Photo credit: Ascaf Avraham

IN STUDIO: LAURA TOMA (MTL) — Gaga/Dancers

** FULL ** Nov. 30 to Dec. 4, 2020 – 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. (Mon.-Fri.)
$35 with the support of *Emploi-Québec (or $95, non-eligible rate)
Open to artists of all disciplines / Bilingual teacher
Capacity: 12 people, priority for full week attendance

By registering for a workshop, you agree to cancel your participation if you have symptoms or suspect you may have COVID-19. Please read the Participant Engagement before registering. Thank you!

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CONTENT // Gaga is the movement language developed by Ohad Naharin, the Artistic Director of the Batsheva Dance Company, and is part of the company’s daily training regime. This class is open to professional dancers and advanced dance students aged 16 and over. Gaga/dancers classes are built on the same principles as Gaga/people classes but include specific vocabulary that are part and parcel to a dancer’s knowledge. The layering of familiar movements with Gaga tasks 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, while enriching their movement quality with a wide range of textures. 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. It allows for an experience of freedom and pleasure in a simple way, in a pleasant space, in comfortable clothes, accompanied by a well curated playlist, each person with themselves and others.

BIO // Born in Romania and raised in Ottawa, Canada, Laura Toma is a contemporary dance artist living in Montréal. She is a graduate of the Laban Center in London, UK and The School of Dance in Ottawa. She has professional training in theatre as well as in latin and ballroom dance and her professional development has included training at P.A.R.T.S. in Belgium and with the company Ate9 in Los Angeles. In August 2012, Laura graduated from the first official Gaga Teacher Training Program in Tel Aviv, Israel under the mentorship of Ohad Naharin and is the first certified Gaga teacher in Canada. She has taught for Compagnie Marie Chouinard, the RQD, l’ÉDCMTL, and L’École Supérieure de Ballet du Québec, among others. She is a founding member of LA TRESSE collective and has been a part of Andrea Peña and Artists since 2014. In June of 2016 Laura performed at the Venice Biennale of Dance for Israeli/French choreographer Emanuel Gat. In addition, Laura is a designer, image maker, and video artist.


HOW TO DETERMINE WHICH RATE TO PAY

All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training. There is a regular rate, and a rate subsidized by Emploi-Québec.

Who has to pay the full rate (regular)?
– People residing outside of Montreal Island
– Full-time or foreign students

To benefit from the subsidized rate by Emploi-Québec, you must:
– Live on the island of Montreal (civic address)
– Be an artist or cultural professional
– Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident or temporary foreign worker with a work permit (open or closed)

Are accepted: Part-time students, Employment Insurance (EI) or Income Assistance (IA) recipients (please notify your agent at Services Canada or MTESS).

Reimbursement policy – No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).

Studio’s accessibility – Consult this page for detailed information.