Logotipo del Inaem (Instituto de las Artes Escénicas y de la Música)

Perpetuum. Ohad Naharin 2003


Perpetuum. Dancer: Tamako Akiyama
  • Choreography: Ohad Naharin
  • Music: Johann Strauss (son)
  • Sets: Arik Levi
  • Costumes: Rakefet Levy
  • Light Design: Avi Yona Bueno (Bambi)
  • Staging: Yoshifumi Inao y Adi Salant
  • World premiere by Le Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, January 1992. Premiered by Compañía Nacional de Danza at Teatro Real de Madrid, April 30th, 2003.
  • A work created by Ohad Naharin in 1992, based on music by the younger Johann Strauss, “And then the waltzes appear. Johann Strauss´ waltzes: balanced, twirling and swirling and melting like bitter caramel in one’s mouth. In contrast to the very familiar setting surrounding this music, Ohad Naharin has let his humor run wild...”

With the sound of the zesty and zany waltzes, the dancers and spectators find themselves enveloped in a whirlwind of gang, sarcasm and color. A parody on the theatre, opera, the bourgeois, and dance. It is one of Ohad Naharin’s most colorful and surprising works, with costumes by Rakefet Levy and lights by Bambi. The piece was written in 1992 for the Grand Théâtre de Génève and since then has been performed by numerous dance companies in Europe with tremendous success.

In Israel, Perpetuum has been performed on special occasions such as the inauguration of the Festival of Israel, in 1992, and the opening of the Centre of Performing Arts in Tel-Aviv in 1993. The Batsheva Dance Companystaged Perpetuum again in 1999 in co-production with Austria’sSt. Polten Festpielhaus. “In the first place I am captivated by movement and action. I’m also exploring the proximity of form and content. I’m intrigued by the uncertainty arising from the grey zones between the pure and the corrupt, between the expected and the unexpected, between the intended and the final results.”

Perpetuum is a piece showing that my work often deals with casting off weight, and that I consider levity a virtue, not a defect (Ohad Naharin, May 2002).



    • Auditions. Jardín Infinito. Nacho Duato

    • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Follow us in Twitter


    In compliance with current rules and regulations concerning personal data protection, we inform you that the personal data obtained by our forms constitute part of the documentation that falls under the responsibility of INAEM Compañía Nacional de Danza and are treated by that entity with the aim of managing communications between  COMPAÑÍA NACIONAL DE DANZA and you. 

    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Confirm Dates

    The programmes and dates appearing on this website are for general guidance only and may be subject to changes. Please make sure you confirm any programmed events with their respective venues, especially dates and times.

    Confirm Dates. Dancer, a part of her face is hidden by a hat



    All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the prior permission of Compañía Nacional de Danza.

    • Project Coordination: Maite Villanueva (CND)
    • Texts: CND