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 Bodies of
& Places


BODY IQ 2021 celebrates Bodies of Cultures, Communities & Places​

BODY IQ Festival 2021 aims to address questions of embodied recovery & revisioning in the context of global ethical, social & ecological crises and change. Somatic practices have moved beyond a field of sensorial, experiential and emancipatory learning into wider educational, therapeutic, artistic and social-justice contexts. 

BODY IQ Festival recognises the urgent need for meaningful re-embodiment of increasingly digitalised cultural communities in a pandemic and post-pandemic world.

BODY IQ Festival 2021 offers a forum for practice exchange, practice-theory dialogue, debate, experiment, networking, application and articulation of potential for somatic-activisms beyond the field into a diverse range of cultural and social environments. The three-day festival offers workshops, talks, panel-discussions and performances with international presenters. The festival will offer live and online participation and modes of communication in line with codes of safer practice.

somatic research
somatic culture & arts
somatic activism
somatic community​

// How do we articulate somatic-informed practices as sensitive tools for social and political transformation? 
// How do we address hidden and embodied ideologies, modes of exclusion, oppression and privilege within our growing field? 
// How do we take responsibility for mobilising, activating and organising meaningful ethical embodied interaction in a rapidly changing world? 
// How do we move beyond a historically inscribed ‘whiteness’ of the field towards a making space for global-majority bodies of culture? 
// How can somatic practices contribute toward a re-embodiment of attention and sustainable human interaction with a living world?

BodyIQ 2021 Facilitators

//Adalisa Menghini //Adesola Akinley //Alexander Hahne //Amanda Hunt & IV Castellanos //Amber E Gray //Amélie Gaulier & Sabrina Benhamouche

//Andrea Haenggi //Andrea Keiz //Angela Guerreiro //Anja Bettenhäuser 
Ann Lenore Moradian 
//Anna Novikov //Bea Carolina Remark //Ben Spatz
//Bev Butkow //Britta Wirthmüller & HZT Studierende BA //Camille Barton
//Carol Swann //Celia Weiss Bambara //Chloe Bradwell //Christa Cocciole //Christine Caldwell //Christine Linnea Borch //Claudia Kappenberg //Colleen Bartley //Colleen Bartley & Nita Little //Corinna Eikmeier & Christina Petersen //Das Somatisches Quartett //David Bloom
//Débora Oliveira //E. E. Balcos, David Ka-nang Leung, Eugenia S. Kim
//E.E. Balcos //Eve Bonneau //Fabiana Mercadante //Florian Filtzinger
//Franka Rauch //Funmi Adewole //Gabriella Zeno //Gill Wright Miller  
//Grupo Oito //Heike Kuhlmann //HZT MA Choreography Works //Ingo Reulecke & Simon Rose //Intercultural Roots: Andrea Maciel & Alex Boyd
//Iwona Wojnicka //Jamie McHugh //Jane Turner //Janina Rohlik //Joani Groenewald //Johannes Birringer / Michèle Danjoux / Zhi Xu //Joseph Appleton //Kai Ehrhardt //Kamogelo Molobye //Kate Marsh //Katja Münker // Kene Igweonu & Thomas Kampe //Laura Colomban //Liz Erber
//Lydia Halcrow //Mäks Roßmöller //Manuela Albrecht //Marion Evers & Udine Eberlein //Martha Cuffy //Martha Eddy //Martha Eddy  //Mary Abrams //Maud Lannen  //Melissa C Rolnick //Minou Tsambika Polleros
//Mira Hirtz //Miriam Seamoon //Natalia Espinel & Catalina Hernandez-Cabal //Nicole Bindler //Nino Mar Seliz //Nobantu Shabangu //Oladele Ayorinde //Olive Bieringa //Orly Noa Rabinyan //Paula Guzzanti & John D'Arcy //Pedro Henrique dos Santos Risse //Peilin Liang //Peter Pleyer 
//Petra Kuppers //Physical ArtHouse //Prof. Pelin Celik & HTW Berlin 
//Puma Höflich //Raimund Rosarius //Richard S. White //Royston Maldoom //Sandra Golding //Sandra Reeve //Sarah Barnaby & Satu Palokangas //Shelley Etkin //Simonetta Alessandri //Somatic Radio by Dieter Rehberg //SomaticsLab: Uwe Jaschke & Felix Arend //Stephanie Hanna & Jiska Morgenthal //Susan Sentler & Glenna Batson //Tania Solomonoff //Tania Solomonoff & Eve Bonneau //Thomas Kampe
Tiago Gambogi 
//Torsten Konrad //Uhuru Phalafala //Valentin Kannicht
& Alexandra Schwartz 
//Vanessa Grasse //Veronika Sifter & Thomas Körtvélyessy //Veronique Benei //Virginia Farman 
//Wiktor Skrzypczak

BodyIQ 2021 includes Topics

//Critical Somatics 
//Somatic Activisms //Social Somatics & Applied Somatics //Somatics and the creative processes in dance //Cultural Somatics and Critical Whiteness //Somatic Performance Cultures //The Power of Touch in a post-pandemic world //Moving Masculinities & Gender 
// De-Colonising the Field //De-Centering Whiteness //Somatic Education for different Age-Groups //Somatics and diverse abilities //Re-moving Trauma; Somatics in the Digital Age //Intercultural Somatic Networks //
Eco-Somatics, Post-Humanism & Eco-Crisis //Re-Embodiment and/as Re-Empowerment //Somatics as micro-activisms in city-environments //
TheorisingCritical Somatic Practices

* The title of BODY IQ Festival 2021 has been inspired by the term Bodies of cultures, coined by Resmaa Menekem, Healer, Trauma Specialist and Author of the book 'My Grandmother's Hands’ (2017). His ground breaking work raises our awareness of the somatic sources of racial trauma. It suggests that the power for change is to be found in our bodies, and how our brains have been wired through centuries. It refers to white-body supremacy which through colonialist European oppression still impacts our daily life today, and how black, brown, POC bodies are being perceived. Menekem also coined the inspiring term Somatic Abolitionism as an emergent 'living, embodied anti-racist practice and cultural building —a way of being in the world’.

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