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Ohad Naharin - THE HOLE

Nederlands Dans Theater / NDT 1


Ohad Naharin

staged by

Rachael Osborne, Ian Robinson

NDT assistants

Tamako Akiyama,
Lucas Crandall


Team Doyobi -"Rephase"

Gevende - "Akvaryum"
Angelo Badalamenti - "Diner" 

Autreche - "Rsdio"

Autreche - "IV VV IV VV VIII"

François Couperin - "Sonate La Sultane: Gravement"

The Hers - "We are over the kop"

Affletic - "Jus Wan"

Seefeel - "Starethrough"

Ennio Morricone - "By the Sea" Maxim Waratt - "Shoshana and The Pigs"

soundtrack editing

Maxim Waratt

Ohad Naharin & Maxi Waratt's assistant

Guy Shomroni

lighting design

Avi Yona Bueno (Bambi)

space and stage design

Zohar Shoef


Ariel Cohen

performed by

X dancers


60 minutes

world premiere

by Batsheva Dance Company,

3 April 2013, Varda Hall, Suzanne Dellal Centre, Tel-Aviv


world premiere NDT

8 February 2018,

Lucent Danstheater,

The Hague (NL)


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Batsheva Dance Company Choreographer & Artistic Director Ohad Naharin has been hailed as one of the world’s preeminent contemporary choreographers. As Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company since 1990, he has guided the company with an adventurous artistic vision and reinvigorated its repertory with his captivating choreography. Naharin has been connected to NDT for over 30 years and has created for the company several times. HIS return with THE HOLE in 2018 marked a new place in NDT’s relationship with this master of modern dance.


For THE HOLE, originally created in 2013, Naharin created an intimate setting in which the audience, limited in number, sits on stage and surrounds the dance floor. An ingenious use of the space creates a grand experience for the audience.

THE HOLE is performed twice per evening, each performance showing a shift in the prominent presence of either the male or the female dancers (or a mixed cast).


"Naharin has managed to create an inspiring space in which he stirs up the imagination with remarkable ingenuity. That makes The Hole a sensational, unforgettable experience." Leids Dagblad

"A stubborn paradise with a bang effect." Theaterkrant ****


Ohad Naharin is the House Choreographer of Batsheva Dance Company and creator of the Gaga movement language.

Naharin was born in 1952 in Mizra, Israel.  His mother is a choreographer, dance teacher, and Feldenkrais instructor, and his father was an actor and psychologist.  He joined Batsheva Dance Company in 1974 despite having little formal training.  During his first year, guest choreographer Martha Graham invited him to join her own company in New York.  Between 1975 and 1976, Naharin studied at the School of American Ballet, The Juilliard School, and with Maggie Black and David Howard.  He then joined Maurice Béjart’s Ballet du XXe Siecle in Brussels for one season.

Naharin returned to New York in 1979 and made his choreographic debut at the Kazuko Hirabayshi studio the following year.  From 1980 until 1990, Naharin presented works in New York and abroad, including pieces for Batsheva Dance Company, the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, and Nederlands Dans Theater.  At the same time, he worked with his first wife, Mari Kajiwara, and a group of dancers in New York. Naharin and Kajiwara continued to work together until she died from cancer in 2001. 

In 1990, Naharin was appointed Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company, and in the same year, he established the company’s junior division, Batsheva – the Young Ensemble.  He has since created over thirty works for both companies. After almost thirty years of leading Batsheva, Naharin stepped down as Artistic Director in 2018, and continues to serve as the Company's House Choreographer.

In addition to his stagework, Naharin also developed GAGA, an innovative movement language based on research into heightening sensation and imagination, becoming aware of form, finding new movement habits, and going beyond familiar limits.  GAGA is the daily training of Batsheva’s dancers and has spread globally among both dancers and non-dancers. 

Naharin trained in music throughout his childhood and continues to infuse his work with a unique musicality.  He collaborated with the Israeli rock group, The Tractor’s Revenge (Kyr, 1990), Avi Balleli and Dan Makov (Anaphaza, 1993), Ivri Lider (Z/na, 1995), and Grischa Lichtenberger (Last Work, 2015). Under the pseudonym Maxim Waratt, he composed music for MAX (2007) and edited and mixed the soundtracks for Mamootot (2003), Hora (2009), Sadeh21 (2011), The Hole (2013), Last Work (2015) and Venezuela (2017).

Naharin’s work has also been featured in several films. In his 2007 documentary, Out of Focus, Director Tomer Heymann filmed the process of restaging Decadance with Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet.  And in 2015, the Heymann Brothers released their comprehensive documentary about Naharin, Mr. Gaga, to critical and audience acclaim.

A citizen of both Israel and the United States, Naharin currently lives in Israel with his wife, dancer and costume designer Eri Nakamura, and their daughter, Noga.

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