Yaara Dolev is an Israeli choreographer, performer, and teacher. Her professional dance career began at the age of 17 with several projects. At the age of 19, she joined the ‘Batsheva Ensemble’ led by Ohad Naharin, choreographer and creator of Gaga movement method. She followed her own artistic vision, forming a dance company with her partner Amit Goldenberg, performing, teaching, giving workshops, and cooperating with other choreographers and artists from different fields.
Gaga is the movement language developed by Ohad Naharin throughout his work as a choreographer and artistic director of Batsheva Dance Company. Gaga has two tracks: gaga dancers, the daily training of Batsheva and many other international dance companies/schools; and gaga people, open to the public and available for anyone at any age, without the necessity of previous training.
The language of gaga originated from the belief in the ‘healing, dynamic, and ever-changing power of movement’. Gaga offers a creative framework to listen deeply to our bodies. We work with our physical sensations, in search of freedom and pleasure and to connect conscious and unconscious movement. Participants are guided through a series of multi-layered tasks with a sensitivity to who is in the room. Gaga encourages exploration between our weakness and strengths, awakens numb areas, and addresses physical habits. The classes offer a workout to investigate our 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. With no mirrors or spectators, comfortable clothes, accompanied by music there is an air of non-judgmental exploration.
“Gaga challenges multi-layer tasks. We are aware of the connection between effort and pleasure, we are aware of the distance between our body parts, we are aware of the friction between flesh and bones… We are turning on the volume of listening to our body, we appreciate small gestures… we might be silly, we can laugh at ourselves. We connect to the sense of “plenty of time”, especially when we move fast, we learn to love our sweat, we discover our passion to move” -Ohad Naharin