The Art of Ohad Naharin


The Art of Ohad Naharin ballet double bill. Choreography by Ohad Naharin. Performed 2014 and 2017 by the Batsheva Dance Company at the Chaillot-Théâtre national de la Danse in Paris. Disc includes the following works:

1. Naharin’s Virus. Music by Karni Postel with various additional music; soundtrack design by Maxim Waratt; rehearsal direction and restaging by Luc Jacobs; costumes by Rakefet Levy; suit design by Zohar Shoef; lighting design by Avi Yona Bueno (Bambi); sound by Frankie Lievaart; recordings by Frankie Lievaart and Haim Laroz. Naharin’s Virus is based on a German-language play by Peter Handke. It appears text from this play, the title of which is rendered as “Offending the Audience”, appears in the dance work and is translated into English subtitles provided by Michael Roloff.

2. Last Work. Music by Grischa Lichtenberger with additional music; lighting by Avi Yona Bueno (Bambi); soundtrack design and editing by Maxim Waratt; stage design by Zohar Shoef; costume design by Eki Nakamura; choreography and soundtrack design assistance by Ariel Cohen and Guy Shomroni.

Directed for TV by Tommy Pascal; produced by Xavier Dubois. Released 2019, disc has 2.0 stereo sound. Grade: NA

Naharin is the inventor of the famous Gaga movement language and style used by amateur and professional dancers. This is the first recording of Naharin choreography published in Blu-ray. Usually we exclude titles with stereo only sound, but we make an exception here because of the importance of Naharin in modern dance. We will try to discern how Naharin’s Virus and Last Work relate to Gaga.

Here’s the official clip: