Contact meets Waterdance Training
Contact Improvisation, Waterdance & Experiental Anatomy
with Marielle Gerke in Forgotten Land – Goa
In this training we explore solo movement, contact improvisation and waterdance using elements inspired by Body-Mind-Centering as a point of departure. We explore our bodies anatomy and movement abilities in relation to gravity and to different objects or subjects in space. Sensing ourselves, moving from within, connecting to our inner wisdom and need to move, touch and explore our environment with a playful and curious mind in a safe setting in water and on land.
Especially inspired I feel from remembering the fact that we all have already spent the first nine months of our existence in a watery environment – our mother`s womb. In my experience reconnecting to the element of water, exploring movement in water and finding inspiration from in water-living creatures can be a great source of finding softness, permeability, connectivity and three-dimensionality in movement as well as a sense of comfort, freedom, support and joy in our being.
Through somatic explorations based on the developmental movement patterns described by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, hands-on-work and pathways we deepen our understanding of our resting and moving bodies as well as our contact improvisation and waterdance practice.
Video credits Ci: made by Rahul Verma
Module 1: 26.-29.12.2018
10 am – 1 pm / 3 pm – 6 pm
Breathing Beings – finding softness, permeability and comfort
We experience ourselves as breathing beings that allow their cells, souls and bodies to expand and condense. We explore external and internal breathing and how the breath supports our movement – alone and together, in water and on land. We explore 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 explore how this principle supports our Contact Improvisation practice on land in all levels in space and in the water.
Module 2: 22.-25.02.2019 (View Module Two Here)
10 am – 1 pm / 3 pm – 6 pm
Collaborating Bodies – finding direction, stability and support
We find freedom, choices and directions in moving towards and away from each other. We experience our spine as an alive, mobile and resilient structure that can support ourselves and others. We explore our soft and strong spine in solo movement and in contact with another body, in water and on land. We explore how the modulation of the tone of the spine serves different situations in relation to gravity and the full or partial weight of another body.