Ohad Naharin

Ohad Naharin
Ohad Naharin. Herzliya Conference 2016 2034 (cropped).jpg
Native name
אוהד נהרין
Kibbutz Mizra, Israel
CitizenshipIsraeli and american
OccupationContemporary dancer, choreographer and dance company artistic director.
EmployerBatsheva Dance Company
TitleArtistic Director
Spouse(s)Mari Kajiwara
Partner(s)Eri Nakamura
Children1 daughter

2010 dance magazine award

2013 honorary doctor Juilliard school

Ohad Naharin (born 1952) (Hebrew: אוהד נהרין) is an Israeli contemporary dancer and choreographer. He served as artistic director of Batsheva Dance Company from 1990 to 2017.


Ohad Naharin was born in 1952 in Kibbutz Mizra.[1] Raised in an artistic home, he wrote stories, composed music, and painted as a child. His father was a psychologist specializing in psychodrama and an actor who performed with Habima and the Haifa Theater. His mother was a Feldenkrais instructor, choreographer and dancer. [2] Nevertheless, Naharin did not start dancing until age 22.[3] During his first year with the Batsheva Dance Company, Martha Graham visited Israel and invited Naharin to join her dance company in New York. After dancing for Martha Graham, he attended Juilliard and the School of American Ballet.[4]

In 1978, he married Mari Kajiwara, a native New Yorker and an Alvin Ailey dancer. In 2001, she died of cancer at age 50.[5]

He is now married to Eri Nakamura, a Batsheva dancer with whom he has a daughter.[6]

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