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Contact Improvisation (CI)
Training with Sabine Sonnenschein (AT) & Christian Neher (DE/AT)
For beginners and people with some experience in CI

on September 27th,   October 11th ,  October 25th , November 8th ,  November 22nd,   December 6th, December 20th
7-10 p.m.
including 2 times CI Bass Music Jam: November 8th & December 20th, 8-10 p.m.
at FOKUS, WIEN (AT)

   
 

On 7 Thursday evenings the basics of the dance form Contact Improvisation (CI) as culture of touch are provided. We senstize our senses, our perception and body, to finetune our communication in dance with each other and become a superorganism with the other in dance. Contact Improvisation helps you, in arrive inside yourself,to be in connection with the center of your body and the others: You learn to read the informations you get from your dance partners and to receive these informations in your body. You learn skills, technical tools to make the communication more fluid and smooth: Rolling point, reaching, anchoring, lifts, low table, high table, spirals, butterflying, flying. Thease 7 evenings are for beginners in CI as well as for people with some experience in CI. Through sensual experience of touch and excitement in dancing we raise the vibrations together. The seven evenings build up on each other and each have a special focus.

September 27th:
We connect to the earth, let us carry by the earth, give our weight and 
roll along the earth. We experience different kinds of rolling. We can 
slide or roll along each other. Rolling (point) and following through 
allow us to dance fluently with each other without losing contact. We 
find wideness and length in our body through reaching. We experience 
being carried by each other, which strengthens our basic confidence and is healing!

October 11th:
You are held, carried and picked up by the earth and others when you 
fall. Your body knows how to fall without injury. We practice those ways 
of falling enabling us to trust our reflexes. It's not only possible to 
fall downwards, but upwards as well. You learn how to take weight from 
others in a comfortable and playful manner. When being underdancer you 
offer a structure to allow the overdancer to give weight. This structure 
consists of anchors that stabilize towards the earth and give weight to 
the earth and of hanging party of the body that are flexible and 
potential sources where new movements can emerge.

October 25th:
Spirals are one kind of dancing movement. They make it easier to move 
the floor / the earth and from the earth upwards into standing. They 
facilitate the flow of movement in moving onto and above each other. 
Spiraling movements are strongly supported by the fascial structure of 
the body. This evening we learn skills how to land and move securely on 
the hands. We come from falling to handstand with ease. Upside down 
enriches your possibilities and diversity in dancing in duos, trios and 
small groups.

November 8th:
We experience the possibility to take and guide weight from our dance 
partner as a underdancer. You learn to give impulses in such an 
perceptive and inviting way that your partner can follow. As an 
overdancer, you learn to let yourself being guided, receiving the 
impulses of your dance partner with your whole body and letting them 
flow through you.
CI BASS MUSIC JAM:
 From 8-10PM there will be a CI Jam with bass music, open for everybody. 
Carried by the electronic bass sounds an intense, rich space will be 
created that touches, inspires and permeates us while dancing. We can 
give in to the vibes and let ourselves dance and touch the space with 
our motion, our feelings and our expression. Each of your movements 
changes the space created by all of us together. Each dance changes you 
and makes you anew. Jamming is freely practicing of Contact 
Improvisation, is free play. The term jam stems from the musical realm, 
where it describes a session where people freely improvise making music. 
perceiving the whole of the dance space and not just the current 
immediate dance partner is of importance here. WELCOME! <3
MUSIC: AtYya u.a.

November 22nd:
The breath supports our dancing and the music that creates the dance per se. We learn which movements are facilitated by inhaling and which ones are facilitated by exhaling. Through stops, deliberate beginnings and endings we structure our dances. Important for the music being shaped by the dance is the momentum letting us experience waves, an up and down, and dynamics. Through momentum it is possible to fall upwards. We find the ability to react easily and rapidly to each other. Here, the readiness to go upwards from the pelvis is of importance. Lightness in the dancing movement then becomes possible.

December 6th:
Yes, we fly in Contact Improvisation: On the low table of your dance 
partner close to the ground, on the high table of your partner, on the 
feet or on the shoulders of your partner. In butterflying we use the 
momentum and open our arms like wings in a swift change from taking 
weight and giving weight.

December 20th:
In real time composition we shape space and time deliberately and 
collectively. Your presence, each of your movements changes and shapes the space. We feel each other and react swiftly to each other. Copy, reverse, contrasts et al. are tools of improvisation.
CI BASS MUSIC JAM:
From 8-10PM there will be a CI Jam with bass music, open for everybody. Carried by the electronic bass sounds an intense, rich space will be created that touches, inspires and permeates us while dancing. We can give in to the vibes and let ourselves dance and touch the space with our motion, our feelings and our expression. Each of your movements changes the space created by all of us together. Each dance changes you and makes you anew. Jamming is freely practicing of Contact Improvisation, is free play. The term jam stems from the musical realm, where it describes a session where people freely improvise making music. 
Perceiving the whole of the dance space and not just the current 
immediate dance partner is of importance here. WELCOME!<3
MUSIC: AtYya u.a.



Watch this contact improvisation dance video:

Photo (c). Patrick Beeleart
Photos on the right (c): Robert Peres, Patrick Beelaert

FEES: € 190,-, reduction on request
REGISTRATION: Sabine Sonnenschein: son2nens@gmail.com

Deposit of € 30,- to:
Name of account: Verein für Tanz-, Bewegungs- und Bildertheater
BIC: BKAUATWW
IBAN: AT27 1100 0014 7389 3400
As reference please write your name as well as Contact Improvisation Training 2018

Cancellation is possible with an administrative charge of EURO 30,- till September 28th.

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

Sabine Sonnenschein talks about the healing potential of contact improvisation:

Photo (c): Patrick Beelaert

Teacher:
SABINE SONNENSCHEIN (A):
Photo (c): Jesse Johnson




 

(* 1970 /AT)
is clinical sexologist (sexualtherapeutic method Sexocorporel). She teaches tantra and contact improvisation.
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. Her artistic work - 39 performance pieces - has been shown in Europe and NYC.
Her work one-to-one and with couples:
In Vienna she works as clinical sexologist with the sexualtherapeutic method Sexocorporel , she gives tantric body work and womb dialogue and teaches tantra.
Internationally she gives workshops focusing on the fusion of Tantra and Contact Improvisation, mainly in Vienna, Germany and France.
Sabine Sonnenschein works together with the musician Günter Touschek (AT) since 2010. She also works together with Déva Presence (Hawaii), Benno Enderlein (DE) and Manuela Blanchard (CH).
She is student of Daniel Odier since 10 years, she has been introduced to Kashmir tantrism and Kashmir yoga of touch. 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. She made the physiotherapeutic training BM Balance (prevention and therapy of problems in the pelvis, bladder, prostate).
Impressive CI teachers for her were Nita Little, Andrew Harwood, Daniel Lepkoff, Inge Kaindlstorfer.

   
 

CHRISTIAN NEHER (DE/AT):

Studied physics. He is yoga teacher and gestalt therapist in education. 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, Sabine Sonnenschein, among others) . He's teaching social dances & contact improvisation. He's working with Sabine Sonnenschein since 2011.

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