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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Chloe Chua plays Antonio Vivaldi's Concerto No.4 in F minor "L'inverno / Winter" from Le Quattro Stagioni / The Four Seasons – Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Chloe Chua – Menuhin Competition 2018, Closing Gala (HD 1080p)














Accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, 11-year-old Singaporean violinist Chloe Chua, who won the first prize – with 10-year-old Australian violinist Christian Li – in the junior division of the Menuhin Competition 2018 in Geneva, plays – in Closing Gala at Menuhin Competition 2018 – the Fourth Concerto in F minor "Winter", Op.8, RV 297, fron The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi. The concert took place at Victoria Hall in Geneva, on April 22, 2018.



Menuhin Competition 2018, Closing Gala

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

♪ Le Quattro Stagioni / The Four Seasons: Concerto No.4 in F minor, Op.8, RV 297, L'inverno / Winter (1723)

i. Allegro non molto
ii. Largo
iii. Allegro

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Chloe Chua, violin and conducting

Victoria Hall, Geneva, April 22, 2018

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Chloe Chua was born in Singapore in January 2007 and has been a violin student at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), School of Young Talents (SYT) Strings Section, since she was four years old. She is currently studying with Mr. Yin Ke, String Programme Leader of SYT. Apart from performing in public concerts, masterclasses and music festivals, she has also won numerous competitions including 1st place in the 24th Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition in May 2017 and 3rd place in the Violin Group A of the 2nd Zhuhai International Mozart Competition for Young Musicians. Besides playing the violin, Chloe also enjoys reading, swimming and skateboarding.

Source: 2018.menuhincompetition.org







































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Chloe Chua – All the posts

Christian Li – All the posts

Monday, August 27, 2018

Chloe Chua plays Antonio Vivaldi's Concerto No.4 in F minor "L'inverno / Winter" from Le Quattro Stagioni / The Four Seasons, & Jaehyuck Choi's "Self in Mind" – L'Orchestre de Chambre de Genève, Chloe Chua – Menuhin Competition 2018, Junior Final (HD 1080p)














11-year-old Singaporean violinist Chloe Chua, who won the first prize – with 10-year-old Australian violinist Christian Li – in the junior division of the Menuhin Competition 2018 in Geneva, plays – in her final concert at Menuhin Competition 2018 – the work for solo violin "Self in Mind" by Jaehyuck Choi (b. 1994, Seoul), and, accompanied by L'Orchestre de Chambre de Genève, the Fourth Concerto in F minor "Winter", Op.8, RV 297, fron The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi. The concert took place at Victoria Hall in Geneva, on April 20, 2018.



Menuhin Competition 2018, Junior Final

Jaehyuck Choi (b. 1994, Seoul)

♪ Self in Mind (2018) (World Premiere)


Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

♪ Le Quattro Stagioni / The Four Seasons: Concerto No.4 in F minor, Op.8, RV 297, L'inverno / Winter (1723)

i. Allegro non molto
ii. Largo
iii. Allegro


L'Orchestre de Chambre de Genève
Chloe Chua, violin and conducting

Victoria Hall, Geneva, April 20, 2018

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Chloe Chua was born in Singapore in January 2007 and has been a violin student at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), School of Young Talents (SYT) Strings Section, since she was four years old. She is currently studying with Mr. Yin Ke, String Programme Leader of SYT. Apart from performing in public concerts, masterclasses and music festivals, she has also won numerous competitions including 1st place in the 24th Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition in May 2017 and 3rd place in the Violin Group A of the 2nd Zhuhai International Mozart Competition for Young Musicians. Besides playing the violin, Chloe also enjoys reading, swimming and skateboarding.

Source: 2018.menuhincompetition.org



















































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Chloe Chua – All the posts

Christian Li – All the posts

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Anton Bruckner: Symphony No.7 in E major – Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Manfred Honeck (HD 1080p)














Under the baton of the Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra performs Anton Bruckner's Symphony No.7 in E major. Recorded at Gothenburg Concert Hall, on May 24, 2018.



Having recently gained acceptance in Vienna with the premiere of the Fourth Symphony, Anton Bruckner received a visit from famed conductor Artur Nikisch who offered to premier the composer's Seventh Symphony. The concert took place in Leipzig with the Gewandhaus Orchestra on December 30, 1884; Hans Richter and the Vienna Philharmonic gave the Symphony its local premiere in January 1885. Despite a cool reception from the critics, the work was an enormous success, and public enthusiasm helped to solidify Bruckner's growing reputation. Among the accolades was a telegram from Johann Strauss, Jr. which read "Am deeply moved. It was the musical experience of my life". Unlike most of his other Symphonies, Bruckner's Seventh underwent virtually no revision; the one point of concern was a cymbal crash at the Adagio's climax which Bruckner added at the suggestion of friends, but then subsequently removed.

The Symphony commences with a string tremolo from which the searching main theme arises; this theme is said to have been whistled to Bruckner in a dream by his late friend Ignaz Dorn, and it reappears throughout the symphony in subtle transformations. This is followed by a plaintive, yet animated, theme for woodwinds, and followed in turn by an imposing dance-like third theme. The development is expansive, making effective use of theme inversion, and the recapitulation is varied; a long crescendo using fragments of the opening theme forms a glowing and dynamic coda.


The deeply felt second movement, an adagio in song form, is mournful and dignified. Said to have been inspired by a premonition of Richard Wagner's death, the opening threnody breaks into a sonorous hymn for strings. This alternates with a beautiful arching theme which offers consolation at each appearance. The climax occurs with the third appearance of the movement's opening theme which, against an ostinato of rising sextuplets, is propelled to a blazing C major climax. Finally, a dirge for Wagner tubas, said to have been composed upon Bruckner's learning of Wagner's passing, follows as coda with the strings intoning a poignant transformation of the Symphony's main theme.


With a contrast as stunning as the corresponding moment in Beethoven's Eroica, the windswept Scherzo which follows is one of Bruckner's best. The main theme is said to have been derived from the crowing of a cock; the wistfully nostalgic trio is deeply affecting.


The finale opens with an athletic transformation of the Symphony's opening theme. This is followed by beautifully modulating chorale for strings against a walking bass, and in turn following by a thundering unison transformation of the opening theme in minor. These three wonderfully contrasting ideas are interwoven deliberately, yet with great animation and vigor, until the heartily extroverted coda brings home the Symphony's opening theme in the full orchestra.


Source: Wayne Reisig (allmusic.com)




Anton Bruckner (1824-1896)

♪ Symphony No.7 in E major, WAB 107 (1881-1883, rev. 1885)

i. Allegro moderato
ii. Adagio. Sehr feierlich und sehr langsam
iii. Scherzo. Sehr schnell
iv. Finale. Bewegt, doch nicht schnell

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Manfred Honeck

Gothenburg Concert Hall, May 24, 2018

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Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck's conducting career rapidly grew throughout the decade of the 1990s after he learned conducting from the inside, as a top-quality orchestral musician.

Born September 17, 1958, in Nenzing, Austria, Honeck received his musical training at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna. After graduation, he took a position as a violist with the Vienna State Opera Orchestra, making him eligible for membership in the Vienna Philharmonic, which accepted him. He began working as a conductor with the Vienna Jeunesse Musicales Orchesters (Vienna Youth Orchestra). In 1987, conductor Claudio Abbado invited Honeck to assist him in conducting the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra in Vienna. His breakthrough performance was at the Gustav Mahler Festival in Kassel in 1989, conducting the centenary performance of the world premiere of Mahler's first symphony.

Honeck made his operatic debut with the Vienna Volksoper in 1989, leading Johann Strauss Jr.'s Die Fledermaus. Later in the season, he was invited to lead the company in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro and Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia. In 1990, he was invited to conduct the gala concert of the Vienna Philharmonic commemorating the 75th anniversary of the dedication of the Wiener Konzerthaus.

Other conducting opportunities quickly opened up: he led the Berlin State Orchestra, the Berlin State Opera at the Unter den Linden Theater, and the Hamburg State Opera. At the later position, he was again standing in Gustav Mahler's footprints when he led the official Mahler Production of Mozart's Così fan tutte.

In 1991, Honeck received a five-year contract with the Zürich Opera House as First Kapellmeister. There he added Massenet's Hérodiade and Giordano's operas Fedora and Andrea Chénier to his credits, and conducted the first performance of Herbert Willi's Schlafes Bruder. A high point of this early part of his career was his debut at Salzburg, conducting the Vienna Philharmonic during the Mozart Week of 1994.

In 1996, Honeck became chief conductor of the MDR (Central German Radio) Symphony Orchestra of Leipzig. In 1997, he was appointed music director of the Norwegian National Opera, and in 1998 he was named principal guest conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic. He was chief conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra (2000-2006) and music director of the Staatsoper Stuttgart (2007-2011), and since the 2008-2009 season, he has been music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony.

With the Pittsburgh Symphony, Honeck has recorded for Exton Classics and for the orchestra's in-house Reference Recordings label. He has continued to specialize in late Romantic repertory, recording several Mahler symphonies, Bruckner's Symphony No.4 for Reference in 2015, and suites from Richard Strauss' Elektra and Der Rosenkavalier for the same label the following year. In 2017, Reference Recordings released the Honeck/Pittsburgh recording of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op.47, powerfully coupled with Barber's Adagio for Strings.

Honeck continues to reside in Austria, in the village of Altach, with his wife, Christiane, and six children.

Source: James Manheim (allmusic.com)























































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Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No.1 in C minor – David Huang, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Manfred Honeck (HD 1080p)

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Chloe Chua plays Ludwig van Beethoven, Astor Piazzolla & Jenö Hubay – Menuhin Competition 2018, Junior Semi Final (HD 1080p)














11-year-old Singaporean violinist Chloe Chua, who won the first prize – with 10-year-old Australian violinist Christian Li – in the junior division of the Menuhin Competition 2018 in Geneva, plays – in her semi final recital at Menuhin Competition 2018 – the first movement from Ludwig van Beethoven's Violin Sonata No.8 in G major, Op.30 No.3, the second movement "Café 1930" from the famous composition "Histoire du Tango" by Argentine tango composer Astor Piazzolla, and Jenő Hubay's Carmen fantasie brillante for violin and piano, Op.3 No.3. The recital took place at the Conservatoire de musique de Genève on April 17, 2018.



Menuhin Competition 2018, Junior Semi Final

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

♪ Violin Sonata No.8 
in G major, Op.30 No.3 (1801-1802)


i. Allegro assai


Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)

♪ Histoire du Tango, 
Café 1930 (1986)



Jenő Hubay (1858-1937)

♪ Carmen fantasie brillante for violin and piano, Op.3 No.3 (1876)


Chloe Chua, violin

Conservatoire de musique de Genève, April 17, 2018

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Chloe Chua was born in Singapore in January 2007 and has been a violin student at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), School of Young Talents (SYT) Strings Section, since she was four years old. She is currently studying with Mr. Yin Ke, String Programme Leader of SYT. Apart from performing in public concerts, masterclasses and music festivals, she has also won numerous competitions including 1st place in the 24th Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition in May 2017 and 3rd place in the Violin Group A of the 2nd Zhuhai International Mozart Competition for Young Musicians. Besides playing the violin, Chloe also enjoys reading, swimming and skateboarding.

Source: 2018.menuhincompetition.org































































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Chloe Chua – All the posts

Christian Li – All the posts

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Chloe Chua plays Johann Sebastian Bach, Henryk Wieniawski & Johan Svendsen – Menuhin Competition 2018, Junior First Round (HD 1080p)














11-year-old Singaporean violinist Chloe Chua, who won the first prize – with 10-year-old Australian violinist Christian Li – in the junior division of the Menuhin Competition 2018 in Geneva, plays – in her first round recital at Menuhin Competition 2018 – the last two movements from Johann Sebastian Bach's Sonata for violin & keyboard No.3 in E major, BWV 1016, the Étude-caprice, Op.18 No.2 in E flat major by Henryk Wieniawski, and Johan Svendsen's Romance, Op.26. The recital took place at the Centre des arts de l'Ecole Internationale de Genève on April 13, 2018.



Menuhin Competition 2018, Junior First Round

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

♪ Sonata for violin & keyboard No.3 in E major, BWV 1016 (1717-1723)

iii. Adagio ma non tanto
iv. Allegro


Henryk Wieniawski (1835-1880)

♪ Étude-caprice, Op.18 No.2 in E flat major (1862)


Johan Svendsen (1840-1911)

♪ Romance, Op.26 (1881)


Chloe Chua, violin

Accompanist: Saya Hashino

Centre des arts de l'Ecole Internationale de Genève, April 13, 2018

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Chloe Chua was born in Singapore in January 2007 and has been a violin student at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), School of Young Talents (SYT) Strings Section, since she was four years old. She is currently studying with Mr. Yin Ke, String Programme Leader of SYT. Apart from performing in public concerts, masterclasses and music festivals, she has also won numerous competitions including 1st place in the 24th Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition in May 2017 and 3rd place in the Violin Group A of the 2nd Zhuhai International Mozart Competition for Young Musicians. Besides playing the violin, Chloe also enjoys reading, swimming and skateboarding.

Source: 2018.menuhincompetition.org







































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Chloe Chua – All the posts

Christian Li – All the posts

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance (2015) – A film by Tomer Heymann – Ohad Naharin and the Batsheva Dance Company (Download the movie)
















"Mr. Gaga" tells the story of Ohad Naharin, renowned choreographer and artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company, an artistic genius who redefined the language of modern dance.

Ohad Naharin is regarded as one of the most important choreographers in the world. Meeting him at a critical turning point in his personal life, this spirited and insightful documentary will introduce you to a man with great artistic integrity and an extraordinary vision. Filmed over a period of eight years, director Tomer Heymann mixes intimate rehearsal footage with an extensive unseen archive and breathtaking dance sequences.


This story of an artistic genius who redefined the language of modern dance is guaranteed to leave you skipping.



"Highly recommended!" — New York Times


"Electric... Riveting... Choreographic brilliance... Striking performance footage... Excellent. A complex, compelling lead character... Handsome and charismatic, Naharin... arguably is a genius. The most exciting documentary for fans of edgier modern dance since PINA." — Variety


"If you are familiar with his mesmerizing work, nothing more need be said... If you're not, this feast of dance illustrates why others are." — Los Angeles Times


"Heymann captures the thrilling uniqueness of Naharin's work – as well as a vibrant portrait of his artistic process, in which dance functions as communication, survival, and healing. Sensitive, intelligent, and awe-inspiring." — Flavorwire


"Masterfully crafted by filmmaker Tomer Heymann, the documentary is weighty, surprising, affecting, darkly humorous..." — Film Journal


"A wonderful invitation to dance." — Elle


"Captivating portait, like a kaleidoscope." — Le Monde


"Moments of absolute grace." — Premiere


"Breathtaking!" — Galore


"Pioneering some of the most innovative work – and intriguing movement language – in contemporary dance during the past 20 years." — The Sydney Morning Herald


"A must-see movie!" — Jerusalem Post


"A breathtaking, powerful, and important film about the power of art to connect people wherever they are." — NRG


"An overwhelming aesthetic experience." — YNET


"Five stars! Magnificient. A wonderful portrait and a great film about dance and creation." — Toutelaculture


Source: icarusfilms.com















Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance (2015)

Directed by Tomer Heymann

With Ohad Naharin and the Batsheva Dance Company

Starring: Ohad Naharin, Tzofia Naharin, Natalie Portman, Or Schraiber, Zina Zinchenko

Producer: Barak Heymann
Executive producer: Diana Holtzberg
Cinematographer: Itai Raziel
Editors: Alon Greenberg, Ido Mochrik, Ron Omer
Artistic Advisors: Talli Vernia-Hatsor, Pia Forsgren, Roni Azgad
Sound designer: Alex Claude
Music: Ishai Adar

Countries: Israel, Sweden, Germany, Netherlands
Languages: English and Hebrew
Running Time: 100 minutes

Shooting formats: 8mm, 16 mm, high 8, beta, mini dv, HD

Screening format: DCP

Supported by Channel 8/Israel, New Israeli fund for TV and cinema, ZDF/ARTE, AVRO, SVT, Family Robert Weil Foundation, The Foundation for Jewish Culture, Israel Lottery Council for Culture and Art

– World Premiere, October 2015 BFI London Film Festival
– Audience Award, 2016 SXSW Film Festival
– International Documentary Award, 2016 Tempo Documentary Film Festival, Sweden
– Best Documentary Award, 2016 Sofia International film festival, Bulgaria
– Special Jury Award and Audience Choice Award, 2016 IDFF CRONOGRAF, Moldova
– Audience Award, 2016 Tirana International Documentary Film Festival, Albania
– Audience Award for Best Documentary, 2016 Aspen Film Festival
– Audience Award, 2016 Reykjavik International Film Festival, Iceland
– Public Award for Best Documentary, 2016 Sao Paolo International Film Festival, Brazil
– Special Mention, 2016 RIDM Montreal International Documentary Film Festival
– Third Place, Audience Choice, 2015 IDFA International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam


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The Secret History of the Israeli Choreographer Ohad Naharin

By Brian Schaefer*

The New Yorker, February 1, 2017

Tomer Heymann's film "Mr. Gaga", which is about the work and life of the choreographer Ohad Naharin, is the most successful documentary in Israeli history

In the early nineties, Tomer Heymann, who had just completed his compulsory service in the Israeli military, became a waiter at Orna and Ella, a hot spot on Tel Aviv's Sheinkin Street. Every Saturday at 11 a.m., an attractive couple – a Japanese woman, an Israeli man – sat at the same table. She ordered olive-oil cake; he had the wild rice. They tipped generously. Heymann, who is from the small village of Kfar Yedidia, was new to the city. One day, a cousin invited him to a dance performance. "I thought, ‘Did I do something wrong or bad in my life that I need this punishment, to be invited to a dance show?’" he recalled recently. But he went to the performance, at the Suzanne Dellal Center, in the Neve Tzedek neighborhood. On the stage, dancers sat on chairs arranged in a semicircle, convulsing to a rock-and-roll version of a traditional Passover song. It was subversive, sexy, strange. "I was not ready for it", Heymann recalled. He went to see the show again, and then again.

After seeing the performance several times, Heymann, who had just bought a video camera, decided to film it. He sneaked backstage, hovering in the wings. "I was chutzpan" he said, meaning "shameless". While he was filming one evening, he saw the attractive man from Orna and Ella. "I said ‘Wow! What are you doing here?’" Ohad Naharin, the choreographer of the dances that Heymann had been watching, told him to turn off his camera and never to shoot his dances again.

During the next twenty years, Heymann became known, in Israel and abroad, as the director of documentaries examining the fissures of modern Israeli society. Meanwhile, Naharin, as the director of Israel's Batsheva Dance Company, became an internationally revered choreographer. The quirky, liquid "movement language" known as "Gaga", which he invented to deal with a dance injury, is now taught around the world. Heymann has remained a devotee of Naharin's work, admiring its sly political edge and the way it challenges the cult of Israeli machismo. (Naharin is an outspoken critic of the Israeli government.) But Naharin resisted the idea of having his creative process captured on film. ("It’s like consensually faking an orgasm", he has said.) In 2007, Heymann showed up, unannounced, in New York, where Naharin was teaching one of his dances to an American dance company. Their conversations that week resulted in a short film, and initiated the long process that would culminate in the feature-length "Mr. Gaga", which last year became, to everyone's surprise, the most successful documentary film in Israeli history. Today, "Mr. Gaga" begins a U.S. theatrical run, coinciding with performances by Batsheva at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

In December, I visited Heymann's editing studio, in a dingy Bauhaus-inspired building overlooking the site of what will one day be a stop on Tel Aviv's long-awaited metro system. Clicking through frames from the thirteen hundred and seventy-two hours of footage he had gathered over eight years, Heymann, now forty-six, explained that he had always wanted to make an Israeli version of "Fame", and initially conceived the film as a portrait of aspiring young dancers in Batsheva's junior company. Later, he turned his focus to the main Batsheva company, but hit a dead end. Naharin was almost forty when he took over Batsheva, in 1990, but, Heymann noticed, the choreographer never spoke about his past. Heymann became obsessed with the question of who Naharin was before Batsheva, and what had shaped him. Naharin, who is reserved about his personal life, wasn't forthcoming with details.

Three years into filming, with the funds almost spent and his investors impatient, Heymann felt lost. "There were many times I came crying to Barak" – his brother, the co-founder of their production company – "and said, ‘I don't think I will have a movie’". Then, in 2010, something changed. Naharin, at fifty-seven, became a father for the first time. Heymann paid him a congratulatory visit, during which Naharin finally succumbed and handed over dozens of boxes of home videos that he had never mentioned before. Heymann likes to think that Naharin was changed by the experience of fatherhood – more willing, finally, to share his past. (When I mentioned this to Naharin, he laughed. "Tomer likes to create stories and drama", he said, insisting that the decision to hand over his archives was "much more trivial. It was about clearing space".)

It took Heymann half a million shekels (about a hundred and twenty-five thousand dollars) to digitize the videos, and a year to watch all of them. He discovered footage of Naharin as a child frolicking on the kibbutz where he was born – his "Garden of Eden", as Naharin's father, in an interview in the film, calls it. Subsequent research lead Heymann to footage, from Italian television, of Naharin as a soldier in the Israeli Army's entertainment unit, during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. In "Mr. Gaga", Heymann juxtaposes these clips with shots from Naharin's recent dances to suggest that the kibbutz and the army are essential motifs in the choreographer's work, illustrating the tensions between the individual and the collective, the proximity of paradise and hell.

Heymann also found home videos from the nineteen-eighties of Naharin living in New York, where he trained at the School of American Ballet and Juilliard, danced for Martha Graham and Maurice Béjart, and fell in love with the beautiful Alvin Ailey dancer Mari Kajiwara, his future wife, who followed him to Israel and who died in 2001. It was in New York that Naharin began to make his own intense and darkly humorous work. "He was looking for himself", Heymann said. Through conversations with the dancers who worked with Naharin during that period, Heymann discovered a young choreographer who was impatient, intimidating, and confident, as well as sometimes silly and down to earth – a stark contrast to the cool detachment that Naharin now projects. "I thought, Wow, it's a different movie", Heymann said. "It's a different Ohad."

Naharin generally refuses to analyze his work, and is famously evasive in interviews and audience Q. & A.s. (Heymann conducted some interviews with Naharin in English to force him to use simpler language and to be more direct.) Naharin told me that he agreed to the film simply to indulge Heymann's passion. "It's a movie about him", he said, elliptically. Heymann, who does not appear in the film, doesn't disagree that the film is partly a document of his own obsession, but he also suspects that the catharsis of making the documentary goes both ways. In one of the film's early scenes, Naharin teaches a dancer how to fall by invoking one of the tenets of Gaga. "You need to find a way to let go", he tells her. In "Mr. Gaga", Heymann offers a portrait of an artist learning to do the same.

* Brian Schaefer is an arts and culture writer in New York.


Photo by Gadi Dagon
















Ohad Naharin is a choreographer, the Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company, and creator of the Gaga movement language.

Naharin was born in 1952 in Mizra, Israel. His mother is a choreographer, dance teacher, and Feldenkrais instructor, and his father was an actor and psychologist. He joined Batsheva Dance Company in 1974 despite having little formal training. During his first year, guest choreographer Martha Graham invited him to join her own company in New York. Between 1975 and 1976, Naharin studied at the School of American Ballet, The Juilliard School, and with Maggie Black and David Howard. He then joined Maurice Béjart's Ballet du XXe Siecle in Brussels for one season.


Naharin returned to New York in 1979 and made his choreographic debut at the Kazuko Hirabayshi studio the following year. From 1980 until 1990, Naharin presented works in New York and abroad, including pieces for Batsheva Dance Company, the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, and Nederlands Dans Theater. At the same time, he worked with his first wife, Mari Kajiwara, and a group of dancers in New York. Naharin and Kajiwara continued to work together until she died from cancer in 2001.


In 1990, Naharin was appointed Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company, and in the same year, he established the company's junior division, Batsheva – the Young Ensemble. He has since created over thirty works for both companies.


In addition to his stagework, Naharin also developed GAGA, an innovative movement language based on research into heightening sensation and imagination, becoming aware of form, finding new movement habits, and going beyond familiar limits. GAGA is the daily training of Batsheva's dancers and has spread globally among both dancers and non-dancers.


Naharin trained in music throughout his childhood and continues to infuse his work with a unique musicality. He collaborated with the Israeli rock group, The Tractor's Revenge (Kyr, 1990), Avi Balleli and Dan Makov (Anaphaza, 1993), Ivri Lider (Z/na, 1995), and Grischa Lichtenberger (Last Work, 2015). Under the pseudonym Maxim Waratt, he composed music for MAX (2007) and edited and mixed the soundtracks for Mamootot (2003), Hora (2009), Sadeh21 (2011), The Hole (2013), Last Work (2015) and Venezuela (2017).


Naharin's work has also been featured in several films. In his 2007 documentary, Out of Focus, Director Tomer Heymann filmed the process of restaging Decadance with Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet. And in 2015, the Heymann Brothers released their comprehensive documentary about Naharin, "Mr. Gaga", to critical and audience acclaim.


A citizen of both Israel and the United States, Naharin currently lives in Israel with his wife, dancer and costume designer Eri Nakamura, and their daughter, Noga.


Source: batsheva.co.il/en


















Gaga movement language developed by Ohad Naharin

Gaga is a new way of gaining knowledge and self-awareness through your body. Gaga provides a framework for discovering and strengthening your body and adding flexibility, stamina, and agility while lightening the senses and imagination. Gaga raises awareness of physical weaknesses, awakens numb areas, exposes physical fixations, and offers ways for their elimination. The work improves instinctive movement and connects conscious and unconscious movement, and it allows for an experience of freedom and pleasure in a simple way, in a pleasant space, in comfortable clothes, accompanied by music, each person with himself and others.


"We become more aware of our form. We connect to the sense of the endlessness of possibilities. We explore multi-dimensional movement; we enjoy the burning sensation in our muscles, we are ready to snap, we are aware of our explosive power and sometimes we use it. We change our movement habits by finding new ones. We go beyond our familiar limits. We can be calm and alert at once." — Ohad Naharin


"Ohad is one of the most alive people I've ever known. His work pushes us all – himself, the dancers, the audience – to the limits of what we are, and then beyond." — Nicole Krauss, Author of The History of Love

"Ohad Naharin is one of the most original and confounding choreographers of our time." — Sid Smith, Chicago Tribune


"One of the most fascinating dancemakers on the planet." — Roslyn Sulcas, New York Times


"Ohad Naharin has specialized in works that can be understood, if not necessarily comprehended." — Anna Kisselgoff, New York Times


"Pioneering some of the most innovative work – and intriguing movement language – in contemporary dance during the past 20 years." — The Sydney Morning Herald


"Naharin's choreography seems to be an infinite dance prism or artistry, commentary and sheer necessity of dancing amok. Naharin is a singular dance voice with a lot to say." — Lewis Whittington, Ballet Magazine


"Naharin is placed in a rarefied group of the world's foremost modern-dance choreographers." — Nigel Redden, Director of Lincoln Centre Festival and Spoleto Festival U.S.A.


Source: mrgagathefilm.com








































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In the Name of (2013) – A film by Małgorzata Szumowska – Andrzej Chyra, Mateusz Kosciukiewicz, Maria Maj, Maja Ostaszewska, Lukasz Simlat, Tomasz Schuchardt (Download the movie)

1985 (2018) – A film by Yen Tan – Cory Michael Smith, Virginia Madsen, Michael Chiklis, Jamie Chung (Download the movie)

Border (2018) – A film by Ali Abbasi – Eva Melander, Eero Milonoff, Jörgen Thorsson, Sten Ljunggren, Ann Petrén (Download the movie)

Eastern Boys (2013) – A film by Robin Campillo – Olivier Rabourdin, Kirill Emelyanov, Danil Vorobyev (Download the movie)

Die Wand / The Wall (2012) – A film by Julian Roman Pölsler – Starring Martina Gedeck (Download the movie)

Out in the Dark (2012) – A film by Michael Mayer – Nicholas Jacob, Michael Aloni, Jamil Khoury, Alon Pdut, Loai Nofi, Khawlah Hag-Debsy, Maysa Daw, Shimon Mimran (Download the movie)

Call Me by Your Name (2017) – A film by Luca Guadagnino – Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar, Esther Garrel, Victoire Du Bois – James Ivory, Sayombhu Mukdeeprom (Download the movie)

Seashore (Beira-Mar), 2015 – A film by Filipe Matzembacher and Marcio Reolon – Mateus Almada, Maurício Barcellos, Elisa Brittes, Fernando Hart, Ariel Artur, Francisco Gick (Download the movie)


mother! (2017) – A film by Darren Aronofsky – Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer (Download the movie)


Okja (2017) – A film by Bong Joon-ho – Ahn Seo-hyun, Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Steven Yeun, Jake Gyllenhaal, Giancarlo Esposito, Lily Collins, Shirley Henderson (Download the movie)


Im Keller / In the Basement (2014) – A film by Ulrich Seidl (Download the movie)


Maurice (1987) – A film by James Ivory – James Wilby, Hugh Grant, Rupert Graves (Download the movie)


Shostakovich Against Stalin: The War Symphonies – A Documentary by Larry Weinstein – Netherland Radio Philharmonic, Kirov Orchestra, Valery Gergiev (HD 1080p)


Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) – A film by Stephen Frears – Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg (Download the movie)


Son of Saul (2015) – A film by László Nemes – Géza Röhrig, Levente Molnár, Urs Rechn (Download the movie)


Amour (2012) – A film by Michael Haneke – Emmanuelle Riva, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Isabelle Huppert, Alexandre Tharaud (Download the movie)


Dmitri Shostakovich: Katerina Izmailova (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk), 1966 – A film by Mikhail Shapiro – Galina Vishnevskaya, Konstantin Simeonov


The New Babylon (Novyy Vavilon), 1929 – A film by Grigori Kozintsev & Leonid Trauberg – Music by Dmitri Shostakovich (HD 1080p)


Farinelli (1994) – A film by Gérard Corbiau – Stefano Dionisi, Enrico Lo Verso, Elsa Zylberstein (Download the movie)


Eroica (The Movie, BBC 2003) by Simon Cellan Jones – Ian Hart, Leo Bill, Claire Skinner, Frank Finlay – John Eliot Gardiner (HD 1080p)


Tous les Matins du Monde / All the Mornings of the World / Όλα τα Πρωινά του Κόσμου (1991) – A film by Alain Corneau (Download the movie)


Death in Venice (1971) – A film by Luchino Visconti – Dirk Bogarde, Björn Andrésen, Silvana Mangano – Music by Gustav Mahler (Download the movie)


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Matthew Bourne's The Car Man (2001) – Music by George Bizet, Rodin Shchedrin, Terry Davies – Alan Vincent, Saranne Curtin, Will Kemp, Etta Murfitt, Scott Ambler – Lez Brotherston, Ross MacGibbon (Download the movie)

Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker! (2002) – Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Etta Murfitt, Alan Vincent, Saranne Curtin, Ewan Wardrop, Emily Piercy, Scott Ambler – New Adventures Dance Company, Matthew Bourne, Ross MacGibbon – Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Brett Morris (HD 1080p)

Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake, 2012 – Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Richard Winsor, Dominic North, Nina Goldman – New Adventures Dance Company, Matthew Bourne, Ross MacGibbon – The New London Orchestra, David Lloyd-Jones (HD 1080p)

Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake, 1996 – Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Adam Cooper, Scott Ambler, Fiona Chadwick – New Adventures Dance Company, Matthew Bourne, Peter Mumford – The New London Orchestra, David Lloyd-Jones (HD 1080p)