Ohad Naharin

Ohad Naharin ( born June 22, 1952 at Kibbutz Mizra, Northern District, Israel) is an Israeli dancer and choreographer.


Ohad Naharin was born into an artistic spirit and family. He began dance training but only in 1974 with the Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv and was for further study of Martha Graham to New York City at the School of American Ballet fetched. His other steps were the Juilliard School and the teachers Maggie Black and David Howard. He appeared at the Israeli Bat- Dor Dance Company and with Maurice Béjart's Ballet du XXe siècle. In the early 1980s originated in the U.S. its first choreography. With his wife Mari Kajiwara, he founded the " Ohad Naharin Dance Company ", which existed until 1990. Kajiwara died in 2002, he is now in second marriage with the Batsheva dancer Eri Nakamura ( born 1984 ) married and has one daughter with her.

Since 1990, the director and the creative head of the Batsheva Dance Company, for which he wrote a number of pieces that are cited in his dance evening " Deca Dance". He has developed with the troops a new movement language Gaga. The adoption of this technique by other dance companies does not happen easily.

In 1998 he was honored et des Lettres in France with the Ordre des Arts. He was awarded the 2005 Israel Prize for dance and an honorary doctorate from the Weizmann Institute of Science (2004) and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem ( 2009).