Gaga (movement language)

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Gaga is a movement language invented by the Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin.[citation needed] It is the main mode of training[clarify] for the Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv, Israel, which is directed by Naharin. It is also used in classes for the general public.

Gaga emphasizes sensation and availability for movement, promoting discovery of new ways of moving, pushing the body to its limits and extremes, and breaking down habits.[clarification needed (how can a movement language "push the body to its limits"?)] There is a focus on multi-layered tasks, inviting a richer connection between the mind and body; throughout the class, tasks will be layered on top of each other so that the mover is challenged to be aware of multiple sensations at once. For instance; a sense of softness and delicacy in the body will be combined with the availability to "snap" into full physicality at any moment, emphasis on a sense of plenty of time while moving quickly, or connection between effort and pleasure.[clarification needed (flowery language without meaning)]

Gaga has many terms that refer to body parts as well as movements, including:

  • "Luna" or "moons"- the fleshy padded regions encompassing the joints between the metacarpals and the proximal phalanges on the palms and feet; these areas are so named because they are circular, like the moon.
  • "Lena"- the powerful center of energy in the core of the body, often related to the sense of a sun.
  • "Pica"- the point between the anus and genitals that allows for a sense of power and narrowing between the legs[clarify]
  • "Layla"- the connection between the fingertips and heart[clarify]

Gaga is a continually-developing practice[clarification needed (? language, not practice)] and is still evolving and being shaped by Naharin and dancers who work closely with him.

A documentary by Tomer Heymann called "Mr. Gaga" about Ohad Naharin and Gaga is currently in post-production[clarification needed (since 2010!?)].[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Interview with Ohad Naharin About Gaga". Retrieved May 16, 2010. 

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