Heike Kuhlmann teaches dance and movement for adults and kids for more than 13 years. Just in 1998 I discovered CI when I was taking released based technique classes with Stephanie Maher. Since that I took plenty of classes, workshops with many different teachers. For some years I integrated parts of CI in my dance and movement classes. In 2007 than I started to teach it pureley and name it. I like to combine BMC and Contact Improvisation using the BMC principles for discovering the bodys possibility in movement and expression as well as for repatterning. Still I integrate other bits into the CI classes from my dancer´s and movement therapist background.
On one hand I realized how much a somatic approach helps people to come into a satisfying dance. How much they discover about themselves and what that changes their dance with a partner, but also how much a body awareness gives benefits to their life. On the other hand I am very much interested in the performative and virtuous aspect of CI. So I like to bring in contemporary dance techniques, impro exercises and scores into the classes, so that the participants can artistically express themselves.
Starting of with a university degree in Physical Education and Biology, I studied Dance Pedagogy with Leanore Ickstadt and did my MA in Choreography. For the Diploma in Integrative Bodywork & Movement Therapy (DiplIBMT), I studied deeply Body-Mind Centering and Authentic Movement.
2011 I worked as dancer in the piece „On the way to immortality“, was part of the Organization of the first Global Water Dances Berlin and the PHYINXperformancesalon.
In 2010 I taught at the Easter Improfestival in Göttingen and at Transcontact in Cluj Napoca.
In 2009/2010 I was invited to the first Contact Festival in Florianopolis, Brasil.
I also create my own performances. In our last colloborational we worked work on weather and climate change. This was shown in Berlin, june 2009. The further development of it was shown in May 2010.In 2008 she developped collobpartively the performance installation „Nirgendland“. choreographed „Dancing on water“ and danced at the Masdanca festival- Gran Canaria. In 2007 she won the Berlin price of violence prevention for creation a dancetheatre school project on violence through fairytales.
In 2006 she created the solo „To be looked at“ for the conference „Slavery in Contemporary Arts – Trauma, Memory and Visuality“. An article about that performance has been published in „Slavery in Art and Literature (2010).
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