Adi Weinberg is a dancer, choreographer and Gaga teacher (the movement language developed by Ohad Naharin, artistic director and choreographer of the Batsheva Dance Company). She has been developing the Gaga community in Warsaw over the last 3 years, teaching Gaga and other workshops in Warsaw, Lublin and at various other events and festivals across Poland, Europe and Israel. She graduated from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, the Haifa Program for
Professional Dancers and did an apprenticeship in Vertigo Dance Company. As a contemporary dancer she performed at many festivals around the world. She has worked with choreographers and institutions, such as: Andrea Costanzo Martini, Nadar Rosano, Efrat Rubin, Rachel Erdos, Noa Zuk, Aviv Eveguy, Shimrit Golan, Yuval Goldstein, Sharon Vaisvaser, Deganit Shemi, Michael Miller, Weronika Pelczyńska, Agnieszka Glińska, Fresco Dance Company, the Israeli Opera and the Polish National Opera. Since 2014, she developed as a choreographer and performed her creations at various platforms and festivals, including Machol Shalem International Dance week, Tel Aviv Dance festival at Suzanne Dellal, MAAT festival, MSTT festival, KRoki festival and more. In 2017 she was awarded with a grant from Mifal HaPais Council for the Culture and Arts for developing her choreography. Additionally, she is a Shiatsu therapist, Ayurveda-Seed masseur and
a Pilates instructor.
Gaga is a movement language which Ohad Naharin developed over the course of many years and which is applied in daily practice and exercises by the Batsheva Dance Company members. The language of Gaga originated from the belief in the healing, dynamic, ever-changing power of movement, and it continues to evolve today.
Gaga is a new way of gaining knowledge and self-awareness through your body. Gaga 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.
Gaga/people classes are open to people ages 16+, regardless of their background in dance or movement. No previous dance experience is needed. Gaga/people classes last for one hour and are taught by dancers who have worked closely with Ohad Naharin. 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.
Photo: Gadi Dagon