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Katja-Bahini Mangold: giving and receiving weight



Katja-Bahini Mangold





As an adolescent I was fascinated by the transformative force which I experienced while dancing on my own. Originally I used to train Olympic gymnastics. 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, 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 essential to me. Allowing the elemental forces in life to teach me by surrendering and connecting to them became part of my dance practice.
Since 2012 I have been initiating and organising the Witzenhausen Contact Jam together with my colleague 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“. Since then I taught Contact Improvisation and dance improvisation  in diverse contexts, such as for communities, farmers and women groups, as well as on festivals. In Contact Improvisation 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.
Beside that I offer special workshop formats and (co-)organize retreats 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 assistant.
Recently I am curious about deepening my understanding of the functionality of the human body in motion inspired by the Axis Syllabus approach and Kinaesthetics. Furthermore I am developing dance formats and movement retreats in nature and am curious about intensifying my performance practice as a dancer and musician (frame drum).

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, Kira Kirsch and Antoine Ragot (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!

Giving and recieving weight

In this class we will give and receive weight in a clear structure which allows us to give and receive refined feedback and explore both roles.

How can we give our weight, on which body parts our weight welcomed, where is it perceived as disturbance? How can we support our partners locomotion by distributing and reorganizing our weight? How can we organize as a receiver of weight? What helps us to obtain mobility while receiving weight? How can we organize transitions of giving and receiving weight and vice versa as well as into shared weight situations?We will deal with these questions, have the pleasure of receiving plents of compression (or just enough to feel good;)) and yield into our support.Verbal exchange and a slowed down approach will help us to build trust and comfort ourselves. Coming from there we will have some time for dancing along. Looking forward to meet You!