Ohad Naharin To Mentor a Fledgling Choreographer

Rattle off the names of a few dancemakers whose brains you'd love to pick.

Did Ohad Naharin make your list? He made mine, too. I've always wondered what goes on between his ears. How Naharin makes work that shows off his dancers' technical and physical skills to the maximum, while balancing it with sincere and incredible emotional complexity, is beyond me.

Soon, one lucky young choreographer will find out. Naharin has been selected as the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative's choreographic mentor for 2016–17. In the spring, he will personally select a talent from a pool of chosen finalists. Then, he'll spend the rest of the year helping his emerging choreographer hone his or her craft. Last season, Alexei Ratmansky mentored San Francisco Ballet corps member and choreographer Myles Thatcher. The coming year's participant won't be named until June 2016.

Luminaries from six other fields will also mentor promising young artists: There's David Chipperfield (architecture), Mia Couto (literature), Alfonso Curaón (film), Joan Jonas (visual arts), Robert Lepage (theatre), and another big name you might recognize, composer Philip Glass.


Get more Dance Magazine.

Latest Posts

Marcie Parker, Courtesy Red Door Dance Academy

There’s No Better Time Than Now to Upgrade Your Flooring: Here's How

Studio owners: The light at the end of the recital tunnel is in sight, and your summer intensive won't start for a few weeks after that. Now is the time to tackle all those pesky studio-upkeep projects that you can't deal with while dancers are literally underfoot. Longtime studio owners Marisa Mailhes (of Red Door Dance Academy) and Misty Lown (of Misty's Dance Unlimited) have both relied on this timing in the past to upgrade their buildings' dance flooring—and they're here to show you how Stagestep Flooring helped them get it done with a minimum of stress.

May 2021