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

February 8th-10th, 2013, Prana Yoga-Studio, in Vienna (AT)

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.
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: 200,- EURO
Deposit of EURO 50,- till January 25 th, 2013 to:
Bank Austria
Name of account: Verein für Tanz-, Bewegungs- und Bildertheater
IBAN: AT271100001473893400
Reference: Workshop Februar 2013

Cancellation is possible till February 1st, 2012. From February 2nd with an administrative charge of EURO 50,- . If you cancel after February 6th, you will be charged the entire fee, unless you find a person replacing you.

Accomodation: On request

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

PRANA Yoga-Studio
Mariahilferstraße 82
1070 Wien

Sabine Sonnenschein (A):

(1970, AT) has been choreographer and performer since 1992 and has had a tantric approach to life since 2004. She lives and teaches a fusion of tantric perspective on the world and dance as a practice of life. She studied contemporary dance, theatre science, philosophy and history of art. Her performances have been shown 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. She studied "Vijnana Bhairava Tantra" with Dr. Bettina Bäumer. 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. Sabine Sonnenschein has been cooperating with Günter Touschek since 2010. They organize Night of Dance & Tantra in Vienna


Günter Touschek(A):

(*1962, AT) is father of two sons, musician, singer in different genres, dancer, impro theatre actor, photographer, ComMusication trainer, LinzErschweben guide. Assitant teacher at workshops focusing on contact improvisation and tantra in Austria, Czech Republic andSpain; in cooperation with Sabine Sonnenschein or Zita Pavlištová. Arranges evenings of mantra chanting. For many years he has been dancing contact improvisation (CI) and making music for CI jams. He creates sound spaces by receiving and supporting what wants to be expressed. His instruments are for example guitars, ukulele, monochord, zither, shruti box. He refines the instruments with electronic like loop, delay and reverb, in a way that the natural sound of the instrument doesn't get lost.

  Photos (c): Robert Peres, Günter Touschek
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