Batsheva Hosts: Harrowing by Bobbi Jene Smith



"...Surprisingly hypnotic to watch" (Laura Jaye Cramer, SF Weekly, April 2015)

Dancers: Or Meir Schraiber and Bobbi Jene Smith

Music: Stars Of The Lid, TIm Hecker, Bruce Springsteen, and Set Fire To Flames

Lighting Design: Avi Yona Bueno (Bambi)

Stage Manager: Billy Barry


Special thanks to David Harvey, Summer Lee Rhatigan, Marlie Couto, Ian Robinson, David Martinez, Elvira Lind, Ohad Naharin, Dina Aldor, and the Batsheva Dance Company.



Originally created with the support of the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance with David Harvey.



Harrowing is a duet comprising seven distinct scenes and featuring multimedia projection. Deeply stirring, this dance performance poetically investigates the relationships we make and leave behind and conjures the effects of those emotional connections in one’s life and body. Evoking the dual meanings of the word “harrow” – both a noun designating an instrument used to turn over and smooth soil and a verb meaning to cause distress – Smith’s work deftly figures beauty and pitfalls of nostalgia and romance. Harrowing extends and repositions Smith’s myriad previous and ongoing projects, most especially Arrowed, a dynamic work that investigates the emotional undercurrents characterizing one’s inner world.


Bobbi Jene Smith Born in Centerville, Iowa. From 2005-2014 was a member of the Batsheva Dance Company under the artistic direction of Ohad Naharin. She is an alumnus of the Juilliard School, North Carolina School of the Arts, and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. She has danced for Sharon Eyal an Gai Bachar's L-E-V, Martha Clarke, and Sleep No More. Her choreography and solo work has been presented by PS122, The Batsheva Dance Company, The Israel Museum, Luminato Festival, The Wild Project, Machol Shalem, Sacramento Ballet, NYU, and The Juilliard School. Bobbi is the subject of the documentary directed by Elvira Lind which will premiere in 2017. Her film and video work include, “Annihilation” directed by Alex Garland, “MA” directed by Celia Rowlson-Hall, and “Yossi” directed by Eytan Fox. Bobbi is a certified GAGA teacher and has taught Ohad Naharin's repertory in schools and universities around the world. In March 2017 Bobbi will return to dance with Batsheva Dance Company.
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