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Gaga Weekend Intensive

Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th October
10:00-14:15 Daily

10:00-11:15: Gaga Class
11:30-12:30: Choreography Session
13:15-14:15: Improvisation Session

£80 for the full weekend & £10 for a day Gaga class pass

No drop in available

Following three sold out intensives at the Monkey House in 2017 & 2018 we welcome back Natalia Iwaniec for our fourth Gaga weekend intensive!

Gaga is the movement language developed by Ohad Naharin, parallel to his work as a choreographer and the artistic director of Batsheva Dance Company, http://gagapeople.com/english/. Gaga provides a framework for discovering and strengthening the body, adding flexibility, stamina, agility, coordination and efficiency while stimulating the senses and imagination. Gaga classes are predicated on listening to the body and responding to physical sensations.

Each day will be structured with a Gaga class, followed by a movement material/choreography workshop. After lunch sessions will explore the bodies possibilities in improvisation tasks.

The intensive is open to all dancers, physical actors, movers and people aware of their physicality that are willing to learn something new or to bring a different flavour to their daily training.

Extra places are available for the Gaga class only (morning session) at £10 per session per day. Booking for these classes can be done by selecting Gaga class Sat/Sun to book your place. Unfortunately there are no drop in places available for the Intensive Weekend.

Course Date Day Time Book Now
Gaga Weekend Intensive 27th & 28th October Saturday & Sunday 10:00 – 14:15 Book Here

 


13th September – 25th October every Thursday (no class 27th September)
19:00 – 20:00

The Monkey House, 97-101 Seven Sisters Road, London N7 7QP

Gaga is the movement language developed by Ohad Naharin, parallel to his work as a choreographer and the artistic director of Batsheva Dance Company, http://gagapeople.com/english/. Gaga provides a framework for discovering and strengthening the body, adding flexibility, stamina, agility, coordination and efficiency while stimulating the senses and imagination. Gaga classes are predicated on listening to the body and responding to physical sensations.

Gaga People classes are open to any person, regardless of their background in dance or movement. No previous dance experience is needed. Gaga People classes last for one hour, the teacher will guide participants using a series of evocative instructions that build one on top of the other. Rather than copying a particular movement, each participant in the class actively explores these instructions, discovering how he or she can interpret the information and perform the task at hand. Gaga People classes offer a creative framework for participants to connect to their bodies and imaginations, increase their physical awareness, improve their flexibility and stamina and experience the pleasure of movement in a welcoming, accepting atmosphere. Participants should wear comfortable clothes and be prepared to dance barefoot or in socks. It is advisable to bring a bottle of water and a towel for use after class. Due to the short duration of each session, it’s important that you don’t arrive late – as you might not be allowed into the session!

We of course understand that committing to the full 6 weeks is difficult. Gaga is an inclusive practice, and we want as many people to join as we can fit! Because of that there is a limited amount of drop in spaces available, at £15/session, payable in cash before the session starts. The number of drop in spaces heavily depends on how many other people are attending the class, and what studio the class will be taking place in. Because of that, the drop in principle is very much ‘drop in’, so places can’t be booked in advance.

Natalia Iwaniec

Natalia was born in Poland and is now a freelance dancer and Gaga teacher based in London. She finished her Master’s in Theatre in Cracow and completed her degree in dance at the FB_IMG_1456166978296Dance College in Wroclaw, Poland. From September 2010-September 2012 she lived in Tel Aviv exploring the Gaga movement language and was a part of the first Gaga Teachers Training Programme, certified by Ohad Naharin in 2012.

Natalia has taught Gaga in professional contemporary dance schools such as Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds (UK) and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London (UK) as a guest teacher. Natalia has worked with dance companies and theatres such as NDCWales in Cardiff (UK), Phoenix Dance Theatre in Leeds (UK), Central Europe Dance Theatre in Budapest (Hungary), Studio Matejka in Wroclaw (Poland) amongst others.

Natalia is working as a dancer and choreographer, developing international projects and is one of the founders of London based NaNa Collective.

Chisato Ohno

After graduating from Central School of Ballet, Chisato joined Netherlands Dans Theater 2 where she performed works by Jiri Kylian, Hans van Manen, Johan Inger, Paul Lightfoot, Gideon Obarzanek and many others. She continued to the Batsheva Dance Company where over seven years she took part in new creations and performed many works of Ohad Naharin. She then joined Karas Company of Saburo Teshigawara for two premieres and tours of other repertory. She returned to London and has been teaching Gaga since 2005 and joined the faculty at London Contemporary Dance School in 2013.

 

Course Date Day Time Book Now
Gaga Short Course 13th September – 25th October Every Thursday (no class 27th September) 19:00 – 20:00 Book Here

 

Grotowski

25th October – 29th November
18:00 – 20:30

The Monkey House, 97-101 Seven Sisters Road, London N7 7QP

£80 for six weeks

This intensive and highly physical short course inspired by the teachings of legendary theatre practitioner Jerzy Grotowski, aims to promote the relationship between actor, space and spectator.

Lead by Magda Tuka, this six week short course will focus on spacial awareness and how the actor and the space work together. Via Negativa will dictate the approaches throughout the course to enable the actor to eradicate obstacles and lead to a state of impulse and essence. The course aims to help the actor discover a deeper physical understanding of mind, body and space in performance contexts, stripping back to achieve a greater performance experience which they will be able to take directly into any performance setting.

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Magda Tuka

Magda Tuka is an Actress, dramaturge, performer, movement teacher, president of company Ja Ja Ja Ne Ne Ne (Tuka Wach)
www.jajajanenene.com/magdatuka/. Magda has been working in theatre for over 20 years, starting with mime courses and later working for 10 years as an actress and workshops leader with Warsaw-based theatre group Studium Teatralne. In 2006 she graduated from the Warsaw Theatre Academy (MA) and the following year received her Actor’s Diploma from ZASP.

During this course Magda will be co-teaching with her colleague Krystian Godlewski. Krystian is an actor on stage and screen, a core member of Stajnia Pegaza Theatre in Sopot and co-founder The Bones Theatre in London. https://www.spotlight.com/1014-8942-6607

 

Course Date Day Time Book Now
Grotowski Short Course 25th October – 29th November Every Thursday 18:00 – 20:30 Book Here