Gaga Master Class with Ariel Freedman
The Lewis Center's Program in Dance will present a Master Class on the dance style/movement practice known as Gaga on Wednesday, January 15 at 1:30 p.m. Gaga is a movement language originating from the belief in the healing, dynamic, and ever-changing power of movement. Led by Ariel Freedman, the class will begin tentatively at 1:30 p.m. in the Patricia and Ward Hagan '48 Dance Studio at 185 Nassau Street. The class is open to all Princeton students to participate and the public to observe.
Originated by Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin, Gaga is described as a way of gaining knowledge and self-awareness through one’s body and is a major training method for Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company. Gaga provides a framework for discovering and strengthening the body and adding flexibility, stamina, and agility while lightening the senses and imagination. In describing the dance form, Naharin notes, “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.”
ARIEL FREEDMAN began dancing and choreographing at the age of three in her living room. She earned her BFA at The Juilliard School, where she was a recipient of the Martha Hill Prize. After graduating, she performed with AszURe & Artists, Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Hell’s Kitchen Dance, and David Parker and The Bang Group. She danced with the Batsheva Ensemble for two seasons and with the Batsheva Dance Company for three. She teaches Gaga and performs with Kidd Pivot, Motley Dance and Keigwin + Company.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Patricia and Ward Hagan '48 Dance Studio at 185 Nassau St.
Open to all Princeton students to participate
Open to the public to observe