workshops and classes
upcoming events :
April 3, 2019, Paris France, Gaga people class
April 8-12, 2019, Aveiro, Portugal, Gaga and Naharin repertoire workshop
April 14, 2019, Faro, Portugal, Gaga people class
April 28, Stuttgart, Germany, Gaga classes
May 20-24, Zurich, Switzerland, Gaga/dancers classes
May, 25, Zurich, Switzerland, KibbutZurich Festival, Gaga people class
Composition Workshop by Hillel Kogan
The materials of my creations are gathered and brought together in a process that begins with improvisation. As a performer and choreographer I am intrigued by the meeting of virtuosic movement and virtuosic improvisation using text, writing and vocalization. Text and movement are performative tools through which I observe social and political phenomena. Alongside this, I endeavor to speak about the art form and the choreographic tools themselves. I am interested in questioning conventions regarding the stage and the dance form, choreographic methods and processes, dancers and the essence of the act of dancing. I am drawn to the deal with what is culturally conceived as scary, human and ridiculous. In my workshops, we experiment with different tools that I draw upon during my creative process. We extract various strategies that I work with, identify their mechanisms, explore them and apply to them new content that is relevant to the participants. We will question the medium itself and the artistic and social conventions surrounding spoken word and body.
Gaga People / Gaga Dancers Classes
Gaga is the movement research developed by Ohad Naharin throughout many years, parallel to his work as a choreographer and the artistic director of Batsheva Dance Company. Gaga originated from Naharin’s need to communicate with his dancers and his curiosity in the ongoing research of movement.
Gaga classes are predicated on a deep listening to the body and to physical sensations. The instructions are deployed to increase awareness of and further amplify sensation, and rather than turning from one prompt to another, information is layered, building into a multisensory, physically challenging experience. While many instructions are imbued with rich imagery, the research of Gaga is fundamentally physical, insisting on a specific process of embodiment. Inside this shared research, the improvisational nature of the exploration enables each participant’s deeply personal connection with Gaga.
Gaga provides a framework for discovering and strengthening the body and adding flexibility, stamina, agility, and skills including coordination and efficiency while stimulating the senses and imagination. The classes offer a workout that investigates form, speed, and effort while traversing additional spectrums such as those between soft and thick textures, delicacy and explosive power, and understatement and exaggeration. Participants awaken numb areas, increase their awareness of habits, and improve their efficiency of movement inside multilayered tasks, and they are encouraged to connect to pleasure inside moments of effort. The research of Gaga is in a continual process of evolution, and the classes vary and develop accordingly.