Produced by Gaga Movement & Alvin Collantes
This workshop invites current Gaga users and Gaga newcomers to delve deeper into Gaga’s movement language within a flexible format, allowing for dialogue and consideration from different perspectives, with special guest from Tel Aviv, Michal Sayfan.
This methodological experience will focus on some of the elements regularly used in classes and explore them in depth, all through a meaningful physical experience.
This workshop includes thoughtful refreshments. For current and new users.
This workshop will led by Michal Sayfan, a Senior Gaga teacher and former Batsheva Dance Company dancer.
Sunday, January 26, 2020
11:00 - 12:00 - Gaga/people
12:00 - 12:15 - Break
12:15 - 14:00 - Gaga Methodics and Conversation
14:00 - 14:30 - Break
14:30 - 16:00 - Gaga/people class into Party
The number of participants is limited! Please note that in order to attend, you must register and purchase tickets online.
About Michal Sayfan
Michal Sayfan was born in Israel. She danced in Nadine Bommer’s dance company between 2001 and 2004 before joining the Batsheva Ensemble in 2005. She danced with Batsheva Dance Company between 2008 and 2011 and has been a freelance dancer ever since. Teaching Gaga and Ohad Naharin’s works in Israel and abroad since 2006, Michal frequently served as the artistic director of Gaga Intensive courses in Tel Aviv. From 2016-2018, she was Batsheva Ensemble’s rehearsal director.
During her naturopathy studies in Broshim Campus – Tel Aviv University, she became a clinical herbalist & reflexologist.
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 language of Gaga is in a continual process of evolution, and the classes vary and develop accordingly.
Gaga/people classes are open to everyone age 16 and up. we work barefoot or in socks, bring comfortable clothes to move in