a dance installation
by Ohad Naharin and Tabaimo
produced by the Jewish Theatre and the Batsheva Dance Company
Based on the Japanese artist Tabaimo’s video work “Parts of Japanese Bathhouse”, an entirely new work was created together with Ohad Naharin, choreographer and artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company. Ohad Naharin’s previous collaboration with the Jewish Theatre was in 2000, when he created LOL for the dancers Ana Laguna, Niklas Ek and Margalit Oved.
FURO brings together nations and cultures, dance and image.
Choreography: Ohad Naharin.
Stage design: Tabaimo.
Costumes: Rakefet Levy.
Lighting design: Avi Yona Bueno - Bambi
Sound: Ohad Fishof
Production: The Jewish Theatre and Batsheva Dance Company
World première, Friday 24 March, 2006. The performance lasts for three hours, and the audience can come and go as they like, as in a gallery.
The choreographer Ohad Naharin and the artist Tabaimo’s fruitful collaboration produces a beguilingly beautiful world premiere. Dagens Nyheter
Innovative voyage worth repeating
Sometimes it feels like you’ve seen “everything”; art is like plagiary loops. And then the Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin & Co come to town, and your eyes are cleansed. Svenska Dagbladet
It is like nothing else
The audience are basically symbolic bathhouse visitors, they come and go as they like, just like in public swimming baths, and if you remain throughout a few loops something happens to your sense of time… Rarely has the concept of cross-disciplinary performance art been better exemplified than in Furo. Aftonbladet
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The choreographer Ohad Naharin (b 1952) was born and grew up in Israel, where he studied music before choosing dance at the age of 22. Naharin was discovered by Martha Graham, the first artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company, when she created the part of Esau for him in Jacob’s Dream. Graham invited Naharin to join her company in New York. After a year with the Martha Graham Dance Company, Naharin went on to further studies at the Juilliard School of Music. On completing his studies he was engaged for a short period by Les Ballets du XXème Siècle in Belgium and the Bat-Dor Company in Israe
Ohad Naharin’s debut as a choreographer took place in 1980 at the Kazuko Hirabayashi Studio in New York. The same year, he also founded the Ohad Naharin Dance Company (1980-1990). In 1981, Naharin created his first work for the Batsheva Dance Company, and in 1987 he was invited by Jirí Kylían to a collaboration with Nederlands Dans Teater in Holland, for which he created more than 15 works up until 1990. Since 1990 Naharin has been the artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company. He has also developed his own technique which he calls Gaga and is practised by the Batsheva dancers.
One of the foremost young artists in Japan today is 31-year-old Tabaimo (Ayako Tabata).
Her exquisite, skilfully drawn animations have an imagery and palette that evoke the works of Japanese woodcut masters such as Katsushika Hokusai.
The artist has based a series of works on everyday settings – a kitchen, a commuter train, a street crossing – to explore contemporary Japanese society. These everyday situations quickly change character and become dreamlike and absurd. Tabaimo reshapes them into complex and pessimistic portrayals of 21st century Japan.
“Japanese Bathhouse” is included as a separate work in this series. Using the traditional public bathhouse as the starting-point, the artist looks at the dissolving identity and norms in Japan today. Tabaimo has adapted the work into “Parts of Japanese Bathhouse” for the Jewish Theatre and the choreographer Ohad Naharin.
”Unlike other settings I have chosen, I have no personal relationship to the bathhouse. Relatively few in my generation do. But since the bathhouse has played such an important part as a social space in Japan throughout the ages – and is now on the verge of disappearing – it felt tempting to use it as a setting,” she explains.
Batsheva Dance Company
The Batsheva Dance Company was founded in 1964 by Baroness Batsheva De Rothschild together with Martha Graham, who became the company’s first artistic director. The choreographer Ohad Naharin took over the artistic leadership in 1990 and has remained its artistic director since then, with the exception of one and a half years, from September 2003 to March 2005, when Yoshifumi Inao and Sharon Eyal were in charge.
The Batsheva Dance Company consists of 38 dancers, of whom 20 are in the senior company and 18 in the junior company. The dancers are trained in Naharin’s own technique, Gaga, and are encouraged to develop their creativity in rehearsal and in workshops. Batsheva gives some 200 performances per year in Israel and abroad, on stages and at festivals such as BAM, the Lincoln Center and Jacob’s Pillow, the Barbican Centre in London, and the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris.
Inspired by Jirí Kylían, Naharin founded the Batsheva Ensemble for junior dancers in 1990, as a greenhouse for Batsheva’s next generation of dancers and choreographers. The ensemble focuses mainly on educational activities and training programmes aimed at giving teenagers in Israel opportunities to encounter the art of dance.
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