Olivia Ancona was born in San Francisco, however grew up in Berkeley, London, and predominately Portland, Oregon. After training at the Juilliard School, she joined the Batsheva Ensemble (2010-2012) under the direction of Ohad Naharin and returned to the main company in 2015.Olivia was a founding member of Sharon Eyal’s LEV, and has worked with Mats EK, Joh an Inger, Wim Vandekeybus in the Royal Swedish Ballet, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (Eastman) and Luca Veggetti, amongst others. Most recently she was a guest with the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch and in the fall of 2016 danced, acted, and coached in the upcoming film, Suspiria. She is a certified gaga teacher and regularly teaches workshops and classes internationally, in addition to creating her own work. She is currently based out of Berlin.
Gaga Dancers and Improvisation
These 5 consecutive classes of daily training will give professional dancers an opportunity for focused research into Ohad Naharin’s movement language, Gaga. Followed by space and time to apply these tools and sensations in their own improvisational exploration. The language of gaga originated from the belief in the ‘healing, dynamic, and ever-changing power of movement,’ helping participants connect to their bodies and physical sensations. The improvisational nature of the class is guided by the teacher, who also participates, through a series of image driven tasks. At Gaga’s foundation we learn to listen deeply to our bodies, absorbing the information in layers. Participants are encouraged to explore the range between weakness and strength, awaken numb areas in their bodies and address physical habits. The classes offer a workout that investigates form, speed, and effort while enhancing our flexibility, agility, and coordination. At the same time navigating through an array of physical qualities such as texture, delicacy, and exaggeration, culminating in a multisensory and physically challenging experience.