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

November 30th-December 2nd, 2018, IN VIENNA (AT), FOKUS
Fri: 7 - 10 p.m.
Sat: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. (including a break)
Sun: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
(including a break)

  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.

You experience on this weekend:
* Being more aware of yourself, your own body and of others.
* Expanding of your potential to react unprejudiced and in many ways in different situations.
* Tandava – mystic dance meditation
* Tantriic breathing techniques and directing of energy in the body
*Contacti improvisation techniques
* Qualities of touch from contact improvisation as well as tantra
* Healing of being carried and being held
* Healing of giving your weight to others

No need for nakedness in this workshops.

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

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

The workshop is held in German and English!

What is tantra?
What is contact improvisation?

Neubaugasse 44/ staircase 2 / top 12
1070 WIEN

NFORMATION & REGISTRATION: Sabine Sonnenschein, 0043-650-319 7237

€ 220,-
Cancellation of the registration is possible with an administrative charge of EURO 50,-. If you cancel from November 23trd 2018 on, 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 was co-founder and co-organizer of the international Contact Festival in Freiburg.


is clinical sexologist (sexualtherapeutic method Sexocorporel). she teaches tantra and contact improvisation internationally.
She is freelance choreographer and performer since 1992. She lives and teaches a fusion of a tantric perspective on the world and dance as a practice of life.
She has been teaching at a lot of festivals: Contact Festival Freiburg, ImPulsTanz Vienna, Touch & Play Festival, Tantra Festival Ibiza, Open Heart Festival im ZEGG bei Berlin, Tantra & Sexuality Festival Poland, Xplore Berlin, Xplore Wien, Contact Festival Austria, The Art of Sex Festival.
Her artistic work - 39 performance pieces - has been shown in Europe and NYC.
She has been dancing Contact ImprovisationI since 1990. Impressive CI teachers for her were Nita Little, Andrew Harwood, Daniel Lepkoff, Inge Kaindlstorfer.
She is a student of Daniel Odier since 10 years and has been introduced to Kashmir tantrism and Kashmiri massager. Deepening in "Vijnana Bhairava Tantra" with Dr. Bettina Bäumer.
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. Her work one-to-one and with couples:
In Vienna she works as clinical sexologist with the sexualtherapeutic method Sexocorporel , she gives womb dialogue and tantric body work.



"Hi Sabine
How are you?
I'm writing to tell you that this experience with contact and tantra was very very important and beautiful for me, and changing my life. Also the dance, but mainly the work with chakra and breath.
For sure I'll participate to other workshops, please continue to informing me".

C. (female, 28 years old, 2014)

SABINE thank U so much for BEING WHO YOU ARE !
Merci d~être qui vous êtes !
eyes CLOSED OPEN Chakras is the way to meet and enjoy share warmth, tenderness, comfort, energy and pleasure from one another
isn't it amazing? black, chinese, white, elderly, youngster, women, men and transgender...
From my point of view, CASTRATION is the main trigger for wars, slavery, submission and self destruction
The highest value in our western education, but not only; see the damage in so called traditional cultures !
The way you simply gently skillfully with subtlety and authenticity make it happen for all of us; joy in sensual~ SEXUAL experiencing of our mutual unspoken humanity.
HOW I WISH YOU COULD TEACH CHILDREN or ELSE SAVE THEM from the brutality of education that mostly deprive them from their creativity, self confidence, spontaneity, ability to love and create.
I DO HOPE you get much from all of us.
Take care keep well be happy
Hopefully see you soon, B.
B. (female, 58 years old, 2015)

"vielen dank noch mal für deine unglaublich berührende art. ich hab das gefühl einer meiner wichtigen lebenslehrerinnen in dir begegnet zu sein:)
danke für deine achtsamkeit!"

N. (weiblich, 30 Jahre, Juli 2013)

"Nachträglich möchte ich dir noch sagen, dass es mir sehr gut gefallen hat, es war sehr aufregend und auch schön für mich. Zeitweise habe ich über die Räume, die sich geöffnet haben, nur so gestaunt oder mich wir ein kleines Kind gefreut".
M., (männlich, 40 J., Juli 2013)

"Liebe Sabine, wow, danke Sabine für den wunderbaren Workshop und die vielen Impressionen und wunderbaren Sequenzen, die mir als Bilder im Kopf bleiben. Ich hatte ganz wunderbare Tänze.
Das, was ich als Essenz des harmonischen Zusammenspiels von Tanz und Tantra mitnehme ist, dass Beziehung und Partnerschaft, sowie allgemein unsere Kontakte lebendig sind, solange sie dynamisch sind und Bewegung stattfindet. Beziehung hat mit Loslassen zu tun, weg von der Idee zu kommen, dass Beziehung etwas mit Festhalten und Beständigkeit zu tun hat, mit Sicherheit und dem Wissen, was als Nächstes zu sein hat. Beziehung bedeutet als Partner Konstrukt immer wieder bereit zu sein, sich dem Impuls des Jetzt hinzugeben, das Vertrauen zu haben, dass es weitergeht, in welcher Form auch immer, sich mit Neugier dem Jetzt hinzugeben, den Gefühlen, Bewegungen, Energien, die uns und den Raum durchfluten, uns vom gemeinsamen Atem und vom Licht, das uns durchströmt, tragen zu lassen. Neue Form und lebendige Verbindung entsteht immer aus der Präsenz und aus der Bewegung heraus. Der Kontakt ist dann stark und beständig, wenn er sich dem Unbeständigem hingibt. Bewegung ist Liebe. Bewegung ist Leben."

Y., (weiblich, 40 Jahre, Juli 2013)

"bist eine Meisterin".
A., (männlich, 38 Jahre, Juli 2013)

"Liebe Sabine,
danke nochmal für das schöne Seminar und Deine einfühlende Anleitung.
So konnte die ganze Freude am Contact wieder in mir erwachen. (...) Alle meine Energien sind wieder da. Tiefen Dank dafür. Die letzte Zeit war ich sehr ausgelaugt und irgendwie resigniert. Beruflich bewegt sich gerade sehr wenig. Also war das Wochenende genau richtig. Ich bin froh daß ich es noch geschafft habe, zu kommen.
Take care, best vibes, Bliss und Namasté, A."

A. (männlich, 49 Jahre, 2015)

"Liebe Sabine,Vielen Dank für das schöne Seminar, ich fühle mich zur Zeit sehr weich und offen und hoffe, dass es ein wenig so bleibt. :)"
(D., weiblich, 30 J., 2013)

"Liebe Sabine,
grosser Dank an Dich und an Christian für dieses für mich wirklich "berührende Wochenende"
Berührend für mich das Erwecken meiner tiefen sensiblen Erinnerungen. Mein Kind hat all die Sehnsüchte gespürt und konnte lebendig werden. Ich konnte mit meinen Augen sehen und mich berühren lassen und wurden berührt. All die Sehnsucht und all die inspirierenden Bewegungen haben tief in mir eine Öffnung gefunden.
Meine Freude und meine freie kindliche Entfaltung zu erleben und all die Lust zu spüren, die keine Begrenzung kannte und dadurch so natürlich und einfühlsam wurde, all das war wie großer Strom der Emotionen fühlbar.
In all meiner Bewegung konnte ich den Ort meiner Ruhe, den Ort meines Schmerzes, meiner Bewegungslosigkeit all meiner Gefühle gleichzeitig und intensiv wahrnehmen.
Großer Dank und ich bin mir sicher wir werden uns wiedersehen.
Liebe Grüße, S. "

S. (männlich, 66 Jahre, 2015)

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