In Touch

Katja-Bahini Mangold

Katja-Bahini Mangold (1986)

As an adolescent I used to train olympic gymnastics. I was fascinated by the transformative and regenerative force which I experienced while dancing on my own. From the age of 15 to 17 this became essential to me dealing with depression and eating disorders. Searching for ways of expression and self-exploration I made experiences with all different kinds of dance practices since then. After years I found what I was searching for in Contact-Improvisation, solo dance Improvisation, Butoh and the Axis Syllabus approach.

I was deeply touched by a 5-month long encounter with the Indian Ocean in 2008. The pure renewable force of the water in which I plunged allowed me to deeply and trustfully unwind and connect with the fluids in and around me. Sensing the subtle inner dance became more and more essencial to me. Allowing the elemental forces in life to teach me by surrendering and conneting to them became part of my dance pracice.

Since 2012 I have been organising the Witzenhausen Contact Jam together with my collegue Marielle Gerke and since 2013 teach weekly dance classes there. From 2014 to 2016 I have been assisting Jörg Hassmann and Daniel Werner in their „Basic Training Program“ in Berlin which I attended first in 2012. I give workshops in Contact Improvisation since 2014 and also offer special workshop formats for women since 2016 , inspired by my study time with Mayona Bliss, Anna Oppermann and Amba Finis from 2015 to 2016 as a student and assistent.

In Contact Impro I love to experience being present in the moment, fully trusting and challenging my senses and reflexes as well as relating authentically to others and exploring my own diversity and mutability.


Teachers, who supported and inspired me deeply, are:

Wal Mayans (anthropological theatre, Hara Theatro, Paraguay), Imre Thormann, Tadashi Endo and Anahi Chamorro (Butoh), Emily Conrad (Continuum Movement), Frey Faust (Axis Syllabus), Francesca Pedulla (African Dance,Axis Syllabus) , Jörg Hassmann, Daniel Werner, Bernd Knappe, Danya Elraz, Yaniv Mintzer and my collegue Marielle Gerke (Contact-Improvisation) among others!