Lake Studios Berlin is an artistic residence and working space for 8 movement artists.

Here is an overview of the wonderful people involved:


Marcela Giesche | Berlin, USA (Artistic Director)

Marcela Giesche (1983 – Mainz, Germany): Marcela graduated in 2006 with BFA in Dance from Ohio State University and Codarts, Rotterdam. She has since been a freelance dancer and choreographer working with diverse dance companies and directors across Europe such as Neuer Tanz (VA Wölfl), Thomas Ostermeier, and Deja Donne, amongst others. Some of her own work includes “Sacre” (premiered at HAU, Berlin), “left I – right I” (w. Sonya Levin), “Selfportrait 24”, and “exFolia” (w. Andy Moor/Yannis Kyriakides). She is continues her research of movement and choreographic forms through her creation, performance, and teaching practices in Berlin and internationally. She also founded and is the artistic director of the dance research and residency venue Lake Studios Berlin, where she has collaborated with Marlon Barrios Solano and Mark Coniglio to facilitate a dance-technology residency program.



Mark Grunow | Germany -

Mark Grunow’s work moves between photography, interior and product design. Simplicity and reduced function define his projects, underlined by craftsmanship, methodology and a pureaesthetic. 

His carpentry ‘Gesellenstück’ with folded paper structures, was honored with ‘Die Gute Form’ at federal level in 2015.

2018 he graduated from the Akademie für Gestaltung Münster. Two works were nominated for DesignTalente NRW.  Mark is a German Design Award Nominee 2020.


At the moment he is redesigning the image, concept, and interior and of Lake Studios Berlin.


Marlon Barrios Solano | USA, Venezuela (Dance-tech partner, International networking)

Marlon is a Venezuelan artist, researcher, consultant, educator, on-line producer/cuartor, video broadcaster and vlogger based between in USA and Germany. He is the creator/producer/curator of dance tech TV, a collaborative internet video channel dedicated to innovation and experimental performing arts and its social network He has also conceived and developed the on-line co-learning lab Since 2008, he has produced and published more than 400 online video interviews known as the “dance tech interviews and views”. With a hybrid background on cognitive science, dance improvisation and new media arts he researches and explores the network technologies as participatory systems and collaborative spaces within cultural production and education environments. He researches the affordances of the new internet for the development of open and collaborative models of knowledge production and distribution among trans-local artistic communities and organizational contexts. Currently, he is a guest lecturer and associated researcher at HZT Berlin (Germany) and a research fellow at DanceDigitalUK and ICKAmsterdam (Holland).




Kira Kirsch - Germany

Kira Kirsch is a movement artist born in East-Berlin and after many years of nomadism and living abroad she is now returning with her family to Berlin as new residents of the Lake Studios - an artist run dance, production and performance place. She is deeply invested into creating, questioning and improving spaces for people to experience,learn about and sensitize their mind-body-movement continuum. She has pioneered, taught and continuously researched through the lens of the Axis Syllabus (AS). She has taught at TseKH-Moscow Impulstanz-Vienna, TQW-Vienna, Transformation, 303-Montreal , SEAD among many other institutions, festivals and private initiatives. Kira has developed a reputation for being an inspiring and sensitive teacher. As a performer she has danced in the works of David Szlasa (US), Sara Shelton Mann (US), Avy K. Productions (RU), Christine Bonansea (US/FR), Half Machine (DK), ABCdance collective/Frey Faust, Cie. Anna Tenta (AT) and in numerous collaborations with her peers. In 2009 she started collaborating with Montrealer Kelly Keenan and their creations "species - a moving body exposition" and "useless creatures" have been presented in the US, Canada and Austria. 



Kazuma Glen Motomura (bodypoet/mad world dance/taet vremya) | Japan, Zimbabwe

Half Japanese half Zimbabwean/South African, fully human. Trained in martial arts, street dance and contemporary dance theater, he seeks to communicate beyond culture and form(ality). Kazuma works in a versatile wide spectrum;  performing in close collaboration with political and environmental activists, internationally renowned choreographers touring the world, cutting edge commercial work, teaching, and dancing alone in nature. After the accident of Fukushima, Kazuma started to create pieces about nuclear power, war, Japanese military sex slavery, racism and nationalism to challenge the taboos with a wide open heart in theaters and in demonstrations. Fouding member of Lake Studios Berlin residence space.  





Monica Gentile - Italy/Berlin

graduated at the University “DAMS THEATER” at the Faculty of Philosophy and Literature of Bologna. She is a dancer, Yoga Teacher and a martial arts practitioner (Kung fu and Aikido). She is interested in Movement Research, Feldenkrais and Body Mind Centering (BMC). She has studied with Yoga teachers in Italy: Giuseppe Tamanti in Bologna and Yogiraj Aruna Nath Giri in Milano. She has also practiced with several teachers in Kerala (India). From 2011 to 2013 she attended the School of Hatha Yoga ISYCO in Bologna through the Department of Oriental studies of the University of Torino were she got the Degree of Hatha Yoga Teacher. She has been teaching since 2010 and has a wide range of experience with her body and a broad knowledge of the body’s anatomy and Indian physiology.



Ilana Reynolds | USA, France

As a dancer, a teacher, and an improviser Ilana’s background and influences are based in Afro-Brazilian dance/Capoeira, Release Technique and dance improvisation. From 2004-2012, she was based in the United States where she worked with numerous dance companies. Her longest collaboration was with Braziilian choreographer Augusto Soledade/Brazzdance in Miami, FL. She toured nationally and internationally with the company serving as rehearsal director, repertory teacher and dancer. She has been awarded four artistic scholarships through the State of Florida and City of Miami to study with choreographer Christine Brunel in Essen, Germany and The Bill T Jones and Arnie Zane Dance Company, NY, NY. In 2012, she moved to Berlin to further her research in contemporary dance practices and performance. Ilana’s movement research stems from utilizing improvisation and imagination to physically explore, play and discover sensations and textures in the body. She is interested in how these qualities are lived and experienced rather than simply remaining representations of ideas. Fine-tuning the ability to tap into the intuitive mind and body, while continuously exploring the story of the dance in order to unlock its own creative system, inspire her research. In the summer of 2013, Ilana was an artist in residence at OMI-International Art Center where she worked and collaborated with six other dance artists from around the world. Ilana thrives in the exchange of creative processes and interactions with other artists. She sees the art of collaboration as being the seed to growing an incredible garden of ideas, experiences, inspirations and a wealth of knowledge to feed the artistry and creativity of the mind and body.




Antoine Ragot - France

Antoine was born in Poitiers, France and is now based between Berlin and nomadism. Being an athlete throughout his first 20 years of life, his interest in the body manifested in two years of medical school which led to the university of sport sciences of which he graduated with a Bachelor degree specializing in education and motor skills. He then became involved in dance and different contact improvisation communities throughout France which brought him closer to unify his interests for the body, movement and performance. Today Antoine brings many years of teaching contact improvisation, sports (especially swimming and judo) and early motor development to his fastidious bent for research and sharing of the Axis Syllabus, of which he is a certified teacher. Antoine is known for his enthusiasm and infecting others with the movement-research-geek-syndrome. He is also a passionate improviser, who is recently developing a specific character, ingenuous, playful, boiling, anxious, slightly clownish that dreams/plans of pursuing a more regular performance practice once his son starts the Kindergarten!



Past permanent residents & founders:

Paul Schulz - Berlin (founding member)

A professional carpenter who besides being a fundamental part of the construction of the studios, has also been a performer in the production Le Sacre du Printemps, choreography by Marcela Giesche (premiered at HAU2 2013). 

Gali Kinkulkin - Israel/Berlin

Tina Benko - Slovenia

Karen Eliza Harvey - USA


Bruno Caverna - Brazil (founding member)


Alexandra Rogovska | Greece, Ukraine (founding member)


Michael Shapira | Israel, Berlin (founding member)


Leilani Franco Phillipines, UK (founding member)




 Artists and Collaborators: 

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