Taught by Maree ReMalia
Produced by ANIMAL Dance
Wednesday September 20th
12-1pm DANCE Class (Doors open at 11:40 and will close at 11:55am, please arrive early to be able to attend class)
1-1:30pm DISCOURSE (BYOLunch Artist Meet and Greet)
$20 per student cash/check/venmo/paypal
Ages 16+, no previous experience necessary.
***Observers are not permitted***
North Star Community Hall (formerly The Champlain Club)
20 Crowley St - Burlington, VT 05401
This Gaga/peoples class is partially funded by a “Community Fund” grant from Burlington City Arts, to support ANIMAL Dance’s 2023 initiative “Dance and Discourse: A Public Movement.” Dance and Discourse will include public presentations with conversation of dance works-in-progress by professional VT dance artists, and masterclass dance workshops for the public through the fall and winter 2023. This series is for the public to move and be moved in new and dynamic ways through the power of dance and discourse.
ANIMAL Dance is a performance and production company, directed by Hanna Satterlee, based in Burlington Vermont. Our artistic work highlights the sentience shared between species, honoring the ephemeral language of the body in motion. Our curations and productions are designed to support independent artists, through informal and formal performances, artists' exchange groups, and classes and workshops.
Gaga/people Class Description
The Gaga movement language originated from the belief in the healing, dynamic, ever-changing power of movement. Choreographer, Ohad Naharin, developed Gaga over the course of many years and it is now applied in the daily practice of Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company. It provides a framework for discovering and strengthening your body and adding flexibility, stamina, and agility while lightening the senses and imagination. Gaga/people classes offer a framework for users to connect to their bodies and imaginations, experience physical sensations, improve their flexibility and stamina, exercise their agility and explosive power, and enjoy the pleasure of movement in a welcoming, accepting atmosphere.Throughout the class, participants are guided by a series of evocative instructions deployed to increase awareness of and further amplify sensation. 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/people classes are open to people ages 16+, regardless of their background in dance or movement. Classes last approximately one hour. Wear comfortable clothing that does not restrict movement; layers recommended. To create a less self conscious environment, mirrors are required to be covered and observers are not permitted. Photo by: Sharon Dehry
Quote from Ohad Naharin:
“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.” – Ohad Naharin
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Maree ReMalia is a dance artist and certified Gaga instructor. An adoptee born in South Korea and raised in Ohio, movement supports her in an ongoing process of self-discovery, expression, and liberation. She welcomes folks from across disciplines and identities into these unfolding processes with a focus on care and connection in settings ranging from professional and community-based to academic and conservatory. Her collaborative performance projects have been presented at venues such as Cleveland Public Theatre, Dance Place, Gibney DoublePlus Festival, Kelly Strayhorn Theater, La MaMa Experimental Theater Club, Movement Research at the Judson Church, New Hazlett Theater, and Daegu International Dance Festival. She has performed in the work of Gabriel Forestieri, Bebe Miller, Michael J. Morris, Christopher Williams, and Lida Winfield and was previously a member of MegLouise Dance, MorrisonDance, and STAYCEE PEARL dance project. Since earning her MFA at The Ohio State University, she was selected as the Andrew W. Mellon Interdisciplinary Choreographer for Middlebury College Movement Matters Residency and has been a guest artist and faculty member with institutions and organizations such as Bates Dance Festival, Dreams of Hope Queer Youth Arts, Point Park University, University of Florida, and University of Wisconsin.