Contact Improvisation & Tantra
Workshop with Sabine Sonnenschein (AT)
with Kashmiri tantric massage (as taught by Daniel Odier)!
live music: Günter Touschek (AT)
Assistance: Christian Neher (DE/AT)

For everybody, who has experience in Contact Improvisation (CI) and meditation

May 31st- June 2nd, 2019, Fokus, Vienna (AT)

Fri: 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Sat: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. (including two breaks)
Sun: 11 a.m.- 5p.m. (including one break)


Our body and psyche are always true, they never cheat us. We learn to listen to them, to find our inner truth. Forget your concept of self and what you are: Trust the moment and your body.
In this workshop we create energy in our bodies on our own as well as by influencing each other.  We can create energy by breathing, by shaking and rocking, by vibration and through touch. Each dance, each encounter informs our bodies, changes us energetically. Each dance makes us/our identity anew. Through aware breathing we support our dance.
If we are able to sense each other also without physical touch, we create a high awareness and are able to listen to each other profoundly. What and whom do you attract in dancing CI and why? We get aware of the energies and qualities of our chakras (centres of energy in the body).
We learn how to deal in an aware way with our sexual energy in the body and direct it with tantric breathing techniques in the body. Sexual energy nourishes our dance!

In CI you experience to trust yourself and others. You are carried by the floor, you are carried by others. You experience to trust your own body, especially, when you fall.
The physical experience of being carried and held provides your devotion. This experience reinforces your basic trust and might be deeply healing.
You experience yourself in your strength and energy and in being connected with the earth, the universe, the others.
You experience to fly, to be in the moment and to be curious. Tantra & Contact Improvisation is a physical, spiritual and psychic experience of being one with the universe.
You experience that there is nothing to do for being loved, but that you are loved, just because you are.

You learn Kashmiri tantric massage (as taught by Daniel Odier). Direct out of the massage you will find into a dance.
Kashmiri massage is based on relaxed belly breathing.
The massage lets you arrive inside yourself, arrive in your inner peace. You can experience deep comfort, feeling of security and oneness in the massage. It can be very healing. It is very close and sensual. By embracing and enveloping each we experience absolute love and endless tenderness, if we free ourselves from inner limitations! There is only the moment in being touched by the endless space and permeated by love.
Tandava, a slow dance meditation, based on breathing already provides the experience of touching the space and getting touched by the space.
With his sounds Günter Touschek creates magical spaces, in which we meet each other. With his live music he is in a dialogue with the participants/dancers and the participants/dancers with him.
These sounds are supporting us to expand into the space and experience our actual dimension, which is divine.

We feel spanda in us.
Spanda - meaningful in Kashmiri tantrism - is vibration, consciousness, cosmic vibration.
We practise dance and touch as meditation, which facilitates transpersonal and spiritual experiences.
The base of meeting, encoutering is: To sense yourself, to sense your physical body and the subtle emotions and energies inside, to be aware of your personal boundaries, limits and taboos. In each moment you decide whether you respect them in a loving way or experiment with them or transcend them.
For being fully in a dance, a meeting, you have to be sure that your limits are respected by the other(s). The workshop situation itself provides a safe space.
Only if we are able to say no to what we don’t want right now, we have a clear yes to what we want. We learn to be able to articulate a no and get out of a dance, that is not appropriate for us right now.

None of the heteronormativity of classical Tantra!
You are welcome alone or together with your partner/s.
The workshop will be held in German and English.

Watch this contact improvisation dance video:

Photo (c). Patrick Beeleart
Photos on the right (c): Robert Peres, Günter Touschek, Patrick Beelaert

Fees: 230,- EURO
Deposit of EURO 50,- to:
Bank Austria
Name of account: Verein für Tanz-, Bewegungs- und Bildertheater
IBAN: AT27 1100 0014 7389 3400
As reference please write your name as well as May 31st - June 2nd, 2019

Cancellation is possible with an administrative charge of EURO 50,-. If you cancel after May 23th, you will be charged the entire fee, unless you find a person replacing you or there is a waiting list

Accomodation: On request

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

1070 Wien, Neubaugasse 44 / staircase 2 / 2nd floor/ top 12

Sabine Sonnenschein talks about the healing aspect of contact improvisation:

Photo (c): Patrick Beelaert

Sabine Sonnenschein (A):
Photo (c): Jesse Johnson

Sabine Sonnenschein Contact Improvisation Tantra 2019
Günter Touschek Contact ImprovisationSabine Sonnenschein Contact Improvisation Vienna Tantra

is tantra & dance teacher, clinical sexologist (sexualtherapeutic method Sexocorporel), cheoreographer.
She lives and teaches a fusion of a tantric perspective on the world and dance as a practice of life.
She supports people to get aware of themselves, to sense their bodies and themselves and to have a healthy and blissful (sexual) life.
She has been teaching at international tantra as well as dance festivals, like Tantra Festival Ibiza, Tantra & Sexuality Festival Poland, Open Heart Festival at ZEGG close to Berlin, Touch & Play, Art of Sex Festival, Xplore, Contact Festival Freiburg, ImPulsTanz Vienna, Contact Festival Austria.
Her artistic work - 39 performance pieces - has been shown in Europe and NYC. She dances Contact Improvisation since 1990; impressive CI teachers for her were Nita Little, Andrew Harwood, Daniel Lepkoff.
She is student of tantra master Daniel Odier since 2008, she has been introduced to Kashmir tantrism and Kashmir yoga of touch. Deepening in "Vijnana Bhairava Tantra" with Dr. Bettina Bäumer.
Her work one-to-one and with couples:
She works as clinical sexologist with the sexualtherapeutic method Sexocorporel , she gives tantric body work and womb dialogue and teaches tantra.
She has training in tantric full body massage (AnandaWave/Michaela Riedl/Cologne). She was introduced to yin yang massage by Andro, has studied pelvic massage by K. Ruby. She made the physiotherapeutic training BM Balance (prevention and therapy of problems in the pelvis, bladder, prostate).
Internationally she gives workshops focusing on the fusion of Tantra and Contact Improvisation, mainly in Vienna, Germany and France.
Sabine Sonnenschein works together with the musician Günter Touschek (AT) since 2010. She also works together with Déva Presence (Mexico), Benno Enderlein (DE) and Manuela Blanchard (CH).


Günter Touschek(AT):
Photo (c): Günter Touschek
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 and Spain; in cooperation with Zita Pavlištová, Ulrike Prochazka and Sabine Sonnenschein. 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.

Christian Neher (DE/AT):

Christian Neher Contact Improvisation
Studied physics. He is yoga teacher and gestalt therapist in education. Looking back on a long and successful career as tournament dancer, he's been getting into contact improvisation, studying it extensively all over the world and began teaching this form in 2011. Engaged in tantra since 2009 (Art of Being, Skydancing, Daniel Odier, Sabine Sonnenschein, among others) . He's teaching social dances & contact improvisation. He's working with Sabine Sonnenschein since 2011.