Sixteen years ago, Malcolm Manning chose to stop making performance works, make teaching his artistic practice and the process of creating classes the field for his artistic research. Back in 1994 he wrote: “For me, the most radical potential of dance is realised not through watching a dance, but through experiencing dancing.”
It is through teaching that he shares his inquiry of what it is to be a thinking, feeling, moving subject. In class, he aims to facilitate a dialogue with ourselves and our environment in which we are empowered to be our own experts.
Not only has he been offering his work in the context of contemporary dance – in educations, at dance centres and for companies – but he has also actively sought out contexts as diverse as social welfare, general and special needs education, medicine, and architectural education.
He is certified to teach the Feldenkrais Method® (2005) and the Body And Earth® (2012) work of Andrea Olsen and Caryn McHose. He holds an MA in Dance Pedagogy from UniArts Helsinki (2010); and studied for two years at the SNDO Amsterdam (1993–95). He has also made non-certified studies of Body-Mind Centering, Contact Improvisation and Traditional Chinese Medicine.