November 3, 2006 |
Three years ago, Ohad Naharin believed he "needed a change," so he stepped down as artistic director of the internationally acclaimed, Tel Aviv-based Batsheva Dance Company. "It was a decision that meant I was really stopping, that I wasn't coming back," he recalls. It was also a decision that lasted about a year and a half. These days, Naharin is once more at the helm of Batsheva, having returned last year to a job he first assumed in 1990.
March 11, 1998 |
Don't ask Batsheva Dance Company director Ohad Naharin to scour his memory about his early days with the company he took over almost a decade ago. "I have the memory of a dead cat," Naharin said, speaking from Seattle, where the company was dancing ahead of its date tonight at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. "It might be good exercise to reconstruct the history of the time since I came to Batsheva. But it's an ongoing process. I've learned a lot about my own work since then."
March 22, 2004 |
Set in capital letters, "NOTHING IS PERMANENT" formed the central statement in the four-line biography of Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin in the program booklet at UCLA's Royce Hall on Saturday. Don't believe it: Whenever you see Naharin choreography in Southern California, it's always, inevitably, the same greatest-hits jumble. Like it or not, you can count on that kind of permanence.
April 19, 2013 |
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has long bedecked its ensemble in suits (the jazz crowd in "For Bird - With Love") and took a recent turn with androgynous menswear (Camille A. Brown's "The Evolution of a Secured Feminine"). Yet in previous incarnations, these fitted jackets and rakish hats have been of a jazzy, romantic stripe, spurring angled moves and scurrying feet. One imagines a crafty urban vernacular born from fast pedestrians, tight corridors and dizzying heights. Those speedy, showy creatures of past Ailey seasons bore no resemblance to the crumpled, besuited unisex ensemble that came to life Wednesday night at the Music Center premiere of "Minus 16" (1999)
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January 14, 2002
Mari Kajiwara, 50, a leading modern dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the Ohad Naharin Dance Company and the Batsheva Dance Company of Israel, died of cancer Dec. 25 in Tel Aviv. Born in New York City, Kajiwara attended its High School of Performing Arts and City College and performed successively with the Glen Tetley and Norman Walker dance companies before joining Ailey's troupe in 1970.
April 24, 2013 |
Daniel Day-Lewis will soon have a new role to obsessively inhabit -- recipient of an honorary doctoral degree from the Juilliard School in New York. The arts school said it also would bestow commencement honors this year on opera singer Dawn Upshaw, pianist Alfred Brendel, choreographer Ohad Naharin and jazz musician Sonny Rollins. In addition, Juilliard said it would include writer Harriet Heyman and technology venture capitalist Michael Moritz among the honorees at its commencement ceremony on May 24 at Alice Tully Hall.