MOVEMENTACTIVISM 
workshops, classes, study groups, blogposts and performances. 

movement explorations 

through the lens of the axis syllabus freed my body. feminism freed  my mind.  yoga empowered the relation of my body and mind.

movement in der Namensgebung bezieht sich auf zweierlei: auf die Bewegung und den Tanz an sich. Die Anlehnung an eine Bewegung/movement, eine Gruppe von Menschen die durch unterschiedliche Handlungsoptionen einen (gesellschaftl.) Wandel erzeugen versucht, hat mir gefallen und fand ich spannend.

activism_activity spielt genauso mit der politischen Bezeichnung activism, und dem verwandten  Wort Aktivität/activity.

 

Seit 2014 studiere ich an der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin Erziehungswissenschaften und Gender Studies: Das Studium, u.a. die kritische sozialwissenschaftliche Perspektive auf Körper und Lebensrealitäten, fasziniert mich und nährt meine Lust den Körper und Bewegung weiter zu erforschen, aufzudecken und Vernetzungen herzustellen und kreativ diverse kleinere und größere Projekte anzuregen: In meiner künstlerischen Praxis arbeite ich an Projekten die sich aus einer queer-feministischen Perspektive mit dem Körper beschäftigen. Detailliertes portfolio: www.dianathielen.com

​Zudem koordiniere und gestalte ich unterschiedliche Lern-Situation wie Klassen, Workshops, Festivals und Study-Groups (siehe weiter unten, englische Beschreibungen):

***english version***

Movement in naming refers to two things: movement and dance per se. I liked the idea of ​​a movement, a group of people who try to create a (social) change through different actions.

 

Activism_activity plays equally with the political term activism, and the related word activity. Through the intensive discussion of the Axis Syllabus Lexicon, I have created a change in the understanding of movement.

With my studies as the intellectual framework, as well as from own experiences as a queer-person, I’d like to emphasize that the reality of our bodies cannot be encompassed by biology and physics alone. In my pedagogy I therefore frequently employ tools from critical social theory to question norms and embodied, performative forms of expression.

 

WORKSHOPS OF MOVEMENTACTIVISM 

creating a space where the investigation of biomechanics meets (queer-) feminism

 

I see my strength in my genuine wish to support each individual’s journey. Their experiences, as well as, their curiosities, doubts, vulnerabilities and lust to move are invited, to create a safe learning atmosphere. The years of my own research in the field of contemporary dance techniques, contact improvisation, yoga and performance offer a profound point of departure for diverse moving bodies. Sharing the time and space , rolling, crawling, turning, running and jumping - sweating together is one of my biggest passions, especially when it includes reflection upon  social norms and embodied societal behaviours.

Dance-Workshops: focuses on contemporary dance techniques, contact Improvisation and partnering. As dance/and movement practices often tend to center form and aesthetics, the utilization of biomechanics, physics and anatomy might create greater freedom in one's own movement vocabulary and therefore enable different bodies and (training-) experiences to participate.

Contact Impro for (queer-)women, trans and inter* only:

In this class we'll create a space which is focusing on Contact Improvisation using the Axis Syllabus as a reference. The sessions consists of 1,5/2 hours class/workshop, followed by a 2 hours CI-Jam, in a queer-/women, Intersex and trans centric space. 
The group is exclusive for queer-/women, trans* and inter*folks to create a safe space, explore intimacy and our diverse bodies. Our meetings shall support a process to heal wounds made by a sexist, homophobic and trans*phobic society.

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In the context of the Axis Syllabus, we’ll discover the lived anatomy of the human body through movement, engaged discussions, and time to embody theoretical knowledge. The exploration will guide us through set movement material, both on the floor and upstanding, as well as improvisation, including elements of contact improvisation and partnering, to fathom the manifold anatomical structures. Its potentials and limitations will embrace the structure of the class.

My research in Gender-Studies (which includes an interdisciplinary perspective based in queer-theory, dis_ability studies, intersectional feminism, post-colonial studies, studies of education, and more) supports the approach that our identity is always embedded in complex power situations. In the way each workshop is working with and presenting scientific resources, my aim is to be mindful and also open for debate, to establish a constant reflection-mode. That might be complex, confusing even at first, but also enriching and heartening.

'Reflect your practice'

Combines critical theory and spiritual practice: books, articles, and blog posts invite us to discuss issues such as racism, 'body-shaming', gender and sexuality. These sessions, which explicitly invites diversity in body, race, gender, sexual orientation, and social background, supports our search for empowered relationships between mind and body.

 

 

 

LINKS: 

about movementactivism:

http://thinkmovement.net/2018/02/15/form-follows-function/

http://stanceondance.com/2018/01/08/movement-activism/

 

other:

https://saapya.wordpress.com/

http://www.raceandyoga.com/

https://postyoga.wordpress.com/

https://allthingsyogablog.wordpress.com/