Workshops + Events

Gaga Weekend Intensive with Maayan Sheinfeld –

Batsheva Dance Company member

May 17th – May 19th


Gaga is an innovative movement practice for both dancers and non-dancers created by Ohad Naharin – Artistic Director of Batsheva Dance Company from 1990-2018 and one of the world’s preeminent contemporary choreographers. Gaga is a new way of gaining knowledge and self-awareness through your body. Gaga provides a framework for discovering and strengthening your body and adding flexibility, stamina, and agility while lightening the senses and imagination. Gaga raises awareness of physical weaknesses, awakens numb areas, exposes physical fixations, and offers ways for their elimination. The work improves instinctive movement and connects conscious and unconscious movement, and it allows for an experience of freedom and pleasure in a simple way, in a pleasant space, in comfortable clothes, accompanied by music, each person with themselves and others.


Maayan Sheinfeld was born in Israel in 1992. She joined the Batsheva Dance Company in 2012 and has participated in the creation process for three of Ohad Naharin’s works: The Hole (2013), Last Work (2015), and Venezuela (2017) and has performed in many other works by Naharin. She has also participated in the creation process for Roy Assaf’s Adam (2016) and Marlene Monteiro Freitas’ Canine Jaunatre 3 (2017). In 2018, she received the Yair Shapira award for Excellent Dancer. Maayan teaches Gaga, Ohad Naharin’s repertoire, and improvisation and modern classes for various dance schools, studios, courses, auditions, and programs both for students and professional dancers. She was awarded the Outstanding Teacher prize in 2016 for her work with students in the semi finals of YAGP (Youth American Grand Prix) competition.



Gaga/people Workshops

Friday, May 17th • 6:00 – 8:00pm @IMAC

Saturday, May 18th • 6:00 – 8:00pm @IMAC

$45/Workshop • See registration page for discount options.

Connect your body and imagination through a creative framework, increase your physical awareness, and experience the pleasure of movement in a welcoming, accepting atmosphere. Space will be limited to 25 attendees/workshop.

*For ages 16+. No previous dance experience required.

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Gaga/dancers Workshops

Saturday, May 18th • 12:00 – 3:00pm (Location TBD)

Sunday, May 19th • 12:00 – 3:00pm @Phoenix Rising Dance Studios

$60/Workshop • See registration page for discount options.

Deepen your awareness of physical sensations, expand your palette of available movement options, enhance you ability to modulate your energy and engage your explosive power. Enrich your movement quality with a wide range of textures. Learn repertory by Ohad Naharin. Space is limited.

*For professional/advanced level dancers ages 16+.

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With grateful hearts…

On behalf of all of us at IMAC and NoExit Performance, THANK YOU to all of you who brought your beautiful energy and enthusiasm to our first OPEN Indy experience. Whether you were a workshop participant, performance participant and/or an audience member, we could not have pulled this off without you. To put something of this magnitude together requires moving at least a couple of mountains, but the satisfaction of sharing such a rich experience with this community makes it all worth it. We are all so grateful to Gerry Trentham for being so instrumental in the success of this project.

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If you weren’t for you…

Thank you to our every growing community of OPEN Indy Supporters: Bethany & Aaron Bak, Amy Barragree, Sean & Michelle Buchanan, Yvette Cecille, Faith Cohen, Lauren Curry, Eve Earley, Amy Baum Goodwin, Cheryl Gregory, Benjamin Hanna, Sarah Harrell, Ronald & MaryJane Hartman, JoAnn Hirata, Freddie Kelvin, Mary Mitchell, Heidi Keller Phillipps, Cindy & Kyle Ragsdale, Ingrid Sato, Ashley Sherman, Idrienne Steiman, Hadar Tann, and Jenny Thomas.

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What is OPEN Indy?

OPEN Indy (Original. Performance. Experiments. Now.) is a new program for performers of all disciplines in the Indianapolis area, conceived by Indianapolis Movement Arts Collective and NoExit Performance, that provides accessible, professional, and dynamic training opportunities. Each year, OPEN Indy will bring top-notch interdisciplinary teachers and artists to our community for master classes and performances geared toward all levels of experience, from the novice to the professional.

Please consider supporting this program, thank you.

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