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The Hole

Ohad Naharin The Hole

Ohad Naharin is recognized world-wide as one of the most innovative dance-makers of his generation for his compelling choreographic craft and inventive vocabulary. NDT is thrilled to revisit for the second time Naharin’s monumental work The Hole (2013) in our new NDT Black Box, an intimate setting for small audiences.

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An evening with Ohad Naharin

For 28 years, Naharin has guided the Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv with an adventurous artistic vision that defines its repertory. Naharin is the originator of Gaga, a movement language that has revolutionized dance and emerged as a growing force in the larger field of movement practices for both dancers and non-dancers.

The Hole, originally created for Batsheva Dance Company was never intended to leave Tel Aviv: “When I created The Hole, I told my team that they should prepare for a work that will never tour, that it will never leave our studio (where we performed it)”, says Naharin. “It is too complicated production wise, I thought. NDT proved me wrong. They managed what was impossible for us.” The work demands for the space to be completely transformed, constructing an elevated stage in the centre, erecting walls behind the audience and even hanging a metal grid from the ceiling on which dancers climb and from which they suspend. Naharin’s play with different perspectives borders on the cinematic, in which all dimensions of the space are utilized. Naharin: “When I am asked what The Hole is about, my first answer is that the work is about itself; about how all its elements meet to create a collective narrative about the sublimation of each dancer’s madness, passion, and fantasy into a clear form (…) The Hole is a particular space with its own codes, and you are invited into it.”

Photo: Rahi Rezvani

Performance dates

Season 2022-2023 | June 22 until July 8, 2023

Amare, NDT Black Box, The Hague
June 23, 24, 27, 28, 30
July 1, 4, 5, 7, 8

June 22nd – The premiere is only available for guests of NDT.

There are two performances per evening, at 7 PM and 9 PM.
All performances take place in the NDT Black Box in Amare.


Batsheva Dance Company Choreographer & Artistic Director Ohad Naharin has been hailed as one of the world’s preeminent contemporary choreographers. As Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company since 1990, he has guided the company with an adventurous artistic vision and reinvigorated its repertory with his captivating choreography. Naharin is also the originator of an innovative movement language, Gaga, which has enriched his extraordinary movement invention, revolutionized the company’s training, and emerged as a growing force in the larger field of movement practices for both dancers and non-dancers.

Photo: Rahi Rezvani

After an hour the spectator leaves the building somewhat dizzy. (…) It is, sandwiched between dancers in the front and in the back, an unprecedented physical viewing experience that no one can remain insensitive to. 

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about The Hole in 2018
Dancers: Nicole Ishimaru, Pamela Campos, Thalia Crymble, Yukino Takaura. Photo: Rahi Rezvani

NDT Young Creatives

Did you know that on Sunday July 2nd we are organizing a workshop linked to this performance? We started a new dance project for children between 8 and 14 years old: NDT Young Creatives. Dance experience is not required, but you do need enthousiasm to create and perform!

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