In this class we explore our movement options – alone and together – as well as Contact Improvisation in the pool. First we make ourselves familiar with the new surroundings of the water and take some time to arrive there, to hang out in the water, to breathe, to sound, to fall, to relax, to sink to the bottom of the pool, to let us being carried by the water, to dive in and out and to float ourselves. In partner work we explore moving in the water with the least necessary effort, transitioning from vertical to horizontal and vice versa, expanding and condensing. One is moving - one is listening, supporting and witnessing. Then we will ask ourselves, how we can bring this partner work into a little dance and how that dance can be informed by our Contact Improvisation practice on land. What works here in the water and what does not work? How can we communicate non-verbally in the water? How can we stay in touch and find directions together? Can we give each other support and resistance?
Bring bathing suit, bikini, wet suit if you have, noseclip, goggles, towls. I will bring extra noseclips to buy or borrow for 5 €.


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.