GAGA with Batsheva Dance Company member BEN GREEN
APRIL 15-18, 2019
Gaga is a way of gaining knowledge and self-awareness through your body. It 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.
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BEN was born in the US in 1996. He studied at the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company in 2014, and graduated from the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts.
He has also participated in workshops and programs with Crystal Pite, Johannes Wieland, Tom Weinberger, and Batsheva Dance Company's Gaga.
Alongside his own choreographic works for the Las Vegas Academy of Arts and for KCDC Emerging Choreographer's show, he has worked with choreographers Jiri Kylian, Bryan Arias, and with New Dialect.
He joined Batsheva – the Young Ensemble in 2016 and Batsheva Dance Company in 2017.
GAGA work instructions
We work continuously: The class is one session without pauses, based on a series of overlapping instructions. It is important not to stop while the teacher is giving instructions or in the middle of the session. This allows us to develop our ability to listen to our body while receiving the instructions. If need be, you can always play with the volume of your effort, but without losing sensations that were already awakened.
Layers of information: Each instruction is added to the previous one, layer upon layer, and we continue to attend to the instructions already introduced – and to their impact on our bodies – throughout the duration of the class.
Listen to the body before you tell it what to do: Gaga’s instructions guide us to first listen to the body and to discover its range of sensations. We listen to and work with gravity, the flow of information and energy through the body, textures of the body, and the layers of skin, flesh, and bones. We encourage you to connect to pleasure as you move and to find pleasure especially during effort (effort is different than pain).
We work with our eyes open: We give ourselves the license not only to listen but also to watch and imitate the teacher. You are invited to be inspired by the teacher and by other people in the room. Please be aware of people around you and the space that they need. Additionally, keeping our eyes open during the class strengthens and develops the brain.
Speaking: If you have any questions or remarks, please save them for after class, and then you are welcome to speak with the teacher and other participants. Make sure to turn your phone off before class.
Classes start on time: It is advised to arrive 15-20 minutes early. There is no entry for latecomers.
Injuries and illness: If you have any limitation, restrictions, or physical pain – permanent or temporary – talk to the teacher before the class starts. The only pain welcome in Gaga is the burning sensation in our muscles.
We work without shoes.
trailer for MR. GAGA
a film about Ohad Naharin