“When Haas created a large circle of chairs and invited the audience to participate, close to half left their seats to join the dancers in the circle. The workshop began with seated exercises isolating different parts of the body. Soon the seated work became more complex and evolved into standing gestures. New improvisation grew out of prior improvisation as the energy accelerated. In one sequence, two chairs placed in juxtaposition, became props for successive groups of three to strike poses relative to the chairs and to each other. Ideas transformed into rhythm and movement so quickly it was hard to tell where one ended and one began.” – NYC Department of the Aging, February 2014, Senior Newsletter
Naomi Goldberg Haas is a New York-based master teacher and choreographer. She has worked in concert dance, theatre, opera and film; collaborated with The Klezmatics, composer Michael Nyman, and playwright Tony Kushner; and performed with Pacific Northwest Ballet.
In 2005, Haas founded Dances For A Variable Population (DVP), a multi-generational dance company with dancers from the ages of 24 to 86 that work together to bring dance to the community and to bring the community into the concert hall. In 2011, DVP was selected by the NYC Arts Alliance as one of “Seven Emerging Voices of 2011.” Haas’s performances with DVP include Times Square Roundup, Times Square Plaza between 46th and 47th Streets (2012); Washington Square Dances, Washington Square Park (2011); Autumn Crossing on the High Line, The High Line, New York (2010); and Fanfare, Whitehall Terminal for the Staten Island Ferry, Sitelines/River to River Festival (2009). Her awards include the Presidents Award for Performing Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (2014) and the Art + Auction Award, Gibney Dance (2013).
Haas received a B.A. from Barnard College at Columbia University and an M.F.A. from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.
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