Company rehearsals at Varda Studio
Photo: Gadi Dagon
Batsheva Dance Company
Batsheva Dance Company has been critically acclaimed and popularly embraced as one of the foremost contemporary dance companies in the world. Together with its junior Batsheva Ensemble, the Company boasts a roster of 34 dancers drawn from Israel and abroadץ Batsheva Dance Company is Israel's biggest company, maintaining an extensive performance schedule locally and internationall with over 250 performances and over 75,000 spectators per year.
Hailed as one of the world's preeminent contemporary choreographers, Ohad Naharin assumed the role of Artistic Director in 1990, and propelled the company into a new era with his adventurous curatorial vision and distinctive choreographic voice. Naharin is also the originator of the innovative movement language, Gaga, which has enriched his extraordinary movement invention, revolutionized the company’s training, and emerged as a growing international force in the larger field of movement practices for both dancers and non-dancers.
The Batsheva dancers take part in the creative processes in the studio and create themselves in the annual project "Batsheva Dancers Create" supported by The Michael Sela Fund for Cultivation of Young Artists at Batsheva.
Batsheva Dance Company was founded as a repertory company in 1964 by the Baroness Batsheva de Rothschild, who enlisted Martha Graham as its first artistic adviser. Since 1989, Batsheva Dance Company has been in residence at the Suzanne Dellal Centre in Tel Aviv.