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.