Watercontact Workshop


near Witzenhausen in Bad Sooden Allendorf

November 14 th 2020 * 11 am – 3 pm

with Marielle Gerke


Watercontact — what is it ??? — have a look at this short little one minute video:



As far as I remember, I have felt well and safe in water all my life. I have always loved to be in the shower, the bathtub, the ocean or public swimming pool. In my childhood and in my youth I have spent hours playing and moving alone and together with others in water, training in the swimming club or laying in the bathtub.

When I have started to dance and discover Contact Improvisation I have gotten to know waterdancing/watercontact almost at the same time in this context and started to explore it. Somehow it did not seem very special but rather natural and obvious to me to do that.  In the foreground for me was always the joy and the pleasure of the freedom of movement that I experienced in the water as well as the softness, permeability and tranquility that it brought to my body, mind and soul. Over the years I have laughed, cried, screamed, loved, danced and researched in the water – mostly in pools but recently also more in open and natural waters. The water has become my home – or should I say it has stayed my home ?!

In this workshop I would love to share once again my joy, love and curiosity for movement, touch and relating in the watery environment. I would like to explore and elaborate important basics as well as my current research questions and interests.

Breathing, sounding, floating, balancing, sinking, falling, turning, spiraling, expanding, condensing, using skin and the layers underneath for orientation, communication and contact, building structures with support value, using and resolving them, horizontal, vertical, three dimensional.

I am always very happy to introduce people into the water world as well as to research and explore with those who are already familiar and at home with this work. So, come by and bring your partners, friends and colleagues!

I have rented the 34 degrees warm therapy pool in the “Werratal Therme” in Bad Sooden Allendorf, close to Witzenhausen, where I live. From 11 am to 3 pm we will have it just for us. Maybe you want to hang out in the sauna after the workshop, it is open until 10 pm.

Right now, coronawise, the workshop is still allowed. Everything is quite dynamic though at the moment, so in case, I have to cancel it from my side, you receive your money back or you can get a voucher to use another time.

COSTS: 55 € teaching fee (to be paid in advance) + day ticket bath & sauna 20 € or day ticket only bath 14,50 € (your entrance you pay on the day in the bath)

SPACE: http://www.werrataltherme.de/

QUESTIONS & REGISTRATIONS: marielle.gerke@gmail.com