Listen carefully to your body and move beyond familiar limits, Ohad Naharin keeps telling his students. The protagonist of Tomer Heymann's documentary is the artistic director of the renowned Batsheva Dance Company. He is considered one of the art form's most innovative and original modern choreographers, who redefined the language of modern dance and conceived his own style, referred to as Gaga. For Naharin, movement has become a path to self-awareness and taming the animal within. Here, he passionately shares the story of his childhood, his loves, and vision of the world, all against the backdrop of events like the Yom Kippur War, military service, working with Martha Graham, New York of 70s and 80s and his return to Israel. But Mr. Gaga is more than a biographical film because Heymann is interested in how all these experiences affect Naharin - his body and the way he handles reality; the constant interplay between history, private life, and art. The director seems to ask a subtle question about the artist's sacrifice, because if you invest everything in dance, where do you find the energy for life and emotions for close relationships? Mr. Gaga is captivating in the way of Pina.
SXSW 2014 - Audience Award, Documentary Spotlight