Baris Mihci

About Baris

Baris Mihci was born 1976 in Wuppertal, Germany and is currently based between Turkey and Europe. He graduated with degrees in social pedagogy, German language, Sports and special education for physically disabled children at the University of Cologne. He completed his studies with a social-cultural research thesis referring to Pina Bausch's Tanztheater and its artistic research about human relationships. Baris then began his dancing life. His curiosity about the art of dancing was strongly influenced by following the work of Pina Bausch for over 14 years. Coming from an athletic background, movement was always a big interest to him. In 2001 he was introduced and immersed himself in the Axis Syllabus enabling. Baris acquired a teacher's certificate after 4 years and has been teaching regularly for dancers and non-dancers alike across Europe since. He has taught at Studio Hybrid, Dancetrumjette, Espace Catastrophe, the Nomadic College, DOCH, the Cullberg Ballet among many other professional dance training institutions. Baris’ performance work is based in solo, site specific and improvisation. He has presented solos at Belgart Moment Festival, Festival tanzhautnah, RAC Festival (Brussels) among others. He has also collaborated extensively with Collectif en Transit, devoted to bringing dance to urban public spaces. Baris is a key organizer of the Nomadic College since 2004 and a member of the Axis Syllabus member assessment panel

Since 2012 Baris is teaching workshops world-wide in schools or festivals and lives between Turkey and Europe.

Teacher's statement

The practice of teaching is a very ancient one and serves to find ways for passing knowledge through time. I believe that we all inherit information that in combination reveales something new. In dance it's the moving bodies. When I watch class or my students I am trying to imagine what happens beyond the skin. How do the bones behave? What sensations are registered and what happens less consciously. I try to filter the information under different aspects and try to find a way to suggest orientation for attention or alternative pathways. In the same time it gives me a new perspectives for my own dancing as I try to feel into someone else's body. 

I feel lucky that I landed beside Frey and his mission with this group of people who are all interested in bringing more light and questions about how to use the body in various contexts. 

The Axis Syllabus is for me an informative pool of tips and tricks that provides flexible contexts and serves as an analytical platform for understanding movement. It provides the contents and gets newly defined each time when in use. So it develops as it's tested and applied. This lively dynamic is a pleasure to witness. 

My wishes are to continue in becoming more attemptive about movement, develop skills and expand the understanding of dance beyond style and vocabulary. We have the chance to dance every day and when I do I always feel more happy.