2016/17 Choreographer Ohad Naharin

Ohad Naharin is the Artistic Director and Choreographer of the Batsheva Dance Company and has been hailed as one of the world’s preeminent contemporary choreographers.

Since 1990, he has guided the company with an adventurous artistic vision and reinvigorated its repertory with his captivating choreography. Naharin is also the originator of an innovative movement language, Gaga, which has enriched his extraordinary movement invention, revolutionized the company’s training, and emerged as a growing force in the larger field of movement practices for both dancers and non-dancers.

Ohad Naharin began his dance training with the Batsheva Dance Company. He then trained in New York with the Martha Graham Company, School of American Ballet, and The Julliard School, before performing internationally with Israel’s Bat-Dor Dance Company and Mauriec B’jart’s Ballet du XXe Siecle in Brussels.

Naharin’s compelling choreographic craft and textured movement vocabulary have made him a favorite guest artist in dance companies around the world. His works have been performed by prominent companies, including Nederlands Dans Theater, Compania Nacional de Danza (Spain), Cullberg Ballet (Sweden), the Finnish National Ballet, the Paris Opera Ballet, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet (New York), and Les Grand Ballets Canadiens de Montreal, among many others.

Naharin’s rich contributions have garnered him many awards and honors.He has received a Doctor of Philosophy honoris causa by the Weizmann Institute of Science (2004), the prestigious Israel Prize for dance (2005), a Jewish Culture Achievement Award (2008), a Doctor of Philosophy honoris causa by the Hebrew University (2008), and the EMET Prize in the category of Arts and Culture (2009).

Naharin has also been the recipient of the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French government (1998), two New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Awards, the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement (2009), Dance Magazine Award (2009), an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the Juilliard School in New York (2013) and an Honorary Fellowship by the Tel Aviv Museum (2014).