About Kira

Kira Kirsch is a dance artist born in East-Berlin and after many years of growing up in Vienna, living abroad and some years of nomadism she now lives with her family back in Berlin as new residents of Lake Studios - an artist-run dance, production and performance space.

She is deeply invested in creating, questioning and improving spaces for people to experience, learn about and sensitise their mind-body-movement continuum. She has pioneered, taught and continuously researched through the lens of the Axis Syllabus (AS) for over a decade, is a co-organiser of the Nomadic College at Earthdance, leads teacher trainings and has build a platform for AS research in the Bay Area, California. In 2014 she started curating a new annual dance festival called SENSING IN, happening in Berlin. Recently she taught at ImPulsTanz, CmC-Goettingen, Tanzquartier Vienna, Transformation, 303-Montreal, Movement & Performance Research Outukumpu among many other institutions, festivals and private initiatives.

As a performer Kira has danced in the works of Sara Shelton Mann (US), David Szlasa (US), Avy K. Productions (RU), Christine Bonansea (US/FR), Half Machine (DK), ABCdance collective/Frey Faust, Cie. Anna Tenta (AT) and in numerous collaborations with her peers. In 2009 she started collaborating with Montreal-based Kelly Keenan and their creations "species - a moving body exposition" and "useless creatures", which have been presented in the US, Canada and Austria.

Teacher's statement

I am a guide, a facilitator, an instigator, a movement-lover, sometimes a teacher and always a learner. Every day i have to find out what makes me curious today, what fascinates me, what did i notice yesterday, what I want to understand better and from there I can honestly share something or begin an investigation with the group that I am with. If i repeat something I try to see what i wasn't seeing before, taking slightly different routes creating a wider web of inquiry. I try to let my body speak, I try to find more nuance in articulating my body and my words, I try to do and undo, question form, appreciate form, from subtle to fierce, always alive.