Gaga: The Movement Language of Ohad Naharin

June 25-July 8

Two former Batsheva Dance Company members, now Gaga senior instructors, will guide this multi-sensory, physically challenging two-week immersive experience for dancers to directly connect to the intent and expressive powers of Gaga; recognized worldwide as a rigorous and empowering language for dancers to discover the many and varied nuances of their moving bodies and imaginations.

Each day will begin with a Gaga/dancers class, similar to the ones given to the Batsheva Dance Company. Repertory rehearsals will require applying Gaga principles to deeply research and embody Naharin’s choreography. A Gaga Methodics session concludes the day for dancers to deepen their research and ability to use and understand fundamental elements of the language. Each week features a master class and career-building discussion with Festival artists, including one with Mr. Naharin, as well as Open Rehearsals for Festival audiences, held on the iconic outdoor stage, on June 30 and July 7.

Dancers live onsite and attend Festival performances held on three stages, public talks by artists and scholars, view exhibits, and research dance interests and assignments in the Jacob’s Pillow Archives throughout this dance-immersive experience.


For 25 dancers at a professional or advanced pre-professional level, age 18 and up.