Premiere in Russia. An adaptation of Peter Handke’s play Offending the Audience. Choreography by Ohad Naharin. Perfomed by the Batsheva Dance Company, The Young Ensemble (Tel Aviv)
Naharin’s Virus is one of those performances that is ahead of its time. Even in a decade and a half after a premiere it looks stunningly ground-breaking and “different”.
Naharin wasn’t just staging the play but liberating the dancers and letting them float freely in the sea of the sculpturesque creativity. The energy that literally radiates from the Batsheva dance here integrates with the deep meaning of the body language that was reinvented, but remained comprehensive and meaningful. Although plotless the show deeply penetrates into the audience’s soul. And probably not so much into the soul but into the self-awareness, self-consciousness of the audience.
The piece was based on and inspired by the text of Peter Handke, one of the most significant writers of the second half of the 20th century, the great rioter of the European New Wave. Offending the Audience was written back in the 1960-s and became one of the program works of the Neo-Avantgarde: without plot, action or even characters, capable to clear off “the exact moment in time at the exact point in space” out of the meaning imposed by words.
Batsheva’s dancers participated in the original creation of this production.
Duration time — 60 minutes
Ticket cost — 800-6500 roubles