Ohad Naharin is one of Israel’s preeminent contemporary choreographers. In his early career, he was invited by Martha Graham to join her company. After attending the School of American Ballet in New York, he continued his studies at Juilliard. In 1990, he was appointed Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company where created the unique movement style called Gaga. In 2009, Mr. Naharin received the Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement.
“From my time at ADF, I have learned about hospitality,” Mr. Naharin remarks, “that an institution is a composition of people and the institution’s commitment to take care of those people, about the passion to dance, and the open minded approach towards the unexpected.” In today’s 80 Faces, we share Mr. Naharin’s Scripps/ADF Award speech, words which continue to inspire today.