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Last Work (2015)
by Ohad Naharin
Wednesday–Friday, February 15–17, 2017 | 7:30pm
YBCA TheaterVenue Information
Last Work (2015) by Ohad Naharin
Performed by Batsheva Dance Company Dancers Season 2016–17
San Francisco Performances’ presentation of Last Work is sponsored by James C. Hormel and Michael P. Nguyen.
The presentation also was made possible by generous grants from Bernard Osher Jewish Philanthropies Foundation, the Koret Foundation, and the Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest.
The 2017 North American Batsheva tour was made possible with the generous support from Israel’s Office of Cultural Affairs in North America; Batsheva Dance Company is a recipient of the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project Touring Award, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from The National Endowment for the Arts.
About This Performance
A solitary runner on a moving conveyor belt provides the backdrop to 18 Batsheva dancers who carom athletically around the stage in Last Work, Ohad Naharin’s dynamic 2015 exploration of human motion. Set to a pulsing original score by Grischa Lichtenberger, the evening-length work swings from highly charged to poetically still moments that provide a deep, emotional underpinning to an otherwise abstract study in kinetics. Naharin is a master of the possibilities of the human body.
“Last Work is a feast for all the senses, a must-see for anyone with a curious mind and a desire to lose oneself in an all-encompassing backdrop of performance, production and talent.”
—Time Out Israel
Batsheva Dance Company has been critically acclaimed and popularly embraced as one of the foremost contemporary dance companies in the world. Together with Batsheva—The Young Ensemble, the Company boasts a roster of 34 dancers drawn from Israel and abroad. Batsheva Dance Company is Israel's biggest company, maintaining an extensive performance schedule locally and internationally with over 250 performances and over 75,000 spectators per year.
Hailed as one of the world's preeminent contemporary choreographers, Ohad Naharin assumed the role of Artistic Director in 1990, and propelled the company into a new era with his adventurous curatorial vision and distinctive choreographic voice. Naharin is also the originator of the innovative movement language, Gaga, which has enriched his extraordinary movement invention, revolutionized the company’s training, and emerged as a growing international force in the larger field of movement practices for both dancers and non-dancers.
The Batsheva dancers take part in the creative processes in the studio and create themselves in the annual project “Batsheva Dancers Create” supported by The Michael Sela Fund for Cultivation of Young Artists at Batsheva.
Batsheva Dance Company was founded as a repertory company in 1964 by the Baroness Batsheva de Rothschild, who enlisted Martha Graham as its first artistic adviser. Since 1989, Batsheva Dance Company has been in residence at the Suzanne Dellal Centre in Tel Aviv.
Batsheva Photo: Gadi Dagon