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Gaga for Dancers

Alvin Collantes
Friday 16 September 2022
15:00 GMT+1
Wiese eG
  • Workshop
the Philippines

| Synopsis

Gaga classes are based on a deep listening to and awareness of the scope of physical sensations. While class instructions are often imbued with rich imagery that stimulates the imagination, the layering of information builds into a multisensory, physically challenging experience. Gaga offers a workout that develops flexibility, stamina, agility, coordination, and efficiency of movement. The exploration of form, speed, and effort is accompanied by the playful investigation of soft and thick textures, delicacy and explosive power, and understatement and exaggeration. Ohad Naharin continues to develop and research his movement language, and the classes evolve and vary accordingly. We invite you to join us in the studio and connect to your passion to move.
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| Credits

Workshop led by Alvin Collantes
Based on the movement language developed by Ohad Naharin

Alvin Collantes

| Biography

Alvin is a Filipino-Canadian queer dance artist, Certified Gaga teacher and photographer based in Berlin, Germany. He completed the Gaga Teacher’s Training Course in 2018 under the artistic direction of Bosmat Nossan and Saar Harari with the generous support from the Ontario Arts Council’s Skills & Careers Development Grant for Artists of Colour and Canada Council for the Arts’ Career Development Grant. During the course, he participated in Gaga intensives and a guest at Batsheva Dance Company under the artistic mentorship of Ohad Naharin. He has been teaching Gaga/people & Gaga/dancers classes around the globe including The Philippines, Germany, Sweden, Austria, Thailand and Canada.

Alvin facilitates a dance floor meditation session called “Dose of Pleasure” that empowers humans to make impactful change by harnessing the power of groove and cultivating the pleasure body. The online livestream sessions gathered a community of dancers all over the world including Australia, Canada, The Philippines, Mexico and Germany. When restrictions loosened in Berlin, Alvin hosted sessions at Tempelhofer Feld (a former DDR Airport located in the city centre), which gathered 100-150 dancers with social distancing per session. This movement has been featured in Nike X Zalando Winter Campaign, ARTE TV, Vice Germany, iHeartBerlin and DW News. This movement has been awarded a special grant by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

| Biography

Alvin is a Filipino-Canadian queer dance artist, Certified Gaga teacher and photographer based in Berlin, Germany. He completed the Gaga Teacher’s Training Course in 2018 under the artistic direction of Bosmat Nossan and Saar Harari with the generous support from the Ontario Arts Council’s Skills & Careers Development Grant for Artists of Colour and Canada Council for the Arts’ Career Development Grant. During the course, he participated in Gaga intensives and a guest at Batsheva Dance Company under the artistic mentorship of Ohad Naharin. He has been teaching Gaga/people & Gaga/dancers classes around the globe including The Philippines, Germany, Sweden, Austria, Thailand and Canada.

Alvin facilitates a dance floor meditation session called “Dose of Pleasure” that empowers humans to make impactful change by harnessing the power of groove and cultivating the pleasure body. The online livestream sessions gathered a community of dancers all over the world including Australia, Canada, The Philippines, Mexico and Germany. When restrictions loosened in Berlin, Alvin hosted sessions at Tempelhofer Feld (a former DDR Airport located in the city centre), which gathered 100-150 dancers with social distancing per session. This movement has been featured in Nike X Zalando Winter Campaign, ARTE TV, Vice Germany, iHeartBerlin and DW News. This movement has been awarded a special grant by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

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