Batsheva Dance Company

The Batsheva Dance Company is an ensemble for contemporary dance from Israel.


The co-founder Baroness Bethsabée ( Batsheva ) de Rothschild ( 1914-1999 ) was the daughter of Baron Edouard de Rothschild ( 1868-1949 ). The family fled from the Nazis to New York, where Bethsabée made ​​the acquaintance with the choreographer Martha Graham. 1962 emigrated de Rothschild moved to Israel and realized there very quickly the lack of a company for contemporary dance. She took Graham to Israel and founded with her 1964 Batsheva Dance Company, the Baroness mainly contributed to the financial capital, while Graham 's artistic inspiration came. Co-founders were the dancers and Martha Graham pupils Rina 's field (* 1938) and Rena Gluck ( born 1933), who worked for the company until the end of the 1970s.


Initially there was the repertoire mainly from dance pieces of Graham: Errand into the Maze, Diversion of Angels, Embattled Garden, Cave of the Heart and Learning Process. 1974 Graham wrote to Jacob 's Dream their own play for the Batsheva Company.

In 1990, the dancer and choreographer Ohad Naharin was ( b. 1952 ) artistic director. He did not begin until the age of 22 with the dance. In 1976 he studied with Graham and replaced a year later the Julliard School. At age 28, he presented his first major choreography. His dance language oriented to the beginning of Pina Bausch and William Forsythe. In 1980 he founded with Ohad Naharin Dance Company of its first group and took tour traveling through the United States. In 1987 he wrote a choreography for the Nederlands Dans Theater ( NDT). His first widely acclaimed production as head of Batsheva had the title Kyr ( wall).

The Batsheva Dance Company leads the world not only of Naharin choreography, but also by other members of the ensemble. The long-standing Batsheva dancer Sharon Eyal (* 1971 ) contributed to the repertoire among other Love (2004) and Bill (2011) at.

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