Céline Barreau

Gaga/People

Classes

Minimum age: 16

Thursday: Gaga/People

  • Level: General
  • Time: 18.00 – 19.00
  • Price: £12

*Last class will be 16th June and will resume 20th September *

Classes bookable HERE from one week ahead.

Biography

Céline (she/her) is a teacher, performer, choreographer, and movement director based in London (UK) and Lausanne (Switzerland). 

Céline began her dance training in ballet with Kim White and performed in professional productions with the Ballet Riviera at the Théâtre de Vevey, Switzerland. She went on to study Neuroscience & Behaviour at Mount Holyoke College (2016) in the US where she continued to perform in ballet and contemporary works along the East Coast in celebrated venues such as at the John. F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, D.C., Center for Performance Research, NY, and Green Street Studios, MA. 

Upon her return to Europe, Céline studied at the Nuova Officina della Danza on scholarship in Turin, Italy, where she delved into the work of many contemporary artists and their developing practices. Her interests further evolved to improvisation and she has been performing in galleries and exhibitions across Europe in collaboration with visual and material artist Jennifer Tee, poet Jane Lewty, dance artists Miri Lee & David Kam, and neuroscientist Jasmine Smith. More recently Céline has been engaging with the virtual world, performing for projects and short films. 

Céline has been teaching and choreographing for pre-professional and professional dancers in London since January 2018, as Associate Choreographer and Director of the Lower School at Danceworks Ballet Academy, and as Director of Contemporary Arts Project and Director of the Junior Programme at Ballet Arts Project. She has choreographed for a myriad of projects in London and Europe ranging from short films and fashion shows to stage productions with dancers and non-dancers alike. 

Céline continues her daily movement and teaching research through the Gaga Movement Language. She trained with the Gaga Teacher Training programme in Tel-Aviv, Israel under the artistic direction of Bosmat Nossan & Ohad Naharin and became a certified Gaga teacher in September 2021.

Class Description

Gaga/people classes offer a framework for users 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/people classes are open to people ages 16+, regardless of their background in dance or movement. No previous dance experience is needed. Classes last approximately one hour.

Participants should wear comfortable clothes and be prepared to dance barefoot or in socks. It is advisable to bring a bottle of water and a towel for use after class.

About Gaga:

Gaga is the movement language developed by Ohad Naharin throughout many years, parallel to his work as a choreographer and the artistic director of Batsheva Dance Company. Gaga originated from Naharin’s need to communicate with his dancers and his curiosity in the ongoing research of movement.

Gaga classes are predicated on a deep activation of the body and physical sensations. The instructions are deployed to increase awareness of and further amplify sensation, and rather than turning from one prompt to another, information is layered, building into a multisensory, physically challenging experience. While many instructions are imbued with rich imagery, the research of Gaga is fundamentally physical, insisting on a specific process of embodiment. Inside this shared research and on top of clear forms, the improvisational nature of the exploration enables each participant’s deeply personal connection with Gaga.

Gaga provides a framework for discovering and strengthening the body and adding flexibility, stamina, agility, and skills including coordination and efficiency while stimulating the senses and the imagination. The classes offer a workout that investigates form, speed, and effort while traversing additional spectrums such as those between soft and thick textures, delicacy and explosive power, and understatement and being over the top. Participants awaken numb areas, increase their awareness of habits, and improve their efficiency of movement inside multilayered tasks, and they are encouraged to connect to pleasure inside moments of effort. The research of Gaga is in a continual process of evolution, and the classes vary and develop accordingly.