As part of my practice is about movement I have decided to try out as many movement classes and workshops as possible. Last Wednesday I attended a workshop in school by Michele Rizzo where we practiced club dancing, first alone, then with fixed eyecontact and in the end in front of everybody.
On Saturday I went to a contact improvisation jam where we practiced listening to each others bodies and following without leading while also being creative and playful.
Today I tried Gaga People for the first time and it was the perfect fit for me. It tunes into the exact things I like with dance and improv.
I see dance as an effective way to let go of the mind and stay connected to the body and the earth. Just like hand work/craft and physical labour. I believe this is important to bring into our lives here in the western, automatised world, to prevent mental and physical illness and deepen understanding of nature and how everything is connected. Basically to nurture our inner wisdom.
Gaga, the movement language developed by Ohad Naharin
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.“We become more aware of our form. We connect to the sense of the endlessness of possibilities. We explore multi-dimensional movement; we enjoy the burning sensation in our muscles, we are ready to snap, we are aware of our explosive power and sometimes we use it. We change our movement habits by finding new ones. We go beyond our familiar limits. We can be calm and alert at once.” – Ohad Naharin