Last Work 
Ohad Naharin 
Hessisches Staatsballett

Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden – Großes Haus 

Sat. 18.11. I 7.30 pm Wiesbaden Premiere, 7 pm Introduction, followed by the Closingparty 


Duration: 70 min. 
Tickets: 9,90 €-66 €

An aura of the ephemeral shimmers through the energetic, dense dance piece ‘Last Work’ by legendary choreographer Ohad Naharin. A sense of clarity and reflection, as if in the centre of a hurricane. Unperturbed, a person runs across the background of the stage for the full 70 minutes duration of the piece. Apparently fleeing or dreamily light-footed, this body does not move from the spot. A symbol for the will to move forward? 18 other dancers fill the space with the movement language so characteristic of the Tel Aviv-based Batsheva Dance Company: expansive bodies, deep lunges and quotations from traditional Israeli dance forms such as the hora. For all its dynamism, ‘Last Work’ is characterised by a subdued calm and meditative underlying tension. This atmosphere is sustained by the electronic sounds of German DJ Grischa Lichtenberger. Constantly repeating sound patterns give the dance a space to unfold in the moment. Contacts arise easily, being initiated more casually than consciously. With Last Work, the Israeli choreographer presents a rather quiet, thought-provoking world full of strong, physical presence. The moment holds eternity firmly in its grip. An intensity that inspires. After the success of the highly acclaimed re-staging of ‘Sadeh21’ in the 2018/19 season, Naharin now returns to Wiesbaden with another task for the dancers of the Hessisches Staatsballett.

Choreography: Ohad Naharin
Lighting Design: Avi Yona Bueno (Bambi)
Soundtrack Design and Edit: Maxim Warratt
Original Music: Grischa Lichtenberger
Stage Design: Zohar Shoef
Costume Design: Eri Nakamura
Assistants to Ohad Naharin & Maxim Warratt: Ariel Cohen, Guy Shomroni  
Staging Assistants: Rachael Osborne, Ian Robinson, Nitzan Ressler

Produced by Batsheva Dance Company, in co-production with Montpellier Danse & Hellerau European Centre for the Arts, Dresden. Supported by Batsheva New Works Fund and the Dalia and Eli Hurvitz Foundation. 

Photo: CTK Photo/Roman Vondrous