A universal language – shared experiences with Kamuyot
We take a look at Ohad Naharin‘s iconic, immersive dance work ahead of its UK premiere from Rambert2
12 dancers fill an intimate, square arena, surrounded by audience on all four sides. There is no curtain, scenery or theatrical lighting. The dancers meander around the space and connect with the audience by touch, gaze and movement.
When not housed in silence, the music crosses genres; one moment the dancers move to reggae beats only to be interrupted with a solo to Beethoven before the ensemble swarms the space and jumps around to Japanese Pop.
The Batsheva Young Ensemble perform Kamuyot
Unhindered by the barrier of words, Kamuyot inspires dialogue and expression in the first universal language – movement and dance. Through a shared experience of moving with strangers, we are reminded of what is common rather than what separates us.
Batsheva to Rambert
Inventive, funny and poignant, Kamuyot was conceived as a piece to be performed for young audiences by the fresh talent of Batsheva dance company’s Young Ensemble. It is now being performed in the UK for the first time by Rambert2, a new group of the world’s most exhilarating early career dancers.
Rambert2 in rehearsal for Kamuyot
Kamuyot was created for non-theatre settings and has been performed in school gymnasiums and local community centres around the world. First premiered in Israel in 2003, it reaches some 20,000 young people annually.
You know how it is when you can relate to young people? That you feel more responsible? And more tenderness and unconditional love? In this process, that mind-set actually helped me. It freed me. But it doesn’t make the piece any less demanding.
Kamuyot may have been created with children and teenagers in mind, but Naharin never underestimates his young audience. Taking inspiration from his works Mamootot and Moshe for Batsheva’s lead ensemble, he keeps his same characteristic inventiveness and complexity, resulting in a work that resonates with adults and children alike.
Since its origins in Israel Kamuyot has also been toured throughout provinces in Sweden by Riksteatern, reaching some 30,000 children. Rambert2‘s international cast of 12 will continue the tradition of performing the work at schools across the country.
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