Ohad Naharin

Ohad Naharin is a renowned Israeli choreographer and dancer. He is best known for his innovative choreographic approach called Gaga, which has had a significant impact on contemporary dance. Born in 1952 in Mizra, Israel, Naharin began his dance training at an early age and eventually joined the Batsheva Dance Company.

During his time with Batsheva, Naharin developed his unique movement language, Gaga. Gaga emphasizes the exploration of sensations, imagery, and improvisation to enhance dancers’ physicality and creativity. It has since been taught and performed by dancers and companies worldwide.

In addition to his work with Batsheva, Naharin has choreographed for numerous other dance companies, including his own ensemble, the Batsheva Dance Company, and the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. His choreographic style often blends elements of contemporary dance with theatricality, athleticism, and emotional depth.

Naharin’s contributions to the dance world have been widely recognized. He has received several prestigious awards, including the Bessie Award, the Israel Prize for dance, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Dance Festival.

Naharin continues to create and teach dance internationally, leaving an indelible mark on the art form with his distinctive style and artistic vision.

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  • Designed for the first time in 2000, the program then celebrated the 10 years worth of creations of Ohad Naharin with the company, offering a striking collage of excerpts from his work. The piece has been steadily reworked and enhanced, and now gives the Israeli choreographer a chance to display his various inspirations – from…


  • “You could endlessly debate the symbolism here […] Whatever its meaning […] the piece is breathtaking for the extraordinary dancing by the Batsheva dancers, and the way Mr. Naharin can evoke states of pleasure, pain, madness and a kind of animality — a sheer state of being in the body — through his movement” (Roslyn…


  • Ohad Naharin, artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company, is regarded as one of the most important choreographers in the world. Meeting him at a critical turning point in his personal life, this spirited and insightful documentary will introduce you to a man with great artistic integrity and an extraordinary vision. Filmed over a period…


  • Naharin’s Virus is one of those performances that is ahead of its time. Even in a decade and a half after a premiere it looks stunningly ground-breaking and “different”. When I first saw a performance of “Naharin’s Virus” over a decade ago, I knew that this ritualistic, insurrectionary dance was the way my own body wanted to move, if only it could be freed from…


  • Founded in Tel-Aviv in 1964, the Batsheva Dance Company was headed from 1990 to 2018 by Ohad Naharin, an incredible dancer with a musical training, and a true passion for movement. Through his “Gaga” technique, a choreographic vocabulary that explores the sensations and the availability of the bodies, he made his mark on the dance…