Body IQ Festival 2021

Body IQ Festival 2021

BODY IQ 2021 celebrates Bodies of Cultures, Communities & Places

BODY IQ 2021 aims address questions of embodied recovery & revisioning in the context of global ethical, social & ecological crises and change. Somatic practices have moved beyond a field of sensorial, experiential and emancipatory learning into wider educational, therapeutic, artistic and social-justice contexts. Body IQ Festival recognises the urgent need for meaningful re-embodiment of increasingly digitalised cultural communities in a pandemic and post-pandemic world.

BODY IQ 2021 offers a forum for practice exchange, practice-theory dialogue, debate, experiment, networking, application and articulation of potential for somatic-activisms beyond the field into a diverse range of cultural and social environments. The three-day festival offers workshops, talks, panel-discussions and performances with international presenters. The festival will offer live and online participation and modes of communication in line with codes of safer practice.

// How do we articulate somatic-informed practices as sensitive tools for social and political transformation? 
// How do we address hidden and embodied ideologies, modes of exclusion, oppression and privilege within our growing field? 
// How do we take responsibility for mobilising, activating and organising meaningful ethical embodied interaction in a rapidly changing world? 
// How do we move beyond a historically inscribed ‘whiteness’ of the field towards a making space for global-majority bodies of culture? 
// How can somatic practices contribute toward a re-embodiment of attention and sustainable human interaction with a living world?



BODY IQ is a festival that celebrates ourselves as living, pulsating and communicating bodies. Without embodiment there is no experience – without experience there is no foundation for intelligence or cultural evolution.

BODY IQ offers a platform to generate impulses to access the knowledge, wisdom and potential of the conscious human form in communication and action.

BODY IQ Festival has been initiated by Kai Ehrhardt and hosted by Somatische Akademie Berlin in dialogue with international partners since 2015 as a forum for critical engagement with practices of embodiment in socio-political contexts.


Open call for Presenters:

We are inviting artists, educators and scholars to contribute through workshops, academic presentations, performances and artefacts, lectures, provocations or other alternative formats.

// Deadline for your application January 31st 2021
// Feedback from curator team by February 28th 2021
// To apply please fill out this form (link) including a 200 word abstract / proposal and a 200 word biography
// Should you have questions regarding the application please send us an email to:

// We are aiming to pay a fee between 50 and 100 € per contribution and cover a portion of travel expenses, but cannot promise this yet, as we are in the process of seeking funding. 
// Alternatively, we also ask presenters, due to Covid-19, to kindly donate their festival participation if your institution can give financial support that covers costs (fee, accommodation and travel) needed for your participation at Body IQ Festival 2021.   

Curator team:

// Kai Ehrhardt
// Angela Guerreiro
// Thomas Kampe
// Mäks Roßmöller

Topics include:

// Critical Somatics 
// Somatic Activisms 
// Social Somatics & Applied Somatics 
// Somatics and the creative processes in dance 
// Cultural Somatics and Critical Whiteness 
// Somatic Performance Cultures 
// The Power of Touch in a post-pandemic world 
// Moving Masculinities & Gender 
// De-Colonising the Field 
// De-Centering Whiteness 
// Somatic Education for different Age-Groups 
// Somatics and diverse abilities 
// Re-moving Trauma; Somatics in the Digital Age 
// Intercultural Somatic Networks 
// Eco-Somatics, Post-Humanism & Eco-Crisis 
// Re-Embodiment and/as Re-Empowerment 
// Somatics as micro-activisms in city-environments 
// Theorising Critical Somatic Practices

** Please visit our dedicated Body IQ Festival 2021 website to follow the latest updates about the team and the program. The detailed program will be published at the beginning of March.




Kai Ehrhardt

Founder of the Somatic Academy Berlin, Breath Therapist/based on the work developed by Prof. Ilse Middendorf, Continuum Teacher and Heilpraktiker (Psychotherapy).

"I had the honor and privilege to learn from the two founders Prof. Ilse Middendorf (Perceptible Breath / Erfahrbarer Atem) and Emilie Conrad (Continuum) and I am pleased to be able to pass on this work." Since 2012, Kai has been developing professional trainings at the Somatic Academy as well as programs dedicated to the application of Somatics in everyday life. He has been a co-curator of the Body IQ festival since 2015. Since 2003, he has developed the approach "Authentic Eros", which integrates - as a somatic application - bodywork, relationship communication and group-dynamic processes in the area of personal and interpersonal development. He is a member of the professional associations Atem, Continuum and ISMETA.


Probetage: Somatisches Basisjahr

Fragen und Antworten zum Somatischen Basisjahr 2021: 24.Februar 2021


The Somatic Academy can resume its teaching activities

The Somatic Academy can offer its training programs and weekly