Gaga dance workshop in Vilnius
Vytis Jankauskas Dance Theatre invites you to join the Gaga dance workshops on the 4th - 8th of June, 2015, at the Arts Printing House (Vilnius).

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.

"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, the creator of GAGA dance, one of the leading choreographers of the world (

Natalia Iwaniec was born in Poland and is now a freelance dancer and gaga teacher based in between Poland and UK. She finished her Master's in Theater in Cracow and completed her degree in dance at the Dance College in Wroclaw in Poland, and also trained in Contact Improvisation in Tel Aviv. Natalia was a part of the first Gaga Teachers Training Program, certified by Ohad Naharin/Batsheva Dance Company in 2012. Since then she is teaching regular gaga classes for dancers and non-dancers in London and workshops in Poland and Europe.

New workshop!

On the 9th of June Batsheva Ensemble will show their performance Decadance on stage of the Lithuanian National Drama Theatre.
On the 8th of June the Batsheva Ensemble reheatsal director Hillel Kogan will lead a workshop for dancers in Vilnius Arts Printing House.

Hillel Kogan studied at the Bat-Dor School of Dance and at the Merce Cunningham Studio in New York. Hillel was a member of Batsheva Ensemble from 1995-1996, and he also danced with Nomades Dance Company in Switzerland and the Gulbenkian Ballet in Portugal. Since 1996, he has created 15 dances for various companies and
festivals in Israel and abroad. Hillel is an active member of the contemporary dance scene in Israel as a performer, choreographer, teacher, and improvisation artist.

Hillel has served as Rehearsal Director of Batsheva Ensemble since 2005, and also manages Batsheva's educational activities with excelling young dancers. In 2010 he received the Yair Shapira Award for the advancement of dance in Israel.

The workshop will take place on the 4th - 8th of June in Vilnius at the Arts Printing House in the studio 3.

Thursday - Friday

15.45 - 17.00 Gaga dancers (for dancers)
17.15 - 18.45 Improvisation (for dancers)
19.00 - 20.00 Gaga people (open for everyone)

Saturday - Sunday

10.00 - 11.15 Gaga dancers (for dancers)
11.30 - 13.00 Improvisation (for dancers)
13.15 - 14.15 Gaga people (open for everyone)

16.00 - 17.15 Hillel Kogan workshop (for dancers)

One separate lesson costs 10 euros.
For those who participate in the whole Gaga dancers or Gaga people programme - 35 euros.
For attending both: Gaga dancers and Gaga improvisation classes - 70 euros.
Hillel Kogan workshop - 10 euros.

Discounts: 20% for students; 40% for members of dance companies and dance students.

Registration is open and indicated prices are valid until the 25th of May.
Please register at Šis el.pašto adresas yra apsaugotas nuo Spam'o, jums reikia įjungti Javaskriptą, kad matytumėte tai , tel. 8 687 26020, Lina.

Gaga dance classes principles:

*Never stop:* The class is one session, no pauses or exercises, but a
continuity of instructions one on top of the other. Each instruction does
not cancel the previous one but is added to it, layer upon layer.
Therefore, it is important not to stop in the middle of the session. If you
get tired or want to work at another pace, you can always lower the volume,
work 30% or 20%, float, or rest, but without losing sensations that were
already awakened. Do not return to the state your body was in before we

*Listening to the body:* It is important that you take the instructions
gently into your body while being aware to its sensations, abilities, and
limitations. Do not seek excessive effort on your first time - seek the
quality of the movement, the sensation to which we are aiming, but with
less intensity in the work. Go to places where the pleasure in movement is
awakened and not to places of pain. Maintain the connection
to pleasure especially during effort (effort is different than pain). If
you have any limitation, restrictions, or physical pain - permanent or
temporary - talk to the teacher before the class starts, and be aware
throughout the session.

*Awareness:* Be aware. Get inspired by the teacher and by other people in
the room. Be aware of people around you, the space that they need, and the
interaction if any.

*Silence:* During the session we do not speak unless instructed to use our
voice or words. If you have any questions, you are welcome to bring them up
at the end of the session.

*Classes start on time:* Attending the first minutes of the class is very
important so you will be able to produce more from the session and take
care of your body. It is advised to arrive 15 minutes early, turn your
phone off, find yourself a place in the studio, relax, and start.

*No entry for latecomers:* If you are late, give up. Go do something else
that is pleasant. Come tomorrow.