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Contact Improvisation & Tantra
One-Year Training 2015 in Freiburg
with Benno Enderlein & Sabine Sonnenschein


September, 25th -27th, 2015: Engaging and Setting Boundaries
November, 13th -15th, 2015: Affection/Aversion
January, 22nd -24th, 2016: Qualities of touch
March, 11th -13th, 2016: Being one, Presence

Fri: 4 - 9:30 p.m.
Sat: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. / 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Sun: 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., 2:30 - 5 p.m

November, 13th -15th, 2015:
We decided to
OPEN our one-year training for a few more people, who would like to join it in NOVEMBER 2015. For people, who already know our teaching well, it's possible to join the training just for single weekends.
If you are deeply interested in the fusion of CI and tantra and already have experience in contact improvisation and meditation or tantra, you are welcome to contact us. In a talk we find out, whether it would fit for you and us that you join our group of the one-year training. We are looking forward to more people, who are ready to meet themselves, their innerness, the others and the space in dance.


We focus on human encounter in dance.
The original way of teaching Contact Improvisation is focussing on the physics (rolling point, flying skills, reaching, taking weight, falling). Through tantric aspects we enrich this way of teaching and we bring new and surprising aspects to it.
The emotional, spiritual, and sensual aspects of dance become as important as the physical aspect.
We explore spaces of encounter, in which eye contact, qualities of touch, chakras, subtle inner spaces are important. Our base is the encounter with yourself; to listen to yourself , the conscious sensing of your own body (proprioception), the perception of inner sensations, inner energies, stream of thoughts and their effects on the dance.
We experience qualities of touching and getting touched (sparsa) as a key to a new experience of Contact-Improvisation and wholesome being.
More important than questions like how do i lift, how do i roll, how do i fly are presence and being in the moment! Dancing thereby becomes a deep human experience and spiritual practice.
In this, we will explore, what it means to be aware of yourself and to be with others. We will experience what it is like to sense yourself and the others at the same time. Which quality of touch do I like, which do I not like? Am I able to articulate a very clear "YES" "or "NO" to a quality of touch or a dance? How do closeness and distance arise, not only externally but, mainly, internally?
What thoughts, affinities and aversions come up in my dance and how do they influence my dance? What do I expect from my dance partner, consciously or unconsciously?
What happens when I instrumentalise the others and use them to feel myself? What kind of experience takes place when I do not want anything from my dance partner, and my dance partner does not want anything from me?
Can my dance evolve freely and dynamically without intention, concept, or aim?
Basic themes are: dealing respectfully with myself, self-responsibility and empathy in dealing with others. I am invited to become aware of my personal boundaries, limits, and taboos and to look at them affectionately. I can preserve them, experiment with them, or outgrow them.

Contact improvisation and Tantra let us experience the higher self, connection to the universe, the world, the others and immediate authenticity in encounters. This training enriches your love life and living in relationships.
Teachings include tantric meditation, kundalini yoga sadhana, contact improvisation technique and skills from a tantric point of view, elements of body work, and massage.

For participation, some experience in a holistic, physical training is required, for example, Tantra, CI, or dance, dance improvisation, Yoga, Tai Chi, martial arts, etc.

The training is done with clothes on.
The training is held in German and English!

In the first module (September, 25th -27th, 2015), we offer an extra session of 2,5 hours from 4 p.m. on.. We reserve the right, out of the experience , to do an extra session again during the following weekends or to withdraw from it.


€ 760.-, if registered until August, 25th, 2015, after that € 880.- for four weekends
For just the first workshop you pay € 220,-.
If you start the training with the 2nd weekend, you pay just for three weekends.

LOCATION: THE MOVE in Freiburg in Breisgau in Germany

INFORMATION: Sabine Sonnenschein
T.: 0043-650-3197237
REGISTRATION: Benno Enderlein: bennoenderlein(at)
Latest possibility to join the One-Year Training is the second weekend of the training.

If you cancel three weeks or longer before the weekend you registered for , there is a cancellation fee of € 30,-. If you cancel during three weeks before the booked weekend the cancellation fee is € 100,-.

Cancellation of the whole One-Year Training:
Cancellation is possible till October 4th 2015 paying just € 220,-. If you cancel after October 4th, you pay for the whole One-Year Training.



What is contact improvisation?

What is tantra?


Benno Enderlein (D)

studied at the "European Dance Development Center" of Arnhem University (NL) from 1989 to 1993.
Focuses of his work as a dance teacher are Contact Improvisation, Body-Mind Centering, Release Techniques and choreography.
Important influences came from Nancy Stark Smith, Steve Paxton, Bob Rease, Mark Tomkins, Deborah Hay and others. Since 1991 he is teaching New Dance and bodywork, especially Contact Improvisation, and is a dance performer.
He has been Shiatsu practitioner since 1991 and and certified Shiatsu therapist GSD (Gesellschaft für Shiatsu Deutschland) since 1997.
Since 1999 he has been practising awareness training and meditation techniques intensely, especially in the Advaita tradition.
For ten years he's been organising dance events and is co-founder and organizer of the international Contact Festival in Freiburg. He works together with Sabine Sonnenschein till 2013.


Sabine Sonnenschein

(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. 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 given individual sessions of tantric bodywork or womb dialog since 2006. She gives workshops focusing on the fusion of Tantra and Contact Improvisation. Teacher at ImpulsTanz Vienna, Studio Keller in Paris and at Schwelle 7 in Berlin. Sabine Sonnenschein works together with Günter Touschek (since 2010), Benno Enderlein (since 2013) and Manuela Blanchard.

  Photos above: (c) (c) Lars Ebert, Benno Enderlein, Robert John Peres