Photo by Gadi Dagon
Yaara Moses, like many other little girls growing up in Jerusalem, wore tutus, danced ballet, modern, and of course, Israeli folk dances. When she was 11 years old her mother took her to see Batsheva Dance Company perform Ohad Naharin’s “Anaphaza.” It was an experience that changed her life.
“My jaw dropped. It was different than any other dance I had seen,” Moses said in an interview with The Arty Semite. “There was so much power, grace, and humor. It moved something in me.”
Guy Shomroni, who started dancing as a teenager in Tel Aviv, felt equally compelled the first time he saw Naharin’s choreography. “It was truly unique. It was as if the movement was some type of extra-communication.”
Moses and Shomroni both joined the Batsheva Dance Company in 2005, and continue to be inspired by Naharin’s evocative movement style. This month they come to the U.S. on a tour featuring two of his recent pieces, “Hora” and “MAX.”