Mr. Gaga

Tomer Heymann’s portrait of brilliant choreographer Ohad Naharin.

NR, 101 minutes

This screening is part of: CINEMA JUDAICA II

Enter the world of Ohad Naharin, renowned choreographer and artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company, and creator of an innovative and exciting movement language known as Gaga. Eight years in the making, this high-energy documentary immerses the audience in the creative process behind Batsheva’s unique performances. Using intimate rehearsal footage, extensive unseen archival materials, and stunning dance sequences, acclaimed director Tomer Heymann (Paper Dolls, The Queen Has No Crown, I Shot My Love) tells the fascinating story of an artistic genius who redefined the language of modern dance. (2016, Tomer Heymann, US/Israel, 100 min, NR, DCP, English/Hebrew with English subtitles)

“A superb dance documentary in its almost single-minded focus on process.” -RogerEbert.com

“Interweaves archival film with contemporary material to masterfully portray one of the most vital dance artists of the past half-century.” -Village Voice

“Naharin’s dances, amply illustrated from decades’ worth of film, are visceral, emotional and sometimes shocking.” -Arizona Republic

CINEMA JUDAICA II is presented by the Champaign-Urbana Jewish Federation and supported by the Dr. Samuel and Sadie Small Fund for Jewish Arts and Culture of the CU Jewish Endowment Foundation.


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