Yasmeen Godder Company (ISRAEL)
In January 2018, Yasmeen Godder studio held a conference titled MOVING COMMUNITIES celebrating three years of dance classes that brought together dance professionals and people living with Parkinson's disease. This video shows a class that took place during the conference, and was special in that it was taught by people with Parkinson's disease, and focused on themes and exercises that were meaningful to them. Co-led dance class was taught by: Guy Hugler - Ora Lev-Ron, Avi Elchadef -Ofir Najary, Meir Peretz-Shuli Enosh, Liora Bahar-Sigal Bergman, Gershon Mogilner-Anat Vaadia, Shuki Chaba-Yuli Kovbasnian
Our weekly Contemporary Dance Classes for people living with Parkinson’s disease began in February 2015, as part of the “Störung/הפרעה” Project. Initiated by Theatre Freiburg, Germany, this unique interdisciplinary collaborative project brought together professional dancers and choreographers with scientists and physicians – along with people with Parkinson’s from Israel and Germany – to explore different aspects of human movement and movement disorder. For more information about the project please visit our blog: www.hafraah.wordpress.com.
After a successful and fulfilling year, we decided to continue in 2016 the weekly classes independently. In January 2017, we received a generous grant from The Ted Arison Family Foundation allowing us to add another weekly class and offer the classes to the community at no cost. The professional dancers who comprise our team of teachers present classes inspired by different techniques and physical practices that reflect their different approaches and training. Classes range from release-based techniques and contact improvisation, to those influenced by Feldenkrais, Tai-Chi, Capoeira and Voice Training. Members of Yasmeen Godder Company consider these disciplines as part of the “tool box” they drawing upon and excel in.
Each class is made up of a teacher, an assistant and a group of volunteers – mostly professional dancers along with movement therapists and specialists with related skills. We believe that at least one-third of the participants in each class are people who are not living with Parkinson’s disease, having learned that the multi-generational and mixed ability of the participants contributes to the classes’ success by creating a positive, playful and enriching experience on many levels. The classes include a break for tea and cookies, which further enables social interaction.
In January 2018, we held a conference titled MOVING COMMUNITIES which celebrated three years of dance classes, and gave us an opportunity to meet and share information with the larger international community involved with bringing dance to people with Parkinson’s disease. The conference invited participants to re-examine and experience anew the connection between thought and movement, dance and well being, and art as a transformative force in the community. It focused on different practices of teaching dance to people with Parkinson's, as well as on the exploration of new initiatives that connect creativity, body and community. MOVING COMMUNITIES incorporated experiential workshops, performances, guest lectures and panels led by internationally acclaimed dance professionals, academics and the PD dancers.
The video documentaries included show three dance classes. The first one took place during the conference, and was special in that it was taught by people with PD and focused on theme and exercises that were meaningful to them. They created the class with one of the regular dance teachers who helped them turn their latent knowledge into an active one.
Co-led dance class was taught by: Guy Hugler - Ora Lev-Ron, Avi Elchadef -Ofir Najary, Meir Peretz-Shuli Enosh, Liora Bahar-Sigal Bergman, Gershon Mogilner-Anat Vaadia, Shuki Chaba-Yuli Kovbasnian
The other two videos show classes led by two teachers: Sigal Bergman and Anat Vaadia. Ms. Bergman teaches Alexander technique and dance in Tel Aviv, Israel, creates dances and video works and performs. She holds a BA in psychology from the Hebrew University, and for the past 20 years has studied the connection between movement and thought through many disciplines, including: Alexander Technique, Yoga, Tai-Chi, release techniques and improvisation. She collaborated with the Yasmeen Godder Company in the “Störung/ הפרעה” Project and has since been teaching one of the Contemporary Dance Classes for People with Parkinson’s’. www.dance.sigalbergman.com
Anat Vaadia is a choreographer, dancer, rehearsal director and certified teacher of Dance and Feldenkrais Method, currently based in Tel Aviv, Israel. After her studies the Rotterdam Dance Academy in the Netherlands, she spent five years in Berlin, Germany, working as a freelance dancer and creating her own work. In 2008 returned to Israel and began her Feldenkais studies. Between 2008 and 2012 she worked in the Yasmeen Godder Company as a dancer and as a rehearsal director. She currently teaches Feldenkais and dance alongside creating and performing her own work. http://anatva.wix.com/anat-vaadia