7th Krakow Ballet Spring: Batsheva Dance Company

Batsheva Ensamble – The Junior Company (Israel), 31st August, 1st September, J. Słowacki Theatre, 7 p.m., tickets: seats: PLN 60/40, stands: PLN 15, available from the box office

Batsheva Dance Company was established in 1964 by Baroness Batsheva (Bethsabée) de Rotschild and Martha Graham. Thanks to their virtuoso performances, varied skills and uniqueness, the company soon won international acclaim and the opinion of the best Israeli ballet ensemble. In 1990 Ohad Naharin established Batsheva Ensamble – The Junior Company which searches for young talented dancers and provides them with the care of the world’s best choreographers. Since then as many as 18 dancers left the Junior Company to join the company proper.

Today Ohad Naharin, who received his education in Juilliard School and American School in New York and worked out his individual style under the influence of the world’s greatest dancers (whose number included Maurice Béjart,) is counted among the best contemporary ballet performers, and his works are welcome in the repertoires of prime ballet companies all over the world.

The Israeli ensemble performed at numerous ballet Festivals in the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, and the USA, captivating the public with their dance, said to repeal the laws of gravity.

Performed on the Stage of Słowacki Theatre, we will see fragments of the following productions: Kyr, Zachacha and Part, Dance with movements arranged by Naharin.

To quote the booklet describing the event “for 70 minutes of the performance, the spectators gaze inspired and awe-struck, beginning with the first sequence including text recitation in Hebrew. The performers must face numerous challenges: their technique must remain flawless, and they themselves must be teeming with energy and power. Even when they are not currently dancing, they are present on stage, reciting and singing, being equally perfect singers and dancers. Everything here happens at the highest levels. Choreography and performance. The magnificent collage of folk Israeli, African, and Asian songs. Add to this highly expressive lighting. And costumes: simple, modest, nearly asexual, and yet varied and playing the role in the best possible way: diverting no spectator’s attention from what is most crucial: from the movement.”


 

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