Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Gaga Technique with Ariel Friedman

GAGA technique with Ariel Freedman
Jul 9, 2009 - Jul 11, 2009; Thu, Fri, Sat
Time Varies (see below): -

Thursday, July 9th, 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Friday, July 10th, 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Saturday, July 11th, 3pm - 4:15pm

Gaga technique was developed about 20 years ago by the now Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company, Ohad Naharin. Two decades ago, Naharin was creating choreography for the company when he sustained a serious bodily injury. "Gaga" was a way for him to begin dancing once again while paying special attention to areas of the body that needed it. It uses an imagery based method of teaching to create bodily sensations. (i.e. tiny ants crawling all over your body, ice cold water rushing off your limbs, etc.) It helps the person to listen to what the body needs by feeling from within rather than relying on mirrors to contrive the body from the outside.

Gaga offers a new way to reach a deeper knowledge and understanding of one's self via the body and its movement. The technique requires the participant to be alert, quick, flexible, imaginative and dexterous in the use of his or her body. Yet, one need not be a professional dancer to benefit from the tools imparted when learning the Gaga movement language.

Essentially, Gaga increases one's understanding of the body’s weaknesses and strengths, as well as its response to them. Through Gaga, one works to breakdown physical barriers to reach a greater comprehension and control of instinctive movements. Via Gaga one is able to de-construct the decisions of the conscience and sub-conscience. Ultimately, Gaga empowers the experiences of pleasure, stillness, positivism, and happiness. The Gaga movement language is a tool that can be utilized by dancers and non-dancers alike.

Ariel Freedman was born in the USA in 1983, studied at The Julliard School, danced at Mikhail Baryshnikov's Hell's Kitchen Dance and at Aszure&Artists Company, joined the Batsheva Ensemble in 2006 and the Batsheva Dance Company in August 2008.

Below are some more detailed articles on Gaga technique:

Dance in Isreal Posts by Deborah Friedes

Dance Spirit Article by Kathryn Holmes

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