In this class we explore our movement options – alone and together – as well as Contact Improvisation in water.
We take time to arrive in the water, to hang out in there, to breathe, to sound, to fall and float, to sink to the bottom of the pool, to let us being carried by the water. In partner work we explore moving in the water with the least necessary effort, spiralling, turning, transitioning from vertical to horizontal and vice versa, expanding and condensing. We explore using our skin and the layers underneath for orientation, communication and contact. We investigate building structures with support value, using and resolving them again.
We allow our Contact Improvisation practice to inform our explorations in the water. We allow the water explorations to change our Contact Improvisation practice on land.

Bring swim wear, wet suit (if you have), noseclip, goggles, towls. You can buy or borrow a noseclip from me for 5 €.
If you want to get an idea of what my take on WATERCONTACT is, I recommend watching this video as a tuning in for the class:


Marielle Gerke

Marielle is born in Berlin, living in Witzenhausen between Kassel and Göttingen since 2010. There, she discovered her passion for dancing – especially for Contact Improvisation in 2012. Since then she is continuously fascinated by this unique and exciting dance form. She loves the playfulness that lays in it and the diversity of movement options that become available when moving together with shared weight. For her is remarkable how clear nonverbal communication can become if both dance partners allow their bodies to truly fall into each other while listening to the proposed directions of movement under the skin. In her practice as a dancer and teacher the exploration of developmental movement patterns, principles of leading and following over the soft tissues of the body and water work are very useful and exciting. She is interested in exploring anatomical structures in hands on work and while dancing.
Teachers that she feels inspired and influenced by are mainly Jörg Hassmann, Daniel Werner, Kira Kirsch, Antoine Ragot, Nina Wehnert, Friederike Tröscher, Jens Johannsen und Otto Ramstad. She has been studying with Jörg Hassmann and Daniel Werner in their Basic Training Programme in Tanzfabrik in Berlin for three years – one as participant and two as assistant. Since 2012 she organises the weekly Contact Impro Jam in Witzenhausen together with Katja-Bahini Mangold. Marielle teaches Contact Improvisation since 2015 in regular evening classes, different workshop-formats and on various international Contact Impro festivals in Germany, Austria, Portugal and India. Since 2016 she is also teaching in the school for contemporary dance Sozo visions in motion in Kassel, is involved in a couple of different performance projects and is giving private lessons. She studies Body-Mind-Centering, the Axis Syllabus and is training to become a psychotherapist.