Workshop with Hillel Kogan
Ohad Naharin has been hailed as one of the world’s preeminent contemporary choreographers. As artistic director of Batsheva Dance Company since 1990, he has guided the company with an adventurous artistic vision and reinvigorated its repertory with his captivating choreography. Naharin is also the originator of the movement research Gaga, which has enriched his extraordinary movement invention, revolutionized the company’s training, and emerged as a growing force in the larger field of movement practices for both dancers and non-dancers. Gaga provides a framework for discovering and strengthening your body and adding flexibility, stamina and agility while lightening the senses and imagination. Gaga/dancers deepens a dancer’s awareness of physical sensations, expands their palette of available movement options, enhances their ability to modulate energy, engages their explosive power and enriches their movement quality with a wide range of textures. This workshop gives dancers an opportunity to learn excerpts of Ohad Naharin’s choreographic works and to apply their training in Gaga to the repertory. Hillel Kogan works as a choreographic assistant to Ohad Naharin and brings his many years of experience as an internationally acclaimed dancer and choreographer to this workshop.
Hillel Kogan is an award-winning choreographer, dancer, dramaturge and teacher, whose work has been performed in venues and festivals all over the world. Kogan has performed as a guest with Batsheva Dance Company and works as Assistant Choreographer to Ohad Naharin since 2005. Awards as a choreographer include The Israel Critics’ Circle’s Outstanding Choreographer of 2013. Kogan was named as a Promising Choreographer by the european magazine Tanz in 1999 and 2014 and won The Landau prize (2015). Kogan is a member of the Israeli Choreographers’ Association since 2009 and was appointed by the Israeli ministry of culture as co-artistic director of the Curtain Up Festival in 2015 and 2016. He collaborates with various choreographers in the Israeli independent dance scene. He works internationally as a teacher in Gaga, repertoire (his own and other’s) and contemporary dance and has taught at companies such as Norway’s Carte Blanche, Gauthier Dance in Germany, IT Danza in Spain, and more, and recently created a piece for Ballet du Capitole in France. www.gagapeople.com