Gaga / dancers

GAGA / DANCERS with Anna Long
Wednesdays / 10-10:45AM

Gaga is the movement language developed by Ohad Naharin throughout many years, parallel to his work as a
choreographer and the former artistic director of Batsheva Dance Company. Gaga originated from Naharin’s
need to communicate with his dancers and his curiosity in the ongoing research 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 embodiment. Inside this shared research, the improvisational nature of the exploration
enables each participant’s deeply personal connection with Gaga.
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.
Participants awaken numb areas, increase their awareness of habits, and improve their efficiency of movement
inside multilayered tasks, and they are encouraged to connect to pleasure inside moments of effort. The
research of Gaga is in a continual process of evolution, and the classes vary and develop accordingly.

About the artist

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Anna Long

ANNA LONG is a performer, choreographer, and certified Gaga teacher based in the United States. Raised in Massachusetts, Anna began her dance training with New England Dance Academy of Attleboro. She earned her degree in dance and biology at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY.  In 2011, Anna was accepted to the pilot Gaga Teachers Training program in Tel Aviv, and trained under Ohad Naharin, Gaga faculty, and members of Batsheva Dance Company.  

Anna became a certified Gaga teacher in 2012. Since then, she served as a guest teacher for CSU Long Beach, Columbia College, Ate 9, TU Dance, Lee Saar,  James Sewell Ballet, and Punch Drunk Theatre’s Sleep No More. She has also hosted Gaga/choreography workshops in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Paris, Denver, Seattle, and Los Angeles. She served on faculty as a Gaga instructor for Hubbard Street Dance Company’s Pre-professional program and teaches Gaga  around the world. 

 Anna has created works independently at Links Hall in Chicago  as well as on Visceral Dance Chicago, the Cambrians, Dance Works Chicago, Elements Contemporary Ballet, Loyola Marymount College, Dance in the Parks Chicago, Extensions Dance Company, and James Graham Dance Theater in San Francisco. Anna has been chosen as a featured artist for Dixon Place’s Under Exposed series in New York City and presented work in the inaugural Netherlands Choreography Competition in Spring 2017. Most recently, Anna was selected to present work at the VHS International Solo Dance Theater Festival in Stuttgart, Germany and at the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival

Outside of her artistic endeavors, Anna is a former advocate for rare disease research, an avid learner of languages, and film enthusiast.

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