Somatics, Scores and a Sense of Embodiment

Mariella Greil-Möbius
Angewandte Performance Laboratory, Angewandte Performance Laboratory
2022W, Vorlesung und Übungen (VU), 4.0 ECTS, 4.0 semester hours, course number S04462


The Greek word soma means the living body referring to the core of structure and function. An introduction to a range of body mind concepts and somatic practices will activate intuition and sensitivity of the body. Using perception as a tool for empirical observation, directed touch and imagery create an awareness of physical habits and expand the radius of movement responses towards articulate, differentiated and integrated performative actions, having their source in cultivating an openness within the body.

Introduction and practice of a selection of somatic techniques (applied anatomy, ideokinesis, meridian stretching, fascial unwinding, myoreflex work and body-mind-centering as well as various improvisation techniques) and basic somatic understanding (gravity, horizontality, momentum, space, dynamics), performing and developing scores (underscore, improvisation, real time composition) lay the ground for individual and collective experiments.

The aim of the module is to practice a discourse with the physical self, probing a sense of embodiment of aesthetic, social and political contexts through “narrations of the body" as performative realisations and conceptual-compositional reflections.

In the spirit of post-disciplinary agents, the weave between feeling-doing-reflecting turns the thematic focus towards the liminal spaces emerging through crossing fields of practices. Tuning into the senses and practising visceral, embodied action will create concrete conditions for experimental aesthetic enquiry, with a special focus on cultivating compositional decision-making through somatic process.

Examination Modalities

Regular and active participation in performative explorations of scores, somatic practice sessions, discussions and submission of written course-related reflexion (artistic process log book) at the end of the semester.


The course is part of the APL (Angewandte Performance Laboratory).


7.10./13.10./14.10./24.11./25.11./15.12./12.1./13.1./18.1./19.1. each 9:30-12:30 and 13.30-16:30.


Studio Angewandte Performance Laboratory, old P.S.K., Georg-Coch-Platz 1, A-1010 Vienna

Key Words

somatic experience, experimentation, body as site, flows and forces, touch, movement responses and patterns, kinesthetic feedback, sensory-motor-action, embodiment, mobilizing representations of gender-race-sexuality and physical ability, expanded choreography, creative process, dance, notation, dialogue, scores, contemporary performance

Course Enrolment

Via online registration

co-registration: possible

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