"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, USA

"Masterpiece, Cinematic dance magic" Degens Nyheter


Tomer Heymann (Israel | Sweden | Germany | Netherlands, 2015)
100 minutes

Tomer Heymann’s MR. GAGA is a unique documentary experience that tells thestory of the internationally acclaimed choreographer Ohad Naharin, who createdthe daring form of dance and “movement language” Gaga. When he was 22, hewas invited to perform with the prestigious Martha Graham dance company, andattended Juilliard and the School of American Ballet simultaneously. But Ohadwould not be happy until he could do exactly what he wanted. Moving back toIsrael, Naharin became the Artistic Director of the Batsheva Dance Company,developing gaga within his own ensemble. Even after achieving worldwideacclaim, Naharin continues to fight every day, sometimes with his own dancers,once even with the president of Israel, to make his vision come to life.Meeting him at a critical turning point in his personal life, this spirited andinsightful documentary will introduce you to a man with great artistic integrity andan extraordinary vision. Mr. Gaga tells Naharin’s personal story of a controversial,political, and always entertaining figure, and his constant battle for artisticperfection. Eight years in the making, Mr. Gaga traces Ohad Naharin’s artisticroots using personal family footage, intimate rehearsal footage, extensive unseenarchive material and stunning dance sequences. Heymann weaves a marvelous taleof what it takes to be a genius, the exhausting toll dance can take on its performers,and finally, the beauty that art can bring to this world.


Week of September 22nd - 28th

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