NATALIA IWANIEC – 30 May & 6 June
Gaga/dancers classes are open to professional dancers or advanced dance students ages 16+.
These classes last for an hour and fifteen minutes and are taught by dancers who have worked closely with Ohad Naharin. Gaga/dancers classes are built on the same principles as Gaga/people classes but also employ the specific vocabulary and skills that are part and parcel of a dancer’s knowledge. The layering of familiar movements with Gaga tasks presents dancers with fresh challenges, and throughout the class, teachers prompt the dancers to visit more unfamiliar places and ways of moving as well. Gaga/dancers deepens dancers’ awareness of physical sensations, expands their palette of available movement options, enhances their ability to modulate their energy and engage their explosive power, and enriches their movement quality with a wide range of textures.
Natalia was born in Poland and is now a freelance dancer and gaga teacher based between Poland and the UK. She finished her Master’s in Theatre in Cracow and completed her degree in dance at the Dance College in Wroclaw in Poland.
In 2009, she had her first meeting with Gaga during a workshop with Arkadi Zaides in Poznań (Stary Browar Nowy Taniec). After this experience she decided to research the Israeli dance scene through workshops with Tal Avni (Contact Improvisation and movement research), Yossi Berg and Oded Graf (contemporary dance and improvisation), Yaniv Mitzner (Contact Improvisation), LeeSaar The Company (Gaga) and others teachers from Israel.
From September 2010 until February 2011, she lived in Tel Aviv exploring the Gaga movement language. During this time, she was part of Yasmeen Godder’s workshop for dancers in Tel Aviv and also trained in Contact Improvisation.
Natalia was part of the first Gaga Teachers Training Program, certified by Ohad Naharin in 2012.
She is the only certified gaga teacher in Poland and one of few in Europe.
Natalia was teaching gaga in festivals such as Circulations Wroclaw Festival of Movement, Contact meets Contemporary Festival, International Dance Week Budapest, Ibiza Contact Festival etc.
Natalia taught gaga in professional contemporary dance schools like Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds (UK) and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London (UK) as a guest teacher, and in dance companies and theatres such as NDCWales in Cardiff, Phoenix Dance Theatre in Leeds, Central Europe Dance Theatre in Budapest, Studio Matejka in Wroclaw, Krakow Dance Theater and others.
She is developing as a dancer in international projects and as a choreographer.
Natalia is one of the founders of London based NaNa Collective.