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Caroline Plummer Fellow in Community Dance for 2024, Marcela Giesche, is offering free workshops May- August, and looking for people to take part in a dance performance in September.

Marcela Giesche, this year’s Caroline Plummer Fellow in Community Dance, is offering free workshops and master classes in her movement methods as part of her outreach to the University and the wider community during the months of May to August.

She is also seeking individuals who would like to participate in a larger group performance during the first week of September.

Marcela is a freelance choreographer, performer, curator, researcher, dance teacher and artistic director of her own dance venue LAKE Studios Berlin in East Berlin. She has presented her choreographic work and shared her movement techniques across Europe, South and North America in schools, universities, festivals, companies, and dance studios to professionals and amateurs alike.

One of the main goals in her art making is to bring contemporary dance out of its bubble and make it more accessible to the public. “I wish to open as many different minds and bodies to the transformative and communicative power of movement as possible,” she says.

Workshops and outreach May - August

Groups of staff or students interested in collaborating with Marcela can contact her for a workshop or masterclass on various movement and dance methods. These will be structured individually to connect with the research topics or interests of the group. All workshops are accessible to people of all abilities and backgrounds.

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One of Marcela's goals is to bring contemporary dance out of its bubble and make it more accessible to the public.

Through these workshops, Marcela is seeking dialogue and exchange with staff and students on how embodied perception and intelligence, movement practices, and choreographic or improvised structures, can relate and connect to their specific topics of academic study and related research interests.

If you are interested, Marcela encourages you to contact her to work out the details.

The workshops can be a series, or a one-off. The minimum commitment would be an hour, the maximum 2 hours, email: .

Looking for performers

During her Fellowship, Marcela is also gathering a diverse group of 24 community members and students to create the performance selfportrait24: Otepoti – Dunedin, which will be shown at the New Athenaeum Theatre during the first week of September.

The work will be to create a moving self-portrait of Ōtepoti Dunedin, celebrating the diversity of the city, with the underlying theme of “all movement is dance – we just have to frame it”. It will be a wonderful opportunity to get to know others as well as have a chance to explore dance and have a chance to perform in front of an audience. Marcela is looking for people who have some performance experience as well as ones who have never danced or performed before but love movement and are willing to dive into a performance creation process.

Rehearsal requirements: 6 days for 2-3 hours, from 30 August to 6 September, performances on both 7 and 8 September.

To register your interest on either the workshops or the performance project, email:

Marcela is keeping a blog on her project during the Fellowship:

View Marcela’s artistic work on her website:

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