with Alexander Carillo

Saturday, December 11th, 15:00–20:30
60€ / 55€ reduced (students, Berlin Pass, ALG II)

Open to all levels & backgrounds. Beginners & beginners with experience. Professional movers & performers.



A contemporary dance techniques. Movement practices & Research composition


I ask myself if I have a moment of silence in my daily life, if I am aware of who I am, of what I do, of my spirituality and if I take enough care of myself: eating, reading, partying, having sex, sharing… in my relationships… or if I am “ALONE” living without attention to my present moment and love. I Invite you to work in “GROUP” from the YOUR OWN present moment. Wondering: DO I WORK IN MY PERFORMATIVE life, physicality, childhood and WILD CHILD inside of me? On my daily life. Am I present? and aware on, HOW DOES MY BODY FEEL NOW? And WHAT CAN MY BODY DO NOW? We will reflect on this in a personalized, conscience and performative way. Through improvisation, purely technical tools, and rigorous research. This workshop aims to support participants in processing their internal organic sensations, presenting them externally in clear choreographic and performative forms. We start from the physical disarticulation, emotional states, and specific question each day. Integrating the present energy, with the mind full of body, and spirit using changes in time and space simultaneously. My workshops can become a party in itself, a funeral, a catharsis, a wedding, a ritual… I INVITE YOU TO BE YOUR OWN PERFORMER.

Human beings are in a constant search in life to know how to continue the path we are on. There is a clear connection between finding our own way, our relationships and our daily actions. We are constantly looking for personal or group goals that are influenced by different physical, mental, emotional and Spiritual states. Each one altered by the other in different ways and in different fields of action. How to integrate these states?

The workshop seeks to offer a clear way to obtain knowledge and self-awareness through the body in movement. How can we find a bridge between reason and emotion? A conscious state of transformation of the interpreter. How to get the participants out of their everyday life and their seemingly “natural” way? And invites the artist – interpreters to get involved in that daily life and identify with the present. In a performative state and stage.

The methodology is developed through concrete patterns of improvisation in altered states with different physical development and/into methods of meditation. Which are then framed in a real social context, or unreal. It is not just an improvisation; it is a conscious laboratory work using improvisation as a technical tool. The session will combine with other movement techniques and challenging task. It is a very physical research depending in your own level.

Guidelines and aims developed during the practical process:

The body, being a wild animal in an emotional path

  • Tools of improvisation / decision making.
  • Creative and practical elements in the research room.
  • Create awareness of the body as a story / time construction in a space.
  • Focus your attention on the “natural” character of your movements, authenticity.
  • Awareness of the “Action – Reaction”.
  • Space awareness: individual, public, collective and private.
  • Better process your internal organic sensations.
  • Personal knowledge through the spirit and meditation: rational control, trance, presence, resonance, dialogue, and stillness.
  • Theoretical material and personal biography.
  • Individual and group discussions.
  • Performative guidelines, based on agreements established during each session.

Each one, from their own perspective and their experience, will illustrate the audience with their ideas, fears, insecurities, questions and contradictions. Together with the creation process, we will frame it in an actual social context. What reflection do we do? How do we reach a physical or emotional state and transform it without losing our essence, our spirit? What tools do we use? How to recreate a clear space in another symbolically and develop the ability to play with it?

“I believe today’s world needs art to heal, needs art to heal our bodies from our souls. Art as a tool of transformation. From our inner feeling and sensations. From our inner beast, being present. With a conscience practice. (Is not easy – for sure is fun). Then there is not past to regret of, there is not present to be disappointed of or future to be worry about. Just moments of learning. Moments of understand our own world, our inner beast, and our own life. So long, we can share and maybe understand others world life. A present to life and future to create.”

Alexander Carrillo

Alexander believes life as a journey. During the journey, it is possible to identify emotions and themes, which are consciously transformed into performative states, physical risk, mental and spiritual practices. Alexander explores the body from different perspectives of contemporary dance techniques and emotional states. As a support, a background in Colombian Folklore and Afro-contemporary. Creative techniques (awareness, improvisation, and composition). Theatre, Qigong and Kung Fu. Alexander has taught ‘CUERPO PRESENTE: The Inner Beast’ since 2009 in Belgium, Spain, Colombia, Mexico, and Germany.




Alexander Carrillo, choreographer, dancer, teacher, producer and director born in Colombia and based in Berlin, began his artistic research in 2002. He focuses his vision on the “ugly” and the grotesque of the human being, seeing it as a mirror of reality. He questions the ideas of “beauty” and the role of the audience in the performing arts looking for a new expression of each one as an individual. In this perspective, he has been exploring modern societies, and the influence of indigenous traditions and customs in western societies, from the essence of pure rituals to contemporary fashion and pop cultures. His work is developed through historical research with a contemporary point of view, delving into the humanity with personal, spiritual, social and political aspects through an interdisciplinary approach. He has created a DREIZIG Festival in 2012, multiple performances, seminar platforms and artist collaborations. He has travelled worldwide with his work, acknowledging art as a healing tool but also as a business.

Alexander having studied his diplom in Dance at the University Folkwang in Germany, did an Erasmus at ‘ArtEZ’, in Holland and at the University of Art ASAB in Colombia, (MA – emphasis in contemporary dance). Carrillo creates also open platforms for artists. In the last eight years has emerged in the knowledge of ancestral cultures and other methods of communication, social development and listening. He has been certified in MBSR (“Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction”) by the Medicine School of Massachusetts. Carrillo also develops through meditation specific methods for body development and, complemented with his artistic knowledge.

Launched the “DREIZIG Festival” in Berlin and DASEIN Series, site-specific world-project in 2012. Recently had performed ‘WhARTever Should Happen: Eine Welt Auf Dem Kopf’ as the opening of “Corona Culture Exhibition” at Alte Münze Berlin 2021, and had been presentd on 2016 to 2019. His last pieces ‘El Ultimo Vuelo’, winner of the National competition of choreographers, Belgium 2017, ‘Human Intermittent: A Journey’ finalist of Choreographers competition Poland 2014 and touring worldwide until today, ‘The Sound of an Ancient Woman’ amount others dance pieces and art projects. Carrillo took part in 2018 of the price ‘flausen residence for young Artist’ Germany and at the Berlin Biennale with Okwui Okpokwasili.  Has worked with Stella Zannou, Ivo Dimchev, Jérôme Bel, Louis Malvacias, Jeremy Nelson, Malou Airaudo, Rodolpho Leoni, Mark Sieczkerek, Henrieta Horn, Charles Vodoz and the Cie. Fors Works of Denmark, Cie. Toula Limnaios of Berlin, Theater Der Klänge Germany, and Deutsche Oper am Rhein. He has also collaborated with artists, including Marina Abramović, Art Collective Estereotips, Allora & Calzadilla, Reinhard Schiele, Veronica Moniello, Alejandro Huari and Carolina Ortega.

Since 2009, Alexander being developing his teacher training and research under the Motto “CUERPO PRESENTE: THE INNER BEAST”. Creating as natural interest exchanges of dialogue with young artists, and non-artists who are developing their own life in a present Culture and intercultural projects. Alexander has taught his research in Belgium, Spain, Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico and Germany. In Berlin is artist residence at DOCK11 since 2015 and teacher of Tanzfabrik, Marameo amount other studios.

Currently Alexander, funding by Dachverband Tanz Deutschland within the framework of the program DIS_TANZEN. Is developing an educational method program about his research of the last 12 years based in different tools of dance, art, schamanis, mindfulness, meditation and creativity, A project, he started under the curiosity of “sharing” in 2019 with his desire and own funding.