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Preview: Gaga dance from choreographer Ohad Naharin and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet

The hips drop, and an impulse shoots through the torso, rippling out through a reaching arm. Sensations and emotions surge through the body, concentrated into a sense of humanness that urgently needs to be felt and expressed.

The exquisitely trained, articulate dancers of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet will bring the racing fluidity, vulnerability and intensity of Ohad Naharin’s choreography with “an intimate look at Ohad Naharin’s ‘Decadance 2007.’ ” The informal performance will be held in the Dance Studio at Emory’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts February 24-26 at 8 p.m. nightly. Here’s a link to Emory’s dance program.

During its six-year lifespan, New York-based Cedar Lake has achieved phenomenal success by commissioning provocative, cutting-edge works by contemporary choreographers including Angelin Prejlocaj, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Naharin.

Naharin’s Gaga technique is now a driving force in the contemporary dance world and a wellspring for Atlanta’s Lauri Stallings, who has worked extensively with Naharin. A 2009 Dance Magazine award recipient and internationally sought-after choreographer, Naharin has staged works with major companies from Europe’s Nederland Dans Theater and the Paris Opera Ballet to Stallings’ alma mater, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Naharin currently serves as house choreographer of Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv — the company where he began dancing and served as artistic director from 1990 to 2003.

Two scenes from "Decadance." (Photos by Paul B. Goode)

“Decadance” is a form Naharin has developed to gain fresh perspective on his choreography. Essentially, he chooses sections of existing works and reconstructs them into a single coherent work. “Decadance 2007” includes sections from “Black Milk” (1985), “Mabul” (1992), ”Anaphaza” (1993) and “Naharin’s Virus” (2001).

Friday’s performance is sold out; at this writing, tickets are still available for Wednesday and Thursday evening. Before Wednesday’s show, the Emory Friends of Dance Lecture Series will offer a free pre-performance lecture, “Foreign Exchange: American and Israeli Dance from Martha Graham to Ohad Naharin,” presented live from Israel via Web cam. Israeli dance scholar Deborah Friedes Galili will discuss the dynamic relationship between American and Israeli dance, tracing the meteoric rise of Israeli contemporary dance.

The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in the Schwartz Center’s Chace Lobby.

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