Sarah Foster Sproull: Exploring Gaga Technique
By Jenny Stevenson
Auckland dancer and choreographer Sarah Foster Sproull spent last Christmas Day dancing. At the time when most Kiwis were sitting down to a sumptuous feast, fi ring up the barbie or heading off to the beach, Sarah was starting the fi rst day of a ten-day intensive in Gaga Technique with Ohad Naharin and the Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv; fittingly not too far away from the Holy City of Bethlehem.
Naharin, who has been the Artistic Director of Batsheva since 1990, evolved the innovative Gaga training method to enable dancers to interpret his extraordinary choreography. Through a framework of rigorous self-practice dancers can gain body “knowledge and self-awareness… while lightening the senses and imagination”, Naharin says of his method. .
Sarah, whose own choreographic career has enjoyed an impressive momentum since she graduated from the New Zealand School of Dance in 2006, has been following Naharin’s work for years from afar - courtesy of YouTube . . . she came away from the intensive feeling like the “fire inside had been re-kindled” and speaks of learning a “methodology that allows me to access greater depth in performance” as well as gaining an understanding of how the “structures of choreographic material can be transformed”.
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