Born in 1952 on Kibbutz Mizra, Ohad Naharin began his dance training with the Batsheva Dance Company in 1974. Naharin was appointed Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company in 1990 and has served in this role to this day. During his tenure with the company, Naharin has choreographed over 30 works for Batsheva and its junior division, Batsheva Ensemble. Alongside his work as a choreographer, Naharin has developed Gaga, innovative movement language intended for use by everyone. The dancers of Batsheva Dance Company train with Gaga on a daily basis, and it is also taught to dancers and the public worldwide by certified teachers.
Naharin's works have been performed by prominent companies including Nederlands Dans Theater, the Paris Opera Ballet, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Les Grand Ballets Canadiens, Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, and The Royal Danish Ballet. Ohad Naharin has won many awards and honors, including Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French government, the New York Dance and Performance Award, a Doctor of Philosophy honoris causa by the Weizmann Institute of Science, the Israel Prize for dance, a Doctor of Philosophy honoris causa by the Hebrew University, the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement, Dance Magazine Award, and an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the Juilliard School in New York.
Naharin’s work was documented in several movies. The rehearsal process with Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet during a restaging of Decadance was the subject of Tomer Heymann’s documentary Out of Focus. In 2015, the Heymann Brothers' comprehensive documentary about Naharin Mr. Gaga was released.