“Move your masses”

In this class we use Experiental Anatomy inspired by Body-Mind-Centering and the Axis Syllabus as a point of departure for our solo movement and Contact Improvisation.

Contact Improvisation is a social dance form which is investigating the question how two or more bodies can move together through space while they keep in touch, share weight and improvise their way. The dancers relate to gravity and each other through movement and touch and can move through all levels in space and in different amounts of numbers – even though the classical form is a duet form. How can we communicate with each other without words and can negotiate in each moment together where to go? Contact Improvisation gives us the chance to meet ourselves, others and our inherent need for movement and touch and to follow it. A differentiated perception and an increased felt sense of the moving and resting body can be practiced with the form and becomes a useful tool. We train the mobility of our body and mind, our ability to tune into ourselves and others, our capacity to trust ourselves and those who want to collaborate with us and want to support us.

Introducing the concept of the three main axial motoric masses – head, chest and pelvis – to find orientation and differentiation for sensation and movement. With weight, volume and kinetic potential these three areas of the body can have more or less contact with the floor, the sky or a partner. They can relate in different ways to each other – bending to the front, the back, one side or the other, they can rotate and counter rotate around each other. One of the masses can lead the other two, bringing us into sequential movement or they can be bound for more stability.

There will be somatic research, pathways and time for integration through dancing. All levels welcome. Previous experience is useful but not necessary!


Marielle 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 is investigating somatic practices such as Body-Mind-Centering and the Axis Syllabus as a point of departure for solo movement and Contact Improvisation in water and on land.Teachers she mainly feels inspired and influenced by are Jörg Hassmann, Daniel Werner, Kira Kirsch, Antoine Ragot, Friederike Tröscher, Jens Johannsen and Otto Ramstad. Marielle teaches Contact Improvisation and Watercontact in regular evening classes, different workshop-formats and on various Contact Impro festivals in Germany and internationally in Austria, India and Portugal. She is organising Jams in Kassel, Witzenhausen and Göttingen, teaches CI and Somatics in the school for contemporary dance Sozo Visions in Motion in Kassel and is involved in a couple of different performance projects.