Contact Improvisation based on Tantra
Workshop advanced level
with Sabine Sonnenschein (AT) & Günter Touschek (live music /AT)

November 28th-30th, 2014, Focus, Vienna (AT)

Fri: 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Sat: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. (including two breaks)
Sun: 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., 4 - 5p.m.


For everybody, who has experience in Contact Improvisation (CI), meditation and or Tantra.
We experience and activate the space of the heart, the space of pelvis and our intuitive as well as spiritual potentials and abilities. You learn principles of Cashmiri tantric massage. Direct out of the massage we will find into a dance. Tantric breath and energy circles will be practised.
We get sensitive and feel the subtle sensations, emotions and energies in our bodies as well as our physical bodies in dancing a solo, a duo or dancing in a group . Extensive dance in the space and rather acrobatic elements of CI alternate with sensing the inner stream and energies in the body! We listen to ourselves, each other and listen to the dynamic and organic music of our dance.
With his sounds Günter Touschek creates a magical space, in which we meet each other in dancing. 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 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 fully surrendering in a dance, a meeting, you have to be sure that your limits are respected by the other(s). The workshop situation itsself provides a safe space, but it's very important, to let your dance partner know, what feels fine for you and what goes beyond your limits. If there is something in the touch or the dance, which you don't want in that moment, you let your dance partner know in a way that doesn't hurt. That's a good base for fully giving yourself to the dance , the meetings in the dance, a base for being open for surprises and amazement instead of planing anything in the dance.
To go to a place, where both of us, don't know what will happen; that's a description of a CI duo at its best , a duo, in which I might have transpersonal experiences.

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.

Fees: 200,- 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 Workshop November 2014

Cancellation is possible till November 16th, 2014. From November 17th on with an administrative charge of EURO 50,-. If you cancel after November 25th, 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

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

Sabine Sonnenschein (A):


(* 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.
Sabine Sonnenschein has been teaching with the musician Günter Touschek (AT) since 2010. She also works together with Benno Enderlein (D) and Manuela Blanchard (CH).


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 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.

  Photos (c): Robert Peres, Günter Touschek