inkBoat trainings provide awareness practices to hone internal sensibilities and physical expression, stemming from improvisational training (Action Theater™) and Japanese performing arts (Body Weather Training, Noh Theater, Butoh Dance). We refine the body and mind utilizing Daoist Internal Arts (Yang Sheng Gong, Dao Yin, Qi Gong, Nei Gong), as well as MovNat® and Noguchi Taiso.

Focus on the body, it’s connectivity, strength and integrity.
Allow the mind access to the connective tissues, release the tension that constricts the breath.
Dance with the unknown.

April 5-day Intensive Workshop: Performing Life

April 7-11, 18:00 – 20:30 (Wednesday – Sunday, Swiss/Central European Summer Time)

Let us train elasticity, adaptability and presence to support one of the most essential human characteristics: creativity.

In this 5-day intensive workshop, we will be examining physical proposals from Internal Arts practices to cultivate the inner web of connective tissues, Action Theater to refine our relationship to the space around us, Body Weather to approach complexity and Natural Movement to apply the physical investigations to our functional lives.

While the physical research will serve those who consider themselves performing artists, it is accessible to anyone, curiosity is the only requirement.

April Weekly Class Schedule (Swiss/Central European Summer Time)**:

Mondays: 9:00-10:15: Yang Sheng Gong (circulation & mobility)

Mondays: 10:30 – 11:30: Performance Skills

Tuesdays: 18:00-19:00: Tinkering with movement

Thursdays: 19:00-20:30: Jing Jin (elasticate the sinews) **NO CLASS April 8

Fridays: 18:00-19:30: 5 Elements (balance your nature) **NO CLASS April 9

**Please check the class times against your local time zone

$99 for all Weekly Classes in April (note that April 8 and 9 classes will not take place because of the 5-day Intensive)

$150 for 5-Day Intensive ONLY (April 7-11)

OR… $200 for BOTH the intensive AND the regular classes (For one price, take as many or as few classes as suits you. Please contact us if you’re having financial difficulties.)


Jing Jin (elasticate the sinews)
taught by Shinichi Iova-Koga

Move with less contraction and more expansion. Initiate motion from central areas (kua, yao, yellow court) of the body. Allow the limbs to be transported, expansive and connected. Also control the center from the hands.

5 Elements (balance your nature)
taught by Shinichi Iova-Koga

Being a little out of balance makes change, and thus life, possible. And yet, imbalance can go too far. In this class, we’ll strengthen areas that are deficient and reduce our excess through the lens of classical 5 Element practice. This will be a standing and moving practice.

Tinkering with Movement
taught by Dana Iova-Koga

In this class we apply principles of curiosity, kindness and creativity to our movement explorations. We play with how movement research can be taken out of the confines of a class/studio setting and become (re)integrated with our daily lives. Principles will be explored through exercises coming from diverse disciplines including Natural Movement and Qi Gong, games, propositions and discussions that can then be expanded upon in a “Choose your own Adventure” fashion. Be prepared to be on the floor and perhaps take little field trips around your space.

Yang Sheng Gong / 養生功 (circulation and mobility)
Physical tune-up for health and longevity open to all levels and body types
taught by Shinichi Iova-Koga/ Wudang West (Switzerland) authorized to teach Yang Sheng Gong by Wudang West / David Wei.

Yang Sheng Gong includes a series of physical exercises designed to soften the body, develop functional flexibility and promote general health by increasing the power of the immune system, strengthening connective tissue, tendons and joints and increasing the flow of Qi, blood and subtle fluids.

Performance Skills for movers, musicians and theatrical performers
taught by Shinichi Iova-Koga
Authorized Action Theater™ Teacher

Bend feeling state and physical movement with timing and space. Say “yes” to the unknown, allowing the situation to develop its own logic, personality and energy. We practice for the performance of life and stage. Working with the principles of Action Theater.

Our ON DEMAND (pre-recorded) lessons are available to support your practice at home, focused on building a consistent and lasting physical practice to serve you in life, developing greater mobility, flexibility, circulation, alignment and strength.

Private Sessions with Shinichi or Dana

What needs refining or shaping in your practice or performance work? Contact us at [email protected] to arrange an appointment.

Training Modalities

This training focuses on the interconnected nature of soft tissues (including fascia), muscle, bone and the various regions of the body to promote vitality and strength. Taught by Shinichi Iova-Koga Authorized Qi Gong – Level 1 Instructor with Lotus Nei Gong

Find greater awareness of our inner state, bring the nervous system into balance, promote better circulation of fluids and energy in the body. Taught by Dana Iova-Koga Certified Qi Gong teacher by Holden Qi Gong.

Physical tune-up for health and longevity open to all levels and body types. Taught by Wudang West (Switzerland): Shinichi Iova-Koga & Dana Iova-Koga authorized by Wudang West / David Wei

Improvisational training for movers, musicians and theatrical performers. Taught by Shinichi Iova-Koga Authorized Action Theater™ Teacher by Ruth Zaporah.

Never fixed in culture or time, this dance remains a personal investigation. Taught by Shinichi Iova-Koga

Cultivate a body that is sensate, sensitive and dynamic, a body that, like the weather, is capable of shifting and transforming at any moment. Taught by Dana Iova-Koga

From the foundational MovNat® curriculum we play with some of the most innate and essential movements for the human body. Taught by Dana Iova-Koga, authorized MovNat® Level 1 Instructor

A system of releasing unnecessary tension and developing a responsive and dynamic body for life, dance, performance and sports. Taught by Shinichi Iova-Koga

For artists exploring the structural development of the performative act. Taught by Shinichi Iova-Koga

For all bodies who wish to create artful play between raw, earthy elements, personal expression and development. Taught by Shinichi Iova-Koga and Dana Iova-Koga

TEDx Talk on Improvisation by Shinichi
Dance on Land 2016
Bath Spa University Workshop by Shinichi

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