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 BODY IQ 2016 
14-15-16 October 2016

Body Collective  //  Collective Body
somatic learning•social interaction•collective being•

 

BODY IQ 2016 will investigate the apparent gap between individual somatic learning and collective living. For instance, if we regard individuals in a society as unique cells within a social body, we could pose the question:

 

• What is the potential impact of somatic learning on social interaction?  

• Since the cells within a body already know how to communicate coherently, how can we become conscious of that inherent intelligence and translate it into a larger, social context?

• How do our survival fears and external pressures, such as war, climate change, immigration, and economy, impact the development of collectives?  

• What would conscious embodiment look like within existing social power structures such as politics, education and the free-market economy?

• What if somatically informed experience could inspire a more dynamic connectivity within the context of collective bodies?

• How can somatic methods contribute to the integration of our individual desire for freedom-of-choice with our collective desire for evolution?

 

This is the general field of inquiry we would like to open. Everyone, regardless of experience or background, whether professional or new to the exploration, is warmly invited to participate.

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Friday
11:00 - 12:30

The Heart

The biggest pump in the body, never stopping untill you die. For many it is the seat of emotional stories or where they belong. Heartfully, we look at anatomical images and dive into the incredible physiology of the heart - through visualization, somatization, hands on and movement practice.

Heike Kuhlmann

Heike Kuhlmann dancer,  choreographer, somatic movement educator and therapist (registered SME and SMT),   (DiplIBMT), MA in Performance Studies/Choreography. She teaches in Berlin and internationally mainly Contact Improvisation and Movement/Dance within somatic movement framework and Authentic Movement. She is part of the Global Water Dances Berlin Collective.

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Friday
11:00 - 12:30

Meeting

Allowing the central, dynamic relationship between the head, neck and back to become more quiet and free, we can begin to let go of our habit of shortening and fixing - within our body and our mind. We can open - to ourselves and to the others - expanding our awareness from this central coordination into all directions. Allowing it to happen rather than doing it, we can with the Alexander Technique enter a process of meeting in the moment, sharing a sense of being at ease within ourselves and with one another.

Elisabeth Molle

Dancer, dance teacher, France and New York, Alexander Technique graduation in 1983 (ACAT, NY). She moved then to Berlin where she was the 1st Alexander teacher, teaching in her private praxis and later at AT training schools. Her main interest is the exploration and the integration of the AT principles in movement and Improvisation. She has developed this work over 3 decades, teaching independent theater and dance groups, at dance schools, at the UdK (Musical-Show) and currently at the Hochschulzentrum für Tanz (HZT) in Berlin.

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Friday
11:00 - 12:30

I_You_It_We in Sound & Impulse

Using a continuum movement container, we will explore how movement impulses and sound resonance have the capacity to create and dissolve experiences of / and transitions between: I, YOU, IT and WE. How do we discern our individuality ('I') within a moving collective? How does a collective affect the strengthening, transcending or dissolving of ""I"". How stable are ""I"" ""You! ""It"" and ""We"" in the first or last place?

Kai Ehrhardt

Kai Ehrhardt is a breath therapist based on Prof. Ilse Middendorf's work, a Continuum 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.

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Friday
13:00 - 14:30

Irritation & Pleasure

Sensing is always multisensoric. Using our awareness we can focus on certain senses which might change our common ways to experience. Listening to our movement, to the ground, to space, architecture and to others we are tuning into hearing and our kinaesthetic sense. While changing states we can notice when we are irritated and when we feel pleasure. We are playing with the variability of our tolerance for the unknown.

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.

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Friday
13:00 - 14:30

Eyes Open Minds

Eyes Open Minds works with an embodied approach to visual anatomy to improve focus and attention. By relaxing and using your eyes in neuro-physiologically sound ways your focus, tracking of information, and filtering of distractions is improved. For both children and adults exploring the nature of eyes through somatic movement is creative and informative, even life-changing. Learn to focus, track a topic, shift from distance to near focus, and be aware of others while also filtering out distractions and to help others do the same.

Martha Eddy

CMA, RSMT, EdD has been involved in 40 years of exploration, teaching and integration of Body-Mind Centering, Bates Method of Vision Improvement, Laban/Bartenieff studies - culminating in her own Dynamic Embodiment Somatic Movement Therapy Training. Former President of the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA), Dr. Eddy is a sought-after author, lecturer and performer. She developed Eyes Open Minds in NYC’s public school system where she is also known for her work in violence prevention and peace education. 

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Friday
13:00 - 14:30

Somatic Yoga

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

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.

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Friday
16:00 - 17:30

Sensation to Memory

From body sensation into movement inspired by memory. A journey from movement guided by body based imagery into searching for the gesture and dance of the memory within. Turning our attention to sensation and movement, we are led into a space where new uncensored movement is discovered full of information and revelations. With this inner context we will dance our way between the collective memory and the individual one.

Batyah Schachter

Batyah Schachter - Dancer/choreographer. Graduated the SNDO, Amsterdam (1989). Collaborated with Musicians and dancers in improvisation performances and created solo work. Performed in Israel, Europe and the USA. Faculty member of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. An authorized Continuum Movement Teacher. A doctorate student at The Hebrew University, researching movement representations in the Ancient Near East. Her papers on the subject have been published in Europe and Israel.

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Friday
16:00 - 17:30

Dynamic Expansion

Dynamic Expansion is a somatic dance/movement practice exploring the felt physical phenomenon of the Craniosacral (C/S) system. Via guided techniques and improvisations, explorations are introduced that enhance one’s capacity sense and then amplify the Cranio Rhythmical impulse (CRI) in oneself and others. Through this movement amplification, awareness and heightened states of presence one can refine their capacity for empathy in the sensorial field, creating a space for one to feel profoundly connected to the whole

Shannon Cooney

Shannon Cooney, is a Canadian choreographer, dancer, dance educator, creative facilitator and Craniosacral practitioner. She received her BFA Honours Dance in 1992. Alongside dancing full-time for Dancemakers in Toronto (1994-2006) she worked with numerous choreographers, created and toured her own works. Her Craniosacral introduction was in 1995 with Robert Harris, (director of Toronto’s Cranial Therapy Centre), completed the Uplegder level I in 1996, and then Harris’ private practitioners’ training levels I and II in 1999.

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Friday
16:00 - 17:30

The Collective Body

In the practice of Authentic Movement we find the term collective body. How can we discover what is present for us now in this moment and allow it to be embedded in a collective body? This class is inviting you to a journey to move from what is moving you in the moment. In the witnessing part we will focus on zooming out to see the moving collective. What is it going to tell us?

Heike Kuhlmann

Heike Kuhlmann dancer,  choreographer, somatic movement educator and therapist (registered SME and SMT), (DiplIBMT), MA in Performance Studies/Choreography. She teaches in Berlin and internationally mainly Contact Improvisation and Movement/Dance within somatic movement framework and Authentic Movement. She is part of the Global Water Dances Berlin Collective.

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Friday
18:00 - 19:30

….- commons

What will happen if I combine the structures of academic studies of Biology, classes of BMC, long lasting practice in Contact and Improvisation with the knowledge of collective ways of living and develop „games“ or scores for movement? Communication between cells, diffusion, osmosis, electrically initiated actions, rhizomes, shoals, plenary sessions. Involuntary reaction, deliberate reaction, the role of fine material as tokens. It is open whether this will result in new insights/discoveries – for sure, however, this will be a sensual, jittery, relaxing and common space for movement /of movement.

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 in other improvisational work, release based technics and body work. 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.

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Friday
18:00 - 19:30

Somatic Synchrony

Dancing together is as old as human history. Stepping to the same beat, aligning spatially and physically is described as a joint recruitment of motor and perceptual systems that blurs the self with another and increases cooperation. In this class we will use tools from the Axis Syllabus to explore the values and comfort of synchrony paired with autonomy via deep introspection into one’s individual anatomy and personal rhythms. (synchrony=rhythmic behaviour between individuals)

Kira Kirsch

Kira Kirsch is a movement artist and community organizer born in East-Berlin and after many years abroad she now lives and works with her family in Berlin as residents of Lake Studios - an artist run dance, production and performance place.  She is deeply invested into creating spaces for people to experience, learn about and sensitize their mind-body-movement continuum. She has pioneered, taught and continuously researched through the lens of the Axis Syllabus (AS) for over a decade, is a co-organiser of the Nomadic College at Earthdance, leads teacher trainings and has build a community for AS research in the Bay Area, California. In 2014 she started curating a new annual dance festival called “SENSING IN” happening in Berlin. 

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Friday
18:00 - 19:30

Intelligent Collective Safety

How do we develop a state of safety? How do we find the safety allowing us to get in contact with the environment, to interact and to unfold? Through movement explorations, touch, breath, voice and listening we can discover self-regulation. How can this become a support to build and maintain relationships? How can it nourish social collectives and develop a society we love living in?

Odile Seitz

Odile Seitz is Body-Mind Centering® Practitioner, Cranio-sacral therapist, danceteacher, dancer and choreographer. She is co-founder of the advanced education „Rendezvous mit BMC“ with Ulrike Dillo in fabrik Potsdam. She practices her intensive somatic field research both artistically and therapeutically. Furthermore, she orients her experimental interest also to prevention and improved performance through fascial training. Odile has been teaching at universities, dance schools, dance festivals and at professional congresses. 

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Friday
20:00 - 21:30

Performance

It is clear that within the quartet there is a very profound and intuitive artistic debate which makes for a particularly fine tuning. This is a fundamental characteristic of Grapeshade, generating a great openness and alertness to every one of the fellow performers throughout the instant composition. The resulting permeability to every instant, as well as to the the unfolding of the event as a whole, gives rise to a great clarity, present even in dynamic and turbulent passages.

Grapeshade 54

The collective Grapeshade has existed  for 6 years at the interface between sound and movement. Both violinist Biliana Voutchkova and bass player Klaus Janek share a strong interest for movement and dance, and have worked for years intensively in this field. Likewise, both dancers Lisanne Goodhue & Ingo Reulecke in the group are out-and-out audiophiles.

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Friday
20:30

Performance II

In Search for the Collective
Possibly a Solo _ Probably an Improvisation

Susanne Martin

Susanne Martin (PhD) performs, researches and teaches in the field of contemporary dance. She focuses on improvisational approaches to performance making, narrations of the aging body, contact improvisation, and practice as research / artistic research. She dances and teaches internationally and creates performances collaboratively and as soloist. In her book “Dancing Age(ing)” (published in January 2017) she discusses the potential of improvisation-based dance in developing a critical position towards dominant conceptions of aging.

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Saturday
11:00 - 12:30

Imagination

An important content of Minako Seki is the work with imagination. By taking the in consideration the imaginations produced by our minds, we nourish our dance. Imaginations will provide the body with unexpected movements and surprising impulses. In collective improvisations we will practice to let us flow in the moment and learn of the possibilities that are opening. Through individual, partner and group exercises, we will also develop a better awareness for constellations and compositions in the space and strengthen internal and external perception.

Minako Seki

Dancer, choreographer and teacher, founder of the reEnter Company. Born in Japan, Minako Seki has lived and worked in Berlin since 1986.
 Her unique composition method and creative process has been recognized worldwide by invitations to major festivals; such as Grec Festival and Temporada Alta in Spain and Fi Butoh Festival in Chile.
 She has been teaching her Method in numerous workshops worldwide; such as in Tanz Fabrik in Berlin or the Dimitri School in Switzerland.

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Saturday
11:00 - 12:30

Open Presence: Authentic Movement

The simple frame of Authentic Movement offers a contained and open space for the experience of the present moment. Movement in many different shapes may emerge; as movers and witnesses the practice invites us to be aware and present for the multiple and diverse inner and outer processes.

Christine Mauch

As a dancer and body worker, Christine Mauch studied different movement and awareness practices; she holds a degree in physiotherapy and is a certified Shiatsu practitioner. Deepening her engagement with Authentic Movement, she completed a one-year formation with Mandoline Whittlesey in 2014.

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Saturday
11:00 - 12:30

Intercorporeity & Collectivity

How is intercorporeity generated and experienced in and through movement? How does an emphatic relation to and a familiarity with each other develop? How is an ‘us’ formed through interbodily communication and resonance? Alternating movement and reflection, we are going to explore different forms of collectivity: Between homogenizing through unidirectional dynamics with a predetermined goal and a fixed group identity and processes of a complex and situational dialogue, where an ‘us’ without suppression of diversity may develop.

Undine Eberlein

Undine Eberlein, studied at the FU Berlin and received her PhD in philosophy for an investigation on „Einzigartigkeit. Das romantische Individualitätskonzept der Moderne“ (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, doing research in “Leibphänomenologie” and publishing an anthology „Zwischenleiblichkeit und bewegtes Verstehen - Intercorporeity, Movement and Tacit Knowledge“. 

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Saturday
13:00 - 14:30

Somatic Synchrony

Dancing together is as old as human history. Stepping to the same beat, aligning spatially and physically is described as a joint recruitment of motor and perceptual systems that blurs the self with another and increases cooperation. In this class we will use tools from the Axis Syllabus to explore the values and comfort of synchrony paired with autonomy via deep introspection into one’s individual anatomy and personal rhythms. (synchrony=rhythmic behaviour between individuals)

Kira Kirsch

Kira Kirsch is a movement artist and community organizer born in East-Berlin and after many years abroad she now lives and works with her family in Berlin as residents of Lake Studios - an artist run dance, production and performance place.  She is deeply invested into creating spaces for people to experience, learn about and sensitize their mind-body-movement continuum. She has pioneered, taught and continuously researched through the lens of the Axis Syllabus (AS) for over a decade, is a co-organiser of the Nomadic College at Earthdance, leads teacher trainings and has build a community for AS research in the Bay Area, California. In 2014 she started curating a new annual dance festival called “SENSING IN” happening in Berlin. 

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Saturday
13:00 - 14:30

….- commons

What will happen if I combine the structures of academic studies of Biology, classes of BMC, long lasting practice in Contact and Improvisation with the knowledge of collective ways of living and develop „games“ or scores for movement? Communication between cells, diffusion, osmosis, electrically initiated actions, rhizomes, shoals, plenary sessions. Involuntary reaction, deliberate reaction, the role of fine material as tokens. It is open whether this will result in new insights/discoveries – for sure, however, this will be a sensual, jittery, relaxing and common space for movement /of movement.

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 in other improvisational work, release based technics and body work. 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.

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Saturday
13:00 - 14:30

The Right to Embody

Every human being has the right to inhabit their body in the way they choose. The body, and its primary language of movement, enables and empowers us to connect and express all aspects of life through dance. Playshop facilitator Amber Gray will guide participants  through movement, dance and rhythmic practices that foster grounding, awareness,  inner connection and compassion in service of individual change, social change, and perhaps, even, evolution.

Amber Gray

Amber has been an authorized Continuum Movement teacher in Santa Fe & Australia  since 2006. She is recognized as a pioneer in movement therapies and trauma. Gray received the 2010 ADTA Outstanding Achievement Award for her global dance therapy work with survivors of displacement, violence, war, torture and natural disasters. She is also a licensed psychotherapist, body-worker, cranial-sacral therapist, and humanitarian. With almost thirty years experience as a practitioner and teacher of practices for well being, she integrates her many somatic influences and practices with years of study with medicine people in Haiti, Sámi land and Australia, and an open heart and a curious mind, into her teaching.

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Saturday
16:00 - 17:30

Listening. Connecting. Weaving. Voice

In this session I invite the participants, to connect through body awareness with their inner and outer listening, to "dress up the ears and the skin" and connect to their own voice as to other voices in space. After diving deep into our own perception we follow an open process of weaving the voices together in space.

Walli Höfinger

Walli Höfinger is an Austrian performance artist, voice performer and Roy Hart Voice Teacher based close to Berlin. She works equally solo and in different formations together with artists of other fields in interdisciplinary projects. She originally studied "New Artistic Media" with Ulrike Rosenbach in Saarbrücken, parallel she started working in the contemporary dance field. Since then develops her own original work focusing on movement, video-installation, composition and voice. Since 2009 she is an approved Roy Hart Voice Teacher (Malérargues, France) and regularly teaching voice-workshops in Germany and all around Europe.

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Saturday
16:00 - 17:30

Circling - Body Relating

In "Circling - Body Relating" we will explore what it is for you to stay "somatically present" - in a truly embodied relationship to others. Circling is a profound practice of resting in feeling-awareness of Self, other and environment, allowing oneself to be impacted by our interactions with others while remaining centered and grounded in the body.
If that sounds rather serious: it is a playful process full of surprises, inviting you to stay curious, and offers practices that can be integrated into our daily interactions with loved ones and the world at large. 

Romeck van Zeyl

Romeck van Zeyl, body centered psychotherapist, leadership coach and workshop leader - I've been exploring, through movement, performance, meditation and the healing arts, how we can be fully embodied and awake in relationship, and what it is to be present with each other as living breathing sensing organisms, as well as fully available for relationship. It is one of my greatest joy to hold a space where people can make new discoveries and find a deeper joy in relating.

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Saturday
16:00 - 17:30

Wide Open Dancing

In this session we will explore a somatic-informed dance practice which follows on Feldenkrais’ eco-enactivist proposal of a ‘functional unity between body, mind, and environment’ (2005) . Feldenkrais’ position on ’no mind without the environment’ (2002) – environment being understood as an uncertain and social-process - will be probed as a place for a shared creative becoming. We will draw on reflective movement and touch interaction as ‘creative and corporeal imaginaries’ and will take time to debate and exchange ideas.

Thomas Kampe

Thomas Kampe (PhD) lives in London and has worked internationally as performer, performance-maker and educator for more than 30 years. Choreographic collaborations have included works with Liz Aggiss, Carol Brown, Rosemary Lee and an extensive exchange with theatre-director Julia Pascal.  He currently works as Senior Lecturer for Movement for Actors at Bath Spa University. He is a practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method ® which forms a foundation for his teaching, research and artistic practice.

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Saturday
18:00 - 19:30

The Future of Somatic Movement Education

Join 'The International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association / ISMETA' and your colleagues for this Roundtable Conversation and imagine the future of our emerging profession. This interactive conversation will focus on the topics most relevant to the community gathered. Together we will identify challenges and envision solutions that will support us individually and collectively.

Moderation

Martha Eddy, CMA, RSMT, EdD has been involved in 40 years of exploration, teaching and integration of Body-Mind Centering, Bates Method of Vision Improvement, Laban/Bartenieff studies - culminating in her own Dynamic Embodiment Somatic Movement Therapy Training. Former President of the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA), Dr. Eddy is a sought-after author, lecturer and performer. She developed Eyes Open Minds in NYC’s public school system where she is also known for her work in violence prevention and peace education.

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Saturday
18:00 - 19:30

Group Dynamics of Desire

While there are many preconceptions, insecurities, and fantasies surrounding intimacy between more than two people, there is also the cultural myth that it is a state which can only exist between two people alone.
This class explores dynamics of collective desire, touching on awareness, acceptance, and articulation of personal boundaries, the relationship of the individual to the group, and the notion of pleasure as a path to embodiment.

David Bloom

David Bloom is a choreographer, dancer, teacher, filmmaker, bodyworker, pianist, father, and tea collector, born in Heidelberg to a family from New York, NY. Received his dance education mainly at the HfMDK Frankfurt, and is a graduate of the M.A. choreography course at HZT Berlin. Currently focusing mainly on his own work, he was the recipient of a 2012 danceWEB scholarship and returned to teach at the ImPulsTanz Festival in Vienna in 2015 and 2016.

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Saturday
18:00 -19:30

Walking

Since the 1960’s and already before choreogrpahers are busy with walking. At the same time, it is a basic body technique, which all kinds of sciences are interested in as well. Somatically speaking, walking is a practice that can bring together mind and body as well as people.
In a kind of ambulatory workshop-lecture, Martin Nachbar will talk about these topics and about the performance The Walk. While listeners are invited to walk along, there are also opportunities to take a rest, listen and watch.

Martin Nachbar

Martin Nachbar is performer and choreographer. He has been working for more than 15 years in the overlaps between art and research. Doing so, he has never been interested in a definitive definition of artistic research, but in a productive interplay between the different approaches and in exploring his own and other people’s practices in relation to different production contexts and publics. He made The Walk in 2012, together with five colleagues. Martin tours with his pieces and his different workshop formats internationally. At the moment he is busy with several projects, one being a PhD on walking.

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Saturday
20:30

Panel Discussion

Somatics between Individuality and Collectivity.
 

Amber Gray, David Bloom, Martha Eddy, Martin Nachbar and Undine Eberlein discuss what Somatic Methods can contribute, when we attempt to harmonize our desire for individual freedom of choice with the need for collective development?

Moderation

Jochen works as choreographer, teacher and curator. In his works, workshops and curatorial programs he looks at intercultural, social and political themes that are put into motion. Movement is hereby defined as a medium of communication of intelligent bodies which enter a confrontative dialog in an empathetic and intelluctual manner. Choreography is thus understood as an act of aesthetic and social design.

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Sunday
11:00 - 12:30

Sensation to Memory

From body sensation into movement inspired by memory. A journey from movement guided by body based imagery into searching for the gesture and dance of the memory within. Turning our attention to sensation and movement, we are led into a space where new uncensored movement is discovered full of information and revelations. With this inner context we will dance our way between the collective memory and the individual one.

Batyah Schachter

Batyah Schachter - Dancer/choreographer. Graduated the SNDO, Amsterdam (1989). Collaborated with Musicians and dancers in improvisation performances and created solo work. Performed in Israel, Europe and the USA. Faculty member of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. An authorized Continuum Movement Teacher. A doctorate student at The Hebrew University, researching movement representations in the Ancient Near East. Her papers on the subject have been published in Europe and Israel.

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Sunday
11:00 -12:30

Listening. Connecting. Weaving. Voice

In this session I invite the participants, to connect through body awareness with their inner and outer listening, to "dress up the ears and the skin" and connect to their own voice as to other voices in space. After diving deep into our own perception we follow an open process of weaving the voices together in space.

Walli Höfinger

Walli Höfinger is an Austrian performance artist, voice performer and Roy Hart Voice Teacher based close to Berlin. She works equally solo and in different formations together with artists of other fields in interdisciplinary projects. She originally studied "New Artistic Media" with Ulrike Rosenbach in Saarbrücken, parallel she started working in the contemporary dance field. Since then develops her own original work focusing on movement, video-installation, composition and voice. Since 2009 she is an approved Roy Hart Voice Teacher (Malérargues, France) and regularly teaching voice-workshops in Germany and all around Europe.

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Sunday
13:00 - 14:30

Imagination

An important content of Minako Seki is the work with imagination. By taking the in consideration the imaginations produced by our minds, we nourish our dance. Imaginations will provide the body with unexpected movements and surprising impulses. In collective improvisations we will practice to let us flow in the moment and learn of the possibilities that are opening. Through individual, partner and group exercises, we will also develop a better awareness for constellations and compositions in the space and strengthen internal and external perception.

Minako Seki

Dancer, choreographer and teacher, founder of the reEnter Company. Born in Japan, Minako Seki has lived and worked in Berlin since 1986.
 Her unique composition method and creative process has been recognized worldwide by invitations to major festivals; such as Grec Festival and Temporada Alta in Spain and Fi Butoh Festival in Chile.
 She has been teaching her Method in numerous workshops worldwide; such as in Tanz Fabrik in Berlin or the Dimitri School in Switzerland.

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Sunday
13:00 - 14:30

Streetlife

This workshop is taking somatics & collectivity outdoors! While we are collectively going for a walk, we are engaging in awareness-, perception- and movement- experiments. As we are relating to our bodily sensations, we are simultaneously embedded into a group and into the environment. The separation of inside and outside might soften in the experience of now, enabling other possibilities of being connected.

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.

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Sunday
13:00 - 14:30

Dignity and Crisis

Dignity and Crisis: Dancing the Gospel of Doom


The eco-philosopher Edgar Morin (1999) proposes a “gospel of doom” which recognises systemic change, development and collapse, as potential source for creativity, learning, and transformation to overcome the "crisis of the future." How do we embrace such place of vulnerability within our movement practices? How do we construct a ‘restoring of human dignity’, which Moshe Feldenkrais (2005) offers as practice of self-care and social-repair, in our somatic engagement with ourselves and others in times of crisis?

Thomas Kampe

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).

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Sunday
16:00 - 17:30

Somatic Yoga

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

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.

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Sunday
16:00 - 17:30

Individual / Collective Empathy

Connecting to our bodies we will inquire about our momentary physical and emotional desire. Connecting to the "body" of the room we will tune into our perception of the combined somatic and emotional desire  present / generated in this room. While playing with engaging and dis-engaging from this perceived context, we explore if or how the actions streaming from our own somatic/emotional desires are affected. Those actions are invited to come to live within a self-organizing open space structure.

Kai Ehrhardt

Kai Ehrhardt is a breath therapist based on Prof. Ilse Middendorf's work, a Continuum 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.

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Sunday
16:00 - 17:30

Energy Breast Feeding

After a performance score from Antonija Livingstone we will learn a simple, intimate, energy-exchanging choreography and practice it together.
 

Peter Pleyer

Peter Pleyer studied at the European Dance Development Centre (EDDC) in Arnhem before working with Yoshiko Chuma and Mark Tompkins as a dancer and choreographic assistant. He has lived in Berlin since 2000. From 2007 to 2014 he was artistic director of Tanztage Berlin. He is teaching internationally and works as choreographer and performer, dramaturge and coach. Since the beginning of Body IQ he is teaching contact improvisation, fake healing and other body-art-practices.

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Sunday
18:00 - 19:30

Group Dynamics of Desire

While there are many preconceptions, insecurities, and fantasies surrounding intimacy between more than two people, there is also the cultural myth that it is a state which can only exist between two people alone.
This class explores dynamics of collective desire, touching on awareness, acceptance, and articulation of personal boundaries, the relationship of the individual to the group, and the notion of pleasure as a path to embodiment.

David Bloom

David Bloom is a choreographer, dancer, teacher, filmmaker, bodyworker, pianist, father, and tea collector, born in Heidelberg to a family from New York, NY. Received his dance education mainly at the HfMDK Frankfurt, and is a graduate of the M.A. choreography course at HZT Berlin. Currently focusing mainly on his own work, he was the recipient of a 2012 danceWEB scholarship and returned to teach at the ImPulsTanz Festival in Vienna in 2015 and 2016.

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Sunday
18:00 -19:30

The Body and a Georgian Song

In our traditional western culture of choirs the body is mostly not being asked and had disappeared behind techniques, melody and mental concepts of right or wrong.
What happens, when our body become a main focus, while learning and singing a new song together ?  What happens then to yourself, the group and the aliveness of the music ? What change of awareness is happening ? We will sing a georgian song.

Mareike Andersen

Mareike Andersen has been working for 24 years as voice and music teacher in Berlin and by the sea. Out of her long voice research and her own musical experiences, she formed her body&voicework including the  „unintentional moment“ ( Processwork P.O.P.  Arye/ Mindell ). She developed concert- and choir projects, seminars for voice with a focus on bodywork, improvisation, movement and nature. The nature of the body is for her a main key for the aliveness of the own voice and music.

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Sunday
18:00 -19:30

Embody Peace

Guidance is given in how to become an embodied educator who is able to take creative action.

Martha Eddy

Dr. Martha Eddy is the author of Mindful Movement - the Evolution of the Somatic Arts and Conscious Action (Intellect Press) and The Role of Physical Activity in Educational Violence Prevention for Youth along with dozens of articles on conflict resolution, neuro-motor development, somatic movement and its many brances - eco-somatics, somatic dance, somatic fitness, somatics and spirituality. She currently teaches at Princeton University and the State University of New York.  Her Dynamic Embodiment program will be in Europe in 2018. 
 

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Sunday
20:30

Performance Sunday

Performance Sunday