Ohad Naharin is a choreographer, the creator of the Gaga movement language, and House Choreographer of Batsheva Dance Company.
Born in 1952 in Mizra, Israel, he began his dance career with Batsheva in 1974 and made his choreographic debut in New York in 1980. In 1990, Naharin was appointed Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company and established its junior division, Batsheva – the Young Ensemble.
He has created over thirty works for both companies and set pieces on other companies including Nederlands Dans Theater, the Paris Opera Ballet and Les Grand Ballets Canadiens de Montréal.
In addition to his stagework, Naharin developed GAGA, the innovative movement research and daily training of Batsheva’s dancers that has spread globally among both dancers and non-dancers.
After almost thirty years of leading Batsheva, Naharin stepped down as Artistic Director in 2018, and continues to serve as House Choreographer. Batsheva continues to be the home of Ohad’s research, development, and teaching of Gaga. A citizen of both Israel and the United States, Naharin currently lives in Israel with his wife, dancer and costume designer Eri Nakamura, and their daughter, Noga.