by Ohad Naharin
Performed by Batsheva Dance Company

Photo by Ascaf
  • 2019 by Ohad Naharin
    Performed by Batsheva Dance Company
  • DurationApprox 75 minutes
  • 22.5.2024 At 18:30
    Suzanne Dellal Centre, Tel AvivTickets
  • Additional Dates
  • Photo by Ascaf
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(Anat Zecharia, "Le Visiteur")
'2019', Ohad Naharin's new work, is brilliant from start to finish. It is elegant and dirty, and poetic, and necessary to us because of her beauty, but most of all, because of the bargaining discussion it holds in the face of reality. "

2019 is “homegrown.” The image of its place and its time, encompassing languages, bodies, sounds, local folklore, and nationalism duplicated and replicated throughout our lives; it touches the baggage held in the body and dives into culture’s repertoire of movement.

The space is a space of hospitality. And so, as we look at what is happening, we are also looking at one another. At any given moment, someone returns our gaze. The piece takes place in such close proximity, that it eventually overflows and finds comfort in our lap, forcing us to acknowledge a shared fate and to shoulder the physical and mental burden together.

Naharin’s stage weaves a thread of non-chronological history, populated by bodies whose movement inspires a certain sense of nostalgia. At the same time, they celebrate and conflate the diverse identities that imbue the body in this narrow realm between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean. They move back and forth, proudly displaying local myths, intertwining joy and effort with pathos-filled intensity, and then slow down, sometimes to a complete halt, withdrawing to inconsolable sorrow.

The mechanisms at play throughout the piece mirror those of local reality – mechanisms of excess and lack, accelerating and braking, joy and grief. The space is a space of passage, a buffer zone. The dancers, and us with them, linger on the threshold, between what happened and what is about to happen. After all, in the local narrative we are all sitting on the balcony watching the birds migrate, our body beating with hope for the new year but also anticipating the inevitable imminent war.

The performances are taking place according to the instructions of the Home Command green city status. 
Please note: Weapons are not permitted into the hall, nor is there a place for their safe storage on the premises.

  • Dedicated to Eliav Naharin 1927-2018

  • Performed by Batsheva Dance Company season 2023–2024: Yarden Bareket, Billy Barry,
    Yael Ben Ezer, Adi Blumenreich, Nathan Chipps, Matan Cohen, Guy Davidson, Iyar, Sean Howe, Londiwe Khoza, Adrienne Lipson, Eri Nakamura, Gianni Notarnicola, Danai Porat, Igor Ptashenchuk, Yoni (Yonatan) Simon.
    Guest Dancers from The Batsheva Ensemble: Gili Yaniv, Amodai, Emil Brukman, Holden Cole, Victor Duval, Bo Matthews, Mermoz Melchior, Adi Schwarz, Yardan Zana.

  • Lighting Design

    Avi Yona Bueno (Bambi)

  • Costume Design, styling

    Eri Nakamura

  • Stage and Set Design

    Gadi Tzachor

  • Soundtrack Design and Original Music

    Maxim Waratt

  • Sound Design

    David (Dudi) Bell

  • Musical Advisor, Mastering

    Nadav Barnea

  • Assistant to Ohad Naharin and Eri Nakamura

    Ariel Cohen

  • Production

    Dana Katz Naaman

  • Text about the piece

    Shira Vitaly

  • ewelry Design

    Liron Etzion, Keren Wolf

  • Acknowledgments

    Roni Azgad, Lillian Barreto, Zach Bar, Deaf Chunky, Michal Helfman, Wael Kubtan, Neta Lee Levi, Gil Markovich, Orly Morag, Avi Pitchon

  • Cello

    Noa Ayali

  • Accordion

    Uzi Rosenblat

  • Music

    "Card Games" by Iarmi Kadoshi performed by Moshe Cohen, "Locust Star" by Neurosis, "Boukyou" by Hako Yamasaki, "Hine ma tov umanaim" Psalms/Moshe Yakobson, "Bashana Haba`a" – Ehud Manor/Nurit Hirsh, "Ana le Habibi" by Rahbani Brothers/Fairuz, "Saikai" by Hako Yamasaki, "Maqlooba" by V.F.M. style, "You, Me and the Next War" - Hanoch Levin/Maxim Waratt, "LaKova Sheli" – folk song, "Caspian" By Asadi.

  • Co-producer: Montpellier Dance Festival 2020. With the support of the Chleck Family Foundation (Boston); Zita and Mark Bernstein Family Foundation (Winnipeg); Robert de Rothschild (New York); Batsheva's New Works Fund; the American Friends of Batsheva New Works Fund; and additional Israeli and international friends.

  • World Premiere

    December 9 , 2019, Varda Studio, Suzanne Dellal Center, Tel-Aviv.

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by Ohad Naharin
Performed by The Batsheva Ensemble

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