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Jane S

07-10-01, 06:07 PM (GMT)
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"Batsheva Dance Company"
   This well known compamy from Israel has had (so far) a unanimous thumbs-down from the London critics - quite an unusual occurrence. Yet, on the first night, the performance had a warm reception. with plenty of applause and cheering.

Did anyone manage to get more out of it than the critics (and I) did? Or enjoyed it as entertainment, without worrying about what it meant? Trying quite hard, I could catch some fleeting resonance from some of the episodes in the first half, but it didn't hang together and the dance content was disappointingly thin. The second half seemed more like scenes from a revue - I rather liked the bit where the two musicians brought their chairs down to the footlights and did a comedy turn, variations on Schubert included, but I thought the finale far outstayed any interest it had initially.

But maybe others liked it more?

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08-10-01, 10:27 AM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Batsheva Dance Company"
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   I love Batsheva and Ohad Naharin's work. The dancers are stunning.

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09-10-01, 08:33 PM (GMT)
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   I agree. Batsheva is one of the best modern-dance companies in Israel today. I've seen one of their performances (it was Batsheva Ensemble, the young dancers' group), which was very impressive. Ohad Naharin's choreography is creative, young and energetic in fast pieces, and gentle and touching in slow pieces.

I don't think the viewer should waste his time on thinking about the meaning. there IS meaning, but the dance and the choreography are more interesting. What Ohad Naharin does is sometimes storytelling. he takes an image, an idea, a picture, and tells it's story- by visualizing it on stage, with living characters. Sometimes he takes situations and analyses them on stage. He does it with creativity and energy, encourages improvisation and lets his dancers "paste" their personality to the situation. He wants the audience to connect to the scenes on stage, so the viewer has to concentrate on the action on stage and think about the meaning later.

That's my opinion anyway. I suppose the show I've seen is different than what you've seen, but that's the main idea.


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