Marcela Giesche & Matilda Rolfsson

Marcela Giesche  (1983, USA / DE), is a free-lance choreographer, performer, and teacher currently based in Berlin.  Her choreographic work is physical, sensitive, animalistic, and plays with shifting states and performativity.  When working with dancers she aims to train the moving body as an empty vessel – allowing forces, dynamics, and physical relationships in space to emerge. 

Her movement research examines the borders and divisions which language produces in the movement of our own bodies, and in the perception of our relationships to the environment and others. Through holistic dance and body practices she hopes to create and extend spaces of liminality between different communities and different ways of understanding. A shift in the perception of one’s own body inevitably affects the movement/actions of the group/community.

She has presented her choreographic work and taught her movement techniques across Europe and in the USA in schools, festivals, and dance studios to professionals and amateurs alike. 

Marcela has a BFA in Dance From Ohio State Univeristy, a Diploma from CODARTS (NL), and has participated in the 2010 danceWEB scholarship program at Impulstanz.  She is the artistic director of the dance venue Lake Studios Berlin which she founded in 2012 in collaboration with 7 other international artists. 

Matilda Rolfsson (1987, Sweden), is a musician, percussionist and artistic-researcher in the field of free- jazz and free-improvisation. With a distinguee and textural sound and intuitive approach on bass drum, percussion and snare she can be heard solo or in constellations with some of Europe and Scandinavia’s finest improvising musicians and dancers. She is schooled at the Music conservatoire (Jazzlinja) in Trondheim (IM) Institute for music NTNU (Bachelor and Master) with additional exchange master studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, London. Matilda is devoted to her artistic research-project “In Motion, -movements with directions within“, where she together with dancers, explores new and old knowledge (new and old insights) of interdisciplinary interplay between music and dance in free- improvisation. The starting point (thesis) of the project spans between John Cage and Merce Cunningham’s autonomic view; “Co-existence”, where the practitioners are only connected through time and space, and Cecil Taylor’s transcendent approach in; “The doing of the thing” where mind and body are considered as equal components, seen as a transformative state of mind when improvising freely. The methodological approach of the research-project is an immersion of the expanded listening (inspired by the vocabulary of today’s contemporary dance-field) i.e., to both see, hear and feel the room, the work is reflected through some the most basic parameters for musicians in free- improvisation, the direction and movement, i.e., energy/ forward motion and material.