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Diana Vishneva's Context festival

Saint Petersburg

Open Gaga/people class

The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center
Starting time
1 hour

“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

An open Gaga/people class dedicated to movement research Gaga, developed by the former Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company Ohad Naharin, will be open to the general public regardless of their background in dance or movement.  The class will be taught by the former Batsheva Dance Company dancer — Stefan Ferry, who worked with Ohad Naharin in Batsheva for 9 years and since 2008 has been teaching Gaga in Israel and abroad.

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 classes are predicated on a deep listening to the body and to physical sensations. Gaga provides a framework for adding flexibility, stamina, agility, and skills including coordination and efficiency while stimulating the senses and imagination. Participants awaken numb areas, increase their awareness of habits, and improve their efficiency of movement inside multilayered tasks, and they are encouraged to connect to pleasure inside moments of effort.

The class will take place in the museum's lobby with an access to the cloak room. Participants should wear comfortable clothes and clean sneakers. It is advisable to bring a bottle of water and a towel for use after class.

The class is offered free of charge upon prior registration. The number of participants is limited.

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  • Stefan Ferry, France
Stefan Ferry

Stefan Ferry was born in Belfort, France in 1975, and he began studying ballet in 1982.  From 1991-1994, he trained at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (CNSMDP), receiving the Prix de Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris with honorable mention at the end of his studies.

Stefan danced with Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo under the direction of Jean-Christophe Maillot from 1994-1999, performing repertory by Maillot, George Balanchine, William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián, John Neumeier, and others. In 1998 and 1999, he created two short dance works for the Workshop of Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo.

Stefan joined Batsheva Dance Company in 1999 and danced with the company until 2008, performing works by Ohad Naharin, Mats Ek, William Forsythe, Sharon Eyal, Barak Marshall, Ruth Ziv-Eyal, John Jasperse, and others. From 2003-2008, he produced Batsheva Dancers Create and choreographed short works for these annual programs. In 2007-2008, Stefan served as rehearsal director for Ohad Naharin’s Furo. He received the Yair Shapira prize in 2005.

Stefan has extensive experience as a teacher. In 2006, he worked with the dance school of Even Eyuda, where he taught classes and choreographed. He gave a summer course of ballet classes with Movement, organized by Ran Adari, in 2007 and 2008, and he taught ballet at the Chlore Center in Kfar Bloom in 2008. Stefan has been a teacher of Gaga since 2008. Besides teaching classes regularly, he led Gaga workshops for students in the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda in June 2009 and at the Ateliers de Paris – Carolyn Carlson in November 2009.