Contact Improvisation based on Tantra
Weekend (workshop)
with Sabine Sonnenschein (dance&tantra /A) & GŁnter Touschek (live music, sound / A)

October 19th - 21th, 2012, Institut Prana, in Vienna (A)
Fri: 6:30 - 10:00 p.m.
Sat: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. / 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. / 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Sun: 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., 3 - 6 p.m.

Sabine Sonnenschein, choreographer with tantric approach to life, and Günter Touschek, musician, singer and dancer offer a spiritual practice of meditation, dance and sounds full of sensuallity and delight. This is a delicate chance to listen to yourself and the others in terms of sound, energies, touch and emotions. Live music! Enjoy!

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 workshop, 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. klklklklkkkkllkkklklklklkjkjkjkjk
In dance we touch the space. 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.

We refine all of our senses in order to enter into play with one another. There are impulses that lead us deeper into each other
and open spaces inwardly, and such that allow us to move outwardly, expanding into the space.

The ultimate goal is that by listening to each other, meetings/dances take place appropriate to the specific moment: as close as is suitable for the dancers at that moment: as distant, dynamic, silent, sensitive, poetic, tender, or wild. 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 and to look at them in a loving way. You might respect them, experiment with them or transcend them.

Günter will provide live music, guide free sounding, chanting of mantras and offer a massage of whispers, that is, a bath of voices (talking, singing, sounds) and touches.

This workshop provides a safe space for personal as well as group experiences.
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!

Fees: 190,- EURO

Sleeping: On request

Information and registration:
Sabine Sonnenschein
Ph: +43-650-3197237

Mariahilferstraße 82
1070 Wien

Sabine Sonnenschein (A):

(*1970, AT) studied theatre science, philosophy and history of art and has been a freelance choreographer and performer since 1992. Her work has been shown, among other places, in Vienna (Tanzquartier Wien, ImPuls Tanz, Tanzsprache, imagetanz,...), Munich, London, NYC, Stuttgart, Prague, Pula, Berlin, and St.Petersburg, . 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; intensified her tantric experience at AnandaWave and SkyDancing (Munich), and 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 in Vienna and in 2010 and 2011 several times at Schwelle 7 in Berlin.


Günter Touschek(A):

(*1962, AT) lives in Linz, father of two sons.
Musician, singer in different genres, dancer, impro theatre actor, photographer, KomMusikations-Trainer, LinzErschweben-Guide.Workshops for young people and adults. Many years of experience with Contact Improvisation and music on CI jams.

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