The Group Motion Workshop

with Jennifer Mann and Heidi Weiss 

17.11.18 / 08.12.18 / 19.01.18



Collective Dance Making in the Moment
A Creative Practice

Open for ALL LEVELS!

The Group Motion Workshop is a two hour long, non stop guided process of dance/movement improvisation with live music. Based on structures and scores created and developed by Brigitta Herrmann and Manfred Fischbeck, the Workshop combines highly refined structures of improvisation, movement meditations, and contact dance. It is an outgrowth of their work with the Group Motion Dance Company originated in 1971. It is being conducted regularly every friday night in Philadelphia for over forty years and has toured to festivals, dance centers, colleges and schools in the US and other countries such as Japan, Taiwan, Argentina, Germany, France, Poland, Lithuania, Cyprus, Bermuda and Barbados.

This tradition is now being implemented and carried on by Group Motion WS trainees, Berlin based teachers Jennifer Mann and Heidi Weiss, and performing artist and leading Group Motion Workshop facilitator/teacher (since 2010) Laina Fischbeck from Rennes, France. An ensemble of musicians supports this interactive space with live improvised acoustic and electronic music.

No previous dance experience is required. The Group Motion Workshop offers a space for interactivity and communication which is spontaneous, deep and direct, allowing for new channels of creative potential to open. It serves as a resource for creative and authentic expression through movement and sound, and can be utilized as a creative practice for all levels and all ages.

The overlap of participants from different backgrounds and of different ages, ads a powerful dimension of mutual learning and exchange of movement information and encourages the integration of body, mind and spirit.

These structures are practiced in ways of playing, discovering and experiencing individually and collectively. Compositions and choreographic patterns can be spontaneously created and experienced. The Group Motion practice creates a ritual space for building community.

The workshop will be lead in english, with german translation when necessary.
***Please note that the entrance to Marameo is on the Neue Roßstrasse side! (see “Lageplan” in It is best if you come 10 or 15 Min. before workshop start. When we begin the workshop, we need to lock the front door, so there is not a possibility to come in later….thank you for your understanding.

Special Extended Group Motion Workshop on September 22nd !!!
This special 3 and 1/2 hour workshop allows more time to prepare and deepen your movement experience, going into a more profound experience of your own dance, before entering into the flow of the non-stop guided evening workshop. This will be lead by performing artist and Group Motion Workshop teacher/ facilitator Laina Fischbeck, and Berlin based teacher Jennifer Mann.

It begins with awakening body awareness through simple yoga postures, flows and breath work. Entering the now, grounding into your roots, growing and stretching, expands and stimulates focus and self trust. The breath segways effortlessly into sound, moving the body into a deeper physical and energetic space of expression and resonance. Here the cellular memory speaks, your mind and spirit listen to the body as it speaks it’s ancient universal language of dance.

Improvisational structures and Butoh inspired excercises provide a space for deep personal exploration, listening and speaking through the body, alone and within the group. Exploring the essence of different internal landscapes and qualities, brought to the surface of the physical body, and into the realms of expression, becomes a language we can all understand without words.

This extended workshop is accompanied with live music by a professional musician, experienced in the exchange between music and dance through improvisational structures.

You are encouraged to stay for the evening Group Motion Workshop session, in which you can play and relax into the flow of the Group Motion structure, in pure presence and trust, allowing your body to speak its own truth.

Bio. Laina Fischbeck
Laina Fischbeck has been a dancer and choreographer for over 30 years, born in Philadelphia, and now living in Rennes, France since 1998. She produces her own creations with her company D.E.A.D. Company internationally (Poland, Japan, France, Germany, Italy, Greece). A firm believer in the mixing of art forms, cultures styles and ideas, she has always worked with artists in collaboration, looking to bring to the surface the hidden, the unknown, the profound emotional and obscure side of human existence. Laina is the first daughter of Brigitta Herrmann and Manfred Fischbeck, the founders of the Group Motion Company Berlin/Philadelphia, and of the Group Motion Improvisational Workshop. She studied and performed imrpovisational dance at a very early age, while also studying numerous dance techniques, Wigman, Graham, Horton, Taylor, classic ballet, Capoeira, Yoga, contact dance, and very importantly Laina was impassioned by Butoh dance. She moved to Normandy, France, to study Butoh during five years with master Masaki Iwana. She now continues her leading of the Group Motion Workshop, as well as her teachings of “experimental dance” through workshops and classes, internationally, for over 20 years. The most recent project and creation of “Lost and Found” with Mathieu Broquerie, will be performing in Philadelphia, New York, France and Japan in 2018/2019.