Music in Motion: Surfing the Waves of Rhythm

a rhythm and movement workshop • $25 general/$20 university/$15 students 12–18

Saturday, June 29th, 1–5pm

East Hawai‘i Cultural Center (EHCC)
across from Kalākaua Park
141 Kalakaua St, Hilo, HI 96720


In this workshop, we invite you on a very special tour through the exciting world of polyrthythmic music and movement via a harmonious balance of the rhythm method TaKeTina, somatic movement, and improvisational rhythm structures that are often perceived as complex and difficult become easy and natural when we learn them through the body. You experience the joy, depth, personal growth, trance-like states, and creative potential within universal rhythm principals. Beginners are guided into a protected space of experimentation while advanced movers, actors, or musicians have the opportunity to question preconceptions and explore their limits. After a warm-up using different somatic movement methods that allow us to deeply dive into the structures of our own body and to open up to the space around us and to the group, we have fun with some preliminary body percussion games and rhythm exercises, before we go on our first TaKeTiNa journey. We explore one or two of the basic polyrhythmic structures which we can later take into fluid and beautiful movements. A period of deep relaxation and the opportunity for sharing our experience closes the workshop.

Learn more about TaKeTiNa at the international website.


Natascha Noack is a dancer, choreographer, and curator who investigates the intersections of movement, performance, music, and film. After studying African contemporary dance in Paris and in Bielefeld, she spent time in Mali, Burkina Faso, Guinea, and Senegal where she had the opportunity to deepen her knowledge of the traditional African rhythm and dance forms. Natascha finds particular inspiration in the work of Elsa Wolliaston, for whom she became an assistant both at the Theater Festival Berlin and during a teacher training in Bordeaux. Presently, Natascha teaches at Tanzfabrik Berlin, the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music, the Film University Potsdam, and at Talents, a section of the International Film Festival Berlin. She also holds a yearly summer dance academy in the Czech Republic and conducts workshops throughout Europe. Natascha is a graduate of the TaKeTiNa percussion training and a curator for the International Film Festival Berlin

“Natascha is a spirit lady with great mastery… She is pure channel when connected with rhythm and dance. She opens a ceremony where we all get beyond forms when dancing. We learn forms from her but the purpose is to get beyond it and understand the patterns of the dance creation.  Her eyes are in the sky and the dancing feet are the roots of a tree.”

~J.B., Mexico, dancer

Helmut Erler is a sound designer, musician, and rhythm therapist dedicated to work with sound as it is perceived through the body. For more than 15 years he has been among the few leading sound engineers who originated and refined the world-renowned “Berlin sound” of electronic music. He is a master of cutting vinyl records and has worked for hundreds of internationally successful musicians, DJs, and record labels. He teaches sound perception and audio-engineering; has worked for radio, television, and theatre performances; and builds and maintains sound studios and live venues. Helmut has released six albums with his electronic dub-band and toured throughout Europe.

“…kind of like the holy grail, the contemporary essence of dub and experimental sound sketches.“

From 2015 to 2018 he participated in TaKeTiNa Rhythm Therapy training, led by TaKeTiNa founder Reinhard Flatischler. Based in Berlin, Helmut now offers sound therapy in clinical settings and leads regular groups and workshops throughout Europe.

Natascha and Helmut are assisted by Deborah Masterson.