Batsheva Dance Company To Make Houston Debut
The Society for the Performing Arts is presenting the Houston debut of the Batsheva Dance Company at Jones Hall next month.
The dance company will be performing Artistic Director Ohad Naharin’s “Deca Dance” on Wednesday, Jan. 28. Curtain time is 8 p.m.
The performance is presented in partnership with the Consulate General of Israel and the Jewish Community Center Dance Month at the Kaplan Theater. The program, in celebration of the 60th anniversary of Israel, contains adult content.
Since its founding in 1964 by Martha Graham and Baroness Batsheva de Rothschild, Batsheva Dance Company has become known as one of the most influential cultural role models in Israel. Choreographer Ohad Naharin was appointed artistic director in 1990.
Naharin first created “Deca Dance” in 2000 to celebrate his first 10 years of choreography with the company. The piece, in its current configuration, will include excerpts from “Max” (2007), “Telophaza” (2006), “Three” (2005), “Naharin’s Virus” (2001), “Zachacha” (1998), “Anaphaza” (1993), “Mabul” (1992) and “Bolero” (2008).
The performance blends images performed by dancers set to soundtracks that include everything from classical music to rock. All of the elements of the performance work to express a variety of sentiments ranging from beauty and serenity to anger and sarcasm.
“‘Deca Dance’ is about reconstruction. I like to take pieces or sections of existing works and rework it, reorganize it and create the possibility to look at it from a new angle,” Naharin said. “It always teaches me something new about my work and composition.”
Naharin began his training as a dancer with Batsheva Dance Company. After being invited to join the Martha Graham Dance Company in New York, he continued his education at The Juilliard School.
Naharin continued to grow and excel and made his choreographic debut in 1980 in the Kazuko Hirabayashi studio in New York. He rejoined Batsheva Dance Company in 1990.
Batsheva Dance Company is made up of diverse dancers all sharing a common goal: to excel in art and strengthen common human values through the power of creativity. The company performs more than 200 dates in Israel and around the world each year.
Part of the IW Marks Dance Series, the performance is sponsored by Continental Airlines, H-E-B and Invesco Aim, with funding by Mid-America Arts Alliance and National Endowment for the Arts.
A dance master class led by Batsheva company members will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, 5601 South Braeswood. The cost is $3.50 in advance or $5 at the door.
Classes are for intermediate – advanced level dancers, ages 13 and older. Classes are open to the public, with a maximum size of 35 students. Appropriate dance attire is required.
For those interested in participating in the master class with Batsheva Dance Company, contact Maxine Silberstein at 713-729-3200 ext. 3223 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets for the performance range from $20-$60 and can be purchased online at www.spahouston.org, by phone at 713-227-4SPA or at the courtyard level ticket office at Jones Hall.