Gaga/People

10th January – 21st February (no class 14th February)
7 – 8pm

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. 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. Please note that late comers won’t be allowed into the session, so please ensure that you arrive a bit early. The studio will be free to use from 6.30pm for you to warm up.

We of course understand that committing to the full six 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 10th January – 21st February Every Thursday (no class 14th February) 7-8pm Book Here!