Kasia Kizor, Olivia Ancona
Gaga is the movement language developed by Ohad Naharin throughout his work as a choreographer and Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company.
Gaga challenges multi-layer tasks. We are aware of the connection between effort and pleasure, the distance between our body parts, the friction between flesh and bones, we sense the weight of our body parts, yet our form is not shaped by gravity... we are aware of where we hold unnecessary tension, we let go only to bring life and efficient movement to where we let go . . . We are turning on the volume of listening to our body.
Kasia Kizior was born in Poland. In her early years, she studied ballet and folk dance at the National Ballet School/Lodz. Her interest in social aspects of
dance and performance led her to the University of Humanities Science/Lodz where she obtained a B.A. degree in Political Science. Since 2007, she has been working with Zawirowania Dance Theatre, the Polish National Opera in Warsaw and the Opera House in Frankfurt am Main. In
2015 Kasia obtained a master’s degree in Contemporary Dance Education from the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts (HfMDK). Currently she works as a dance educator, choreographer and freelance dancer. Recent work includes choreography for TV productions and
films. Kasia became a certified Gaga Teacher in 2019 in Tel Aviv, under the artistic direction of Bosmat Nossan, Saar Harari, and Ohad Naharin.
Olivia Ancona was born in San Francisco, however grew up in Berkeley, London, and predominately Portland, Oregon. After training at the Juilliard School, she joined the Batsheva Ensemble (2010-2012) under the direction of Ohad Naharin and returned to the main company in 2015.
Olivia was a founding member of Sharon Eyal’s LEV, and has worked with Mats EK, Johan Inger, Wim Vandekeybus in the Royal Swedish Ballet, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (Eastman), Luca Veggetti, Örjan Andersson, Bryan Arias, and Oona Doherty. She was a guest with the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch and Goteborg Danskompani. In the fall of 2016 Olivia danced, acted, and coached in the film, Suspiria.
She is a certified gaga teacher and regularly teaches research/repertoire workshops and classes internationally. She also sets Sharon Eyal’s works on companies throughout Europe. Most recently she joined Alan Lucien Øyen’s, Winter Guests for the creation of ‘Story, Story, Die’.