24 May - 3 Jun 2023
Batsheva Dance Company / Ohad Naharin
Coproduction with La Villette
Ohad Naharin's next creation promises new emotions: a large stage, eighteen dancers. We’ll sign up, no questions asked.
Each visit by the Batsheva Dance Company to Chaillot is an event. Each creation, a hope. Ohad Naharin, the troupe's resident choreographer and inventor of the Gaga technique, is more than ever a free spirit in contemporary dance. Beyond his influence on a whole generation of choreographers, from Sharon Eyal to Hofesh Shechter, Ohad Naharin has been able to unite performers from all over the world around an ideal of beauty and creativity. Some of his pieces, such as Decadance, Hora and Kamuyot, are now practically classics in a brilliant career. With its precise gestures, channelled energy and exacerbated musicality, Naharin's movement is in touch with its time. This season in Paris, the choreographer has announced a new creation for 18 dancers. It is an understatement to say that it is highly anticipated.
MOMO has two souls. One sends long roots to the depths of the earth – a soul that embodies archetypes and myths of hardened, raw masculinity, and the other is in a constant search for an individual and distinct DNA; one moves within its own autonomous and independent force field and the other is a constellation of elements that spin around the same nucleus – alternately drifting away and towards it, making room for necessary tenderness and catharsis.
With a soundtrack comprised mostly of the album Landfall by the legendary Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet, one of the foremost contemporary classical music ensembles, a shared passion of deep sorrow and beauty unfolds on stage. Relinquishment becomes a dedicated search for a crack, and glitches in the movement code turn out to be free, playful, and emotive material.
Choreography Ohad Naharin
Co-creators Batsheva Dance Company dancers and Ariel Cohen
Lighting design Avi Yona Bueno (Bambi)
Set and Props Design Gadi Tzachor
Costume Design Eri Nakamura
Sound Design and Editing Maxim Waratt
Music by Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet from the album “Landfall” / “Metamorphosis II” by Philip Glass / “Madre Acapella” by Arca / Maxim Waratt
Special Thanks to Yula Gold, Simony Monteiro, Linda Brumbach, Michal Helfman, Yonatan Oppenheim
With Chen Agron, Yarden Bareket, Billy Barry, Yael Ben Ezer, Matan Cohen, Guy Davidson, Ben Green, Chiaki Horita, Li-En Hsu, Sean Howe, Londiwe Khoza, Adrienne Lipson, Ohad Mazor, Eri Nakamura, Gianni Notarnicola, Danai Porat, Igor Ptashenchuk, Yoni (Yonatan) Simon
Coproduction Torinodanza Festival / Teatro Stabile di Torino - Teatro Nazionale, Festival Aperto/Fondazione I Teatri – Reggio Emilia, Fondazione del Teatro Grande di Brescia, Triennale Milano Teatro, Orsolina 28, Moncalvo
Company and Show Manager Yaniv Nagar / Rehearsal Managers Guy Shomroni, Rani Lebzelter / Production Manager Dana Katz Naaman Head Technical Manager Roni Cohen Director of Lighting Department Eliav Rafaely / Director of Sound Department Dudi Bell / Director of Sewing Workshop Haya Geiman / Tailor Danny Kalmer / Wardrobe Manager Shoshi Or Lavi / Production Coordinator Roni Mor Halachmi / Image Noa Paran / Text about the Piece Shira Vitaly