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Welcome to the 9th season of Movement Artisans 


axis syllabus/contact improvisation/somatics 

4 Modules + Summer Residency

August 2023 - June 2024

Our program provides a modular professional education in dance and somatics continuously oscillating between practice and theory. We envision the body as a field for inquiry and research, soft embodiment and fierce physicality.


The curriculum includes integral components such as the Axis Syllabus, which provides a foundation for studying the moving body, and Contact Improvisation, a dance research practice involving partners or ensembles. In addition, each module hosts different somatic experts, scholars and artists opening a space for a wide range of approaches to knowing the body. The program offers insights as well as guidance, aiming towards a proactive co-creation of your own learning path. 


This season will further expand on the teacher & researcher training track which offers experienced students  a dedicated space for additional mentoring, research days and reading suggestions as well as practical tasks in between modules. On a rotational basis, selected candidates have the opportunity to facilitate a lab class and get feedback both from mentors and peers. 


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: Ayelet Yekutiel

Module IV April 1 - 7

Body Archeology - paleoanthropology and comparative anatomy

Micro & Macro - attuning to detail and complexity 

Fluid Body - BM  / guest teacher: Nina Wehnert




3 WEEK Summer Residency June 10 - 29

with Kira Kirsch, Antoine Ragot, Kelly Keenan, Nita Little and Nina Wehnert

WEEK I June 10 - 15

Bags & Lines - myofascial communication/solo into CI - Kira Kirsch

Spinal Patterns - Antoine Ragot

Dynamic Expansionmovement & integrating holism through Dynamic Stillness - guest teacher: Shannon Cooney


WEEK II June 17 - 22

Body Mapping & Tissue Dynamics - movement building blocks & tissue physiology- Antoine Ragot

Composing Lightness - from walking to flying - Kira Kirsch

Relational Intelligence - contact improvisation & the ensemble mindbody - Nita Little 


WEEK III June 24 - 29

Body and Music - Kira Kirsch & Johannes Anzenhofer

Unruly matter(s) - Anatomical Imaginaries - Kelly Keenan

Felt Physics - CI, Partnering and Improvisation- Antoine Ragot


+ Jams, Lectures, Labs, Performance & Field Trips

musicians: Barnaby Tree & Johannes Anzenhofer


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Main faculty & artistic and pedagogical direction:

Kira Kirsch & Antoine Ragot


Guest teachers, speakers: 

Nina WehnertFilippo SerraGaliya Tzur, Katja Mustonen, Diana Thielen, Shannon Cooney, Nita Little, Kelly Keenan

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Johannes Anzenhofer, Alex Zampini, Alex Stolze, Barnaby Tree & more


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

  • Movers, dance artists and scholars, athletes, therapists, willing to expand or reconfigure their movement/teaching/healing practice and analytical 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).



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"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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