, Ben Green, Chiaki Horita, Li-En Hsu, Sean Howe, Londiwe Khoza, Adrienne Lipson, Ohad Mazor, Eri Nakamura, Gianni Notarnicola, Danai Porat, Igor Ptashenchuk, Yoni (Yonatan) Simon

Ohad Naharin

Co- Creation
Batsheva Dance Company dancers and Ariel Cohen

Light Design
Avi Yona Bueno (Bambi)

Set and Props Design
Gadi Tzachor

Costume Design
Eri Nakamura

Sound Design and Editing
Maxim Waratt

Special thanks to
Yula Gold, Simony Monteiro, Linda Brumbach, Michal Helfman, Yonatan Oppenheim

Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet from the album “Landfall” / “Metamorphosis II” by Philip Glass / “Madre Acapella” by Arca / Maxim Waratt

Company and Show Manager
Yaniv Nagar

Rehearsal Managers
Guy Shomroni, Rani Lebzelter

Production Manager
Dana Katz Naaman

Head Technical Manager
Roni Cohen

Director of Lighting Department
Eliav Rafaely

Director of Sound Department
Dudi Bell

Director of Sewing Workshop
Haya Geiman

Danny Kalmer

Wardrobe Manager
Shoshi Or Lavi

Production Coordinator
Roni Mor Halachmi

Noa Paran

Text about the piece
Shira Vitaly

House Choreographer
Ohad Naharin

Artistic Director
Lior Avizoor

Executive Director
Dina Aldor

Against a bright green background, the eleven dancers move with great virtuosity, immense grace and visceral physicality in the hyper-defined dance vocabulary known by Ohad Naharin.

The new world created on stage in Hora is largely futuristic. This is implied both by the color – phosphorescent green, which in the Western imagination is usually associated with aliens – and by the eclectic soundtrack. Isao Tomita’s electronic and synthesized soundtrack combines classical works by Wagner, Ives and Debussy with the opening theme of “Star Wars” and the music from “2001: A Space Odyssey”. These cinematic works deal in different ways with our technological future and how it can lead to disaster.
In a way, Ohad Naharin does something similar: he attracts us and at the same time distances us from what is happening on stage; captivates us with beauty and destroys it in the next moment. At the same time, he scoffs at our obsession with predicting the future.

Naharin’s Hora unfolds a captivating vision of abstraction, sensuality and playfulness. In a sexy and elegant way, Hora flirts between contemporary dance and science fiction in a production that does not seem of this world.

„Hora is about itself, but it suggests several points of reference. It refers to music you’ve heard before. It’s about not letting the points of reference prevent us from having a fresh experience. I purposefully created many climaxes, and the climaxes have a weird rhythm. It’s not an idea or story that holds it—it’s a tension“. (Ohad Naharin)

Duration: 60 min.

A production by Batsheva Dance Company. In coproduction with Montpellier Danse 2010 and Lincoln Center Festival, New York City.

Ohad Naharin

By and with
Etay Axelroad, BillyBarry,Yael Ben Ezer, Matan Cohen, Ben Green, Chiaki Horita, Chunwoong Kim, Rani Lebzelter, Hugo Marmelada, Eri Nakamura, Nitzan Ressler, Yoni (Yonatan) Simon, Kyle Scheurich, Maayan Sheinfeld, Hani Sirkis, Amalia Smith, Imre Van Opstal, Erez Zohar

Light design
Avi Yona Bueno (Bambi)

Sounddesign & Editing
Maxim Waratt

Eri Nakamura

Amir Raveh

Sound Mastering
Nir Klajman

Arranged and performed by Isao Tomita. With exception of Data Matrix by Ryoji Ikeda. Catacombs – by M. Mussorgsky; Aranjuez – by Joaquín Rodrigo; Space Fantasy: theme from "2001: A Space Odyssey" (Also Sprach Zarathustra – by Richard Strauss); Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries, Tannhäuser: Overture – by Richard Wagner; The Unanswered Question – by Charles Edward Ives; Peer Gynt: Solveig's Song – by Edvard Grieg; Star Wars - title song – by John Williams; World of Different Dimensions – by Jean Sibelius; Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun – by Claude Debussy; Suite Bergamesque, No. 3: Clair de Lune – by Claude Debussy

Its immediate visceral and kinetic impact mostly makes you want to jump onstage and dance, proclaimed The New York Times about the original Decadance, created in 2000 by Batsheva Dance Companyacclaimed artistic director Ohad Naharin in celebratation of the 10th anniversary of Ohad Naharin at the Company. 

In Decadance, Ohad Naharin takes sections from different works from the last 20 years. “Deca” stands on the one hand for the 10 years (lat. “Decem” = ten), on the other hand for the 10 dance units. Featuring intimate duets to exhilarating full company pieces against a soundtrack veering from Vivaldi to Dean Martin, this evolving retrospective is regularly reshaped each time it is staged. “It’s like I am quoting only either the beginning, middle or ending of many stories, yet, my task is to create a coherent whole new story” says Ohad Naharin.

Decadance features selected excerpts from the following works by Ohad Naharin: Kyr (1990), Anaphase (1993), Sabotage Baby (1997), Naharin’s Virus (2001), Kamuot (2003), Mamootot (2003), Three (2005), George and Zalman (2006), Max (2007), Seder (2007), Sadeh21 (2011).


Duration: 75 min.

Concept and choreography
Ohad Naharin

Performed by
Chen Agron, Gil Amishai, César Brodermann, Ariel Gelbart, Londiwe Khoza, Béatrice Larrivée, Shir Levy, Federico Longo, Ohad Mazor, Robin Lesley Nimanong, Tom Nissim, Igor Ptashenchuk, Tamar Rosenzveig, Lihi Shochatovitch,, Nicolas Ventura and Shaked Werner

Costume design
Rakefet Levi (außer „Seder“: Sharon Eyal)

Light design
Avi Yona Bueno (Bambi)

"Recado Bossa Nova" by Laurindo Almeida & The Bossa Nova All-Stars, "Choo Choo Cha Cha" by Rinky Dinks, "Gopher Mambo" by Yma Sumac, "Blue Rhumba" by Rolley Polley, "Lounge Volume 2" by Brad Benedict, "Chihuahua" by Luis Oliveira, "Glow Worm Cha Cha Cha" by Jackie Davis, "Ultra - Lounge Volume 9" by Brad Benedict, "It must be true" by John Buzon trio, "Issa Nore" by Maxim Waratt, "Train" by Goldfrapp, "Pictures" by Ohad Fishof and Maxim Waratt, "Stones Start Spinning" by David Darling, "8412" by Neina, "ヴィールス (Virus)" by Yapoos, Untitled Track 2 by Gas (Wolfgang Voigt), "Al Ghariba" Performed by "Al Majad" group, founded by Habib Alla Jamal, "Riacho" by Guem, "Somewhere over the Rainbow" by Harold Arlen, "Hooray for Hollywood" by Don Swan & his Orchestra, "Sway" Dean Martin with Dick Stabile & Orchestra, "Hava Nagila" by Dick Dale and the Del-Tones, "Illusion of Beauty" by Maxim Waratt, "Echad Mi Yodea" by The Tractor's Revenge and Maxim Waratt, "Favourite Final Geisha Show" by Chari Chari (Kaoru Inoue), "Flutter" by Kid606, "Ambient Trust" by AGF, "Private Birds" by AGF, "Na Tum Jano Na Hum" by Lucky Ali & Ramya, "Meol" by Seefeel, "Do" by Chronomad, "You're Welcome" by The Beach Boys.

Soundtrack Design and Edit
Maxim Waratt, Ohad Fishof and Stefan Ferry

Maxim Waratt inspired by Charles Bukowski

In Venezuela, created in 2017, Ohad Naharin and his dancers explore the dialogue as well as the conflict between movement and its meaning. This dance with palpable energy is filled with jumps and ensembles, shaken bodies and spasms as well as uncompromising lifts. Faithful to his eclectic tastes, Ohad Naharin has given carte blanche to Maxim Waratt to imagine a soundtrack like a trip between two cultures. Gregorian songs, rap (The Notoriuos B.I.G.) or rock (Rage Against the Machine) give rhythm to the show. The urgency of the gestures, the volte-face of the performers who go from softness to frenzied virtuosity in a few seconds make Venezuela a piece with a message: Ohad Naharin still believes that living together is possible. The stage becomes his platform: but no long speeches here, just the strength and the generosity of a plural company. Dance has this power, the choreographer seems to say, of bringing together the public and the performers in the same communion. Art in movement.

Seventeen dancers sweep the stage with an energy that no one can evade or resist”. (Dorion Weickmann, Süddeutsche Zeitung, July 2017)


Duration: 80 min.


A production by Batsheva Dance Company. In coproduction with Chaillot National Theatre, Paris, and Hellerau-European Center for the Arts, Dresden. With special support provided by the Dalia and Eli Hurvitz Foundation, as well as the New Works Funds of Batsheva and the American Friends of Batsheva. Special thanks to the Israeli Ballroom Dancing Fund.


Ohad Naharin

Performed by
Etay Axelroad, BillyBarry,Yael Ben Ezer, Matan Cohen, Ben Green, Chiaki Horita, Chunwoong Kim,RaniLebzelter, Hugo Marmelada,Eri Nakamura, Nitzan Ressler,Yoni (Yonatan) Simon, Kyle Scheurich, MaayanSheinfeld,Hani Sirkis, Amalia Smith, Imre Van Opstal and Erez Zohar

Light design
Avi Yona Bueno (Bambi)

Maxim Waratt

Musical Advisor
Nadav Barnea

Costume Design
Eri Nakamura

Assistant to Ohad Naharin and Eri Nakamura
Ariel Cohen

Dancers Instructor
Natalia Petrova

Omri Mishael

Batsheva Dance Company has been critically acclaimed and popularly embraced as one of the foremost contemporary dance companies in the world. Together with Batsheva – The Young Ensemble, the Company boasts a roster of 34 dancers drawn from Israel and abroad. Batsheva Dance Company is Israel’s biggest company, maintaining an extensive performance schedule locally and internationally with over 250 performances and  aprox. 100,000 spectators every year.
Hailed as one of the world’s preeminent contemporary choreographers, Ohad Naharin was appointed Artistic Director in 1990, and propelled the Company into a new era with his adventurous curatorial vision and distinctive choreographic voice. After almost thirty years of leading Batsheva, Naharin stepped down as Artistic Director in 2018, and continues to serve as the Company’s House Choreographer. In September 2018, Gili Navot assumed the role of Batsheva’s Artistic Director.
Naharin is also the originator of the innovative movement language, Gaga, which has enriched his extraordinary movement invention, revolutionized the company’s training, and emerged as a growing international force in the larger field of movement practices for both dancers and non-dancers.
The Batsheva dancers take part in the creative processes in the studio and even create their own works in the annual project “Batsheva Dancers Create” supported by The Michael Sela Fund for Cultivation of Young Artists at Batsheva.
Batsheva Dance Company was founded as a repertory company in 1964 by the Baroness Batsheva de Rothschild who enlisted Martha Graham as its first artistic adviser. Since 1989, Batsheva Dance Company has been in residence at the Suzanne Dellal Centre in Tel Aviv.