Contact Improvisation & Tantra
Workshop with Benno Enderlein (D) & Sabine Sonnenschein (AT)

Fri: 6:30 - 10:00 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.

  We focus on human encounter in dance. Tantric approaches to the world allow us to experience classical basics of Contact Improvisation (CI) techniques (dealing and playing with gravity, effect and use of weight, rolling point) in a new way. The emotional, spiritual, and sensual aspects of dance become as important as the physical aspect. In this way, we gain a new perspective on the familiar language of contact improvisation.
Extensive dance in the space and rather acrobatic elements of CI alternate with sensing the inner stream and energies in the body!
In meditation, we learn how to deal with inner energies and inwardness. We sense and activate the space of the heart, the pelvis and our intuitive and spiritual abilities.
We deepen our exploration of qualities of touching and getting touched as a key to new experience of contact.
We learn tools of dance technique that support an Us in the dance.
Beyond the question of how I lift, roll, and fly, being present and in the moment are more relevant for us.
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 listen to and sense yourself and the others at the same time. 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?
Which kind of contact takes place, if 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?
Am I able to say very clearly yes or no to a quality of touch or a dance?
Basic themes are dealing respectfully with myself and displaying 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.

No need for nakedness in this workshops.

You are welcome to join us with your partner or alone!

For participation some experience in dance improvisation and meditation is needed.

The workshop is held in German and English!

What is tantra?
What is contact improvisation?

PRANA Yoga-Studio Mariahilferstraße 82, 1070 Wien

NFORMATION & REGISTRATION: Sabine Sonnenschein, 0043-650-3197237

Early bird price: € 190,-
From February 1st on: € 220,-
Cancellation of the registration is possible with an administrative charge of EURO 50,-. If you cancel after February16th 2015, you will be charged the entire fee, unless you find a person replacing you.




Benno Enderlein 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.


(* 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 and is freelance choreographer and performer since 1992. Her artistic work - 39 performance pieces - has been shown in Europe and NYC.
Focuses in her dance education in NYC and Vienna were:
release techniques, contemporary dance, contact improvisation (CI), developmental movement and ballet with Zvi Gotheiner.
She has been involved with sensitizing the body since 1990, and CI since more than 20 years. Impressive CI teachers for her were Nita Little, Andrew Harwood, Inge Kaindlstorfer, Martin Keogh, Daniel Lepkoff, Mark Tompkins.
She has training in tantric full body massage (AnandaWave/Cologne). She was introduced to yin yang massage by Andro, has studied pelvic massage by K. Ruby and has been introduced to Kashmir tantrism and Kashmir yoga of touch by Daniel Odier. Deepening in "Vijnana Bhairava Tantra" with Dr. Bettina Bäumer.
She is sexologist in education, she studies the sexualtherapeutic method Sexocorporel.
In Vienna she has practiced tantric body work, womb healing and tantric coaching with focus on sexuality since 2006.
Internationally she gives workshops focusing on the fusion of Tantra and Contact Improvisation, mainly in Vienna, Freiburg and Paris.

  Photos (c): Lars Ebert, Benno Enderlein, Robert Peres, Jesse Johnson, Regina Mierzwa