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

Assistant: Christian Neher (DE)

February 15th - 16th, 2014, Zentrum Einklang, in Essen (Germany)
Sat: 11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Sun: 11 a.m.- 6 p.m.

  Contact Improvisation (CI) was developed in the US in the 1970s. As a dance practice and social event CI has a deeply sensual aspect where bodies find each other and come together. In classical CI classes, this aspect is basically ignored. The idea of setting aside sensuality and with it the erotic element, created a space for CI to develop, which is important, but nevertheless based on fiction.
Through tantric approach und techniques, CI becomes a tantric practice, a sensual and holistic dance experience. Dances full of presence and awareness take place.
During this weekend Sabine Sonnenschein combines sadhana and practices from Kundalini Yoga (by Swami Satyananda Saraswati), the philosophy of 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).
In dance you touch your dance partner(s) as well as the space itself.

You allow the awareness to experience you, the space, and us.
A deep encounter becomes possible, if I am not wanting anything from you, nor you from me. A deep encounter becomes possible, when I don't just use you to feel myself and when my ego does not instrumentalise you, but instead, becomes silent and we experience each other and the space. We do not lose ourselves in one other when our awareness of the space brings

  us into harmony with the systole and diastole of the universe.

We refine all of our senses in order to enter into play with one another. There are impulses that lead us deeper into each other and open spaces inwardly, and such that allow us to move and expand into the space.
We aim to create a space for listening to each other: Adequate to the encounter you have a dance will take place, as close,
  as distant, as dynamic, as calm, as sensual, as poetic, as tender, as wild as it is currently coherent for the dancers.

This workshop provides a safe space for personal as well as group experiences, where opportuni ties and inspirations are offered for exchange in small groups and the whole group. We share our experiences, respecting our personal limits, boundaries and vulnerabilities. There is space to make new experiences on a spiritual ,mental and physical level, within ourselves as well as wi th others. You practice awareness in contact with others, responsibility for yourself and empathy for others.
You are invi ted to recognize your personal limits and taboos and to look at them with a loving eye. You may preserve them, experiment with them or transcend them.

For participation some experience in a wholesome as well as physical training like tantra, CI, dance (improvisation), Yoga, Tai Chi , martial arts etc is helpful , but not obligatory.

Fees: 200,- EURO (when registering before 10/12/2013 € 175, -)

Ringstraße 23a,
45219 Essen-Kettwig

Accommodation and food are to be self organized. A tea kitchen can be used.
List of sleeping accommodations.
For € 20,- per night it's possible to sleep in the space, where the workshop takes place.

Information and registration:
Sabine Sonnenschein

Pre conditions: Participation at the workshop does require normal physical and psychic stability and does not replace any therapeutic or medical

Photos (c): Robert J. Peres

Sabine Sonnenschein (AT):

(*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. Her work has been shown, among other places, 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. In Vienna she has practiced tantric body work since 2006, primarily individual work. She studies the sexualtherapeutic method sexocorporel.
She gives workshops focusing on the fusion of Tantra and Contact Improvisation. Teacher at ImpulsTanz Vienna and at Schwelle 7 in Berlin. She works together with the musician Günter Touschek, with Benno Enderlein and Manuela Blanchard-Russi.


Christian Neher (DE):

(*1969, D) Looking back on a long and successful career as tournament dancer, he's been getting into contact improvisation, studying it extensively all over the world and began teaching this form in 2011. Engaged in tantra since 2009 (Art of Being, Skydancing, Daniel Odier, among others) . He's teaching social dances & contact, studying gestalt therapy, and writing. He's working with Sabine Sonnenschein since 2011.

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