A double-bill of contemporary work from the National Ballet of Ireland, featuring work by Ohad Naharin and Ludovic Ondiviela.
Anne Maher, director of Ballet Ireland is thrilled about this fresh new season of work:
“Reflecting on our 20th anniversary and on the back of an extremely successful Nutcracker tour this Christmas where we toured to 22 venues nationwide and performed to an audience of over 17,000 people, it has been an extremely exciting journey so far. Looking ahead, the future is very bright and promises to see the company take even greater strides as we work with exciting choreographers and collaborators in the coming months and years ahead. The company continues its commitment to presenting classical ballets alongside new and exciting work. Bold Moves exemplifies this and you simply cannot miss this next step in our journey. On to the next 20 years!”
Ohad Naharin has been hailed as one of the world’s preeminent contemporary choreographers. As former Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company, he guided the company with an adventurous artistic vision and reinvigorated its repertory with his captivating choreography. Naharin is also the originator of an innovative movement research, Gaga, which has enriched his extraordinary movement invention, revolutionized the company’s training, and emerged as a growing force in the larger field of movement practices for both dancers and non-dancers. In 2015, the Heymann Brothers released their comprehensive documentary about Naharin, Mr. Gaga, to critical and audience acclaim.
This will be the first time that Ohad Naharin’s work has been presented by an Irish company. Featuring an eclectic score ranging from Dean Martin to mambo, techno to traditional Israeli music, Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16 uses improvisation and Naharin’s acclaimed “Gaga” method, a unique movement language that breaks down old habits, pushing the dancers to challenge themselves in new ways.
The piece has elements of unpredictability and fun that makes each performance of Minus 16 delightfully different.
“One of the most important choreographers in the world”
New York Times
“The most widely worshipped guru of modern dance”
""Minus 16 not only delights in its own wackiness, but also celebrates the joy of dancing”
San Francisco Chronicle
Lost, is by one of Europe’s foremost emerging choreographers and one of Ballet Ireland’s long-standing collaborators, Ludovic Ondiviela. In 2015 he created Lost for Ballet Ireland. He then created “The memoires of Francesca Woodman” for the Northern Ballet Choreographic lab and in March 2016 Ludovic created “Sliver of Sky” for Amnesty International, which was performed at Sadlers Wells, London. More recently, Ludovic choreographed Giselle for Ballet Ireland to wide critical acclaim both in Ireland and at the Edinburgh Festival in 2018.
The work, which began life as part of a three-week choreographic laboratory, made its premiere at Project Arts Centre, Dublin in 2015. Taking Irish myths and legends as his inspiration, Ondiviela’s fascination with the concept of faeries as ‘fallen angels’ suspended in a permanent state of limbo, has led to the work’s exploration of emotions, particularly feelings of guilt and rejection. It is a powerful work, leaving in turn its own imprint on the memory.