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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).
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.
Naharin's dances, amply illustrated from decades' worth of film, are visceral, emotional and sometimes shocking.
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.
Watching Mr. Gaga develop as a dancemaker is as entrancing as watching Batsheva perform live.
[A] fascinating if frustratingly discursive documentary ...
Although the film doesn't truly define Naharin's Gaga style of dance, it's still a fascinating look inside the life and mind of the reigning godfather of modern dance
[B]odies are bent, not broken. The results are resilient, ravishing, resounding.
[Director Tomer] Heymann smartly lets the art speak for itself and for [Ohad] Naharin.
Gaga [has] an emphasis on personal interpretation of the music rather than formal technique ... Director Tomer Heymann shows some startling examples of the results; I just wish we could see more of them, and in greater length.
This is a documentary that anyone who cares about art will respond to. Naharin is an intriguing subject -- not always truthful or predictable, but utterly compassionate and principled in his own uneasy way.
Mr. Gaga doesn't really explain why the demanding choreographer is called Mr. Gaga, but dance fans will still be in thrall to this charismatic figure and his rule-bending art.
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