Gaga and Peep Dance!

September 3, 2010 , , Tina Kapp
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You have to visit the link here to discover, what is Gaga dance? Well, for starters it’s got nothing to do with Lady Gaga, Ha, it’s far more interesting. I was fascinated by this concept and this it would be a wonderful way to explore movement as a dancer.  It’s obviously very good for improvisation which as a Belly Dancer you must be able to do. It’s the same concept of interpreting the music and not limiting your movements to what is expected or falling into old habits and patterns of dance steps. Truly exploring the possibilities.

The creator of this dance wrote:

“Gaga challenges multi layer tasks. It is fundamental for gaga users to be available for this challenge.

At once we, the users, can be involved in moving slowly through space while a quick action in our body is in progress. Those dynamics of movement are only a portion of what else might go on at the same time.

We are letting our mind observe and analyze many things at once, we are aware of the connection between effort and pleasure, we connect to the “sense of plenty of time”, especially when we move fast, we are aware of the distance between our body parts, we are aware of the friction between flesh and bones, we sense the weight of our body parts, we are aware of where we hold unnecessary tension, we let go only to bring life and efficient movement to where we let go…

We are listening, seeing, measuring, playing with the texture of our flesh, we might be silly, decorating our inside, we can laugh at ourselves.

We learn to love our sweat, we discover our passion to move and connect it to effort, we discover both the animal in us and the power of our imagination.

We learn to appreciate understatement and exaggeration, we discover the difference between joy and pleasure and use both to protect ourselves from injuring and hurting our body, we learn to apply our force in an efficient way and we learn to use “other” forces.

We become more delicate and we recognize the importance of the flow of energy and information through our body in all directions!

We discover the advantage of soft flesh and sensitive hands, we learn to connect to groove even when there is no music.

We become more aware of people in the room and we realize that we are not in the center of it all. We never look at ourselves in a mirror, there are no mirrors. We become better aware of our form. We connect to the sense of the endless of possibilities.

We explore multi dimensional movement, we enjoy the burning sensation in our muscles, we are ready to snap, we are aware of what we are made of, we are aware of our explosive power and some times we use it.

-Ohad Naharin

I’m going to audition for Peep Dance a unique Israeli Dance show choreographed my Nimrod Freed, performing here in Johannesburg on the 23rd and 24th of this month which is going to be a very interesting experience, as for the audition you have to improvise interpretive modern dance to whatever music the director puts on.  I absolutely love the concept. Even though Belly Dancing is my current focus I think adding other dance forms helps keep you from boring yourself and gives you more material to draw from.

We change our movement habits by finding new ones, we can be calm and alert at once.
We become available…”

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