A b o u t
Guphologia LTD. was established in the fall of 2017. Directed by Ella Ben-Aharon, Guphologia is a platform for art, therapy, and research. Guphologia offers cultural events and professional/educational workshops for dancers, teachers, therapists as well as the general community. Through a blend of physical, intellectual, artistic activities, and multi-disciplinary dialogues, Guphologia aims to enhance bodily awareness, self-expression, and well-being as a mindful way of life. Guphologia operates Studio Naim - Maze, opened in May 2016.
E l l a B e n - A h a r o n
Born and raised in Israel, after dancing with the "Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company 2," Ella moved to the USA and lived there for 11 years. She holds a BFA in Dance from California Institute of the Arts, and an MFA in Choreography from Jacksonville University/White Oak, FL. In addition, Ella is a Pilates Master Teacher with Pilates Sports Center (LA).
In NYC (2004-2010), Ella established her non-profit dance ensemble, in addition to teaching and directing the Pilates studio at the Reebok Sports Club/NY. Her choreographies and video-dances were presented at important venues and festivals around the world. Ella was a guest-teaching artist at the University of Florida, University of Wisconsin, Citrus College, Miami-Dade College, Jacksonville University, UC Berkeley, The Rubin Academy in Jerusalem, The Ben-Gurion University, and the school of the New York City Ballet.
Ella believes in multidisciplinary approach and has been engaged in numerous collaborations;
An artistic 'Trialogue' with architect Matthias Neumann and video-artist Adi Shniderman, producing numerous projects together inside and out of the theatre space. An ongoing collaboration with composer/performer Odeya Nini, and more recent engagement with Neuroscientist, Dr. Asaf Bachrach. Her work, All-Most, a collaboration with Dr. Bachrach, brought to the studio as well as the theater space research practices, and offered – in real time – an experiment that documents physiological and cognitive responses of the dancers as well as the audience to touch and relationships.
In October 2010 Ella returned to Israel. She was a member of the Israeli Choreographers Association, and in 2016 Ella was granted the Schusterman Foundation fellowship as Resident Artist for a semester teaching and creating at Kennesaw State University, in Atlanta, GA. In May 2016 Ella had opened a studio for Pilates and Movement in Tel Aviv, Studio Naim - MAZE, through which she shares her curiosity and awareness for the human body and mind.
Ella continues to explore her dynamic vision of the body as a manifested vehicle of humanness;
Art, philosophy, anatomy, research and therapy render the negotiation between structure, aesthetics and functionality. Her teachings are saturated with experiential anatomy, images and conceptual ideas in order encourage well-being through a complex and versatile experience.