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

Paris, France
CIRP: Contact Improvisation as a Research Paradigm
24-26 March 2018

By | Contact Improvisation, Future Workshops, Workshops

The CIRP meeting will gather a small number of participants to understand and discuss, develop and practice Contact Improvisation (CI) as a research paradigm. CI is a dance practice that involves, to a large degree, the investigation of possibilities, forms and principles regarding the ways we move, interact, and practice…

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Nantes, France
The Language Of Sensation CI workshop
5-9th March 2018

By | Contact Improvisation, Future Workshops, Workshops
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 enrich their dancing. We will move between exercises aiming to clarify the sensations which lie at the heart of contact improvisation and exploring scores that...
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