Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company once was known in the United States primarily because Martha Graham was a founder, along with the Baroness Batsheva de Rothschild. Today it’s known as the base camp for artistic director Ohad Naharin, who assumed the helm in 1990. Naharin is the choreographer responsible for the dance technique/style known as Gaga, an approach that emphasizes Butoh-esque, slow movement countered by explosive, percussive moments. Naharin’s approach, which includes banishing mirrors in class and rehearsal, will be on view as this most au courant company arrives to celebrating its golden-anniversary year with two performances of Naharin’s Sadeh21. Sadeh translates roughly as “field,” as in a field of study, while 21 refers to the number of segments illustrating the elements of Gaga, from a solo for a bendy dancer in No. 1 to the soundtrack of a screaming woman in No. 20. This anniversary visit extends beyond the performances with workshops and other activities. Details on all the events at UCLA Royce Hall, 340 Royce Drive, Wstwd.; Sat., Nov. 1, 8 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 2, 4 p.m.; $29-$89. (310) 825-2101,

Sat., Nov. 1, 8 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 2, 4 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 11/02/14)

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