#WORKSHOP / Maria Scaroni / 6 > 10 December/ 2023

Workshop  | Body /material

body/material is a dramaturgy of dances, where dance is intended primarily as a movement of attention and a technology of ecstasy, done both «alone together» and ‘together together’. The work invites the participants to look and treat the body as material, addressing its organic functions and spiritual potential as well as its cultural implications, holding bodies as biographies affected in different ways by power-over systems. The nature of the approach is eclectic and sources from ‘chi’ cultivation techniques such as Qi Gong (energy circulation technique) and Pranayama (breathing techniques), spine and limbs patterns explorations (body connectivity, experiential anatomy) and Contact Improvisation/hands-on work (touch and imagination as portals to the felt sense). Improvisation, fiction and free movement play are central to access physical states of enhanced consciousness. The work happens in contained frames or journeys that allows for departure, investigation and integration, relies on consent practices, improvisation as mindset, and queer magic as the invisible thread.This laboratory suits anybody who is a fan of bodily expression, approaching dance as a committed zone for personal and mutual liberation. A certain stamina is required, but no specific skill, therefore is open to any moving body.

As for access needs, please please get in touch with the organizers, who will inform me.


Maria F. Scaroni (IT/DE) is dance artist, living in Berlin since 2004. She creates and interprets choreographic works rooted in improvisational practices and altered states of consciousness. Maria hosts workshops re-purposing post-modern dance legacies towards technologies for mutual empowerment, crossbreeding somatic practices and anti-oppression frameworks, storytelling and theory, to bring somatic literacy in support of a culture of connection. Maria performs in Meg Stuart’s works, with whom she collaborates since 2009. Since 2016 she is a member of queer collective lecken berlin, a femme forward rave. Since pandemic she is hosting Social Pleasure Center, a community space for somatic post-activism, queer feminist joyful militancy, radical redistribution of resources, perverted necessary temporary social choreography.