The Pre-Workshop is thaught by the two teachers together: one is teaching in the morning, the other one after lunch.

Falling Matters

How does an authentic play with gravity look like? Does it exist? What is potential energy and where is it located? How much resistance, how much letting go? How about falling up and how small can a micro fall be? These and other questions around falling are subject of this workshop which invites to surrender, pretend, beat or meet gravity, sometimes a beast sometimes a magic wizard.

Falling matters because it can be feared or harnessed for making movement effortless. We will work on disarming the fear and cultivate falling as a primary impulse for movement development, partnered and solo improvisation and make falling the overall filter to perceive our anatomy and structure.

Expect lively contact between theory and practice, hands on work, experimenting, movement research and falling as dancing.


The Axis Syllabus can be considered an information resource pool filled with tools, tactics and knowledge for continuously improving movement education and training practices for dancers and everyone that desires to move. The AS claims to be a detailed systemic and a continuously redefining movement analysis that is based on on-going empirical, multi-scientific and pedagogical inquiry. Knowledge is gathered, organised and tested by a community of teachers and students from all walks of life. Safe falling reflexes, transitions, finding healthy range of motion, injury prevention or kinetic efficiency are some of the key objectives. An Axis Syllabus class aims to create a collaborative learning environment and effective space for personal research.

Kira Kirsch

Kira Kirsch is a movement artist, community organizer, mother and initiater/curator born in East-Berlin. After many years abroad she now works and lives with her family in Berlin as residents of Lake Studios - an artist run dance, production and performance place.
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She is deeply invested into creating and shaping 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 laboratories and has build a community for AS research in the Bay Area, California from 2006 - 201​3​
. In 2014 she started co-curating a new annual dance festival called “SENSING IN” and is establishing a regular educational program​ for the AS​
under the ​umbrella
of Movement Artisans together with Antoine Ragot at Lake Studios.

She currently has a lectureship at the HZT University of Arts in Berlin and is invited to festivals and institutions such as Impulstanz/Austria, Ravnedans/Norway, TQW-Vienna or the Goa Contact Festival among many other as well as private initiatives of the grass root type.

Current projects are a short dance film "The Earth will Come" with film maker Katelyn Stiles and musician/poet Barnaby Tree, research within ensemble improvisation, somatic communication and her garden.

Pleasant Sensing in CI

This workshop will lead us into the festival, therefore we'll start by bringing our full attention to our body and by getting a good sense of it. We'll then prepare it careful for the dance, and we'll revisit a few basic principles of contact improvisation. We'll also already have enough time to thoroughly enjoy dancing and improvising with each other, and to reconnect with our creative potential!

Ralf Jaroschinski


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