GAGALAB @ ORSOLINA28
JULY 13-18 2020
With special guest Ohad Naharin
A 6-day course of intensive physical research, with a sense of plenty of time for process and discovery. Rooted in Ohad Naharin’s evolving movement language, GagaLab offers a framework to develop your artistry while connecting to your skills, imagination, and passion to move. Awaken your senses and turn on your engines in morning Gaga/dancers classes. Then apply Gaga tools to Naharin’s renowned, challenging choreography in daily repertory sessions, and deepen your understanding of Gaga in afternoon methodics classes. The GagaLab in Italy is a uniquely immersive experience, with participants sleeping and dining in the magical setting of Orsolina28.
This year, participants will also attend a special performance by Batsheva – the Young Ensemble at the inauguration of Orsolina28’s outdoor stage. View Ohad Naharin’s Decadance from the unique vantage point of this amphitheater.
GagaLab is intended for professional dancers and advanced dance students age 18+.
Photo Credit: Julien Benhamou
Ohad Naharin is situated at the forefront of the international dance scene. After performing with Batsheva Dance Company and the troupes of Martha Graham and Maurice Béjart, Naharin embarked on his choreographic career in 1980. His works have been staged on companies around the globe, and in 2018, Naharin assumed the role of Batsheva’s House Choreographer. As artistic director of Batsheva from 1990-2018, he guided the company with an adventurous artistic vision and reinvigorated its repertory with his captivating choreography. Naharin’s work was chronicled in Tomer Heymann’s documentary, Mr. Gaga (2015). Parallel to his work as a choreographer and artistic director, Naharin has developed Gaga, an innovative and constantly evolving movement language that is available to both dancers and non-dancers. Gaga originated from Naharin’s need to communicate with his dancers and his curiosity in the ongoing research of movement. Gaga has revolutionized Batsheva’s training, enriched dancers’ interpretation of Naharin’s repertory, and emerged as a growing force in the larger field of movement practices worldwide.
Photo Credit: Julien Benhamou
YAARA MOSES (Artistic Director)
Yaara was born on July 14, the day of the French Revolution, a mere few hundred years later. Growing up in Jerusalem, she started to study ballet and modern dance at the age of 6. As a teenager, Yaara danced in the Jerusalem Hora Dance Group and went on to study professionally at the dance department in Harel High School, Mevaseret. Yaara joined the Batsheva Ensemble at the age of 18 and later was invited to join the main company, under the artistic direction of Ohad Naharin. With Batsheva, Yaara performed works by Ohad Naharin and Sharon Eyal. Yaara gained experience in rehearsal management and is a qualified teacher for Gaga Ohad Naharin’s movement language, for dancers and non-dancers. She teaches in Israel and abroad. She has been teaching since 2004. Yaara participated in and choreographed for Batsheva Dancers Create performances before leaving the company in 2008 to become a founding member of MARIA KONG Dancers Company.
Ian Robinson was born in Bangor, Maine USA. He trained with the Robinson Ballet and graduated from New York University Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA. Ian danced with various companies and projects including Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Hells Kitchen Dance, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, Sydney Dance Company and Aszure Barton & Artists before joining Batsheva Dance Company in 2009. Until 2017 Ian danced there full time under the artistic leadership of Ohad Naharin. Ian now continues independently to develop himself as a dancer, creator, teacher and videographer. He is a certified Gaga teacher, stages Ohad’s works and leads classes and workshops for dance communities around the world.
Rachael Osborne, born in Australia 1980, trained at the National Capital Ballet School under Janet Karin OAM. She completed an Associate Degree in Dance at QUT in 1999 and participated in various dance projects around Brisbane before joining Batsheva Ensemble in 2001 and subsequently the Batsheva Dance Company in 2003. Rachael continued to dance with Batsheva until 2017. Rachael was Assistant to the Rehearsal Director at Batsheva between 2008-2010 and during this time was the Batsheva recipient of the Yair Shapira Prize. She has taught Gaga since 2008 and Ohad Naharin’s repertory for over a decade in Israel, Europe, Australia, Japan and North America. Since 2011 Rachael has assisted Ohad Naharin setting his works B/olero, Yag, Decadance, Minus 1, Minus 16 and Passo on independents and companies in the U.S.A, Canada, Europe, Australia, Russia and the U.K. She also danced with L-E-V from 2012-2014 and while there assisted Shaon Eyal in her creation Untitled Black for the Gothenburg Opera Ballet.
DATES AND HOURS
- July 13-18, 2020
- 10:00-16:00 each day*
* Schedule subject to change.
HOUSING AT ORSOLINA28
Orsolina28 has been designed to provide a shared experience in and around nature. Glamping is a camping site with permanent geodesic dome tents equipped with all modern comforts (included wi-fi). Participants live outdoors without forsaking any amenities. Each tent comes with its own power outlets and bathroom, including a toilet, sink, shower, hot water and cooling/heating system. The Glamping area also contains communal areas with washing machines, sinks, and two additional toilets for guests. The vast green meadow all around the Glamping wing of Orsolina28 is ideal for a total immersion in nature.
The vegetable garden at Orsolina28 is the result of old farming skills mastered by modern techniques. The cultivation, a landscape of eight beds facing south, rotates on a seasonal schedule. This aims to get a better structure for the terrain. Covering 2500 square-meters, the area produces high-quality bio vegetables. Each bed carries an array of classic and unusual herbs, together with multi-colored edible flowers such as Indian Cress, Common Yarrow, Borage and Garden Balsam. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and adjoins the dance studios - just a few minutes walk from the Glamping grounds. Menus are based on simple and natural dishes with ingredients produced by the Orsolina28 vegetable garden.