Idan Porges (Israel)

idan 5After last years success Idan  Porges returns to the 13th Malta Dance Hybrid.Idan Porges (Israel) will conduct Gaga Technique classes , Bathsheva Repertory and create his own work – 15th July to 18th July 2015, with an informal sharing on the 19th July 2015 at the MITP theatre, Valletta Malta under the umbrella of the Malta Arts Festival 2014.

After completing three years of military service in 2004, he studied physical theatre in Tel Aviv, graduating from Teatron Haguf School & Stage for Physical Theatre in 2005. From 2005-2007, he was a dancer in the Batsheva Ensemble, and from 2007-2008, he danced in the international cast of Ohad Naharin’s Kamuyot as part of a project of the Riksteastern. Since 2007, Idan has been a therapist in the Ilan Lev method, and since 2008, he has freelanced as a dancer in projects at the Klipa Theater and Cameri Theater as well as in the Suzanne Dellal Centre’s production of Barak Marshall’s Rooster. Idan has been a Gaga teacher since 2008 and continues to produce his own work.

Gaga is a movement language which Ohad Naharin developed over the course of many years  which is applied in daily practice and exercises by the Batsheva Dance Company members. The language of Gaga originated from the belief in the healing, dynamic, ever-changing power of movement. Gaga is a new way of gaining knowledge and self-awareness through your body. It 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.

Repertory  – This workshop gives the participants an opportunity to learn excerpts of Ohad Naharin’s choreographic works from the company.  In this class, dancers apply their training in Gaga to the repertory.