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Contact Improvisation based on Tantra
Workshop with Sabine Sonnenschein (AT)

August 29th - 31st, 2014
in the frame of Festival Danses en t'Rance, Dinan (Brittany, France)




Through tantric approach und techniques, Contact Improvisation (CI) becomes a tantric practice, a sensual and holistic dance experience. Dances full of presence and awareness take place. Sabine Sonnenschein combines sadhana and practices from Kundalini Tantra Yoga (from Swami Satyananda Saraswati), Kashmiri Tantrism and CI:
We will experience classical basics of CI techniques (dealing and playing with gravity, effect and use of weight) in a new way because of tantric approaches towards the world, such as sparsa (touching und being touched), spanda (vibration of the consciousness and the world), bhakti (devoted love) and samavesa (to immerse as well as to absorb).
This workshop enables you to listen to your nature, to your innerness.
You sense your breath, the inner movement, the inner flow and inner subtle energies. You get aware of your emotions and possibly emerging thoughts. If regularising or self restricting thoughts are emerging, let them pass by and sense the moment in focusing on the self-awareness of your body (propioception. interoception, visceroception).
In breathing you are finally able to let energy circulate in your body, to absorb as well as to emit energy.
In this workshop you experience your space and how much space you need.
You get aware of your personal limits and taboos. It is important to respect them towards others and communicate them. If you want, you can experiment with your limits or even transcend them. You practise respect towards yourself, self-responsability and empathy for others: You experience, which quality of touch attains your nature. You feel which quality of touch supports your nature and which not. How do you enter the space and the energetic field of your partner? How do you get in contact with the cells and the nature of your partner? In touching your partner how do you invite his/her cells to follow you?
How do you and your partner find your dance together in listening to each other?
A deep encounter between you two becomes possible, if you don't want anything from your partner, nor your partner from you. A deep encounter becomes possible, when you don't just use your partner to just feel yourself and when your ego does not instrumentalise him/her, but instead, becomes silent and both of you experience each other and also the space, maybe even the universe.
How do you touch the space as your lover? How do you in dancing get one with the ensouled space, the world or the universe?
Expanding into the space you may experience samadhi.
We practise CI not just under the lens of physical and anatomical aspects. You dance as a unit of body, soul, spirit and mind.
Love energy and sexual energy are not excluded, but used for the dance in an aware way. They nourish your dance.

We will be practising in a mixed gender group.

FESTIVAL Danses en T' Rance,

Friday 29th :
10h30 : Opening circle
11h-14h : Kundalini Yoga, with Frédéric Gest
15h30-18h30 : Intuitive dance, with Sylvain Legrand
19h30-22h : Contact improvisation & Tantra,
Saturday 30th :
11h-22h : Contact improvisation & Tantra,
Sunday 31st :
11h-15h : Contact improvisation & Tantra,
with Sabine Sonnenschein
16h-18h : Jam & closing circle

Association Graines de Soi
21, rue Yves Guyot
22100 DINAN
Patrick Créac’h
France : 06 32 45 29 08
Foreigners : 00 33 632 45 29 08
E-mail : contact@grainesdesoi.com

Photo (c): Robert Peres, Regina Mierzwa

zurück COSTS:
3 day festival, including 5 meals : 220 €
Registration before June 15 th : 180 €
Unemployed and students : 160 €
Lodging : 5 €/night camping in the garden or dormitory

DINAN (Brittany, France)
a beautiful medieval town crossed by the river Rance in Brittany


Photo (c): Christian Neher
(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, theatre science, philosophy and history of art. Her performances have been shown in Europe and NYC, http://sonnenschein.wuk.at .
She has been involved with sensitizing the body since 1990, and Contact Improvisation since 1991. Impressive CI teachers for her were Andrew Harwood, Daniel Lepkoff, Nita Little, Mark Tompkins und Inge Kaindlstorfer She has training in tantric full body massage (AnandaWave/Cologne) and also Lomi Lomi Nui. She 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 practiced Tantric Bodywork and womb healing since 2006, primarily individual work. She is sexologist in education, she studies the sexualtherapeutic method Sexocorporel. She gives workshops focusing on the fusion of Tantra and Contact Improvisation. Teacher at the international dance festival ImpulsTanz Vienna, at International Contact Festival Freiburg, at Schwelle 7 in Berlin and at Studio Keller in Paris. Sabine Sonnenschein has been teaching together with the musician Günter Touschek since 2010. She also works together with Benno Enderlein (D) and Manuela Blanchard (CH).