In 1974, electronic music pioneer Isao Tomita released the album Snowflakes Are Dancing, completely revolutionizing musical programing. 35 years later, Ohad Naharin presents Hora – a piece for 11 dancers inspired by Tomita’s music. Like Tomita, who reimagined familiar classics with a synthesizer, Naharin places us between the familiar and the foreign: Hora is an evergreen bubble outside of time and space, natural and synthetic, permanent and everchanging.
Simultaneously primordial and futuristic, the bodies set out to formulate a new language that draws on – and pushes away from – familiar quotes. They embody the beauty of the struggle to remain distinct in the togetherness, creating a futuristic folklore and composing a new movement code, only to undo it in the exploration of body territories longing to be discovered.
- Dedicated to Sofia Naharin
- Co-produced by Montpellier Danse 2010 and Lincoln Center Festival, New York
- Performed by Batsheva Dance Company season 2022-2023:
Chen Agron, Yarden Bareket, Billy Barry, Yael Ben Ezer, Matan Cohen, Guy Davidson, Ben Green, Chiaki Horita, Li-En Hsu, Sean Howe, Londiwe Khoza, Adrienne Lipson, Ohad Mazor, Eri Nakamura, Gianni Notarnicola, Danai Porat, Igor Ptashenchuk, Yoni (Yonatan) Simon
- Lighting and stage design Avi Yona Bueno (Bambi)
- Sound design and editing Maxim Waratt
- Costume design Eri Nakamura
- Bench design Amir Raveh
- Sound mastering Nir Klajman
- Text about the piece Shira Vitaly
- Music arranged and performed by Isao Tomita Catacombs – composed by Modest Mussorgsky; Aranjuez – composed by Joaquín Rodrigo; Space Fantasy: Theme from "2001: A Space Odyssey" [Also Sprach Zarathustra] – composed by Richard Strauss; Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries, Tannhäuser: Overture – composed by Richard Wagner; The Unanswered Question – composed by Charles Edward Ives; Peer Gynt/ Solveig's Song – composed by Edvard Grieg; Star Wars - Main Title – composed by John Williams; World of Different Dimensions – composed by Jean Sibelius; Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun – composed by Claude Debussy; Suite Bergamesque, No. 3: Clair de Lune – composed by Claude Debussy
Data Matrix by Ryoji Ikeda
- World Premiere May 2009, Jerusalem Theatre