YAG – The Movie
reż|dir Ohad Naharin | IL | 2020 | 47 min
prod|pro Nadim Cheikhrouha, Habib Attia, Annabella Nezri, Thanassis Karathanos, Martin Hampel, Andreas Rocksen scen|wr Ohad Naharin zdj|ph Roee Shalti muz|mus John Zorn, Gaetano Donizetti, John Taverner, Ennio Morricone, Ran Slavin mon|ed Roee Shalti, Ohad Naharin ob|cast Yael Ben Ezer, Sean Howe, Londiwe Khoza, Igor Ptashenchuk, Yoni (Yonatan) Simon, Hani Sirkis dys|dis Produced by Batsheva Dance Company
Batsheva Dance Company from Tel Aviv is a group recognized as one of the most interesting phenomena in contemporary dance theatre. Batsheva has achieved worldwide success working under the direction of renowned choreographer Ohad Naharin, creator of the Gaga movement language. Gaga teaches dancers to understand and listen to their own bodies, but also to co-exist and co-feel as a team. In Ohad Naharin’s “YAG”, Batsheva’s first production adapted especially for the screen, Naharin uses cinematic language to communicate his work both as director and choreographer. The disappearance of the stage, now replaced by the cinematic frame, creates a direct encounter with the dancers. Video artist Roee Shalti, who regularly films Batsheva, filmed and edited the piece with Naharin. The bare space, using the same lighting throughout, is the setting for refined movement. “YAG” by Ohad Naharin is performed by six Batsheva dancers from season 2020/2021: Yael Ben Ezer, Sean Howe, Londiwe Khoza, Igor Ptashenchuk, Yoni (Yonatan) Simon and Hani Sirkis.