Gili Twena was born in Shavei Zion, Israel and currently lives in Western Galilee. She studied at ‘Gaaton Dance School’ and ‘Edna Besale Dance Studio’. Gili also participated in the ‘Hasdna’ project as well as in the Batsheva Educational Courses for young students.
She trained at the ‘Haifa’ and ‘Fata Morgana’ Dance Training Programs and in 2019, graduated from the Gaga’s Teacher Training Program. She has worked with several Israeli choreographers as a dancer but feels most at home when she teaches. Today she regularly teaches and leads sessions of Gaga and Improvisation and is currently working on a new dance piece with Yael Landa.
Over time she has found that what really interests her is the combination of research in the studio and on stage. The ability to improvise on stage and to present the research as it is. To allow each performance to be different, which allows her to be fully present and in the flow of it all.
Gaga classes offer a framework for participants to connect to their bodies and imaginations, experience physical sensations, improve their flexibility and stamina, exercise their agility and explosive power, and enjoy the pleasure of movement in a welcoming, accepting atmosphere.
Gaga/dancers deepens dancer’s awareness of physical sensations, expands their palette of available movement options, enhances their ability to modulate their energy and engage their explosive power, and enriches their movement quality with a wide range of textures. The classes are built on the same principles as Gaga/people classes but also employ the specific vocabulary and skills that are part and parcel of a dancer’s knowledge. The layering of familiar skills with Gaga tasks presents dancers with fresh challenges, and throughout the class, teachers prompt the dancers to visit more unfamiliar places and ways of moving as well, unlocking the endlessness of possibilities. Dancers are guided to connect their effort to pleasure and to discover the virtue of silliness.
In this class we will work a lot with improvisation as individuals and in groups.
We will experiment how we improve our abilities to dance with each other, to listen to each other, to be aware of space and compositions and to open our senses to opportunities as a group.
As individuals, we will explore a creative process in which we try to stay with an idea and develop it so that we make our improvisation an honest research.
In addition, we will use this time to go deeper into the Gaga language that we dived into during the morning classes. We will use Gaga tools in different exercises and choreographies.
The format of this class is like a conversation, we have the chance to talk, to ask questions, to explore a task for a longer time, to work with partners, to look at each other and to share our ideas.
We will create a playground to have fun, explore, be in the moment, let go of ambition and connect to pleasure and silliness.