Hi! I’m Malcolm Manning. Thanks for visiting.

I think of myself as a somatic movement researcher, educator, mentor and artist. Sometime during the many years I have spent learning to move, I realised that I was actually moving to learn, hence the name of this web site.

What do I do?

Whether I’m working with professional dancers or people who simply want to be more comfortable as they sit and work on their computers, I create classes in which I invite others to share in my ongoing inquiry of what it is to be a thinking, feeling, moving subject in this world.

My aim in teaching is always to create the conditions to meet ourselves with a childlike sense of wonder; to engage playfully with our innate curiosity unhindered by expectation; and to develop a dialogue with ourselves and our environment in which we are empowered to be our own experts.

Who do I work with?

I began by offering my work mainly as a resource for dance professionals in dance centres, at festivals, for dance companies and on higher education programmes. More broadly in the the performing arts, I have also worked with actors, musicians, singers.

I currently teach two months a year in the dance department at the Danish National School of Performing Arts (scenekunstskolen.dk) and occasionally at the Theatre Academy Of Finland (www.uniarts.fi) where I was previously a senior lecturer in the dance department. I helped to create and develop the Dance And Somatics one-year education at ISLO in north eastern Finland where I also teach around two months a year.

For every body, I teach a workshop series called BodySchool in which I seek to apply my synthesis of somatic and postmodern dance practices to everyday life situations.

How did I learn all this?

I have studied a range of somatic practices and contemporary dance practices. I am certified as a practitioner of both the Feldenkrais Method® and the Body And Earth work developed by Andrea Olsen and Caryn McHose. I studied for two years at SNDO Amsterdam and have an MA in Dance Pedagogy from the Theatre Academy Of Finland in Helsinki. I have made extensive studies of Contact Improvisation, Authentic Movement, Movement Shiatsu, Body Mind Centering and experiential anatomy.

Future workshops

Tampere, Finland
The Language Of Sensation – CI workshop
2/3rd December 2017

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The Language Of Sensation An open-level Contact Improvisation workshop A workshop for those who love to dance contact improvisation and are interested in exploring somatic approaches to expand the possibilities of their dancing. We will move between exercises aiming to clarify the sensations which lie at the heart of CI and exploring scores that point towards different types of CI vocabulary. The idea of this approach is to minimise the teaching of set material (moves, tricks, etc) and instead to maximise the opportunities of participants to discover material for themselves through their own research and exploration. Very simply, I set…

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Warsaw, Poland
BodySchool : Feldenkrais and Authentic Movement
11/12th November 2017

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In some ways, the Feldenkrais Method and Authentic Movement take opposite approaches to supporting our growth as humans. While both encourage us to listen to ourselves and develop a respectful attitude to learning, the first confronts us to recognise our perceptual and kinaesthetic habits, the second supports self-regulated unwinding. In this workshop we’ll dip into both. I think of the Feldenkrais Method as offering food for the nervous system. Here I’ll propose Authentic Movement as a way of digesting and integrating that information. In the Feldenkrais Method, you’re invited to direct your attention around yourself while exploring very particular pathways and…

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Vienna, Austria
BodySchool : Caring For Our Backs
21/22 October 2017

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BodySchool : Caring For Our Backs – 21/22 October 2017 In many ways we forget that as a species we are still evolving. One could say that a sign that we still haven’t meet the challenge of adapting to our changing environment is the number of people that suffer from back pain. In this workshop we’ll explore not only how to take care of our own backs but also some simple ways to take care of other’s backs too. Each class includes time spent scanning through ourselves in walking and standing, looking at some basic skeletal anatomy and doing some…

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Copenhagen, Denmark
Proto-technique morning classes organised by Dansehallerne
2-5th October 2017

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Proto-technique class This is a process-oriented dance class focused on how we experience ourselves moving.  The aim is to develop self-awareness as a tool for creating and refining our own dance practices: widening the range of movement vocabulary and qualities; improving ease, efficiency and flow in movement; recovering from and avoiding injury. The impossibility of a purely physical training is assumed from the start. The class encourages critical and conceptual interrogation of the many discourses that shape our experience. The invitation is to enter into a perceptual dialogue with ourselves in which we become the experts of our own experience….

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Copenhagen, Denmark
BodySchool : BodySchool : Exploring The Feldenkrais Method
23/24th September 2017

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BodySchool : Exploring The Feldenkrais Method In this weekend workshop, we'll explore some Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement (ATM) classes. We'll see how to relate the movements of a particular class to everyday life as well as considering the general application of the skills we learn through practicing the method. The...
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Koli, Finland
BodySchool Weekend Retreat: Feldenkrais and Authentic Movement
8-10th September 2017

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BodySchool Weekend Retreat: Feldenkrais and Authentic Movement In some ways, the Feldenkrais Method and Authentic Movement take opposite approaches to supporting our growth as humans. While both encourage us to listen to ourselves and develop a respectful attitude to learning, the first confronts us to recognise our perceptual and kinaesthetic habits,...
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