ZOMERWEEK | Contemporary dance: principles of Gaga
For participants of this workshop, we start with the Physical Gaga training (that can also be followed separately) and then continue with deepening some core principles of the rich Gaga movement language.
We will take the impressions of Gaga and extend them into a detailed work into our dance, alone and with partners. There will be different exercises which we use to (help each other to) dig into the quality of movement and create further challenges to limit the body while seeking for more possibilities and increase the body ability in multiple ways. It is a fascinating ongoing collaboration of thoughts and movements, action and reaction, restriction and solution.
In this workshop you are invited to think and dance outside the box, with a lot of fun in return!
Below some more words/impressions about Gaga from Ohad Naharin, choreographer of Batsheva Dance Company and founder of Gaga:
“Gaga challenges multi-layer tasks. We are aware of the connection between effort and pleasure, we are aware of the distance between our body parts, we are aware of the friction between flesh and bones, we sense the weight of our body parts, yet, our form is not shaped by gravity. We are aware of where we hold unnecessary tension, we let go only to bring life and efficient movement to where we let go.
We are turning on the volume of listening to our body, we appreciate small gestures, we are measuring and playing with the texture of our flesh and skin, we might be silly, we can laugh at ourselves.
We connect to the sense of “plenty of time,” especially when we move fast, we learn to love our sweat, we discover our passion to move and connect it to effort, we discover both the animal we are and the power of our imagination. We are “body builders with a soft spine.
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.”
Bring a bottle of water. Please be in time! Starting together and joining the full first hour and a quarter of Gaga is important in this form.