information on workshops and classes:

Technique class / Profi -training: Gaining momentum into space


The class is a combination of dynamic release techniques, qigong, spirals, and grounded animal-like floor work. The basic physicality 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. This requires a constant negotiation of the body’s present momentum with a clear redirecting of intention into space. 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.


Workshop: A walk into dance


What makes walking different from dancing? Is it the direction in space? The body‘s axis in relation to the ground? The speed? The repetition? The efficiency? The musicality? Is there, in fact, any fundamental difference at all?
In this workshop we will shift constantly between walking/running and „dancing“ in order to examine where these two activities meet, what they can gain from one another, and how they can exist simultaneously in the moving body. We will consciously work on bringing our daily bodies into the dance training. Movement sequencing that we innately understand from walking, can also inform and clarify movement patterns in other spatial relationships to the ground. By reminding ourselves to relate and draw our dancing from the daily movement and mental state of walking, we may find that our dancing develops an ease, strength, endurance, and clarity, and that our use of focus becomes natural and instinctive. We will also examine the way we are accustomed to look at other bodies in a pedestrian setting in order to understand how to guide the viewer‘s focus and interest in the transformation of the dancer‘s body. Through this working process we will structure a tightly scored performance work based on the techniques, improvisations, phrase work, and images from the training. Each dancer will be challenged to bring their dancing to a performance level while at the same time staying grounded in their personal interest and movement research.


Composition and Improvisation Tools

We will examine the way we are accustomed to look at other bodies in a pedestrian setting, in order to find choreographic tools which we can use to guide a viewer’s focus and interest in the performer’s body itself. Through different lenses, we will try to perceive how our movement is connected to and is affected by the environment/others.  We will do this by cultivating a state of heightened sensory and rhythmic awareness, by experimenting with subtle shifts in posture and alignment, and by investigating how we use the focus as an extension of our physical body into space.


Workshop: Moving Matter

When we move our own bodies, or other material objects, we are constantly engaging efforts of push, pull, and reach in relation to the floor and space. When we don’t engage, we fall. There is an innate understanding of musical timing and spatial perception of these basic forces that we learn from a very young age as we play and explore the materiality of our surrounding environment. As our motoric skills and coordination develop, complex movements like, reaching, pushing or pulling material objects, walking, and running through space become highly efficient and practically automatic/ 
unconscious. Yet, there is a wealth of information stored in these “simple” patterns which we can use to inform our dancing bodies.

In this performance project we will try to re-examine and relate the perception of our dancing movements to the practical working movements we use in daily life. We will examine our own bodies’ relationship to other bodies of matter ranging from much smaller to much larger than ourselves. How do we move these objects, and/or how do they move us? We will also work with moving and sensing the weight/mass of other moving bodies to increase our own awareness of structural alignment, and dynamic muscular sequencing. How do we use the floor and our momentum to direct an object and ourselves in space with ease? How can we perceive the floor as our tool for the work of sculpting movement? We will give a strong focus to the use of the floor and walls to form and in-form the body in movement. We will also explore the body's anatomically efficient sources of power in varying connections to the ground. Through the working process we will structure a tightly scored performance work based on the work and techniques/perceptions gained from the training. Each dancer will be challenged to stay deeply physically and mentally grounded in their research while at the same time preparing for a performance context.

Workshop: The Instrumental Body:  movement workshop for musicians 

co-taught with Violist Shasta Ellenbogen


A workshop introducing a new way to approach instrumental playing through the exploration of somatic movement principles with the help of improvisation.

Led by violist Shasta Ellenbogen and dancer/choreographer/teacher Marcela Giesche.

The focus of the workshop is to explore technical ease of instrumental playing, both with and without instruments, in group work situations as well as through individual coaching.

Included is a Feldenkrais lesson with an invited guest teacher. 


For more information:  www.shastaellenbogen.com

To book this workshop please contact: marcelagiesche@yahoo.com

Teaching Biography:

Since 2007 Marcela has been invited to teach at Middlebury College Vermont, Alfred University New York, Ohio State University, BPS Studios Los Angeles, Kunst-stoff Arts San Francisco, Studio Fabienne Lachere Mexico City, Univerisdade Federal do Rio de Janerio Brazil, Codarts Rotterdam, Marameo Berlin, Tanzfabrik Berlin, DOCK 11 Berlin, Die Etage in Berlin, mehrTanz! Leipzig, ISWA project Berlin, Deja Donne Company Italy, De Stilte Dance Company Breda Holland, Ponderosa Festival Stolzenhagen Berlin, Love-In Toronto Canada, HZT Univeristy Berlin, K3 Hamburg, Univeristy of Michigan and Sarah Lawrence College exchange programs in Berlin, Toula Limnaous dance Company, and the Impulstanz Festival in Vienna Austria.