Somatics, Scores and a Sense of Embodiment

Mariella Greil-Möbius
Angewandte Performance Lab, Angewandte Performance Lab
2023W, 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.

It will be possible to partially link up with the artistic research project "Shaken Grounds: Seismography of Precarious Presences" that will start in September 2023.

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.

Logbook submission until 08.02.2024 at 1:00 pm.


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


KICK OFF - first group meeting in the framework of CONVOCATION II (3.-6.10.) at the Fokus Forschung centre - details will be sent out to all registered students after the programme has been published.

12.10./ 13.10. from 10:00-12:30 and 13.30-16:00

8.11./9.11. from 10:00-12:30 and 13.30-16:00

16.11. from 10:00-12:30 and 13.30-16:00 

7.12. from 10:00-12:30 and 13.30-16:00

18.1./19.1.2024 from 10:00-12:30 and 13.30-16:00

25.1.2024 from 10:00-12:30 and 13.30-16:00

Preview Special: Invitation to the book presentation Mariella Greil "Bare Bodies - Thresholding Life" (in January 2024 tbc) Focus: Glossary, Documentation, TextBodies in Performance

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

Key Words

somatic experience, experimentation, flows and forces, touch, movement responses and patterns, kinesthetic field, sensory motor action, embodiment, creative process, expanded choreography, dance, notation, geoogical body, contemporary performance, documentation

Course Enrolment

From 29 August 2023, 00:00
Via online registration

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