Olivia Ancona

GAGA classes (a movement language originated by Ohad Naharin)

Was born in San Francisco, however, grew up in Berkeley, London, and predominately Portland, Oregon.

After training at the Juilliard School, she joined the Batsheva Ensemble (2010-2012) under the direction of Ohad Naharin and returned to the main company in 2015. 

Olivia was a founding member of Sharon Eyal’s LEV, and has worked with Mats EK, Johan Inger, Wim Vandekeybus in the Royal Swedish Ballet, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (Eastman), Luca Veggetti and Örjan Andersson. She was a guest with the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch and in the fall of 2016 danced, acted, and coached in the film, Suspiria, directed by Luca Guadagnino. 

She is a certified gaga teacher and regularly teaches research/repertoire workshops and classes internationally.  She also sets Sharon Eyal’s works on companies throughout Europe. 

In 2019 she was a part of two new creations.  For the American choreographer Bryan Arias’ piece ‘Watch’, as well as Alan Lucien Øyen’s project company, Winter Guests for the production of Story Story Die.  Most recently Olivia has guested with the StaatsBallett Berlin for Sasha Waltz’s latest creation, premiering April 2020.  Olivia is based in Berlin.