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

March 29th - 30th, 2014

Saturday March 29th: 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. and 7p.m.-10 p.m.
Sunday March 30th: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. -5:30 p.m.


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 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).
In this workshop our focus is on awareness of inner subtle energies, chakras, emotions, the feeling of flow and possibly emerging thoughts. We practise CI not just under the lens of physical and anatomical aspects.
You first just observe your breath. Finally in breathing you are able to let energy circulate in your body, to absorb as well as emit energy.
We experience a range of qualities of touch from touching the aura of somebody to pressure using the full weight of your body. Exploring these qualities of touch we fine-tune our perception and all of our senses in order to enter into play with one another. In dancing we touch the space as a lover and each other.
If you listen to each other in an encounter, an adequate dance can take place. You practise awareness sensing yourself, you practise responsibility for yourself and empathy for others.
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.
You are invited to recognise your personal limits and taboos. You may preserve them, experiment with them or transcend them.

You will be practising in a mixed gender group.
There is no heteronormativity in this workshop!
You can come alone or with partner/s.
For everyone with experience in dance (improvisation) and meditation.

In English with French translation.

To register, please send your name and email address to:
Carey Jeffries

Photo (c): Robert Peres, Regina Mierzwa

zurück COSTS: € 120 normal price
€ 100
for students, unemployed, Studio Keller membres

STUDIO KELLER, 1 rue Keller, 75011 Paris


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 gives workshops focusing on the fusion of Tantra and Contact Improvisation. Teacher at ImpulsTanz Vienna and at Schwelle 7 in Berlin. Sabine Sonnenschein has been cooperating with the musician Günter Touschek since 2010.