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Dancing Together – Axis Syllabus
body mapping – movement training – dance practice
This training is a daily group practice. It celebrates the opportunity and necessity of dancers coming together daily to practice, learn and grow together. It further emphasises detailed research of the body in motion and proposes motion techniques that refine and consolidate a practical understanding of living anatomy, bio-tensegral-dynamics and chronological body architecture to prepare for sustainable, contextual and creative response-abilities. Movement principles and concepts are made palpable through images, video, models, hands-on, partnering, improvisation and looped movement patterns that lead into more complex phrases always moving through space. The method of looping allows to tune into micro movements at any moment expanding the perceptual field. Practices aim to address the intersection of the somatic, the dancing, the thinking and the performing bodymind. It is my objective to prepare participants with useful techniques and tools they can sense, inhabit and autonomously apply during the day and artistic research as well as enjoy the time dancing together.
Axis Syllabus is a constantly evolving reference system, or lexicon for the organization and cross-correlation of empirical and scientific findings from the study of human movement. This includes anatomical details, physics, practical applications, research, analysis and transmission. An Axis Syllabus class aims to create a collaborative learning environment and effective space for personal research.
OTHER WORKSHOPS OF Kira Kirsch
Move Me Tender – Axis Syllabus
Alchemy of sequencing
What are the benefits of moving the body in parts?
Dividing the body in parts to increase the awareness for the whole?
Sequencing our parts or physical masses allows for less inertial resistance and promotes tonic changes in neuromuscular activity. It allows for moving slow yet keeping the sense of dynamics and stretching tissues gently and with elasticity through movement. These practices gradually and tenderly open doors towards individual and contextual flexibility. Sequencing is also a useful tool to break down movement processes, integrate new coordination and empowers autonomous learning while moving.
Touch Membranes – Axis Syllabus
"Ethicality entails hospitality to the stranger threaded through oneself and through all being and non/being." – Karen Barad, physicist and scholar of the philosophy of science and feminisim.
"Touch can suspend boundaries and binaries between self and other, forming an act of self-creation of empathetic social unity: through touch, the toucher and the touched become a new ensemble… a new entity." (Ginsberg qtd. in Kampe)
The body is one's personal harbour of sensation. Energetic layers, skin or fascial membranes, enveloping and weaving through the body, are sensitive and malleable interfaces with the worlds outside of ourselves and the worlds within. Via different stimuli it helps us understand with evermore refinement our relationships between our own body and to all other life and objects that we entangle with and at the same time differentiate from. We will use touch and sensing to communicate and extend our understanding of our own anatomies to the environment and of another. We will build presence and skill for a response–able touch that provides opportunities for the organism to respond with agency. Anatomies and principles of the Axis Syllabus* will be referenced in guided explorations and lead into dances that touch upon multiple dimensions.
Axis Syllabus is a constantly evolving reference system, or lexicon for the organisation and cross-correlation of empirical and scientific findings from the study of human movement. This includes anatomical details, physics, practical applications, research, analysis and transmission. An Axis Syllabus class aims to create a collaborative learning environment and effective space for personal research.
ARTISTBIO: Kira Kirsch
She is deeply invested into creating and shaping spaces for people to experience, learn about and sensitize their mind-body-movement continuum. She has pioneered, taught and continuously researched through the lens of the Axis Syllabus (AS) for almost two decades, is a co-organiser of the Nomadic College at Earthdance, leads teacher laboratories and has build a community for AS research in the Bay Area, California from 2006 to 2012.
In 2014 she started co-curating a new annual dance festival called SENSING IN and is establishing a regular educational program under the name of Movement Artisans together with Antoine Ragot at Lake Studios/Berlin.
She currently has a guest-lectureship at the HZT University of Arts in Berlin and is invited to festivals and institutions such as ImPulsTanz (AT), Ravnedans (NO), TQW-Vienna or the Goa Contact Festival among many other as well as private initiatives of the grass root type.
As a performer Kira has danced in the works of Sara Shelton Mann (US), David Szlasa (US), Avy K. Productions (RU), Christine Bonansea (US/FR), Half Machine (DK), ABCdance collective/Frey Faust, Cie. Anna Tenta (AT) and in numerous collaborations with her peers. From 2009 -2012 she collaborated with Montrealer Kelly Keenan and their creations "species – a moving body exposition" and "useless creatures" have been presented in the US, Canada and Austria.
Current projects are the establishment of the CoLaboratory Berlin, a research initiative for somatic communication (ISSC-Institute for the Study of Somatic Communication), hands-on intra-actions, gardening and nursing the new family member.
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