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A New Way to Move
December 13, 2009, 8:45 pm
Filed under: Education

On December 4th area dancers got a rare insight into a new way of moving.  The modern dance movement language developed by Ohad Naharin was introduced in two master classes led by members of his Batsheva Ensemble, in conjunction with their public performances at the Ziff Ballet Opera House December 4 and 5.  The Gaga movement language was developed over the last decade in the Batsheva studios and introduces dancers to ways of breaking down physical barriers in order to reach a greater comprehension and control of instinctive movements.  The first of the two classes took place at Florida International University (FIU) for 12 dance students and 1 faculty member and was followed by a Q&A with teaching artist Rebecca Hytting.  Highlighting the process of learning about Gaga movement, Rebecca spoke about her transition from classical ballet to contemporary movement and how this required her to let go off her classical training and embrace a new way of using her body.  The FIU students attended the Sunday matinee performance of the Ensemble.

 

Photo by Deanna Costa

The second class held in the Peacock Foundation Studio in the Ziff Ballet Opera House was open to people from the dance community who have trained at an intermediate level or higher.  The 33 participants were led through warmup exercises that prepared them for the exploration of the Gaga technique.  Gaga encourages, teaches and cultivates multi-dimensional movement in the dancers who study it.  Its efficiency and texture of movement, the use of explosive power, and the connection between pleasure and effort create movement with quickness and clarity of intention.  Reactions from the participants after the class were overwhelmingly positive and many conveyed an appreciation for the subtle yet profound approach to movement. 

The Education and Outreach department offers different opportunities for artists, families, and member of the community to have active experience in the arts.  Visit www.arshtcenter.org for information on upcoming events.

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I was one of the fortunate few who were chosen by the Batsheva Dance Co on Sunday matinee performance to come up on stage and dance (yikes! in public)for the 15 minute audience participation routine……I have tried to contact membership at Arsht(I am one of them) several times to ask if any film footage is available so I might have for a keepsake….would love to see it if anyone can get it for me….thanks, Carole Pumpian

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