Dance Performances - Minus 16

About Minus 16


Featuring an eclectic score ranging from Dean Martin to mambo, techno to traditional Israeli music, Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16 uses improvisation and Naharin’s acclaimed “Gaga” method, a unique movement language that breaks down old habits, pushing the dancers to challenge themselves in new ways.  

The work is unique in the Ailey repertory for removing the barrier between performers and spectators. "Minus 16 not only delights in its own wackiness, but also celebrates the joy of dancing,” said the San Francisco Chronicle.

The piece has elements of unpredictability and fun that makes each performance of Minus 16 delightfully different.

Leadership support for this Company premiere was provided by American Express.
Generous support was also provided by NJPAC Alternate Routes.


“It Must Be True” performed by The John Buzon Trio. Written by Gus Arnheim, Harry Barris and Gordon Clifford. Used by permission with EMI Mills Music Inc.

“Hava Nagila” ©1963, ren. 1991 Surf Beat Music. All rights reserved. Written and arranged by Dick Dale under license from Surf Beat Music (ASCAP).

“Echad Mi Yode’a” Lyrics and Music Traditional. Arranged by The Tractor’s Revenge (Green, Belleli, Leibovitch). Published by The Tractor’s Revenge (Green, Belleli, Leibovitch).

“Nisi Dominus, R.608 – IV. “Cum dederit” (Andante)” by Vivaldi performed by James Bowman, The Academy of Ancient Music and Christopher Hogwood.

“Over The Rainbow” by E.Y. ‘YIP’ Harburg and Harold Arlen. Used by permission of EMI Feist Catalog Inc. One Hundred Percent (100%) ASCAP.

“Hooray For Hollywood” (Richard Whiting and Johnny Mercer) ©1937 (Renewed) WB Music Corp. (ASCAP) All rights reserved. Used by permission. Written by John Mercer and Richard Whiting. Used by permission with Warner/Chappell Music.

“Sway” by Pablo Beltran Ruiz, Luis Demetrio, Traconis Molina, and Norman Gimbel; Words West LLC d/b/a Butterfield Music (BMI). All rights reserved.

Performance Schedule & Tickets

There are no upcoming performances for this repertory piece.



Danielle Agami


Various artists (see below)


Ohad Naharin


Avi Yona Bueno (Bambi)

Celebrating Mari Kajiwara (1951-2001)

Ailey company member (1970-1984) and late wife of Ohad Naharin

First Performance

1999; Ailey Premiere 2011

Run Time

36 minutes

Groups 10+

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