A three-day Gaga Workshop, which includes a class and repertoire, open to professional dancers and dance students ages 16-and-older, is coming to the Performance Garage (1515 Brandywine Street) in Philadelphia, August 2–4. There will also be Open Gaga People Classes those three days, which are open to the general public (16-and-older), without the necessity of previous experience. This is only the second time that Gaga classes have ever been offered in Philadelphia.
Presented by Automatic Arts, the workshop and classes are led by Gaga Master Teacher, Or Meir Schraiber, who is a dancer in Ohad Naharin’s internationally renowned Batsheva Dance Company. Gaga is a movement language which Ohad Naharin, one of the world’s preeminent contemporary choreographers, developed over the course of many years and which is applied in daily practice and exercises by the Batsheva Dance Company members. The language of Gaga originated from the belief in the healing, dynamic, ever-changing power of movement. As explained by Naharin, “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 . . .”
The Gaga Workshop and Classes are part of a new program by Automatic Arts to bring one high quality professional dance workshop to Philadelphia each summer.
“When I was a professional dancer in New York City, the opportunities to attend workshops and experience different types of dance were endless,” says Automatic Arts cofounder Deborah Crocker, who is bringing Gaga to Philadelphia. “There were multiple opportunities to dance with master choreographers, learn a new style, and to be exposed to different kinds of dance nearly every day of the week. Philadelphia has such a rich dance community yet there needs to be more opportunities for professional development and exploration.”
Check out this promo of the film about Ohad Naharin and Gaga.
Program: Gaga Workshop & Open Classes
Dates: August 2, 3, 4
Workshop: A 3-day Gaga Workshop for $100. The Workshop is open to professional dancers and dance students ages 16 or older. The daily schedule is: 10am–11:15am Gaga Class, 11:30am–1:15pm Ohad Naharin Repertoire.
Open Classes: Open Gaga People Classes from 6pm–7pm, Aug 2–4, $17 per class. Gaga People is open to the general public and available for anyone at any age (16 or older), without the necessity of previous experience.
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