In this workshop we explore solo movement and contact improvisation using elements inspired by Body-Mind-Centering as a point of departure. We experience our center and our limbs as well as their relationship to each other through movement and touch as a basic organisational principle of the moving body. We investigate our resting and moving bodies and how they relate to gravity as well as to different objects and subject in space and time. Through somatic explorations and pathways we deepen our understanding of ourselves, others and our contact improvisation practice.
Every body and every starfish welcome!


Marielle Gerke

Marielle discovered her passion for dancing – especially for Contact Improvisation in 2012. Since then she is continuously fascinated by this unique and exciting danceform. In her practice as a dancer and teacher the exploration of developmental movement patterns described by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, 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.
Marielle assisted twice Daniel Werner's and Joerg Hassmann's CI Training Programme in Berlin. In Witzenhausen she organises the weekly Contact Impro Jam together with Katja-Bahini Mangold and teaches Contact Improvisation in regular evening classes, different workshop-formats and on various Contact Impro festivals in Germany and internationally in Austria, India and Portugal. Since 2016 she is also teaching in the school for contemporary dance Sozo Visions in Motion in Kassel and is involved in a couple of different performance projects. She is investigating somatic practices such Body-Mind-Centering and the Axis Syllabus as a point of departure for solo movement and Contact Improvisation in water and on land.