sunita asnani

movement, performance
art-based facilitation



I am a dance maker, art-based facilitator, coach and social entrepreneur with a background in adult education and social science. I live and work in Bern, Switzerland with my husband and partner Chris Lechner.


I am interested in combining social questions with artistic research. How do we create collective perspectives, cultures and identities? How does it show physically? What is beauty? How do we design ourselves and the world? How does the body think and communicate? What is the social component of dreaming? How do we create sense with our senses? 


More about my movement research in my blog.

More about art-based facilitation here.


art-based facilitation

As one of the co-founders and members of bend-it and Effinger Services  I facilitate workshops and processes in collaboration with my husband and organizations like HKB, Swiss Institute For Global Affairs, Urbane Dörfer or La Stoll. When it comes to facilitating change, learning from the thinking processes and in art, community building or an ideation process,  we offer impulses that invite non-linear thinking and acting. Using art-based methods and activities, we create a tilted plane; this “sloping position” creates a new perspective. A field of tension between routine perception and imaginative reinterpretation, a breeding ground for creativity.


Read about art-based facilitation and our services here:


social change

since November 2021, inspirierbar: collaboration for art-based facilitation, project lead process optimization and communication / social media


2016 - now, Powercoders: social lead and counsel for this IT Start-up for refugees, consisting of a coding course and the integration of refugees in the IT work field.

2018 - now: coach, consultant, internal and external expert for various social start ups or innovative projects, such as Inclusion, HEKS, Studio Clash and Singa Factory.​

2017 - 2020, Effinger Coworking Space: member of the space rental team.

2010 - 2016, HEKS Bern: counselor, facilitator, project co-leader of three programs offering language and social integrations courses and counseling. I was responsible for the management of around 1000 clients a year and more than 65 employees. 


Out of water #2 (2021) - a resumption and further development of the piece performed in 2020. A live concert and cinematographic dance performance at Prozess, Bern.


Art-based Facilitation (2021) - an ongoing blog about art-based facilitation and real use cases.


Movement Research (2021) - an ongoing journal on my daily practice and movement research documented in a series of videos and a blog.


 #1 In your hands, #2 Projectory, #Digital Twin Pt 1, #5 Digital Twin Pt 2, #7 Blueprint (2020) - a research on movement and projection in Bern during the 2nd lockdown, documented in a series of videos and a journal.


"Out of Water"(2020) - a dance performance and live concert at Beta Festival 2020 at Prozess.

"The Tuning Research Group"(2020) - a two hours long event at the Festival Instant Composition in Zürich.

"Rare Window 2"(2020)., a performance in a small window, at Progr Bern. 

"A beginning"(2019) - a dance performance and installation in an abandoned house in the country side of Aargau.

"Blind Trio"(2019) - three dancers improvising, giving each other instructions with closed eyes, following the Tuning Scores from Lisa Nelson, at Progr Jubiläum Bern.

"Fair Fashion Show"(2019) - the catwalk as an Event that installs fashion, models and dancers in Kraftwerk Zürich.


"Cooperation vs. Collaboration"(2019) - a speech about our learnings at Brownbag, Effinger Coworking Space.

"Effinger Coworking Space 3D"(2018) - a new format of storytelling together with Matthias Tobler at the Jahrestagung iafob. We combined speech, movement, graphic design and video. 

"Table Conversations #3"(2018) at Beta Stage Festival at Effinger Coworking Space, Bern.

"Reise zum Ursprung" (2017) in a collective brought together by Oleg Kaufmann, performed at Kulturnacht Solothurn.

Canopy of Love (2017) performed in Paris, Musée Guimet, in the exposition space of Jayashree Chakravarty

"Looking Glass" und "Mon trésor" (2017) at FIM, Unternehmen Mitte Basel.

“A Brief History of Horizontality"(2016) in collaboration with Shaunak Sen at PROGR Bern.

Table conversations #2 (2016) at unwrap the present, PROGR Bern.

Glass Auge (2016) as part of our residency in Kettenreaktion ArtCampus Attisholz.

Windows 2013 at Documentary Arts Asia in Chang Mai


Table Conversations #1 (2012) in New Delhi as the opener of the contemporary dance festival IGNITE


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