Luminato will present the North American premiere of a new work by the Batsheva Dance Company, popularly embraced as one of the most exciting contemporary dance companies in the world, in their much-anticipated return to Canada after a long absence from Toronto.
Presented in collaboration with the Israel Festival, Jerusalem, the Batsheva Dance Company will perform the new work SADEH21, co-commissioned by Luminato, and choreographed by Batsheva’s Artistic Director Ohad Naharin, for three performances only from June 14-17, 2012 at the MacMillan Theatre, University of Toronto. SADEH21 – literally translated Field21 – had its world premiere in 2011 at the Israel Festival in Jerusalem.
“Batsheva Dance Company deeply appreciates Luminato’s partnership and support in the creation of SADEH21, the company’s most recent creation. We are proud to be part of Luminato and to bring SADEH21 to Toronto,” said Ohad Naharin, Artistic Director and Dina Aldor, Executive Director.
SADEH21 is a full-length work featuring a large company of dancers, in solos and groups, exploring the space of an empty stage in the unique movement language developed by the Batsheva Dance Company, called Gaga. Gaga is described as “improving instinctive movement and connects conscious and unconscious movement, and it allows for an experience of freedom and pleasure in a simple way, in a pleasant space, in comfortable clothes, accompanied by music, each person with himself and others.” Pioneered by Ohad Naharin, this innovative technique has transformed modern dance around the globe. Artistic Director since 1990, Naharin has propelled the Batsheva Dance Company into a new era with his adventurous curatorial vision, distinctive choreographic voice, and revolutionary movement language.
Jorn Weisbrodt, Luminato’s newly appointed Artist Director added, “I am proud that Luminato commissioned SADEH21 by the already legendary Batsheva Dance Company together with the Israel Festival in Jerusalem for Luminato in 2012. SADEH21 is explosive – yet tender music to the eyes. It shows the complexity of human emotions through movement; it is one of these pieces that makes you marvel at the possibilities of theatre and dance to transform us.”
As a part of this presentation, Luminato is very pleased to be working with the Koffler Centre of the Arts, Canada’s only multi-disciplinary, contemporary Jewish arts and cultural institution. The Koffler will feature the June 14, 2012 performance of Sadeh21 as a fundraising Gala at the MacMillan Theatre. More information on this Gala evening will be available through the Koffler Centre of the Arts website: www.kofflerarts.org.
“We are proud to make an investment in bringing the Batsheva Dance Company, and their international company of dancers from Australia, Israel, Japan, Sweden, Taiwan and the USA to perform SADEH21 as our focal dance program for the 2012 festival,” said Janice Price, CEO of Luminato. Further details will be forthcoming at a Luminato media conference to be held mid-February.
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