2015 / Israel, Sweden / 100 min / N-13
Director(s) - Tomer Heymann
Screenwriter(s) - Tomer Heymann
Actors - Ohad Naharin
Producer(s) - Barak Heymann
Cinematographer - Itai Raziel
Editor(s) - Ido Mochrik, Alon Greenberg, Ron Omer
Sales agent - Heymann Brothers Films
Production company - Heymann Brothers Films
Dialogues - English, Hebrew
Subtitles - Lithuanian, English
A tribute to the Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin, whose own movement language, Gaga, and eccentric views on choreography have contributed greatly to the development of modern dance in recent decades. Even though director Tomer Heymann and Naharin have known each other for more than 20 years and Heymann planned to make a documentary about the choreographer before, he only got Naharin’s approval eight years ago. Heymann attended rehearsals of the Batsheva Dance Company, where Naharin has been artistic director and choreographer since 1990. He interviewed Naharin’s friends, colleagues and dancers from the company, compiled over 1,200 hours of footage and devised a multifaceted biography that reflects a love for dance. Surprisingly, Naharin only started his formal dance training at the age of 22. He danced in several renowned companies, including the Martha Graham and Maurice Bejart dance companies, but it wasn’t until he became a choreographer that he truly flourished. With a chronology that includes stunning dance excerpts, Heymann shows how Naharin turned Batsheva Dance Company into a leading international dance institution when he returned to Israel. What drives Naharin is a deeply rooted conviction that dance, a combination of exertion and pleasure, should be accessible to everyone.
Tomer Heymann (b. 1970 in Kfar Yedidia, Israel).
"Laugh Till I Cry" (2000, short doc.), "It Kinda Scares Me" (2001, doc.), "Aviv-Fucked-up Generation" (2003, doc.), "Bridge over the Wadi" (2006, doc.), "Paper Dolls" (2006, doc.), "Black Over White" (2007, doc.), "Out of Focus" (2007, doc.), "I Shot My Love" (2010, doc.), "The Queen Has No Crown" (2011, doc.), "Aliza" (2014, doc.), "Mr. Gaga" (2015, doc., "Kino pavasaris").