Good things come to those who wait, and director Tomer Heymann has been waiting a long time—eight years, to be exact. Since 2006, Heymann and his film crew have been shadowing Ohad Naharin, artistic director of the Israeli-based modern troupe Batsheva Dance Company. The fruits of Heymann’s (and Naharin’s) labor will finally come to light next spring, when Mr. Gaga premieres at the Docaviv International Film Festival in May. Heymann (along with his brother Barak, who serves as producer for the film) amassed more than 650 hours of footage during his travels with Naharin. There’s rehearsal footage, glimpses into his unique artistic process and an incredible amount of archival material from Naharin’s kibbutz childhood, military service, his years dancing with the Martha Graham Dance Company and more.
Crucial to the release of the film, however, is the success of Mr. Gaga’s current Kickstarter campaign. There are only 15 days to go, with approximately $26,000 left to raise. As with any Kickstarter campaign, there are nice perks for donating—the film’s producers will reward you with Gaga movement classes and Batsheva Dance Company items, so check it out!
Photo courtesy of Vadim Dumesh