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Batsheva Dance Company Makes Its Long-Awaited Boston Debut with “Venezuela”

“One of the most fascinating dance makers on the planet.”
The New York Times

By: Alexandra Contreras

Considered one of the most fascinating dance makers on the planet by The New York Times, Ohad Naharin started as Artistic Director of the Israel-based Batsheva Dance Company in 1990 and has since created over 30 works for the company. Critically acclaimed and popularly embraced as one of the foremost contemporary dance companies in the world, Batsheva Dance Company maintains an extensive performance schedule locally and internationally with over 250 performances and approximately 100,000 spectators every year. And, despite the company having yet to perform in Boston, Celebrity Series audiences may recall Naharin’s astonishing choreography from our previous seasons: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performed Naharin’s work, Minus 16, a collection of vignettes picked from his previous works, in both their 2013 and 2014 Boston engagements. This upcoming season, on April 5-6, we have the privilege of welcoming the 18 dancers of Batsheva Dance Company to the Boch Center Shubert Theatre stage with Naharin’s new evening-length work, Venezuela.

“The concepts, raw talent, and complex stories are all beautiful in their own one-of-a-kind ways – not even replicable from one act to the next.”

In Venezuela, Naharin and the dancers explore the dialogue and conflict between movement and the content it represents. Naharin created Venezuela in two 40-minute sections placed in juxtaposition; both acts have the same movement sequences, but other variables like music, lighting, energy, and performer intent may change. The Batsheva dancers, faithful to the Gaga movement language pioneered by Naharin, perform a dance that is essentially characterized by external movement covered in emotional passion. Venezuela also thrives on various cultural sources – Gregorian chants, coarse rap, ballroom aesthetics, innuendo and more – and ends with a perplexing pile of contextual issues.

As Timeout described it, “Venezuela, with its wonderful dancers, is a fascinating and multifaceted piece that contains a surprise that remains with the viewer long after leaving the theater.”

Join us for this long-awaited Boston debut next spring! Tickets are currently available as part of a subscription package. Learn more.

The Dance Series is sponsored by the Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, the Cynthia & John S. Reed Foundation and the Royal Little Family Foundation. Additional support for this engagement is provided by the Consulate General of Israel to New England


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