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New Zealand Festival 2014
Deca Dance - Batsheva Dance Company
Choreographer/Director: Ohad Naharin

at St James Theatre, Wellington
From 21 Feb 2014 to 24 Feb 2014
[75 mins - no interval]

Reviewed by Francesca Horsley, 23 Feb 2014
originally published in NZ Listener

stage, as the audience take their seats in Wellington's St James Theatre, a solitary dancer, Shamel Pitts, quietly moves to barely audible music. With elastic gyrations, he slowly builds the tempo with masterful improvisation, mixing humour, slinky street moves and fluid, contained sequences. Gradually, he is joined by the full ensemble, each dancer revealing a distinctive personality.

It is this skill of taking simple movement and gesture as building blocks to mount a compelling human dialogue that gives Batsheva Dance Company its power. Deca Dance, choreographed by Ohad Naharin, is an outstanding composite programme of excerpts from works performed in recent years.

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