SMASH #4 three-month program
principles and applications
in dance

Shai Faran

My classes consists of things I am fascinated by at the moment, a mixture of things I gathered through the years and things I have developed myself.  During these two weeks we will focus on the idea of musicality, approaching music from different directions such as the rhythmical structure and our relation to it, the emotions it evokes, the memories it brings, the expressions it triggers, and to do all that using MOVEMENT as our main tool. Nowadays, my main tool of work is improvisation, with an interest in movement, musicality, habits, freedom of choice, expressiveness, and limiting the possibilities of movement in order to find new options. The class is divided in two parts; in the first we warm up the body, the awareness and the senses, using mobility, strength and stretch into traveling in space, engaging into dynamic movement and preparing the body to work, as well as using the imagination and triggering the senses with the information around us. In the second part we work with very specific and simple physical tasks/limitations/scores, and build layers of information which will bring us to the rich, full, expressive and musical dancing.


Shai Faran is an Israeli dancer, teacher and choreographer, based in Europe. After studying in the dance department at the Misgav High School, she continued her studies at the Haifa dance workshop for dancers and choreographers. She danced for the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company II,  the Sigma Ensemble, the Dafi Altabab Dance Group and then moved to Europe, where she has worked with different choreographers such as Matej Kejzer, Maya M.Caroll, Zoe Knights, Michael Miler, Yuval Pick, Shumpei Nemoto, Maura Morales Alessandro Sciarroni and more, and performed around Europe. She created several works which won scholarships from the America- Israel Cultural Foundation and the foundation named after Ehud Manor. For two years she went through the teachers’ training for GAGA - the movement language developed by Ohad Naharin at the Batsheva Dance Company. In the last few years she has been teaching contemporary dance and improvisation classes and workshops around Europe while developing her own work and working as a free lance dancer, teacher and choreographer.


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