Ohad Naharin's Kamuyot on tour in Sweden.
September 17, 2009
Kamuyot, by Ohad Naharin
Première at Riksteatern on 30 September 2009
Kamuyot was performed for over 25,000 teenagers during 2007 and 2008 and turned out to be a great success. Riksteatern will give children and teenagers throughout the country another chance to share the experience between October 2009 and February 2010.
Approximately 400 dancers attended the three-day audition held at Riksteatern in March 2009 and sixteen of them were chosen for this particular tour.
In Kamuyot, the audience is part of the creative process and the boundaries between stage and auditorium fade out. The dancers merge with the audience and the audience becomes a part of the performance. The atmosphere is both suspensful and intimate, accompanied by a soundtrack which ranges from eclectic Japanese pop and reggae to TV show themes.
Ohad Naharin, artistic director of Batsheva Dance Company in Israel, is the choreographer behind Kamuyot. Born in 1952, he first joined Batsheva as a young dancer and pursued his career in the US, collaborating with Martha Graham, among others. He made his debut as a choreographer in 1980 and his works have been performed by a number of companies and theatres around the world.
What makes Kamuyot unique is the movement language it uses, GAGA. Developed by Ohad Naharin, it is the base for all Batsheva dancers' daily training. GAGA is about getting to know your own body, to explore and develop the individual movement pattern, of becoming aware of the connection between effort and pleasure. But first and foremost it is about having fun.
Proventus is a long-term supporter of the Batsheva Dance Company, one of the foremost contemporary dance companies in the world. At the initiative of Daniel Sachs and with the support of Gertrude och Ivar Philipsons Stiftelse (Gertrude and Ivar Philipson's Foundation) and The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, Riksteatern toured the country with Kamuyot during the autumn of 2007 and spring 2008.