Programmed by Gaga London
Gaga/people classes are open to people ages 16+, regardless of their background in dance or movement.
No previous dance experience is needed.
Gaga/people classes last for one hour and are taught by dancers who have worked closely with Ohad Naharin.
Teachers guide the 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 they 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.
Natalia Iwaniec was born in Poland and is now a freelance dancer and teacher based in Europe. She finished her Master’s in Theater in Cracov and completed her degree in dance at the Dance College in Wrocław in Poland. She has taught contemporary dance and improvisation in studios and with theater groups in her home country.
In 2009, she had her first meeting with Gaga during a workshop with Arkadi Zaides in Poznań (Stary Browar Nowy Taniec). After this experience she decided to research the Israeli dance scene through workshops with Tal Avni (Contact Improvisation and movement research), Yossi Berg and Oded Graf (contemporary dance and improvisation), Yaniv Mitzner (Contact Improvisation), and LeeSaar The Company (Gaga).
From September 2010 until February 2011, she lived in Tel Aviv exploring the Gaga movement language. During this time, she was part of Yasmeen Godder’s workshop for dancers in Tel Aviv and also trained in Contact Improvisation.
Natalia became a qualified teacher of Gaga in August 2012.
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 become a member of Batsheva Dance Company performing many works of Ohad Naharin and other choreographers including John Jasperse, William Forsythe, Mats Ek and Sharon Eyal. She then joined Karas Company of Saburo Teshigawara for two creations and tours of other repertory.
Chisato returned to London and has been teaching Gaga since 2005. She teaches regular Professional classes in London and has taught company class for Akram Khan Company, Hofesh Shechter Company, Punch Drunk, Stopgap, Clod Ensemble, New Adventures, Lost Dog and others.
Chisato is currently a member of faculty at the London Contemporary Dance School.
Rebecca was born in Sydney, Australia. She graduated from Central School of Ballet, receiving a First Class BA (Hons) in Dance and Performance. On completion of her studies in 2008, Rebecca traveled to Israel to dance with Batsheva Ensemble. She also participated in the joint project of Riksteatern and Batsheva Dance Company in Sweden, performing Ohad Naharin’s Kamuyot. Rebecca has been teaching Gaga since 2009. Since 2011 Rebecca has been a photographer, working editorially and commercially in London, UK.