Sensory Series: Movement as Medicine

“We become more aware of our form. We connect to the sense of the endlessness of possibilities. We explore multi-dimensional movement; we enjoy the burning sensation in our muscles, we are ready to snap, we are aware of our explosive power and sometimes we use it. We change our movement habits by finding new ones. We go beyond our familiar limits. We can be calm and alert at once.” – Ohad Naharin, originator of innovative movement language, Gaga.

Local Gaga expert and Dancer/Choreographer, Berit Ahlgren, will lead us in our next SENSORY SERIES: MOVEMENT AS MEDICINE on September 20, 2018.

The language of Gaga originated from the belief in the healing, dynamic, ever-changing power of movement, and it continues to evolve today. Gaga provides a framework for discovering and strengthening your body and adding flexibility, stamina, and agility while heightening 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.

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE. $35/person to include movement, education and light beverages/snacks.

We are SO lucky to have Berit Ahlgren at the studio for what promises to be an enlightening evening: Berit Ahlgren makes dances and performs in other peoples’ work, searching for ways to best implement how these two activities weave most beautifully with the world around her. She seeks out personal challenge, risk-taking collaborators, and sunshine on her face. Her work as both performer and independent movement researcher has taken her from Klamath Falls, OR, to Rishikesh, India, with many well-established and tiny towns between. In addition to teaching gaga/people and gaga/dancer classes regularly in New York City and the Twin Cities, she’s been a guest instructor at the Carleton College, Wesleyan University, and the University of Minnesota to share her knowledge in the Gaga Movement Language. While a company member of TU Dance from 2006-2014, she made significant creative contributions to the projects of resident choreographer Uri Sand. Ahlgren completed her M.F.A. in Dance from NYU/Tisch School of the Arts in May 2016, and continues to invest herself in dance that resonates with both artistic team and curious audiences, with equal value. She involves herself with new media projects, collaborating with coders, film makers, and designers who are interested in the use of technology to uniquely supplement performance outside of the proscenium stage. Ahlgren’s global citizenship leads her in fresh directions regularly, and offers myriad opportunities to be humbled while learning from the surroundings she lands in.

Bridget Borden