Gaga People

November 27, 2012


“We are turning on the volume of listening to our body, we appreciate small gestures, we are measuring and playing with the texture of our flesh and skin”, – Ohad Naharin.

From December 2012 Danceworks opens new class Gaga/people led by former dancers of the one of the most exciting and internationally acclaimed contemporary dance companies in the world – Batsheva Dance Company.
Batsheva Dance Company together with its junior Batsheva Ensemble boasts a roster of 40 dancers drawn from Israel and abroad. Touring extensively throughout the country and internationally, presenting 250 performances annually.
Batsheva Dance Company was founded as a repertory company in 1964 by the Baroness Batsheva de Rothschild, who enlisted Martha Graham as artistic adviser. Despite its youth, Batsheva was immediately granted the honor of being the first company outside Graham’s own troupe to perform the legendary choreographer’s dances.
Ohad Naharin was appointed as Artistic Director of the Company in 1990 and propelled it into a new era with his adventurous artistic vision, distinctive choreographic voice, and revolutionary movement language, Gaga, that he pioneered. Gaga, which emphasizes the exploration of sensation and availability for movement, became the primary training method for Batsheva’s dancers.
Gaga has two tracks: Gaga/dancers, which is the daily training of Batsheva Dance Company members, now taught also for other dancers in Israel and abroad; and Gaga/people, open to the public and available for anyone at any age, without the necessity of previous experience.
Danceworks’ Gaga/people classes last for one hour. Teachers guide the participants using a series of evocative instructions that build one on top of the other. Rather than copying a particular movement, each participant in the class actively explores these instructions, discovering how he or she can interpret the information and perform the task at hand. Gaga/people classes offer a creative framework for participants to connect to their bodies and imaginations, increase their physical awareness, improve their flexibility and stamina, and experience the pleasure of movement in a welcoming, accepting atmosphere.
Participants should wear comfortable clothes and be prepared to dance barefoot or in socks. It is advisable to bring a bottle of water and a towel for use after class.


Natalia Iwaniec was born in Poland and is now a freelance dancer and teacher based in Europe. She was living in Israel from Sept
ember 2011 until August 2012, exploring Gaga movement language. Natalia was part of Yasmeen Godder’s workshop for dancers in Tel Aviv and also trained in Contact Improvisation. Natalia became a qualified teacher of Gaga in August 2012.



After graduating from the Central School of Ballet, Chisato Ohno danced with Netherlands Dans Theater 2 where she performed works by Jiri Kylian, Hans van Manen, Johan Inger and many others. She continued to Batsheva Dance Company where she took part in new creations and performed many works of Ohad Naharin. She then joined Karas Company of Saburo Teshigawara for two premieres and tours of other repertory. She is now based in London and has been teaching Gaga since 2005.


Rebecca was born in Sydney, Australia. She graduated from Central School of Ballet, receiving a First Class Ba. (Hons) in Dance and Performance. On completion of her studies in 2008, Rebecca traveled to Israel to dance with Batsheva Ensemble. She also participated in the joint project of Riksteatern and Batsheva Dance Company in Sweden, performing Ohad Naharin’s Kamuyot. Rebecca has been teaching Gaga since 2009. As of 2011, Rebecca resides in London, and is currently studying Photography at the University of the Arts, London.

Class information

Gaga People
starts Wednesday,12th December

19:00-20:00 Wednesday
Studio 3