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New York Times: 'This is Not Dancing You will See Anywhere Else'

photo of the Batsheva Dance Company in MAX, courtesy of the company
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World renowned Batsheva Dance Company returns to UCLAlive’s Royce Hall to present the L.A. premiere of MAX on Saturday and Sunday night, Feb. 28-March 1. This new work by award winning choreographer Ohad Naharin is an evening length piece for 10 dancers that continues Naharin’s research into the roots, origins and essence of movement. The highly refined choreography investigates notions of structure, time and space, with each dancer compressing utmost attention inward. Set to original music composed and performed by Maxim Waratt, an onstage awkwardness turns into beauty when performed by this athletic and innovative dance company.

Since its inception in Israel in 1964 (made with the personal assistance of Martha Graham and Baroness Batsheva De Rothschild), the Batsheva Dance Company has evolved into an internationally renowned company known for pushing the boundaries of cutting-edge dance with intense energy, rich sensuality and a culturally diverse dance language.

Led by artistic director Ohad Naharin since 1990, the company’s artistic integrity and innovation have earned a reputation as one of the most inspirational and sought after dance companies on the global stage. The company is Israel’s leading cultural ambassador, and performs annually at New York’s Lincoln Center, BAM’s Next Wave Fest, Montpellier Danse, the Berlin Festival and others.