Stage intensif – GAGA/dancers avec Laura Toma
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Gaga is the movement language developed by Ohad Naharin, the Artistic Director of the Batsheva Dance Company להקת מחול בת-שבע, and is part of the company’s daily training regime. This class is open to professional dancers and advanced dance students aged 16 and over. Gaga/dancers classes are built on the same principles as Gaga/people classes but include specific vocabulary that are part and parcel to a dancer’s knowledge base. The layering of familiar movements with Gaga tasks 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, while enriching their movement quality with a wide range of textures. 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. It allows for an experience of freedom and pleasure in a simple way, in a pleasant space, in comfortable clothes, accompanied by a well curated playlist, each person with themselves and others.
Born in Romania and raised in Ottawa, Canada, Laura Toma is a contemporary dance artist living in Montreal. She is a graduate of the Laban Center in London, UK and The School of Dance in Ottawa. She has professional training in theatre as well as in latin and ballroom dance and her professional development has included training at P.A.R.T.S. in Belgium and with Ate9 dANCEcOMPANY in Los Angeles. In August of 2012, Laura graduated from the first official Gaga Teacher Training Program in Tel Aviv, Israel under the mentorship of Ohad Naharin and is the first certified Gaga teacher in Canada. She has taught for Compagnie Marie Chouinard, the RQD – Regroupement québécois de la danse, l’École de danse contemporaine de Montréal, and l’École supérieure de ballet du Québec, among others. Along with Geneviève Boulet and Erin O’Loughlin, she is a founding member of LA TRESSE collective and has been a part of Andrea Peña and Artists since 2014. In June of 2016 Laura performed at the Venice Biennale of Dance for Israeli/French choreographer Emanuel Gat. Laura holds a bachelor of Fine Arts in Design from Concordia University.