Contact meets Waterdance Training – February

We find freedom, choices and directions in moving towards and away from each other. We
experience our spine as an alive, mobile and resilient structure that can support ourselves
and others.

Arambol Beach, Goa

The home of the Goa Contact Festival is our place Forgotten Land at Arambol Beach, north Goa, India. Here we will play, eat & workshop during the day, in the evenings and nights we will jam and celebrate on our big dancefloor directly on the beach.

Contact meets Waterdance Training
with Marielle Gerke in Forgotten Land – Goa

In this training we explore solo movement, contact improvisation and waterdance using
elements inspired by Body-Mind-Centering as a point of departure. We explore our bodies`
anatomy and movement abilities in relation to gravity and to different objects or subjects in
space. Sensing ourselves, moving from within, connecting to our inner wisdom and need to
move, touch and explore our environment with a playful and curious mind in a safe setting
in water and on land.

Especially inspired I feel from remembering the fact that we all have already spent the first
nine months of our existence in a watery environment – our mother`s womb. In my
experience reconnecting to the element of water, exploring movement in water and finding
inspiration from in water-living creatures can be a great source of finding softness,
permeability, connectivity and three-dimensionality in movement as well as a sense of
comfort, freedom, support and joy in our being.

Through somatic explorations based on the developmental movement patterns described by
Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, hands-on-work and pathways we deepen our understanding of
our resting and moving bodies as well as our contact improvisation and waterdance practice.

Guru Suraj & Marielle Gerke from Marielle Gerke on Vimeo.

Video credits Ci: made by Rahul Verma

Module 1: 26.-29.12.2018 (View Module One Here)

10 am – 1 pm / 3 pm – 6 pm
Breathing Beings – finding softness, permeability and comfort
We experience ourselves as breathing beings that allow their cells, souls and bodies to
expand and condense. We explore external and internal breathing and how the breath
supports our movement – alone and together, in water and on land. We explore our center
and our limbs as well as their relationship to each other through movement and touch as a
basic organisational principle of the moving body. We explore how this principle supports
our Contact Improvisation practice on land in all levels in space and in the water.

Module 2: 22.-25.02.2019

10 am – 1 pm / 3 pm – 6 pm
Collaborating Bodies – finding direction, stability and support
We find freedom, choices and directions in moving towards and away from each other. We
experience our spine as an alive, mobile and resilient structure that can support ourselves
and others. We explore our soft and strong spine in solo movement and in contact with
another body, in water and on land. We explore how the modulation of the tone of the
spine serves different situations in relation to gravity and the full or partial weight of another

Early Bird Price: €220 - Deadline January 22nd

Cost of Event: €250

Indian Nationals Cost: 13.200 INR

What's Included:

Each day we will meet at 10am – 1pm and 3pm – 6pm.

One session will be on land and the other in the water (either pool or ocean).

Lunch is included with the price.

Please bring noseclips, goggles and a wet suit (1,5 – 2 mm; shorties are fine).

I will also bring
noseclips to buy for 5€ or to borrow for a deposit of 5€.

I have a few extra wet suits but only female model only and small size.

There are cheap wet suits that you can buy for example in “Decathlon” shops for 15-20€
( or other places.

You are responsible for finding your own accommodation. On the Goa Contact Festival homepage you will find some recommendations for places to stay.

Questions & Registration:
Contact Marielle

Meet Your Facilitators


Marielle Gerke

Marielle discovered her passion for dancing – especially for Contact Improvisation in 2012.
Since then she is continuously fascinated by this unique and exciting danceform. In her
practice as a dancer and teacher the exploration of developmental movement patterns
described by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, principles of leading and following over the soft
tissues of the body and water work are very useful and exciting. She is interested in
exploring anatomical structures in hands on work and while dancing.
Marielle assisted twice Daniel Werner's and Joerg Hassmann's CI Training Programme in
Berlin. In Witzenhausen she organises the weekly Contact Impro Jam together with Katja-
Bahini Mangold and teaches Contact Improvisation in regular evening classes, different
workshop-formats and on various Contact Impro festivals in Germany and internationally in
Austria, India and Portugal. Since 2016 she is also teaching in the school for contemporary
dance Sozo Visions in Motion in Kassel and is involved in a couple of different performance
projects. She is investigating somatic practices such Body-Mind-Centering and the Axis
Syllabus as a point of departure for solo movement and Contact Improvisation in water and
on land.

For this training she feels especially inspired by her teachers and colleagues Jörg Hassmann
(CI), Daniel Werner (CI), Friederike Tröscher (BMC), Jens Johannsen (BMC), Otto Ramstad
(BMC), Nina Wehnert (BMC) and Kira Kirsch (Axis Syllabus).