Minus 16

Ohad Naharin's Minus 16
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Ohad Naharin's Minus 16. Photo by Paul Kolnik
(1999)
 
Choreographer: Ohad Naharin
Music: Various Artists
 

Featuring an eclectic score ranging from Dean Martin to mambo, techno to traditional Israeli music, Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16 uses improvisation and Naharin’s acclaimed “Gaga” method, a unique movement language that breaks down old habits, pushing the dancers to challenge themselves in new ways.  Mr. Naharin dedicated the Ailey premiere of the work to the memory of his wife Mari Kajiwara (1951‐2001), who was a dancer with the company for many years as well as Mr. Ailey’s assistant. The duet from Mabul featured in Minus 16 was originally created for her in 1992. Minus 16 is based on excerpts from Mabul (1992), Anaphaza (1993), and Zachacha (1998).

 

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