FYI | Naharin to Vacate Artistic Director Post

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A change in leadership at Batsheva Dance Company will allow Ohad Naharin to devote his time to creating choreography such as Venezuela.
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Acclaimed, innovative, and controversial, the Tel Aviv-based Batsheva Dance Company has long pushed contemporary dance in interesting new directions. Founded in 1964 by Martha Graham and Baroness Batsheva de Rothschild as Israeli dancers sought to learn more about American modern dance, the company has flourished under the artistic direction of internationally known choreographer Ohad Naharin.

Naharin, creator of the movement language known as Gaga, will step down in September 2018 from the artistic director post he assumed in 1990. The New York Times said former Batsheva dancer and rehearsal director Gili Navot will fill the position; Naharin will continue as house choreographer. In a letter to subscribers and donors, Naharin said the move would allow him to dedicate himself to creating new work and refining Gaga.