Please note that the video and photographic materials are for insight into Shamel Pitts' previous works and do not demonstrate what will be explored in this creation laboratory.

SHAMEL PITTS

Gaga Dancers| Ohad Naharin Repertoire

June 4  to June 8 | 9:30am to 1:00pm

Place: Édifice Wilder | École de danse contemporaine de Montréal

Studio: TBC

Rate: DAC pro - $179 | Visiting pro - $203 | Standard - $239 (taxes not included)

Workshop description:

Gaga

This class is very similar to the daily class that is given to the Batsheva Dance Company dancers. Gaga is a new way of gaining knowledge and self-awareness through your body.  Gaga  provides  a  framework  for  discovering  and strengthening  your body and adding flexibility, stamina and agility while lightening the senses and   imagination.   Gaga raises   awareness   of   physical   weaknesses, awakens numb areas, exposes physical fixations, and offers ways for their elimination.   The   work   improves   instinctive   movement   and   connects conscious and unconscious movement, and it allows for an experience of freedom and pleasure in a simple way, in a pleasant space, in comfortable clothes, accompanied by music, each person with himself and others.

 

Repertoire of Ohad Naharin

This workshop offers an opportunity to explore excerpts of Ohad Naharin’s choreographic works from one the company’s dancers and teachers. In this class, dancers apply their training in Gaga to the repertory.

Biography

 

Shamel was born in Brooklyn New York and graduated from The Juilliard School. He danced with BJM Dance of Montreal and Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Hell’s Kitchen Dance before joining the Batsheva Danse Company. Since joining the company in 2009 he has performed on international stages around the world performing creations by Ohad Naharin.  Described as a dancer with magnetic focus and ferocious abandon he commands attention and has taught Gaga for both the Batsheva Ensemble and the Batsheva Company. Inspired by Tel Aviv’s openness and creativity and a desire to bring more color and another level of art and culture to the night scene he started a fashion magazine and began organizing parties with local collaborators.

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