Chen Wei Lee & Zoltan Vakulya
Gaga for dancers & Play/Full
10.30h - 17.00h
Gaga is the movement language developed by Ohad Naharin throughout many years.
The language of Gaga originated from the belief in the healing, dynamic, ever-changing power of movement.
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 the embodiment. Inside this shared research, the improvisational nature of the exploration enables each participant’s deeply personal connection with the language.
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. The language of Gaga is in a continual process of evolution, and the classes vary and develop accordingly.
Zoltan Vakulya about Play/Full: “In Play/Full I’m going to share a collection of exercises, practices and ideas about how I approach improvised dancing.
During the class I encourage the participants to engage with their imagination and alter some of the patterns of their improvisation. The focus is: how to be able to navigate through improvised dance while keeping it fresh, playful and challenging for yourself.
We will dance with partners and solo as well. We will try to awaken familiar and unfamiliar coordination, timings, dynamic and other qualities by using each other as a motor for moving, food for thought.
We will look for a full-body experience, where all body parts are equally engaged in dancing and challenge the expressiveness of our movement by connecting to our imagination. Through this, an expressive and versatile dance is what I expect us to find and take with us.
My objective in teaching is to help and encourage dancers to open up their possibilities and visions on challenging their improvised dancing. “