Body-based practices workshops

Postapocalyptic Encounters are a series of online events and meetings in physical presence between people interested in ways of thinking, moving, and creating which stem from non-Eurocentric bodies of knowledge. The events propose conversations and artistic practices that acknowledge and engage with ways of knowing and living that have been invalidated by colonial processes. 

In this one-day workshop, the choreographers and curators Korina Kordova and Bianca Mendonca will share artistic practices that have emerged from their research projects. These body-based practices have been developed through long-term research journeys inquiring around the  body, its borders and relationality, within South American non-urban landscapes, specially  the Amazon forest. The choreographers focused on intra-connectivity between human bodies and beings that are considered ‘non-living’ from a modern Western perspective, such as minerals, air and rivers.

During the workshop, we will correspond with invisible forces that have the potential to mobilize the body, as well as induce the practitioners-performers to oscillate between states of attention and psycho-physical states and to shapeshift driven by sensuous encounters and imagination. Through an eco-somatic approach, we will engage in improvisational movement practices which awaken the perception of inseparability between human bodies and non-human entities, as well as the recognition of ever transforming landscapes. Could these practices, stemming from ways of knowing that resist extinction, be a key to move through the next apocalypse?

Workshop information

For whom?

Anyone who identifies with the proposition and would like to experience these ideas through body-based practices. No movement experience needed. The workshop is going to be held in English.

Costs and registration:

The workshop is free of costs. Please save your place by sending an e-mail to


September 4th, 2022
11:00 – 17:00
Alte Feuerwache Köln


September 8th, 2022
14:00 – 20:00
Tanzraum Wedding


September 10th, 2022
11:00 – 17:00
Theater HochX

Workshop Documentation

photos: Katharina Jung

Workshop score

// Part 1

Bodily arrival the Postapocalyptic landscapes

Bones flesh skin lungs guts pelvis holes air 

Breathing practice(s) as correspondence with the invisible as symbiosis with an ever changing landscape 

Body brushing with breath – (re)creating Body by sending away dead cells and awakening the skin

Moving through space – lungs imagination moving and being moved by masses of air

Space as collective breath – the landscape is breathing

Wind agency 

I remember – voice guidance

memory visualization imagination embodiment

I remember being there. I remember when she told me that, when people from the city go there, they ask “what is this sound”? She answers: it’s the wind. People who live in the city cannot recognize the sound of the wind.

I remember the sensation of dust and dryness on my skin, inside my nose and inside my mouth.

It did not matter how many showers I took. I could always feel the dust and dryness all over my body.

// Part 2

vibrating shaking corresponding and embodying solid materials 

Bringing minerals into space

Human-mineral landscape

Being with rocks – voice guidance

Form scale texture smell weight cells atoms proximity particles vibration unknowable histories distances intervals intimacy relationality

Creating a fortress

// Part 3

Silent walk corresponding with materials. Collecting a few non-human made things

// Part 4

Back in the studio, creating a landscape with things and bodies

Being attentive to the energy of the space, finding places of belonging both for every single collected thing

Being attentive to the energy of the space, finding places of belonging for the human Bodies

Entering sensing smelling seeing touching sensing weight texture shape taste smell force history memory skin digitals imprints temperature distance melting merging corresponding listening becoming moving displacing shifting learning from wind air mass 

// Part 5

Meet by the fortress >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>


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