Proto-technique : Moving from the fish body

Proto-technique : Moving from the fish body

Study days with Malcolm Manning (DK/FIN)

21./22. Mai 2016 in Dresden


Proto-technique : Moving from the fish body - Study days with Malcolm Manning, Malcolm at impulstanz by Marta Lamovsek
Malcolm Manning at impulstanz by Marta Lamovsek


In the 3.5 billion year tale of human evolution, it is from our fish ancestors that we inherit our spinally organised head-tail structure. From an evolutionary perspective, the “fish body” represents our vital core, while our legs and arms are the parts of ourselves that mediate with and enable us to navigate through our terrestrial world.


This workshop is informed by my study of Steve Paxton’s Material For The Spine which is in part derived from contact improvisation (CI), a from which asks for full articulation of the torso when dancing centre to centre with full body contact.


Classes include: periods of guided exploration/lecture/dialogue in which the specific themes are introduced through movement and associated anatomical details: Feldenkrais (ATM) classes chosen to clarify some of the themes explored; time for self-directed exploration to integrate the information into your own movement vocabulary.


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Malcolm Manning


I think of myself as a somatic movement researcher, educator, mentor and artist. In my classes, I share my inquiry of what it is to be a thinking, feeling, moving subject in this world through developing a dialogue with ourselves and our environment in which we are empowered to be our own experts.


I offer my work as a resource for performing arts professionals in dance centres, for dance companies, at festivals, and on higher education programmes. I also teach a workshop series for every body called BodySchool in which I apply my work to everyday life situations.


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Saturday: 11-18h
Sunday: 11-18h


Gives as you can: 
140 - 70 EUR
Concessions are possible: please ask

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Introduced contact jams both days. Start is 19h

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