UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA) presents acclaimed Tel Aviv-based Batsheva Dance Company in two performances of Venezuela on Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 16, 2019, at 8 p.m. at Royce Hall. Tickets for $29–$89 are available now at cap.ucla.edu, via Ticketmaster, by phone 310-825-2101 and at the UCLA Central Ticket Office.
One of the preeminent dance companies today, Batsheva Dance Company returns to Royce Hall with a new evening-length work by the choreographer, Ohad Naharin. In Venezuela, Naharin and the dancers explore the dialogue and conflict between movement and the content it represents. Naharin created Venezuela in two 40-minute sections placed in juxtaposition. In this multi-faceted and compelling work, the endless possibilities of a choreographer’s craft are at play, and, in turn, Venezuela compels the audience to challenge their own freedom of choice.
Ohad Naharin is widely considered to be one of the great dance pioneers of his generation. Batsheva’s senior company of 18 dancers are trained by Naharin in his original movement language called Gaga. The dancers display their signature style, which combines their visceral physicality with the depth and consistency of their training. Leading up to the performance on Thursday, March 14 at 7 p.m., the Temple Israel of Hollywood will host a screening of the film Mr. Gaga followed by a Q & A with Ohad Naharin.
The company was founded in 1964 with the esteemed choreographer Martha Graham as their first artistic advisor. As one of the most sought-after dance companies in the world, Batsheva Dance Company maintains an extensive international schedule, performing for more than 100,000 people around the world each year.
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