Founded in Tel Aviv 50 years ago, with Martha Graham as its first artistic adviser, Batsheva Dance Company is Israel’s largest dance troupe. Current director Ohad Naharin, one of the most prolific and innovative choreographers working today, began his career there but spent years in New York before taking the reins. For the ensemble’s sixth visit to BAM, he brings the 2011 Sadeh21; set to a wildly diverse collage score assembled by Maxim Waratt, the piece was devised in collaboration between Naharin and 18 athletic dancers who speak, sing, crawl, and collapse. In a bare white space, as abstract as any composition of human bodies can possibly be, it startles with contrasts between joyous abandon and piercing solitude.
Nov. 12-15, 7:30 p.m., 2014
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on November 5, 2014