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Interview: Batsheva Dance Company Artistic Director Ohad Naharin on “Gaga” and Listening to Gravity

Kathryn Turney, Stage Buddy, June 2, 2017
"A lot of what I've developed in Gaga is like a set of keys. If you have a treasure, I can just give you the key to open it up"


Israel's Batsheva Dance Company brings healing 'Gaga' method to Minneapolis

Caroline Palmer, Star Tribune, January 19, 2017
Gaga helps dancers explore how to go further by letting go, how to be extremely delicate and the next moment be extremely explosive.


Choreographer Ohad Naharin on developing the dance language Gaga

MARTHA SCHABAS, Special to The Globe and Mail, Jan. 06, 2017
"Gaga came from the necessity to communicate with the people I work with – I needed to take care of their bodies and my body. It became something that really reflects on how and why we dance. And it has a lot to do with what I told you before about going beyond familiar limits: We couldn’t have done this without Gaga and without the toolbox of Gaga." Ohad Naharin


Lord Gaga of Batsheva

Stacey Menchel Kussell, Tablet, January 22, 2016
Gaga came from Naharin’s need to communicate with dancers, he said, to help them interpret the work. He explained: “Gaga gives us a tool box which enables us to make a sublimation of our feelings, groove, imagination, thoughts and the scope of sensations into form and movement".


Gaga Everywhere

Emily Macel Theys, DanceSpirit Magazine, April 14, 2015
Choreography by Gaga’s creator, Ohad Naharin, is popping up in the repertoire of top companies around the world. These days, dancers in Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal all speak Gaga. And that means it’s becoming a must-have tool for aspiring professional dancers.


Ohad Naharin: Movement Of The People

Elianna Bar-El, Boat Magazine, January 27, 2016
Gaga’s influence goes far beyond working solely with dancers. As a teacher, Naharin pulls even a prolific non-dancer out of his comfort zone to gyrate, shuffle, shimmy and meditate on the humor, power and sexiness of language and dance


Batsheva’s dance will literally drive you gaga

Maxim Boon, Limelight, October 7, 2015
Modesty aside, the world is most definitely going gaga for Gaga. Naharin’s choreography is commonplace among many of the world’s best modern dance troupes who have absorbed aspects of Gaga into their training. The healing properties of Gaga’s low-impact mentality have made it a popular rehabilitation tool for dancers overcoming injuries.


Going Gaga for Ohad Naharin

Anna Della Subin, The New York Times – T Magazine, September 19, 2015
As Naharin explained to me, ‘‘There is something about Gaga that makes you realize that joy and pain and sadness can live in the same space; they don’t contradict each other.’’ And also that the more you can move, the more you can say.


A Toolbox for Dancers

Interview with Ohad Naharin, tanzraumberlin magazin, September-October 2015
The letting go, the yielding, is an important concept in Gaga. It is not about collapse or relaxing but about turning to where we block the flow of energy, where we are holding ourselves and do not allow our joints to be available for movement so that our movement becomes stiff instead of soft. Through Gaga, people learn to use vertical forces – gravity, but not only seen as weight – to create horizontal movement.


Gaga about dancing

Ori J. Lenkinski, The Jerusalem Post, January 20, 2014
If you have ever wondered whether your dancing abilities might be useful for more than showing off, tonight is your chance to find out. This evening, a thousand movers will join forces to make this country a better place. Famed choreographer Ohad Naharin, Batsheva Dance Company and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel will open the doors to Hangar 11 in the Tel Aviv Port at 7 p.m. for a mass Gaga lesson.


Postcards from Tel Aviv: One Dancer’s Pilgrimage to the 2013 Gaga Summer Intensive

Kathleen Wessel, Dance Informa, September 4, 2013
On the last day, Ohad told us he knows Gaga is not the only way to make a great dancer, a humble statement from a legendary choreographer. He’s right, but I’ll give credit to where credit is due. At its best, Gaga helps release physical (and often mental) limitations and offers a door to new experiences. And for that, I’m always available.


Seven to Be Presented With Honorary Degrees

Molly Yeh, Juilliard Journal, May 2013
At Juilliard’s 108th commencement, on May 24, the class of 2013 will be addressed by Juilliard trustee Laura Leggett Linney (Group 19), who received an honorary degree in 2009. This year’s recipients represent a cross-section of the arts. Actor Daniel Day-Lewis and choreographer Ohad Naharin will receive honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degrees; singer Dawn Upshaw, pianist Alfred Brendel, and jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins will receive honorary Doctor of Music degrees; and philanthropists Michael Moritz and Harriet Heyman will receive honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees.


Twisting Body And Mind

Gia Kourlas, New York Times, August 12, 2011
GAGA is not just a lady.
Long before the pop star came on the scene, Gaga was a movement language developed by the Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin. Lady Gaga named herself after a Queen song, but Mr. Naharin, whose dances conjure a soulful blur of humor, sensuality and grit, chose the word for its playfulness


להקת בת-שבע למען נפגעי הרעש ביפן

יום ראשון 27 במרץ 2011 20:28 מאת: מירב יודילוביץ',ynet
אוהד נהרין ורקדני להקת המחול יקיימו מפגש פתוח לקהל בשפת הגאגא, שהכנסותיו ייתרמו לנפגעי רעידת האדמה ביפן


אוהד נהרין, גבר מזן נדיר

פברואר-מרץ 2011 מאת: קטי בר, ZOOZ
"הריקוד מחבר אותי לחיה שבי", אומר נהרין . הריקוד קשור לתחושות ולחושים, כדי לחבר את הגוף ואת הנפש ולשכלל את היכולות הפיזיות פיתח נהרין "שפת תנועה" משלו, ובחר לקרוא לה גאגא.


Gaga From the Source

Siobhan Burke, Dance Magazine, October 12, 2010
As I waited for Ohad Naharin’s workshop to begin at Peridance last Thursday, I wondered how the master would make his entrance. There was something vaguely religious—devotional—about the scene: Eighty students gathered in one room, anticipating the arrival of a single teacher.


Play it Cool, Girl, Real Cool: Gaga Class with Ohad Naharin and Danielle Agami

Laura Diffenderfer, Joyce Theater Blog, October 8, 2010
The class I took, part of The Joyce’s Master Class series, was specifically for dancers but I could see how individuals of varying abilities and dance experiences could benefit from the exercises.


Going Gaga in Israel, Part Two

Evan Namerow, Dancing Perfectly Free, November 27, 2009
In Gaga, I realized that I was moving in a way that was entirely different – more honest and open, more connected to sensations – from how I would move if I were told to improvise in a non-Gaga environment.


Going Gaga in Israel, Part One

Evan Namerow, Dancing Perfectly Free, November 24, 2009
Since first experiencing Gaga – the movement language created by Batsheva Dance Company’s artistic director Ohad Naharin – in early 2008, I have been yearning for more, and so has most of the dance world.


Going Gaga and being groovy

Jessica Green, Dance Consortium, August 12, 2009
Gaga has definitely influenced the way I think about dancing and the experience of the body. I found there is a freedom to move the way you want, and yet not to neglect your technique.