Gaga/People class with Maree ReMalia

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.

Throughout the class, participants are guided by a series of evocative instructions deployed to increase awareness of and further amplify sensation. Rather than turning from one prompt to another, information is layered, building into a multi-sensory, 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, the improvisational nature of the exploration enables each participant’s deeply personal connection with Gaga.

Gaga/people classes are open to people ages 16+, regardless of their background in dance or movement. Participants should wear comfortable clothes, be prepared to dance barefoot or in socks, advised to bring water.

Maree ReMalia is a choreographer, performer, teaching artist, and certified Gaga instructor. An adoptee born in South Korea and raised in Ohio, movement has supported her in an ongoing process of self-discovery, liberation, connection, expression, healing, and care. Through her roles as a dance artist, this is the kind of process into which she invites participants from across disciplines, identities, and experiences levels as a means of opening to new possibilities and cultivating care in understanding ourselves, each other, and the world of which we are part.

Her collaborative performance projects have been presented at venues such as BAAD! Bronx Academy of Art and Dance (NY), Cleveland Public Theatre, Dance Place (DC), Gibney DoublePlus Festival (NY), Kelly Strayhorn Theater (PA), La MaMa Experimental Theater Club (NY), Mahaney Center for the Arts (VT), Movement Research at the Judson Church (NY), New Hazlett Theater (PA), and Daegu International Dance Festival (South Korea). She has been a collaborative performer in the work of Gabriel Forestieri, Bebe Miller, Michael J. Morris, slowdanger, Blaine Siegel and Jil Stifel, and Lida Winfield and she was previously a member of MegLouise Dance, MorrisonDance, and STAYCEE PEARL dance project. Since earning her MFA at The Ohio State University, she was selected as the Andrew W. Mellon Interdisciplinary Choreographer for Middlebury College Movement Matters Residency and has been faculty at Bates Dance Festival, Colorado Conservatory of Dance, Lion’s Jaw Performance + Dance Festival, Point Park University, University of Florida, and University of Wisconsin Madison.

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