Choreography by Ohad Naharin
Hailed as one of the world’s preeminent contemporary choreographers, Ohad Naharin’s work is quite distinct and is imbued with his own innovative movement language called “Gaga.” Gaga employs dancers’ capacity for physical hyperawareness to experiment with various concepts of gesture, friction, release, tension, timing, gravity, and connectivity to produce multi-dimensional, instinctive movement. Yag was created in 1996 by Ohad Naharin for Batsheva Dance Company which has been under his artistic direction since 1990. The relationships between the six dancers on stage in Yag are gradually revealed through the work’s deft storytelling through dance, speech, and visual symbolism. As the ballet’s intriguing narrative progresses, the audience is left to interpret the family dynamics at play, informed by the work’s audacious, curious, and imaginative staging.
Premiere: June 13, 2017 at The Joyce Theatre, New York City
Created in 1996 for Batsheva Dance Company, restaged in 2016
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