April 17- 21| Gaga/Dancers with Laura Toma (MTL)


Gaga/Dancers with Laura Toma (MTL)
April 17- 21, 2017
10:15 am-11:30am

Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt Rd. Toronto
Costs: $75/week or $15 to drop-in
Our prices include HST.

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Gaga is a movement language which Ohad Naharin developed over the course of many years and which is applied in daily practice and exercises by the Batsheva Dance Company members. The language of Gaga originated from the belief in the healing, dynamic, ever-changing power of movement, and it continues to evolve today.

Gaga is a new way of gaining knowledge and self-awareness through your body. Gaga provides a framework for discovering and strengthening your body and adding flexibility, stamina, and agility while lightening the senses and imagination. Gaga raises awareness of physical weaknesses, awakens numb areas, exposes physical fixations, and offers ways for their elimination. The work improves instinctive movement and connects conscious and unconscious movement, and it allows for an experience of freedom and pleasure in a simple way, in a pleasant space, in comfortable clothes, accompanied by music, each person with himself and others.

Gaga/dancers classes are open to professional dancers or advanced dance students ages 16+.

These classes last for an hour and fifteen minutes and are taught by dancers who have worked closely with Ohad Naharin. Gaga/dancers classes are built on the same principles as Gaga/people classes but also employ the specific vocabulary and skills that are part and parcel of a dancer’s knowledge. The layering of familiar movements with Gaga tasks presents dancers with fresh challenges, and throughout the class, teachers prompt the dancers to visit more unfamiliar places and ways of moving as well. Gaga/dancers deepens dancers’ awareness of physical sensations, expands their palette of available movement options, enhances their ability to modulate their energy and engage their explosive power, and enriches their movement quality with a wide range of textures.

Born in Romania and raised in Ottawa, Laura is a contemporary dance artist living in Montréal. She graduated from the professional program at The School of Dance in Ottawa and also holds a diploma in Dance Studies from the Laban Center in London, UK. In August of 2012, Laura graduated from the first official Gaga Teacher Training Program in Tel Aviv, Israel under the mentorship of Ohad Naharin. She is currently working as a co-choreographer, freelance dancer, and the only certified Gaga teacher in Canada. She has experience teaching at the Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance and Theatre in Tel Aviv, the contemporary dance company Ate9 in Los Angeles, for the dancers of Compagnie Marie Chouinard, the Ottawa Dance Directive (ODD), Studio 303, Ballet Divertimento, Danse à la Carte, the Regroupement Québécois de La Danse (RQD), L’Artère, UQAM and Concordia University dance departments, l’École Supérieure de Ballet du Québec (ESBQ), and l’École de Danse Contemporaine de Montréal. She is a co-founder of LA TRESSE collective and works regularly with choreographer Andrea Peña. In June of 2016 Laura performed at the Venice Biennale of Dance for Israeli/French choreographer Emanuel Gat.