Music arranged by Isao Tomita and Ryoji Ikeda
Choreography by Ohad Naharin
From the 17th to the 20th of March 2022
Infos & Cast
Infos & Cast
17, 18, 19 March 2022 – 8pm
20 March 2022 – 3pm
at the Bâtiment des Forces Motrices (BFM)
Choreography Ohad Naharin
Scenography & Lighting Design Avi Yona Bueno (Bambi)
Costumes Eri Nakamura
Musical arrangement Isao Tomita except Data Matrixby Ryoji Ikeda
Musical Director Yannis Pouspourikas
Batsheva Dance Company
Created in 2009 in Jerusalem
Co-produced by Montpellier Danse 2010 and Lincoln Center Festival, New York
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As a choreographer, Ohad Naharin has not been seen on the Grand Théâtre de Genève playbill since 1996. His frequent collaborations with the Geneva Ballet began in 1989 with Tabula Rasa, on Arvo Pärt’s music of the same name, followed by prestigious commissions for the Geneva company, including Axioma 7 (1991) and Perpetuum (1992). Prestigious because it was also at this time that Ohad Naharin became artistic director of the Israeli dance company Batsheva, where he had trained as a dancer under the mentorship of its co-founder, the American dance pioneer Martha Graham, who established it in 1964 as the vanguard of contemporary dance in Israell, the company taking its name from its patron Baroness Bethsabée de Rothschild. Batsheva came to the forefront of the cultural forces in Israel when its artistic director invited artists such as Mats Ek, Angelin Preljocaj and William Forsythe to design pieces that would be performed on the world’s most important dance stages. But as of yet, never at Geneva’s Grand Théâtre. It is therefore a great pleasure for us to finally welcome this season the Batsheva Dance Company with the touring revival of Hora, one of the flagship pieces in their repertoire. Its name is another titillating choice in the line of enigmatic titles Naharin delights in. For this son of the kibbutz, the hora is of course a lively Central European folk. Often the only entertainment after a day’s work. But the play on words with the unit of time measurement is also obvious. Each dancer performs their string of moves concurrent to and independently of the others. Short sequences of movement bring turbulent and chaotic energies to the whole, but in a split magical second, all the pieces fall into preordained grooves and harmonious calm fills the stage – soon to be deconstructed. Naharin orchestrates the dance with symphonic flair and reins his dancers’ individualities into fully controlled artistic heights. This abstract work makes a stark statement in lime green and black, in a minimalist framing that draws attention to the strength, precision and articulation of the eleven dancers. It is also full of subtle, quirky humour, with a sound score by master arrangers Isao Tomita and Ryioji Ikeda presenting a series of surprising adaptations of the greatest hits of classical and not-so-classical music.
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