Friday October 16th // Day 1_Experiencing

Body Invocation 1 //

Kai Ehrhardt

An invocation is calling on the wisdom of something that is larger then what we know or understand. When it comes to the complexity of bodily processes and the intelligence that drives and evolves them, we actually know very little. From a somatic perspective it appears that nature’s diverse history is somehow folded into our bodies. Can we access a tiny bit of our internal adaptation archives through sensate awareness? Can we surrender to something in us that knows already what resources or skills need to be tapped? Be it Jellyfish, insects, bats or tigers – do we carry a species inclusive library – a cellular information broadband inside ourselves? Lets explore!


Kai Ehrhardt is a breath therapist based on Prof. Ilse Middendorf's work, an authorized Continuum Movement teacher, holds the German Heilpraktiker license for psychotherapy and co-founded the Somatic Academy of Berlin. He created "Authentic Eros - Explorations for Men" and curates the festivals “STRETCH” and “BODY IQ”. He believes that the conscious body and an expanded understanding of Eros constitute crucial elements in our evolution toward an integral way of life. Kai teaches since 2002 across Europe and in the US.

Bones grew out of fluid material in a fluid enviroment. Now they give stability and support for movement and protection for our organs. But they are still plieable, elastic and in their spirilic form they contain more fluid than we think! Forces pass through, their matrix has the possiblity to renew and grow. They are alive! Blood is pulsating and they „swim“ in the hydrostatic pressure tissues. In subtle communication with their environment they give the possibiltiy for effortless clear movement.


Nina Wehnert teaches BMC®, Contact-Improvisation and Yoga in classes, workshops and retreats around Europe, at dance festivals, contemporary dance and yoga schools. She is certified as a Somatic Movement Educator (BMC®), and studied Embodied Anatomy&Yoga, which she teaches at yoga teacher trainings. She is on the board of "Glia", the germanspeaking BMC® Association.

Bones //

Nina Wehnert

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Walking is the most common way of human locomotion and it is always more than just changing location. The act of walking is both an act of cognition and of creation.

With playful and explorative experiments on the basis of the Feldenkrais Method and improvisation we will be re-discover the hidden potential within walking.


Katja Münker. Dancer/Choreographer/Researcher/Feldenkrais Practitioner/hiking guide

Trained as physiotherapist, studies and practice of contemporary dance, (contact-) improvisation and instant composition. Longterm experience in several somatic practices, professionally trained in Feldenkrais Method. Artistic works and research with the focus on the connection between somatic and choreographic practices as well as on walking. Regular national and international teaching, contributions for congresses and publications: Collabotrations i.a. with mit AREAL_artistic research lab Berlin and part of the curating team of Somatic Academy Berlin.

We connect the traditional forms of Yoga - asanas - into even pacing sequences - flows.  A continuous transformation of creation and destroy. Than we decelerate, inhabit shortly the asana, proposing und developing the way into and out of it several times and then we dive, within open awareness, into the deep moving body, who had once upon the time created this form.


Marion Evers, M.A. theatre science, french studies and political sciences. director, yogateacher and moderator BDY/EYU, triyoga teacher. She is the founder of the somatic academy berlin and the center for yoga and voice. Her main interest is focused on the interface of "body/leib" and voice in the context of art, healing art and scientific research.

Into Walking //

Katja Münker

Somatic Yoga //

Marion Evers

Stemexpressie begins always with a deep resonance experience through your whole body – pulsation - and leads from there into expression and the social body. This form of origin-singing takes you into a strong contact with your voice, body and soul and the other participants.


Martin van Emmichoven is a certified breath-, speech- and vocal therapist and instructor for Stemexpressie (NL). Influences from integrative Gestalt therapy, Theatresports and a voice-expedition in Southern Africa enrich his work. Since 2001, he teaches at home and abroad.

Embryologically we develop in relationship. The philosopher and neuroscientist Alva Noë states that if we want to understand the conscious mind, we need to take a wider view of the whole organism interacting with its environment and hence create consciousness. Our own actions and movements in relationship to our environment shapes the way we perceive the world. How does sensory experience relate to our own surrounding, how do we organise and reflect in space and time and therefore influence perception?


Ka Rustler is a dancer, performer, choreographer, somatic researcher and movement educator for over 30 years. Her work experience also includes somatic psychotherapy and worldwide top management trainings. She teaches internationally applications and methods derived from BMC® and their relevance in Movement & Artistic Research, Choreographic Exploration and Embodiment. 

Stemmexpressie //

Martin v. Emmichoven

Cellular Thinking //

Ka Rustler

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As we allow ourselves to dive into improvisation we not only enter a quality - we enter an attitude that stands for well-being and learning.

How to enter a state of playful learning is a most worthwhile occupation. Our whole system feels at ease, safe and starts opening up. New information is being absorbed and processed without effort - on top of that we have a pretty good time! Contact Improvisation can provide an easy access into playfulness.


Nadja Schwarzenbach

For the last 10 years, Contact Improvisation has inspired me and kept me happy. My trainings and ongoing practice in massage, Klein Technique and Axis Syllabus inform my sense for touch and the understanding of the human body moving. I am co-organizer of the ‚In Touch Contact Festival’ Berlin and the ‚Contact meets Contemporary Festival’ in Göttingen. In teaching CI, I love offering spaces to experience the joy of being at home in a moveable and connected body.


Dino Spiri

My experience of the moving body and teaching are strongly influenced by the Alexander Technique, Klein Technique and BMC® - and by working intensively with many wonderful teachers like Dan Armon, Eva Karczag, Jörg Hassmann a.o.I teach CI mostly in Berlin and I curate and organize the Moving Body events/Berlin. I am a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique.

In the frame of his research project “Bad girls practices: un-writing dance, the body and the choir” initiated three years ago, Frédéric Gies develops a series of movement practices, which bridge somatic explorations with club dance and techno music. In this workshop, he will share an exploration of the endocrine system and of the states of consciousness and images that arise from this exploration.


Frédéric Gies is a dancer, choreographer and senior lecturer in choreography. He is head of the MA programme in choreography at DOCH-UNIARTS in Stockholm. His work focuses on the articulation between dance, choreography and politics, and more precisely on how dance and choreography can address politics in a non-representational way. Somatics, clubbing and techno music, remains- or ghosts of various dance practices and styles and social choreography intermingle to form the soil of his works.

Body Play //

Dino Spiri &

Nadja Schwarzenbach

Techno Somatics 1 //

Frederic Gies

The fascia - or extracellular matrix - constitutes the fullness of the body. They envelop almost eve-rything and connect the smallest with the whole and with the smallest. They support inner com-munication as well as mutual influence, connection and perception. These connections on cellular level are reflected for instance in the organization of the immune system. They form a base pat-tern of communication. Through the perception of fascia and movement, we enable a free, direct and constructive way to share and to be with each other.


Odile Seitz is co-founder, dancer and choreographer of Collectiv PRATICABLE. In Berlin she danced last in a piece by choreographer Frédéric Gies at Uferstudios. As a Body-Mind Centering® Practi-tioner and Cranio-sacral therapist, she accompanies pregnancy and birth processes - both artisti-cally and therapeutically. Furthermore, she holds an experimental interest in prevention and im-proved performance for high-performance sports through Fascial Training. She teaches in Berlin, Potsdam, Stockholm, Lyon at universities und dance festivals.

What is natural? What is social? What is body? There is a search for the natural/social body in Somatics. Is it really possible to find it? How can we be, act as and perform the natural body? How can we be, act as and perform the social body? Looking at the nervous system, we explore the flow of information and connect it to the discourse about the social/natural body.


Heike Kuhlmann: dancer, choreographer, teacher,  Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapist (DiplIBMT) with an MA in Performance Studies/Choreography. She teaches in Berlin and internationally with the focus on Contact Improvisation, Experiental Anatomy based on Body-Mind Centering and Authentic Movement for groups and individuals. She is part of the Global Water Dances Berlin collective.

Waking and sleeping we dream our lives into being.  Every dream image is alive with movement at the silent level of our bodies.  Exploring dream images through sensation, breath/sound, and movement can awaken us to meanings beyond rational thinking and words.  As we become our dreams we can appreciate and acknowledge their universal value, and expand their value throughout our daily lives. 


Mary Abrams, MA, RSME, is founder and director of Moving Body Resources in New York City.  She loves movement in every dimension, has been immersed in Continuum for 20 years, holds a masters degree in Consciousness Studies, and leads the MA Dance & Somatic Wellbeing course (University of Central Lancashire, UK) in the USA.

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In Communication //

Odile Seitz

Body Dreaming //

Mary Abrams

Performing the Natural/Social Body  //

Heike Kuhlmann

Mouthing: an organic support for the midline

The Mouthing pattern is a pattern that is developed in a very early stage of our living. The digestive tract and the juicyness of the organs support an undulating, elongated, tubular flow in front of our spine and brings mouth and anus in a relationship. Movement is initiated by the mouth or anus. A feeling of a balanced, soft but voluminous "front" establishes support for a midline and the soft spine.


Nina Wehnert teaches BMC®, Contact-Improvisation and Yoga in classes, workshops and retreats around Europe, at dance festivals, contemporary dance and yoga schools. She is certified as a Somatic Movement Educator (BMC®), and studied Embodied Anatomy&Yoga, which she teaches at yoga teacher trainings. She is on the board of "Glia", the germanspeaking BMC® Association.

An invocation is calling on the wisdom of something that is larger then what we know or understand. When it comes to the complexity of bodily processes and the intelligence that drives and evolves them, we actually know very little. From a somatic perspective it appears that nature’s diverse history is somehow folded into our bodies. Can we access a tiny bit of our internal adaptation archives through sensate awareness? Can we surrender to something in us that knows already what resources or skills need to be tapped? Be it Jellyfish, insects, bats or tigers – do we carry a species inclusive library – a cellular information broadband inside ourselves? Lets explore!


Kai Ehrhardt is a breath therapist based on Prof. Ilse Middendorf's work, an authorized Continuum Movement teacher, holds the German Heilpraktiker license for psychotherapy and co-founded the Somatic Academy of Berlin. He created "Authentic Eros - Explorations for Men" and curates the festivals “STRETCH” and “BODY IQ”. He believes that the conscious body and an expanded understanding of Eros constitute crucial elements in our evolution toward an integral way of life. Kai teaches since 2002 across Europe and in the US.

Each eye sees a different image. The brain has to synchronize these two images. When some of the primitive reflexes are not inhibited, we have difficulties in reading, writing, orientation, arithmetic. The Moro reflex for example can limit the function of fixation, the tonic labyrinth reflex can influence convergence. How we see the world is the result of an adequate maturation of the central nervous system. We can support the process through movement.


Adalisa Menghini. Teacher, choreographer, performer.

Studied at S.N.D.O. Amsterdam and hold a MA in Neurophysiologic Psychology and is now attending the Feldenkreis teacher program. Working with professional and non-professional dancer including children and senior. Twice awarded with best Director and Choreographer of “Giocabriga”.

In collaboration with k. Wickenhäuser she created performances with schoolchildren in Museums. They received twice the price “Kinder zum Olymp” for their work. Teaching at Tanzfabrik and the UdK( University of Art ) of Berlin.

This workshop explores what happens to our state of being when we allow others to carefully – and in slow motion - undress our breathing skin, and then face each other in silent presence. What happens when the internal experience of breath movement meets an external experience of touch? When does skin become an open transmitter, a bridge between inner and outer or between the personal and the collective and when does it become a protective shield or barrier?


Kai Ehrhardt is a breath therapist based on Prof. Ilse Middendorf's work, an authorized Continuum Movement teacher, holds the German Heilpraktiker license for psychotherapy and co-founded the Somatic Academy of Berlin. He created "Authentic Eros - Explorations for Men" and curates the festivals “STRETCH” and “BODY IQ”. He believes that the conscious body and an expanded understanding of Eros constitute crucial elements in our evolution toward an integral way of life. Kai teaches since 2002 across Europe and in the US.

Saturday October 17th // Day 2_Deepening

Mouthing //

Nina Wehnert

Body Invocation 2 //

Kai Ehrhardt

Oculomotor system //

Adalisa Menghini

Inter | Face //

Kai Ehrhardt

Into movement and perception experiments, we will comb through the body, space and connections. With and through our body as a resonant and resonating system we will explore inner and outer structures, materials, consistencies and expansions. The resonance of even micro-impulses inside and around will lead and accompany us during more and more differentiated improvisation and instant composition.


Katja Münker. Dancer/Choreographer/Researcher/Feldenkrais Practitioner/hiking guide

Trained as physiotherapist, studies and practice of contemporary dance, (contact-) improvisation and instant composition. Longterm experience in several somatic practices, professionally trained in Feldenkrais Method. Artistic works and research with the focus on the connection between somatic and choreographic practices as well as on walking. Regular national and international teaching, contributions for congresses and publications: Collabotrations i.a. with mit AREAL_artistic research lab Berlin and part of the curating team of Somatic Academy Berlin.

Either you exhale, talk or sing. This workshop creates a conscious link between breath and voice. Breathing as a regulatory, autonomous process, and as mirror of the inner feeling state. But also as door to consciousness and as a bridge between the polarities of thought and expression. Experience movement, breath and voice as a unity. They support each other and can facilitate a free and authentic expression.


Odile Seitz is co-founder, dancer and choreographer of Collectiv PRATICABLE. In Berlin she danced last in a piece by choreographer Frédéric Gies at Uferstudios. As a Body-Mind Centering® Practi-tioner and Cranio-sacral therapist, she accompanies pregnancy and birth processes - both artisti-cally and therapeutically. Furthermore, she holds an experimental interest in prevention and im-proved performance for high-performance sports through Fascial Training. She teaches in Berlin, Potsdam, Stockholm, Lyon at universities und dance festivals.

Fake Healing is an exchange that prioritizes deep listening, improvisation and collaboration. It is an artistic practice that is inspired by the performance practice of Keith Hennessy, Valentina Desideri’s Fake Therapy and Jennifer Lacey’s Fake Art Therapy. Keith writes about it: “Fake Healing is a kind of joke that just might work. Torture is everywhere, so healing needs to be queerly re-imagined for the current era.”

In this Fake Healing Jam we will not restrict ourselfs to duos and trios but work with the whole room, the whole group.


Peter Pleyer is a dancer and choreographer living in Berlin, teaching and performing internationally. He is a co-founder of P.O.R.C.H. summer-education program at ponderosa-dance. His most recent performances were with Keith Hennessy and together with Jenniffer Lacy for Antonija Livingstone. Fake Healing was a regular practice during these projects as a warm-up and a deepening.

How to use our eyes and different ways of seeing to support and nourish our dancing?

In contact duets, the gaze is often directed inward; the focus is often placed on feeling, sensing. Frequently, the dancers seem to have little awareness of the space around them. Let’s see how many different aspects we can be aware of simultaneously while dancing. How complex can our perception of ourselves and our environment be?


Andrea Keiz. While finishing her studies as a biologist in Göttingen, Andrea Keiz started an education as a teacher for dance improvisation. Through that she got involved in Contact Improvisation as well as other improvisational work, release based techniques and bodywork. After a few years of working on dance improvistation in several constellations in Europe, she started to work with video as a tool related to movement.


Dieter Heitkamp is a professor for Contemporary Dance and directs the Department for Contemporary and Classical Dance at the HfMDK Frankfurt am Main. From 1978 to 1995 he has been one of the artistic directors of Tanzfabrik Berlin. Since 1977 he has been deeply involved with studying, teaching and performing Contact Improvisation, dance and interdisciplinary work. His choreographies have been presented in many countries and continents. He has also choreographed for Ballet Frankfurt, the Ballet of the State Opera Berlin and for Theater and TV. In the last years his performance research has led to the development of several lecture performances and installations combining practice & theory, movement, live music and video. 

Body

Space Resonance //

Katja Münker

Voice & Breathe //

Odile Seitz

Fake Healing Jam //

Peter Pleyer

Contact & Retina //

Dieter Heitkamp &

Andrea Keiz

In our bodily sensing we are always already related to our environment both ‘sending’ and ‘receiving’. With every gesture or movement bodily communication and resonance may arise. But how do we make sense of others and ourselves in doing so? And how can we understand this dialogical happening itself? In alternating movement and rest, sensing and experience, reflecting and talking we try to fathom a dimension of ‘understanding’ widened by our experience through our sensitive body and atmospheric percipience.


Undine Eberlein, studied at the FU Berlin and received her PhD in Philosophy for an investigation on „Einzigartigkeit. Das romantische Individualitätskonzept der Moderne“ / “Uniquness. The romantic concept of individuality in modernity” (Campus 2000); lecturer at the FU Berlin and Universität Magdeburg and for further adult education; at the same time training as a course instructor for Autogenous Training, Tai Chi and Qi Gong and active in somatic research; currently teaching at the ASH Berlin, research in “Leibphänomenologie” and publishing an anthology „Intercorporeity, Movement and Tacit Knowledge - Zwischenleiblichkeit und bewegtes Verstehen“. 

This workshop is an invitation to explore the gap, the phenomenon of a mysterious chasm, which arises out of the period of National-Socialism and which continues to have an effect until today. If that gap would be a body, what would it look like? Can we as the generations (mainly) born afterwards embody and embrace this gap in a different way then our ancestors did?  Can we somehow move it through our experiences of our current time? By sharing our impulses, by moving and by getting moved, by using different somatic approaches,  we go on a personal and on a group journey concerning this topic.


Zahiro Kai Esko born in 1964  is a  movement-teacher, massage therapist-teacher and naturopath (Heilpraktiker) living in Berlin. He initiated g.a.p  - generation after project - a platform to research  the sense of a  gap after 1945 felt by the generations born after. Within this context, he visited historical places, researching their present effects, and exploring somatic responses on the environment there today. He received a contemporary dance education at the SNDD (School for New Dance Development)/AHK Amsterdam) where he studied various somatic approaches (s.a. Ideokinesis, Laban Improvisation, Body-Mind Centering), which he integrated in his choreographic and movement work.

Regardless in which context we walk the complex events are defined and completely open at the same time. Walking requires planning, adaptation and improvisation to cope. The live occurring compositions of paces, traces, places and bodies, of actions and stillness are unique and always specific. During this performance the audience is invited to walk or to stop at any moment. A space appears for aesthetic moments and the reflection of collectivity.


Katja Münker. Dancer/Choreographer/Researcher/Feldenkrais Practitioner/hiking guide

Trained as physiotherapist, studies and practice of contemporary dance, (contact-) improvisation and instant composition. Longterm experience in several somatic practices, professionally trained in Feldenkrais Method. Artistic works and research with the focus on the connection between somatic and choreographic practices as well as on walking. Regular national and international teaching, contributions for congresses and publications: Collabotrations i.a. with mit AREAL_artistic research lab Berlin and part of the curating team of Somatic Academy Berlin.

Embryologically we develop in relationship. The philosopher and neuroscientist Alva Noë states that if we want to understand the conscious mind, we need to take a wider view of the whole organism interacting with its environment and hence create consciousness. Our own actions and movements in relationship to our environment shapes the way we perceive the world. How does sensory experience relate to our own surrounding, how do we organise and reflect in space and time and therefore influence perception?


Ka Rustler is a dancer, performer, choreographer, somatic researcher and movement educator for over 30 years. Her work experience also includes somatic psychotherapy and worldwide top management trainings. She teaches internationally applications and methods derived from BMC® and their relevance in Movement & Artistic Research, Choreographic Exploration and Embodiment.

Cellular Thinking //

Ka Rustler

Invitation to walk //

Katja Münker

Moving

Understanding //

Undine Eberlein

Moving Beyond

the Gap //

Zahiro Kai Esko

At the heart of feeling, thinking, and doing is our physical body alive with the motivating and amplifying movement of the affective system. This system is the biological basis of our emotions, moving through our bodies at every level of being.  Becoming conscious of the ways affect moves through our bodies and moves us in life, can increase our capacity to "surf" the emotional seas of being, and support the ways we participate with self and others.


Mary Abrams, MA, RSME, is founder and director of Moving Body Resources in New York City.  She loves movement in every dimension, has been immersed in Continuum for 20 years, holds a masters degree in Consciousness Studies, and leads the MA Dance & Somatic Wellbeing course (University of Central Lancashire, UK) in the USA.

A short moving lecture on movement development and problems linked to developmental delay. From the inhibition of primitive reflexes to the integration of postural reflexes. We explore how we can support this process through movement and how our brain can learn from it.


Adalisa Menghini. Teacher, choreographer, performer. Studied at S.N.D.O. Amsterdam and hold a MA in Neurophysiologic Psychology and is now attending the Feldenkreis teacher program. Working with professional and non-professional dancer including children and senior. Twice awarded with best Director and Choreographer of “Giocabriga”.

In collaboration with k. Wickenhäuser she created performances with schoolchildren in Museums. They received twice the price “Kinder zum Olymp” for their work. Teaching at Tanzfabrik and the UdK (University of Art) of Berlin.

We connect the traditional forms of Yoga - asanas - into even pacing sequences - flows.  A continuous transformation of creation and destroy. Than we decelerate, inhabit shortly the asana, proposing und developing the way into and out of it several times and then we dive, within open awareness, into the deep moving body, who had once upon the time created this form.


Marion Evers, M.A. theatre science, french studies and political sciences. director, yogateacher and moderator BDY/EYU, triyoga teacher. She is the founder of the somatic academy berlin and the center for yoga and voice. Her main interest is focused on the interface of "body/leib" and voice in the context of art, healing art and scientific research.

In the frame of his research project “Bad girls practices: un-writing dance, the body and the choir” initiated three years ago, Frédéric Gies develops a series of movement practices, which bridge somatic explorations with club dance and techno music. In this workshop, he will share an exploration of the endocrine system and of the states of consciousness and images that arise from this exploration.


Frédéric Gies is a dancer, choreographer and senior lecturer in choreography. He is head of the MA programme in choreography at DOCH-UNIARTS in Stockholm. His work focuses on the articulation between dance, choreography and politics, and more precisely on how dance and choreography can address politics in a non-representational way. Somatics, clubbing and techno music, remains- or ghosts of various dance practices and styles and social choreography intermingle to form the soil of his works.

Sunday October 18th // Day 3_Applying

Biology of Emotion //

Mary Abrams

Body & Learning //

Adalisa Menghini

Somatic Techno //

Frederic Gies

Somatic Yoga //

Marion Evers

The book-jam format I developped during the last six years in P.O.R.C.H. at Ponderosa. There will be books, magazine and articles as bodies in the space. They will be read and moved as we read and move together. If someone reads something that wants to be shared with the group, they speak up and read loud. That’s how history and story become scores for moving and touching. In this jam i will introduce books, magazines and texts about the history and practice of ideokinetic bodywork from my own library.


Peter Pleyer is a dancer and choreographer living in Berlin, teaching and performing internationally. He is a co-founder of P.O.R.C.H. summer-education program at ponderosa-dance. His most recent performances were with Keith Hennessy and together with Jenniffer Lacy for Antonija Livingstone. Fake Healing was a regular practice during these projects as a warm-up and a deepening.

The singing of Amelia Cuni is based on her long studies oft the Indian dhrupad tradition, which is founded on the rituel singing of vedic chant and nada yoga.The singing of traditionel melodic patterns (ragas), which are based on natural tone scales is accompanied by the indian tanpura, as an instrument full of overtones and it learns a profound and clear connection to act of hearing. Special voicework opens the resonance bases of the body, the overtones develops free on the base of the natural speaking voice. The practice of well guided intonation with Amelia leads to a very deep state of voice meditation.


Amelia Cuni is a dhrupad singer and a composer. She studied Indian music and dance and dhrupad singing in India since 1978 with famous teacher u.a. R.F.Dagar, D.C.Vedi, B.Mallik. Sho worked with a great number of international artist in comtemporary and experimental music projects and hold a singular position between tradition and modernity. She teaches at the conservatory of Vicence (Italy) and in Berlin. With her concerts she travels all over the world.

This praxis-lab explores potentials of somatic practices for criticality and enactive ‘self-imaging’ (Beringer 2001) through improvised processes. The workshop departs from Feldenkrais’ critical notions of thoughtful de-conditioning, and touch-based questioning of the cognitive closure of the human being as ’functional unity between body, mind and environment’ (Feldenkrais 2010). Autopoiesis, as self-creation and desiring relationality, emerging from thinking of Francesco Varela (1946-2001), is proposed as biological paradigm informing Feldenkrais’ practices and will guide our explorations.


Thomas Kampe (PhD) has worked internationally as performance-maker and educator for more than 30 years. He works as Senior-Lecturer for Movement for Actors at Bath Spa University. Thomas worked for 13 years with Ausdruckstanz-pioneer and Holocaust-survivor Hilde Holger (1905-2011) in London. His research investigates emancipatory dimensions of somatic-informed performance practices/pedagogies. Recent publications include ‘The Art of Making Choices: The Feldenkrais Method as a Soma-Critique’ (Triarchy 2015), and ‘Eros and Inquiry – The Feldenkrais Method as a Complex Resource’ (Taylor & Francis 2015).

In our traditional western culture of choirs the body only plays a small part. It has disappeared behind the melody, a certain kind of sound, the words, the rhythm and mental concepts of right or wrong. What happens, when the nature of our body become the main focus, while learning and singing a new song together? What happens to yourself, the group and the aliveness of the music?


Mareike Andersen has been working for 23 years as a voice and music teacher - in Berlin, by the sea and in the countryside. Out of her long voice research and her own musical experiences she formed her body & voicework including the "unexpected moment" (Arye/Mindell, processworker and quantum physics). She developed concert- and choir projects with a focus on bodywork, improvisation, movement and nature. For her the body is the entrance to the liveliness of the voice and of music.

Ideokinetic

Book Jam //

Peter Pleyer

Raga voice

meditation //

Amelia Cuni

Body & a

Georgian song //

Mareike Andersen

Eros & Criticality //

Thomas Kampe

This theory/practice lab weaves praxis and thinking emerging from The Feldenkrais Method (FM) into the world of philosopher Theodore Adorno (…) and social-theorist Cornelius Castoriadis (1922-1997). Their writings on criticality, autonomy, self-creation, and a creative Social Imaginary, are set against questions regarding the construction of Somatic practices as emancipatory and critical processes of social re-imagining. Feldenkrais’ notions of de-conditioning the contemporary individual through embodied enquiry are contextualised through Adorno’s call for an ‘Education after Auschwitz’(1966).


Thomas Kampe (PhD) has worked internationally as performance-maker and educator for more than 30 years. He works as Senior-Lecturer for Movement for Actors at Bath Spa University. Thomas worked for 13 years with Ausdruckstanz-pioneer and Holocaust-survivor Hilde Holger (1905-2011) in London. His research investigates emancipatory dimensions of somatic-informed performance practices/pedagogies. Recent publications include ‘The Art of Making Choices: The Feldenkrais Method as a Soma-Critique’ (Triarchy 2015), and ‘Eros and Inquiry – The Feldenkrais Method as a Complex Resource’ (Taylor & Francis 2015).

The workshop explores, how we (and the people we work with) can move on from an extreme experience or traumatizing event, and how we can to discover new opportunities within our embodied presence. We will physically experience how our inner and outer movements are connected and how they can become a source of healing.


Christa Cocciole (USA/Germany) has more than 20 years of experience working internationally as a dancer, choreographer, Integrative Body Psychotherapist and as a Systems Therapist. She has worked extensively with people who have experienced Tauma as well as training Therapists in areas such as: Bosnia-Herzogovina, USA und Deutschland. She is working presently in the Fliedner Clinic in Berlin and in her private practice.

The notion of high self-awareness being a key element in executive success and leadership has been one of my central research and development over the years with p.i.t Organisationsberatung, Berlin. Inspired by techniques of body awareness, we work with executives on their own embodiment and belief system opening perceptions of mind and choice.


Ka Rustler is a dancer, performer, choreographer, somatic researcher and movement educator for over 30 years. Her work experience also includes somatic psychotherapy and worldwide top management trainings. She teaches internationally applications and methods derived from BMC® and their relevance in Movement & Artistic Research, Choreographic Exploration and Embodiment.

In going into contact_a permeable spiralinstallation Dieter Heitkamp focuses on the development of Contact Improvisation during the last 43 years and the connection to other movement forms and specific ways of working. It is an attempt at creating a Living Archive and researches the question: how can archival material be used for dance creation, unusual formats for presentation, and ways for transmission of dance?


Dieter Heitkamp is a professor for Contemporary Dance and directs the Department for Contemporary and Classical Dance at the HfMDK Frankfurt am Main. From 1978 to 1995 he has been one of the artistic directors of Tanzfabrik Berlin. Since 1977 he has been deeply involved with studying, teaching and performing Contact Improvisation, dance and interdisciplinary work. His choreographies have been presented in many countries and continents. He has also choreographed for Ballet Frankfurt, the Ballet of the State Opera Berlin and for Theater and TV. In the last years his performance research has led to the development of several lecture performances and installations combining practice & theory, movement, live music and video. 

A Soma-critique //

Thomas Kampe

Boundaries &

Trauma //

Christa Cocciole

Human Resources //

Ka Rustler

Performing the

Archive //

Dieter Heitkamp

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Presented by Somatische Akademie Berlin. © 2015 by Body IQ Festival Berlin. 

On infectious techno beats, this dance makes manifest the drives and forces that set off bodies or things in movement and the movement potential to self-generate, like a motor activated by its own energy. Although this dance inevitably communicates something else, it doesn’t seek to communicate anything but itself and the subterraneous currents that traverse it.


Frédéric Gies is a dancer, choreographer and senior lecturer in choreography. He is head of the MA programme in choreography at DOCH-UNIARTS in Stockholm. His work focuses on the articulation between dance, choreography and politics, and more precisely on how dance and choreography can address politics in a non-representational way. Somatics, clubbing and techno music, remains- or ghosts of various dance practices and styles and social choreography intermingle to form the soil of his works.

Ribbon Dance //

Frederic Gies

Social relevance of body intelligence //

Claudia Feest


Body based approaches and therapies are increasingly popular. At the same time indulging in a somatic practice may still seem irrelevant - perhaps even superfluous - to many people, especially when considering what is happening in the world at large. 

What draws people to work with the body? What types of skills, nourishment or exchange can be found in this type of work and how can that be extended to everyday life? Is it ego-centric to spend half your day on a mat on the floor or is it a political statement?

Join for an evening discussion around questions such as these with Mary Abrams (New York), Dieter Heitkamp (Frankfurt/M), Thomas Kampe (London) und Christa Cocciole (Berlin) moderated by Claudia Feest (Berlin).

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Claudia Feest. Breath-, voice- and movement-pedagogue, breath- and body-therapist. Certified biologist, German Heilpraktiker, dancer, choreographer, founding member and artistic director of Tanzfabrik Berlin until 2003. Networker for dance, among others founder and since 2006 board member of Dachverband Tanz Deutschland (DTD). In 2006/07 coordinator for Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT) – pilot project Tanzplan Deutschland. Since 2007 jury activities for Darstellende Künste particularly dance. Teachings and research with focus on breath- and movement-methods and body awareness. Training in Gindler work with F. Goralewski and as breath therapist at Middendorf-Institute Berlin.

The Experience of Breath //

Claudia Feest

Breath is one of the communicating elements of our body. Getting to know your own breath and how to employ your breath's physical efficiency, power and benefits is fundamental. But it is especially important for those of us who use our bodies and voices professionally as creative instruments. Working with breath enables a new inner orientation and physical organization. It counts most when normal behavior and habits are challenged under stressful conditions. Being conscious of your breath's effect on your inner and outer composure, on your inner and outer bearing, is essential. 


Claudia Feest. Breath-, voice- and movement-pedagogue, breath- and body-therapist. Certified biologist, German Heilpraktiker, dancer, choreographer, founding member and artistic director of Tanzfabrik Berlin until 2003. Networker for dance, among others founder and since 2006 board member of Dachverband Tanz Deutschland (DTD). In 2006/07 coordinator for Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT) – pilot project Tanzplan Deutschland. Since 2007 jury activities for Darstellende Künste particularly dance. Teachings and research with focus on breath- and movement-methods and body awareness. Training in Gindler work with F. Goralewski and as breath therapist at Middendorf-Institute Berlin.

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Perfomance by 

Sheena McGrandles

In one version a willowy torso is supported by two pairs of double-jointed legs that connect at the pelvis. In others there is a mess of limbs and body parts that resemble a tragedy of a fall from a great height. In another instance it stumbles seductively down to the bottom of a staircase. Sometimes it is completely armless, sometimes headless and sometimes faceless. When is a good moment to appear? When is a good moment to change appearance? 


Sheena McGrandles, from Northern Ireland, graduated with a BA in Dance Theatre from the Laban Center, London (2007). She completed her MA in Solo/Dance/Authorship at HZT Berlin and from 2012-2013 she was a choreogrpaher in residence at K3 Hamburg. Currently Sheena is artistic research associate on the BA “Dance, Context, Choreography” at HZT. Her artistic practice, both performative and visual is concerned with queering the body in performance, drag and the representation of women on stage.