April 2, 16, 30
9 - 10:15am
Taught by Olivia Ancona
All ages and dance levels welcome
Gaga is the movement language developed by Ohad Naharin throughout his work as a choreographer and Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company. Gaga generally has two tracks; Gaga Dancers for trained movers and Gaga People, open to the public with no previous experience required.
The language of Gaga originated from the belief in the ‘healing, dynamic, and ever-changing power of movement,’ helping participants connect to their bodies and to various physical sensations. The improvisational nature of the class is guided by the teacher, who also participates, through a series of image-driven prompts. At Gaga’s foundation we learn to listen deeply to our bodies, absorbing the information in layers as we practice these consecutive tasks. Participants are encouraged to explore their range between weakness and strength, awaken numb areas in the body and become aware of habits. The classes offer a workout that investigates form, speed, and effort while enhancing our flexibility, agility, and coordination. At the same time, we will navigate through an array of tangible qualities such as texture, delicacy, and exaggeration, culminating in a multisensory and physically challenging experience.
Without mirrors or spectators, we will use this hour and fifteen minute opportunity to explore the principles of gaga, connecting to our imaginations and the pleasure of moving.
This series of open classes will be ALL inclusive! Non-dancers and professionals alike are welcome to dive in.
“We explore multi-dimensional movement, we enjoy the burning sensation in our muscles, we are aware of our explosive power and sometimes we use it. We change our movement habits by finding new ones, we can be calm and alert at once. We become available . . .”
- Ohad Naharin