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Australian Friends of Batsheva Dance Company

Batsheva Dance Company, led by world-renowned choreographer Ohad Naharin, is a true champion on the global map of performing arts and one of Israel’s leading cultural ambassadors. Comprising two companies with forty dancers, Batsheva Dance Company performs 250 performances a year in Israel and around the world, touching and influencing over 100,000 people annually. The company’s values of artistic integrity, creativity, performance excellence, commitment and leadership ensure the continuing impact on the world stage.

'...the dancers' understated splendour (makes) it impossible to look away.' San Francisco Chronicle, 2006 Batsheva made its Australian debut back in 1996, at the Adelaide Festival, with their brilliantly choreographed 'Anaphase', a production which was thereafter performed at the opening of the 2000 Melbourne International Arts Festival under Artistic Director, Jonathan Mills. The company returned to Australia for the Sydney Festival 2007, with more than twenty performances of their three critically acclaimed new productions. The performance of 'Telophaza' at the apitol Theatre was a breathtaking way to open the festival, while 'Mamootot' and 'Kamuyot' were performed in venues across the city alongside a workshop program at The Critical Path.

The company, in collaboration with AICE, used the opportunity to launch the Australian Friends of Batsheva, with Ohad Naharin, Naomi Bloch-Fortis (General Manager) and Dina Aldor (International Representative) taking time out from Sydney to initially launch the Friends in Melbourne in January 2008. In August, the organisation was officially launched at a cocktail party at the Sherman Galleries in Paddington, Sydney, following the agreement with Sydney-based Jacqui Scheinberg to be its inaugural chair. She is joined by Sarita Gold and Rose Grunstein on the Australian committee alongside AICE and Batsheva representatives.

Co-founded in 1964 by Baroness Batsheva de Rothschild and American dance legend Martha Graham, Batsheva Dance Company introduced a new art form to the fledgling State of Israel. The company’s style drew heavily upon Graham’s technique, with the contemporary dance icon serving as its first artistic advisor.