Batsheva Ensemble
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The Batsheva Dance Company is an internationally acclaimed dance company based in Tel Aviv, Israel. Batsheva Dance Company was founded as a repertory company in 1964 by the Baroness Batsheva de Rothschild, who enlisted Martha Graham as artistic adviser. From its inception until 1979, Batsheva’s prima ballerina was Rina Schenfeld; she and Rena Gluck were the company’s principal dancers for many years. During its first few decades, Batsheva Dance Company was guided by artistic directors Jane Dudley, Norman Walker, Brian MacDonald, William Louther, Kaj Lothman, Paul Sanasardo, Moshe Romano, David Dvir, and Shelley Sheer. Each director varied the repertory with works by prominent American and European choreographers and introduced new creations by emerging Israeli artists. Batsheva was also shaped by Robert Cohan, who served as artistic advisor during Romano’s directorship.Ohad Naharin has been artistic director since 1990, one of his first acts was to found a youth company, Batsheva Ensemble. Its dancers are aged between 18 and 24, its graduates include the choreographers Hofesh Schechter and Itzik Galili. In its current repertory focusing on works by Naharin and Sharon Eyal, (House Choreographer) Batsheva Dance Company has won praise for fearless, full-bodied, movingly honest performances. Through daily training in Gaga a revolutionary movement language pioneered by Naharin, Batsheva’s dancers research new movement possibilities and awakens their dynamic sensitivity. The Batsheva home since 1989 is situated in the Suzanne Dellal Centre for Dance and Theatre, Tel Aviv, designed by architects Ronit and Elisha Rubin. 

Batsheva Dance Company at BAM: MAX