Moving Body

Contact Improvisation invites BMC®

with Friederike Tröscher and Jörg Hassmann

29 September - 3 October 2016
Eden***** Studios, Berlin


CI is – on a technical level – a partner dance form, that investigates the communication through touch in constantly shifting shared weight situations. But there is no common approach, how to prepare and inform the body for this physical dialogue. BMC is for sure one of the most influencing disciplines in the field of Contact Improvisation with its expertise around developmental movement patterns or the different systems of the body like the bones, the fluids or the fascia web.

Friederike as core member of the BMC Certification Programs in Germany and Joerg Hassmann as one of the leading heads in the european Contact Scene are rather familiar with the discipline of the other one. Their job in this event is to open links between those two disciplines. The BMC based mornings will provide depth and detail for personal embodiment. The afternoons will open a space where these informed bodies and minds can integrate the knowledge and experiences from the morning through exploring and dancing in a CI based frame.

Friederike and Jörg will take the practice of presence and embodiment to their teaching and collaboration and use the continuous input and inspiration of each other as a thread to further develop and deepen.

Places are limited to 45 participants.

The workshop is designed for people that are comfortable with and interested in self-responsible learning through the moving body.

Have a look at the first Moving Body ‚Contact Improvisation invites Klein Technique‘ video from October 2014 at Uferstudios, Berlin.



The trio


My journey with Body-Mind Centering began in 1992 while being in a New Dance training with Keriac in San Francisco.  Intrigued by the way this information allowed me to discover relationships, alignment, varieties of expression and continuous movement throughout myself and in contact with the world around me, I began the official BMC training in 1995. For 8 years I studied at the School for Body-Mind Centering under the direction of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, training as a BMC practitioner and then as a BMC teacher and Infant Developmental Movement Educator (IDME).

Since 1995 I share this work through teaching and individual work, indoors and in nature, in it’s „pure“ version and in combination with dance, contact and other venues of expression. 2007 I co-founded moveus the organization to hold the licensed BMC training in Germany and since then co-direct the trainings. I am excited to collaborate with Jörg and deepen the exploration of BMC in relationship with CI – two forms that have developed in close exposure to one another.


My profession and passion is to dance and to share the dance with others. That’s what I do through teaching, performing, writing and organizing. In the beginning I was mainly driven by creating dance and theatre pieces, bringing improvisation on stage. A while back now teaching CI world wide has become my main field of exploration, which I began in 1995. The core is the CI Training Program in Berlin that I teach together with Daniel Werner, where we have developed a systematic approach to contact technique during the past nine years. I am the artistic director of the annual Contact Festival in Goettingen/ Germany and I share my thoughts around the moving body in my blog.

Developemetal movement patterns, an anatomical focus on the skeleton and the fascia system, Capoeira, release techniques and many kinds of sports have guided my understanding of the moving body.
Randomly I get in touch with somatic practices like Alexander-Technique, Feldenkrais or Klein Technique™ and I am always struck how much it inspires my mind and body for my CI practice.


Being a musician by trade I got to know CI through composing music for dance pieces. I fell in love and study the form continuously since about seven years by now. The ways I am experiencing CI, the moving body and teaching are strongly influenced by the Alexander Technique, Klein Technique and BMC® and by working intensively with such wonderful teachers like Dan Armon, Eva Karczag, Jörg Hassmann, Hanna Hegenscheidt, the Moveus team Friederike Tröscher and Jens Johannsen and my beloved colleague Nadja Schwarzenbach.. I am a certified teacher of the Alexander-Technique and I currently follow the Somatic Education Program (BMC®)

What I enjoy most when I practice Contact Improvisaton is the experience of three dimensional physicality of two human bodies communicating through touch. Meeting the laws of physics – gravity, momentum, inertia, etc. How do we prepare ourselves to be actually ready to play? Knowing the benefits of somatic work as a supporting base for Contact Improvisation practice through my Alexander-Technique training, I’m totally excited to dive into this mini festival and see how BMC can contribute to our practice.

Our aim and wish is to create an atmosphere that nurtures and supports the investigative and curious nature of each participant and our own.





An introduction to the work

BMC // The Fluids

Body-Mind Centering® is an integrated and embodied approach to movement, the body and consciousness. Its uniqueness lies in the specificity with which all of the body systems and the developmental movement patterns are experientially explored, embodied and integrated. This creative process happens in the context of self-discovery and openness.

For this workshop the main focus will be on the fluid system. Our bodies are grounded in water. Cells are filled with fluid and live in a fluid environment. Transportation of oxygen and nutrition, cleansing of the body, movement of muscles, bones, organs and all other tissues happens through fluids. As we embryologically form our bodies the fluid dynamic, the changes in pressure and flow qualities is essential and no development would happen without. Fluids are a wonderful invitation to movement with ease, strength and resilience.

— Friederike


Contact Improvisation

Technically Contact Technique asks the question how to handle weight – giving, taking and keeping it moving – without hurting oneself or the partner. Instead the answers are encouraged to provide deep joy. This demands the skill to align one’s body in efficient ways, which are dictated by the laws of physics. And because CI is an improvised dance form it relies on a healthy communication to negotiate the movement options freshly in every moment. In short ‚physics of touch and moving weight‘ and ‚communication‘ are the core two aspects of CI.

But the question which sources do we draw from to prepare our bodies for the communication through touch and weight, has endless positive answers, as long as the body is taken serious.

CI is still a rather young dance form, which started in 1972 under the main lead of Steve Paxton. A core part of the form is that it is research, there is no dogma. CI is meant to be explored and developed. Whatever enlivens the dialogue around the moving shared weight is welcome to leave its traces. Somatic practices have left a lot of traces.

— Jörg

The connection

Working intensively with somatic practices and entering Contact Improvisation with that kind of preparation has always been fascinating to me.

I have been working several times with Friederike – following modules of the Somatic Movement Education Program that she is leading under the umbrella of moveus together with colleagues of hers. I have been deeply impressed by her softness, kindness and knowledge and her ability to create a working atmosphere that allows everybody to fall deeply into the offered material.

Jörg’s wonderful ability to connect and combine material from other practices and weave it respectfully into the practice of Contact Improvisation without compromising what has been established promises an exciting journey.

— Dino




One of our biggest luxuries is the amount of freedom that Jörg and Friederike have to make choices concerning length, direction and content of classes and evenings. Ideally some sort of improvised dialogue between the two forms arises through Jörg and Friederike that is based on

the needs of the moment, the process and the group. We will be working with a specific theme (The Fluids) and have prepared a basic structure nonetheless to start from: During the morning classes Friederike will teach BMC and Jörg will teach Contact Improvisation during the afternoon classes.

We will use the evening slots to jam together as an integration practice or facilitated reflection time with lecture elements.



29 September

18:00 Arrival
18:30 – 21:00 Welcome Jam

30 September, 1 October

10:00 – 13:00 BMC
15:00 – 17:30 Contact Improvisation

3 October

10:00 – 13:00 Integration class
13:00 Departure

 2 October

10:00 – 13:00 BMC
15.00 – 17:30 Contact Improvisation
18.30 – 20.30 Jam/Lecture






29 September – 3 October 2016
Eden***** Studios, Berlin
200-240 Euro (until 15.8) – as you can
220-240 Euro (after 15.8)
Places are limited to 45 participants.

The workshop is designed for people that are comfortable with and  interested in self-responsible learning through the moving body.

You will receive more general information after registration.

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