Kira Kirsch – intensive 12h
Dancing Archi-texture and Agency touch & axis syllabus training
Touch is vital for learning processes, receiving comfort and feeling connection. In this intensive we will focus on touch as a portal towards increasing our capacity for sensing the architecture, different materialities of the body as well as meeting different parts of our nervous system. We will work with a range of tactile qualities to enhance integration of movement patterns and also use touch to inspire new movement choices. I am interested in building presence and skill for a response – able touch that provides opportunities for the organism to respond with agency. Anatomies and principles of the Axis Syllabus will be referenced in guided explorations and lead into dances that touch upon multiple dimensions. Some research questions that I move with: How do we touch before touching? How do we intra-act rather
than interact? How do we enter a state of mutuality? How do we create agency non-verbally?
Is a dance artist, dance educator, dance researcher and community builder. Based in Berlin since 2015 she has been collaborating in building a furthering educational program for dance & movement professionals at Lake Studios under the name of “Movement Artisans”, created an annual festival called “Sensing In” and hosted several dance research residencies and symposiums at Lake Studios and Tanzfabrik developing and collecting collaborative research methodologies for dancers at the intersection of art, science and transmission. She has been a regular guest teacher at the HZT Bachelor and Master program and teaches internationally. Her artistic work is deeply influenced by her 7 years in San Francisco dancing with Sara
Shelton Mann, Avi K.productions or Nita Little & the Divisadero Research Company among many others. Recent projects that call in and seek to embody untold stories and portraying unseen relations include
dance films, music videos, touch residencies and site specific works. Kira is also a passionate contact improvisator which enriches and all of her practices, questions and life. www.movementartisans.net