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WELCOME to the 9th season of MOVEMENT ARTISANS 

Education in


axis syllabus/contact improvisation/somatics 

4 Modules + Summer Residency

August 2023 - June 2024

at the beautiful Lake Studios in Berlin, a residential setting conducive to focused and creative learning processes. 


Our program provides furthering professional education in dance and somatics which includes movement analysis, applied and experiential anatomy, biomechanics and physics for dancers, dance pedagogues, body workers, physiotherapists or other related professional fields. 

An essential part of the curriculum is the Axis Syllabus serving as a platform for a solo dance research practice and Contact Improvisation as a dance research form with partners or in ensembles. This education invites people with various movement backgrounds and experiences providing a deepening and continuing training leading students to become more skilled as movers and inspire as well as support their various projects of application or research. Each module weaves together a matrix of material that offers insights as well as guidance, and inspires autodidact studies.  


This season we continue the inclusion of the teacher & researcher training track which will provide additional mentoring, study material & opportunities to get feedback as a facilitator of a class or lab. More info coming soon. 


We are also offering laboratory time which is a less facilitated space than a class for studying in our extensive Movement Artisans library,  experimenting and building models, entering small group discussions, exploring task oriented applications of principles, constraint led learning, complimentary physical practices etc.


Last but not least we invite other somatic experts, scholars and artists and we leave room for some surprises (outdoor sessions, jams, dissection…) to expand the modes of learning and experiencing. 

Movement Artisans presents


Module I Aug 28 - Sept 3

Walking Principles and Analysis 

Dynamics of Falling 

Readiness for Relating-

Primitive Reflexes, Righting Reactions and Equilibrium Responses BMC®  / guest teacher: Nina Wehnert

Module II Oct 1 - 11

Tuning to Context biomechanical and anatomical relationships (solo & CI)

Undulatory Coordination - sequential movement principles (solo & CI)

Functional Flow - strength building for dancers / guest teacher: Filippo Serra

Power & Lightness - Endocrine Glands BMC® / guest teacher: Nina Wehnert


Teach & Research Oct 13 - 15

lab classes, feedback rounds & discussions, labs, exchange & impulses for research 

(this event is for the students of the teacher & researcher track only)

Module III Nov 13 - 19

Channeling Forces - physics of motion

Touch, Textures & Tissues (solo & CI)

Water Kissing Water - how things meet - overlap - interface - join - come together / guest teacher: Galiya Tzur

Module IV April 1 - 7

Bones Whispering - paleoanthropology and comparative anatomy

Micro & Macro - attuning to detail and complexity 

guest teacher  & theme tba.

3 WEEK Summer Residency June 10 - 29

program coming soon!

Main faculty & artistic and pedagogical direction:

Kira Kirsch & Antoine Ragot


Guest teachers, speakers : 

Nina Wehnert 

Filippo Serra 

Galiya Tzur

Katja Mustonen 

Diana Thielen 

Shannon Cooney

...and more


Johannes Anzenhofer

Alex Zampini

Alex Stolze

& more


  • Anyone looking for bridges between movement practice, theory and critical educational approaches

  • Movement teachers, dance artists, athletes, therapists or body workers wanting to expand or reconfigure their movement/teaching/healing practice and analytic abilities



Most part of the program takes place in Lake Studios in Berlin, a residential retreat setting, next to a beautiful lake and forest, where participants can soak in a stimulating and resourceful environment. For the November module we expand towards EDEN, a beautiful and progressive space in the north of Berlin (Pankow).



PRE-REGISTER! Questions? Contact us at

"We promote a working environment where students can follow their individual learning curve, attend to their specific limitations, have time to work on necessary adaptations as well guiding them towards and through challenges. We intend to create modes of learning that integrate personal objectives as well as heighten awareness towards the practice in and as a group. We aim for creating an atmosphere that is inclusive and non-judgemental, helping students feel confident to explore and experiment, leading them towards a deepening of experiencing with themselves and others. It is important to us to offer tangible knowledge and clear motives for chosen principles or material. We truly enjoy being hosts and guides, facilitating an inspiring, joyous and rigorous program as furthering education"    Kira and Antoine

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