Contact Improvisation based on Tantra
Workshop (retreat)
with Sabine Sonnenschein (AT) & Felix Ruckert (DE):

  Oct. 8th to 12th, 2012, Schwelle 7, Berlin (DE)
Retreat / Monday to Friday, October 8 to 12, 2012 / all day,
10 a.m. - 10 p.m. (10 a.m. - 1 p.m. / 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. / 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.)
Photo: (c) Robert John Peres, 2011

Sabine and Felix direct this retreat together. Sabine provides the Tantric and Felix focuses on the tools for Contact Improvisation. Their common base is Contemporary Dance and Contact Improvisation.

Contact Improvisation
, Tantric meditation and massage are interwoven to a whole.
Contact Improvisation (CI) was developed in the US in the 1970s. As a dance practice and social event CI has a deeply sensual aspect where bodies find each other and come together. In classical CI classes, this aspect is basically ignored. The idea of setting aside sensuality and with it the erotic element, created a space for CI to develop, which is important, but nevertheless based on fiction.
In this retreat, through tantric approach und techniques, CI becomes a tantric practice and sensual dance experience in which space for love energy, full of presence and awareness is provided within a defined form.
We will experience classical basics of CI techniques (dealing and playing with gravity, effect and use of weight) in a new way because of tantric approaches towards the world, such as sparsa (touching and getting touched), spanda (vibration of the conciousness and the world) and surrender to your lover.
In dance we touch the space - our lover. We make love with the space or with a partner or several partners as well as the space. You allow the awareness to experience you, the space, and us. CI, as a tantric practice, means experiencing an "us," which arises from non-intentionality, from improvisation, and from the very moment.
Dancing has neither future nor destination, but is always now, in this moment.

A deep encounter becomes possible, if I am not wanting anything from you, nor you from me. A deep encounter becomes possible, when I don't just use you to feel myself and when my ego does not instrumentalise you, but instead, becomes silent and we experience each other and the space. We do not lose ourselves in one other when our awareness of the space brings us into harmony with the systole and diastole of the universe.

In the evening sessions we focus on healing awareness and massage/touch: In the first session we get aware of the space of the heart, the breast and the breasts. In the second and third session we feel and sensitise the female and male womb and genitals. Healing awareness in these energetic centres and body parts enriches us, our dances and our encounters. For these massages nakedness is not required.

This retreat provides a safe space for personal as well as group experiences. Be clear with your YES or NO to a dance or to a quality of touch! You practise to be aware of yourself, to be responsible of yourself and empathic towards others. You are invited to get aware of your personal boundaries, limits and taboos. You might respect them, experiment with them or transcend them. A specific playground for this is for example choosing a partner for the massage.

For participation some experience in a wholesome as well as physical training is needed, like Tantra, CI or as well dance, dance improvisation, Yoga, Tai Chi, martial arts etc.

None of the heteronormativity of classical Tantra!

  Photo: Regina Mierzwa, 2007
  Fees: 250 EURO

Information and registration:

Sleeping: We can host up workshop participants basic opportunities to stay overnight. The cost is 10 EUR a night per person.

Schwelle 7
Uferstraße 6 HH 1. OG
13357 Berlin/Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 173 - 6118404

Traffic Link: U8 Pankstraße, U9 Osloer Straße, U9 Nauener Platz, SB Gesundbrunnen, SB Humboldthain, Bus M27 Brunnenplatz,+Uferstr+6

  Sabine Sonnenschein
Photo: (c) Robert John Peres
(1970, AT) has been a choreographer and performer since 1992 and has had a tantric approach to life since 2004.
She lives and teaches a fusion of a tantric perspective on the world and dance as a practice of life. She studied contemporary dance, theatre science, philosophy and history of art. Her work has been shown, among other places, in Europe and NYC, .
She has been involved with sensitizing the body since 1990, and Contact Improvisation since 1991. She has training in tantric full body massage (AnandaWave/Cologne) and also lomi lomi nui. She was introduced to yin yang massage by Andro, has studied pelvic massage by K. Ruby; she has been introduced to Kashmir tantrism and Kashmir yoga of touch by Daniel Odier. In Vienna she has practiced tantric body work since 2006, primarily individual work.
She gives workshops focusing on the fusion of Tantra and Contact Improvisation. Teacher at ImpulsTanz Vienna and at Schwelle 7 in Berlin. She organizes Night of Dance & Tantra in Vienna.
  Felix Ruckert

is a dancer, choreographer, and conceptor. His experimental dance pieces and installations, his participatory work, but also his choreographies for ballet companies earned him an international reputation as an innovative contemporary choreographers. Since 30 years he is interested in all sort of body techniques. He studied ballet, modern and contemporary dance, Improvisation, Feldenkrais, Yoga, Chi Kung Tantra, Kyudo and much more. He worked as a dancer with several renowned european companies, before concentrating on choreography and conceptual work. Since ten years he is also involved in a practical and theoretical investigation of BDSM and explores connections between BDSM techniques and artistic practices, developing an art and philosophy of sensual communication. He directs the performance space schwelle7 in Berlin and curates and organizes - in collaboration with Caprice Dilba - the annual festival xplore. More at:
  Photos above: (c) Robert John Peres

  Photos above: Contact Improvisation based on Tantra - Retreat with Sabine Sonnenschein,
Schwelle 7, Berlin, Germany, February 2010
(c): Christian Lechner, Sabine Sonnenschein
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