Mr. Gaga | Chicago Reader

Mr. Gaga

Shot over eight years, this exuberant documentary traces the career of Israeli dance genius Ohad Naharin from his days as a self-taught artist, entertaining the Israeli Defense Forces during the Yom Kippur War; to his work in the U.S., where he studied at Juilliard and the School of American Ballet and performed with Martha Graham's and Maurice BĂ©jart's companies; to his appointment as artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv. Naharin's style is both idiosyncratic and accessible, his movements both angular and supple, but above all his dances celebrate the body, built for the joy of motion. Filmmaker Tomer Heymann follows Naharin's maturation into a visionary choreographer who designed a new international language of dance called Gaga, centered not on technique but on body awareness and improvisation.

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