Let your heart leap at these images of Batsheva's Young Ensemble in Decadance
Ohad Naharin's legendary company sends in an impressive team with a work that reveals the joy of generational change
By Helen Shaw|
In 2000, the Israeli-born Ohad Naharin created Decadance, a work that looked back at the best moments from his previous works, crazily quilting together excerpts from the Batsheva Dance Company's own history. In the intervening 16 years, the configuration of the show has continuously changed, as has the company performing it—so this year's Decadance is not last year's Decadance, nor next year's. (If there was ever a metaphor for the ephemeral nature of dance, this is it.) The talented young company samples from “greatest hits” like 2007's Seder and 2011's Sadeh21, 2005's Three and 2001's Naharin's Virus. It's a great opportunity to sample widely from Naharin's large oeuvre, and it's also an appropriately history-minded entry amongst the best dance shows this fall. This year, the fall includes an incredible number of important remounts and revisitations—perhaps in these hectic days of 2015, we're as much preoccupied with looking back as looking forward.