Teaching this week: Natalia Iwaniec and Vanessa Grasse

Who? Mon-Wed: Natalia Iwaniec. Thur-Fri: Vanessa Grasse

When? Mon-Wed: 9.15-10.30am Thur-Fri: 9.15-10.45am

Where? Mon: Northern Ballet Tue-Fri: RJC Dance, The Mandela Centre

Natalia Iwaniec teaches Gaga: These classes are taught by dancers who have worked closely with Ohad Naharin in Batsheva Dance Company. The layering of familiar movements with Gaga tasks presents dancers with fresh challenges, and throughout the class, teachers prompt the dancers to visit more unfamiliar places and ways of moving as well. Gaga deepens dancers' awareness of physical sensations, expands their palette of available movement options, enhances their ability to modulate their energy and engage their explosive power, and enriches their movement quality with a wide range of textures. Gaga classes are open to students ages 16+. We are moving without any stop, all together, to ride on an ongoing movement that is moving inside our bodies constantly.

In Vanessa’s class we will move through a series of guided improvisational explorations on our own, with a partner and as a group. We will play with the dynamic relationship between self, environment and others, exploring: how the role of the eyes and seeing affects our moving; pouring and reaching through the floor and a partner, engaging spirals pathways and different dynamics of falling and rising. We will be playful with our appetite of 'guiding' and 'letting go' in our attention, our movement and our dialogue with others. How do we maintain a question whilst moving, involving the different senses and focusing on attentional dynamics? We will ground practice in sensing our movement as an ‘invitation’ from the moving environment and awakening a desire, a necessity and playfulness to move. Remaining curios about how the body transforms as a result of imagination and active shifts in our perception whilst maintaining a clear relational engagement with the environment.

Photography: Jakub Wittchen

Photography: Jakub Wittchen