By Ohad Naharin in collaboration with Batsheva Company Dancers and Ariel Cohen
70 Minutes without intermission
MOMO has two souls. One sends long roots to the depths of the earth – a soul that embodies archetypes and myths of hardened, raw masculinity, and the other is in a constant search for an individual and distinct DNA; one moves within its own autonomous and independent force field and the other is a constellation of elements that spin around the same nucleus – alternately drifting away and towards it, making room for necessary tenderness and catharsis.
With a soundtrack comprised mostly of the album Landfall by the legendary Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet, one of the foremost contemporary classical music ensembles, a shared passion of deep sorrow and beauty unfolds on stage. Relinquishment becomes a dedicated search for a crack, and glitches in the movement code turn out to be free, playful, and emotive material.
Performed by Batsheva Dance Company season 2022-2023:
Chen Agron, Yarden Bareket, Billy Barry, Yael Ben Ezer, Matan Cohen, Guy Davidson, Ben Green, Chiaki Horita, Li-En Hsu, Sean Howe, Londiwe Khoza, Adrienne Lipson, Ohad Mazor, Eri Nakamura, Gianni Notarnicola, Danai Porat, Igor Ptashenchuk, Yoni (Yonatan) Simon
Co-creators: Batsheva Dance Company dancers and Ariel Cohen / Lighting design: Avi Yona Bueno (Bambi) / Set and Props Design: Gadi Tzachor / Costume Design: Eri Nakamura / Sound Design and Editing: Maxim Waratt
Special Thanks to Yula Gold, Simony Monteiro, Linda Brumbach, Michal Helfman, Yonatan Oppenheim
Music by Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet from the album “Landfall” / “Metamorphosis II” by Philip Glass / “Madre Acapella” by Arca / Maxim Waratt
Major Sponsor: Chelck Family Foundation
Supported by Batsheva New Works Fund • American Friends of Batsheva • L’Association Pluriel pour l’Art Contemporain
• The Zita and Mark Bernstein Family Foundation • Factory54
Co-producers: Orsolina28, Moncalvo
Presenting co-producers: Torinodanza Festival / Teatro Stabile di Torino – Teatro Nazionale / Festival Aperto – Fondazione I Teatri, Reggio Emilia / Fondazione del Teatro Grande di Brescia.