Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance (2017)

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Tomer Heymann's MR. GAGA is a unique documentary experience that tells the story of the internationally acclaimed choreographer Ohad Naharin, who created the daring form of dance and "movement language" Gaga. When he was 22, he was invited to perform with the prestigious Martha Graham dance company, and attended Juilliard and the School of American Ballet simultaneously. But Naharin would not be happy until he could do exactly what he wanted. Moving back to Israel, Naharin became the Artistic Director of the Batsheva Dance Company, developing Gaga within his own ensemble. Even after achieving worldwide acclaim, Naharin continues to fight every day, sometimes with his own dancers, once even with the president of Israel, to make his vision come to life. Meeting him at a critical turning point in his personal life, this spirited and insightful documentary will introduce you to a man with great artistic integrity and an extraordinary vision. MR. GAGA tells Naharin's personal story of a controversial, political, and always entertaining figure, and his constant battle for artistic perfection. Eight years in the making, MR. GAGA traces Naharin's artistic roots using personal family footage, intimate rehearsal footage, extensive unseen archive material and stunning dance sequences. Heymann weaves a marvelous tale of what it takes to be a genius, the exhausting toll dance can take on its performers, and finally, the beauty that art can bring to this world.

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Credit goes to Heymann for both his presentation of Naharin's work (which might have been tedious and/or inaccessible for the uninitiated) and character (which might have been obscured by the maestro's presence and/or the figures he commands).

Apr 21, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Naharin's style is both idiosyncratic and accessible, his movements both angular and supple, but above all his dances celebrate the body, built for the joy of motion.

Mar 31, 2017 | Full Review…

Naharin's dances, amply illustrated from decades' worth of film, are visceral, emotional and sometimes shocking.

Mar 30, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The portrait of the artist might be a bit uncritically rosy; still, this is a compelling dance film that captures the drive and passion of a key figure in contemporary choreography.

Mar 17, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Watching Mr. Gaga develop as a dancemaker is as entrancing as watching Batsheva perform live.

Mar 9, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

[A] fascinating if frustratingly discursive documentary ...

Mar 9, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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