Sep 22

From the Dancers: Thoughts on Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16


Charlotte Ballet welcomes Ohad Naharin for the first time to set his work, Minus 16, as part of our first performance of the season, Fall Works. Read below to see why Charlotte Ballet company members are excited to be a part of this piece. Tickets on sale now!


Sarah Lapointe

“I’m excited to perform Minus 16 for Fall Works because it is completely different than any piece I’ve performed before. I’m also excited to branch out and add a new choreographer to the list of repertoire that I have already performed. The choreography is so unique and allows the dancers to move in such organic ways. I have heard that I will be moving my body in a way that I probably haven’t moved before, so I’m looking forward to trying it!”

James Kopecky

“Minus 16 is a piece where a dancer can truly explore their identity. It breaks down the barrier of how dancers are perceived, and it lets the audience see how we feel on stage. The piece to me is about human expression; whether it’s extreme and violent or soft and quiet. It shows how silly we can be and how serious we can be. Having performed the piece three years ago, the anxiety and joy I feel simultaneously is nothing but amazing. Now, I see more of its meaning and can really put truth behind my performance. It’s not your typical ballet or contemporary piece. It’s very fun, but the intent behind the work is genuine. Charlotte will love this piece.”



Raven Barkley

“I’m excited to perform Minus 16 because I was inspired by the choreography of the ballet when I saw it performed by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. I was intrigued by the physicality and how it continued to build throughout the piece. The choreography is phenomenal. The repetition of the steps and canon in the beginning semi-circle is exciting to watch because the dancers have to be in sync with one another as they thrust themselves until the last dancer collapses to the ground. I’m in love with the costumes because of their minimalism. I’ve always wanted to wear a suit on stage, or just a tank top and shorts, and now I will have the chance to fulfill this desire.”

This performance of Minus 16 was underwritten for Charlotte Ballet by the Corps de Ballet volunteers.

Featured photo of Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16 performed by Batsheva Dance Company by Gadi Dagon.


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