Marcela Giesche (1983 – Mainz, Germany): Graduated in 2006 with BFA in Dance from Ohio State University and Diplom from Codarts, Rotterdam. She has since been a freelance dancer and choreographer working with diverse dance companies and directors across Europe such as Neuer Tanz (VA Wölfl), Thomas Ostermeier, Romeo Castellucci, and Deja Donne, amongst others. Some of her own work includes “Sacre” (premiered at HAU, Berlin), “left I – right I” (w. Sonya Levin), “Selfportrait 24”, “exFolia” (w. Andy Moor/Yannis Kyriakides) and Fire of Unkown Origina (w. Monica Gentile). She is continues her research of movement and choreographic forms through her creation, performance, and teaching practices in Berlin and internationally. She also founded and is the artistic director of the dance research and residency venue Lake Studios Berlin.
Gaining momentum into space – technique class
The class is a combination of dynamic release techniques, qigong, spirals, and grounded animal-like floor work. The innate physicalities of walking and running are studied and used to inform the dancer’s movement quality, efficiency, and use of momentum in all spatial orientations. Continuous movement flow, and improvisational tasks with strong attention to the feedback of the senses, are used to bring the dancer into a instinctive state of availability while thoroughly warming up the physical body. We will give strong attention to the use of the floor as a tool to form and inform the body in movement. We will spend plenty of time each day allowing ourselves to connect inside and increase our sensibility of the architecture of the bones, soft tissues, tendons, and muscle chains of our bodies. We will examine the suspension and support structures as they shift and change during movement, and how to balance continuous grounding with horizontal momentum through space. Through the specific buildup of the training, each dancer is able to find their own anatomical alignment, timing, and weight in the material. At the end of the class, these elements are brought together in a sweeping movement phrase where each dancer is asked to challenge the delicate balance between fall and control.