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Batsheva, Israel’s Premier Dance Company, Returns to UCLA Live in the L.A. Premiere of “Three,” a New Work by Ohad Naharin, Nov. 4-5

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UCLA Livepresents one of the world's most outstanding and innovative dance troupes, Israel'sBatsheva Dance Company, in "Three,"the Los Angeles premiere of a bold new work by artistic director Ohad Naharin, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, and at 7 p.m., on Sunday, Nov. 5, at RoyceHall on the UCLA campus. This event runs approximately 1 hour and 10 minuteswith no intermission. For tickets call (310)825-2101 or visit www.UCLALive.org.

Since its inception in 1964with the personal assistance of Martha Graham and Baroness Batsheva deRothschild, Batsheva has evolved into one of the world's most outstanding dancecompanies, internationally renowned for pushing the boundaries of cutting-edgedance with intense energy, rich sensuality and a culturally diverse dancelanguage. Its repertoire comprises works by dance's leading innovators.

Naharin's latest work, "Three," has three parts: "Bellus"(Beauty), "Humus" (Earth) and "Secus," which translates as both "this" and "notthis."

"Bellus" is setto the Glenn Gould's recording of the Goldberg Variations of Bach and is anexploration of the silence between the musical notes. "Humus,"for female dancers, is set to the music of Brian Eno. "Secus," whichinvolves the entire company, is set to an eclectic collage of music rangingfrom the Beach Boys to Kid 606, Seefeel and Chari Chari.

Says Naharin about "Three," "There are three parts to thepiece … Any further explanation is okay, but the best place for me to be in mywork is with my feelings. And I wish for (the audience) to be in that placetoo."

Naharin's work blends beauty, anger, serenity and sarcasmto reflect life in his homeland. An outspoken critic of the current Israeligovernment's conservative policies and an advocate of Palestinian-Israelireconciliation, Naharin has come under fire in recent years from prominentpoliticians in Israelwho disagree with his avant-garde, provocative style.

Artistic integrity and innovation have earned Batsheva its reputation as one of themost inspirational and sought after dance companies — a true champion on theglobal map of performing arts and one of the most influential cultural rolemodels in Israel. Batsheva's maininspiring force, Naharin was appointed artistic director in 1990, launching thecompany into a new era of creativity.

International in nature, Batsheva is made up of individuallyunique dancers from Israeland abroad who are encouraged to affirm their distinct creative gifts either inthe rehearsal process or in the creation of their own works during the annualBatsheva Dancers' Workshop series. Batsheva operates throughout the year withits two companies and 40 dancers. With 250 annual performances in Israel and around the world, the company isconsidered Israel'sleading cultural ambassador.

Many of Batsheva's dancers developed their skills during anextensive training period in the junior company, the Batsheva Ensemble. Theensemble serves as a greenhouse for the next generation of dancers andchoreographers, dedicating the majority of its time to Batsheva's comprehensiveoutreach and education program.

Tickets to BatshevaDance Company are available for $48,$38 and $26 at the UCLA Central Ticket Office at the southwest corner ofthe James West Alumni Center, online at www.UCLALive.org and at Ticketmaster outlets. For more information or to charge by phone,call (310) 825-2101. UCLA students may purchase tickets in advance for $15.Student rush tickets at the same price, subject to availability, are offered toall students with a valid ID one hour prior to show time.

Batsheva DanceCompany is part of UCLA Live'sdance events, which also include SankaiJuku on Nov. 17-18; The StephenPetronio Company on Feb. 2-3, 2007; Ballet Flamenco Sara Baras on Feb. 21-22, 2007, and Sylvie Guillem with Akram Khan on May2-3, 2007.

UCLALive is an internationally acclaimed producer and presenter of music, dance,theater and spoken word, bringing hundreds of outstanding and provocativeartists to Los Angeleseach year.

 

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