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Marielle Gerke

 

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Marielle Gerke

Contact Improvisation as a dance form fascinates me a lot. I love the playfulness that lays in it and the diversity of movement options that become available when moving together with shared weight. To me is remarkable how clear nonverbal communication can become if both dance partners allow their bodies to truly fall into each other while listening to the proposed directions of movement under the skin. In my practice as a dancer and teacher the exploration of developmental movement patterns, the principle of leading and following over the soft tissues of the body and water work are very useful and exciting. I am interested in exploring anatomical structures in hands on work and while dancing. Recently I have started to investigate the Axis Syllabus more closely, which I enjoy and want to continue.

Teachers that I feel inspired by are mainly Jörg Hassmann and Daniel Werner, but also Kira Kirsch, Frey Faust, Bernd Knappe, Christoph Schütz and my colleague Katja-Bahini Mangold. I have been studying with Jörg Hassmann and Daniel Werner in their Basic Training Programme in Tanzfabrik in Berlin for three years – one as participant and two as assistant. I facilitate the weekly Jam in Witzenhausen together with Katja-Bahini Mangold since 2012. I teach CI in regular evening classes, different workshop-formats and on various different CI-festivals in Germany and Austria since 2015. Last year I have also started to teach CI in Sozo visions in motion in Kassel (school for contemporary dance) and to perform CI on stage.