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PRESS RELEASE: Batsheva Ensemble present Deca Dance at Sadler's Wells, 19 - 21 November 2012

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Batsheva Ensemble

Deca Dance


Sadler’s Wells

Monday 19 – Wednesday 21 November 2012


Performances at 7.30pm

Tickets: £12 - £32

Ticket Office: 0844 412 4300 www.sadlerswells.com

Part of a Dance Consortium Tour

Full tour details: www.danceconsortium.com


Batsheva Ensemble, the youth branch of Israel’s world-renowned contemporary dance group, Batsheva Dance Company, appear at Sadler’s Wells on Monday 19 – Wednesday 21 November, performing Deca Dance by Batsheva’s Artistic Director Ohad Naharin - part of a Dance Consortium UK debut tour.

The Ensemble’s talented corps, aged 18 to 24, are hand picked by Naharin during a rigorous annual audition process. The ensemble is made up of an international collection of just 16 young dancers, many of whom are graduates from some of the world’s most prestigious dance schools, including Julliard in New York and the Paris Conservatory.

While many of the dancers from Batsheva Ensemble go on to perform in Batsheva Dance Company, the Ensemble is proud to function as an independent dance group, presenting dynamic and technically superb performances in its own right. Among Batsheva’s notable alumni are choreographers Hofesh Shetcher and Itzik Galili.

For its first appearance in the UK, Batsheva Ensemble present Deca Dance, a showcase of memorable and exciting segments from Ohad Naharin’s dance productions from the past 20 years including scenes from the acclaimed Black Milk and Minus 16. Set to an eclectic mix of music, from Vivaldi to The Beach Boys and Goldfrapp, Deca Dance is constantly updated to incorporate Naharin’s latest pieces, offering a fresh look at the work created for Batsheva each time it is performed.

Ohad Naharin said: "Deca Dance is about reconstruction: I like to take pieces or sections of existing works and rework it, reorganize it and create the possibility of seeing it from a new angle. It always teaches me something new about my work and composition. It was like I was telling only either the beginning, middle or ending of many stories but when I organized it the result become as coherent as the original if not more."

Batsheva Ensemble was established by Naharin in 1990, upon his appointment as Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company, with the mission of developing, encouraging and cultivating young dance talents as well as younger audiences. Admission to the ensemble provides a two-year intensive training program that includes work in the studio studying Naharin’s famous Gaga movement language, repertoire classes, local performances with an emphasis on educational outreach work and international touring.

Originally from Kibbutz Mizra in Northern Israel, Ohad Naharin is recognised as one of the world’s preeminent contemporary choreographers. As Artistic Director of both Batsheva Dance Company and Batsheva Ensemble he has guided both companies with an adventurous artistic vision and reinvigorated their repertory with his unique choreographic voice. Naharin is also the originator of an innovative movement language, Gaga, which has revolutionized the company’s training, and emerged as a growing force in the larger field of movement practices for both dancers and non-dancers, with classes in Gaga technique growing in popularity around the world.

Naharin’s inventive and textured movement vocabulary have made him a favourite guest artist for many international dance companies. His works have been performed by Nederlands Dans Theater, Ballet Frankfurt, Lyon Opera Ballet, Compañía Nacional de Danza (Spain), Cullberg Ballet (Sweden), the Finnish National Ballet, the Paris Opera Ballet, Balé da Cidade de São Paulo, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet (New York), Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Les Grand Ballets Canadiens de Montréal.

Dance Consortium is made up of 18 large scale UK venues and is supported by Arts Council England.


Batsheva Ensemble UK Tour dates:

Festival Theatre, Edinburgh Tue 30 – Wed 31 October 2012

Ticket Office 0131 529 6000 or www.festivaltheatre.org

The Lowry, Salford Quays Fri 2 – Sat 3 November 2012

Ticket Office 0843 208 6000 or www.thelowry.com

Alhambra Theatre, Bradford Tues 6 – Wed 7 November 2012

Ticket Office 01274 432 000 or


Dome Concert Hall, Brighton Fri 9 – Sat 10 November 2012

Ticket Office 01273 709709 or www.brightondome.org

Hippodrome, Birmingham Tue 13 – Wed 14 November

Ticket Office 0844 338 5000 or


Curve Theatre, Leicester Fri 16 November 2012

Ticket Office 0116 242 3595 or www.curveonline.co.uk

Sadler’s Wells London Mon 19 – Wed 21 November 2012

Ticket Office 0844 871 0090 or www.sadlerswells.com

Theatre Royal, Plymouth Fri 23 – Sat 24 November 2012

Ticket Office 01752 260 960 or www.theatreroyal.com

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