Sat. March the
2nd, 2013, 3-6 p.m.: Energies of the heart
Sun. April the 7th, 3-6 p.m.: Womb /abdomen, pelvis
Sun. May the 26th, 3-6 p.m.: How to deal with aggression
Sat. November the 9th, 3-6 p.m.: Oneness
Sun. December the 8th, 3-6 p.m.: Inner freedomFor women, men and transgender!
Sat. March the
2nd, 2013, 3-6 p.m.: Energies of the heart
In meditation, through mindful touch and dancing we find a connection
to the space of our heart and the energies of the heart. The space of
heart consists of both the anatomical and the energetical heart and comprises
the area of the chest and of the breasts. We listen to the space of our
heart, enabling us to dance and live connected to it.
Sun. April the 7th, 3-6 p.m.: Womb /abdomen,
Through conscious breathing, through mindful
touching and dancing we experience the pelvis and the womb with their
warmth, their fluids and energies. The hara, the centre of the body, is
the place of vital power. How do I move from the centre of my body? The
relation of the centre of my body to the centre of another body is of
interest in dancing contact improvisation. What has the centre of my body
to do with my sexual strength?
Sun. May the 26th, 3-6 p.m.: How to
deal with aggression
Emotions are welcome to emerge. They might
be felt in their full intensity, without acting them out. If I am in a
flow and my body is open, each emotion - joy, anger, hatred, anxiety -
passes by after some time, like a wave reaching its trough after passing
To use aggression as an activating strength, without hurting yourself
or others, is the ability we might gain.
Aggression addressed to me can be deflected or sent back to the aggressor.
The premise for that is to realize my own limits and boundaries and to
respect them with a loving eye or, if I want to, to transform them.
Sat. November the 9th, 3-6 p.m.:
Experiencing being one with the space around
us in dancing, we establish the foundation for feeling oneness with the
world and the universe. Dancing we transcend the limits of our ego, and
Sun. December the 8th, 3-6 p.m.: Inner
If I am detached inwardly and don't cling
to the moment, I can give all of myself to love and in that way experience
inner freedom. We practise inner freedom and surrender in our dancing.
If I have empathy with others and have realized that concepts and dogmas
that often seem so compelling, are, finally, replaceable, I am free.
30,- per class
Yoga-Studio, Mariahilferstraße 82,
INFORMATION & REGISTRATION: Sabine
(*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,
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. She studied "Vijnana Bhairava Tantra" with Dr. Bettina Bäumer.
In Vienna she has practiced tantric body work 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 working with Günter Touschek since 2010.
They organize Night of Dance & Tantra in Vienna.
WHAT IS TANTRA?
Tantra means being connected with
everything and not being separated.
Tantra is a way to recognize the transcended true self (aham), which is
to be distinguished clearly from the ego and all its aims and limitations.
Tantra liberates through anarchical detachment from rules, concepts, dogmas
and pattern of behaviour.
The tantric cashmirian non dual shivaism facilitates the experience of
expanding into infinite space. Awareness and presence are fostered.
Concrete tantric practices are: Observation of the breath, pranayama,
meditation in movement, experiencing space, yoga of the mind, deliberate
directing of the breath and of the energy in the body.
The following subjects are important in cashmirian tantrism:
- Experiencing the relation to the world as sparsa
(touching and being touched): Each sensory perception is based on being
touched. Including seeing and hearing. Sparsa means sexual touch as well
as being touched by the self (aham), the divine, the pure cit (consciousness).
Spiritual comprehension is comprehension by being touched.
Sparsalaksmi (abundance of touch) is also known as highest goddess.
IS CONTACT IMPROVISATION?
Contact Improvisation (CI) was developed in the US in the 1970s.
CI is a form of contemporary dance, where two or more people are in improvised
movement while being in physical contact. Three-dimensional motions arise
through playing with weight, push, momentum and impulse.
There is space for sensing, for opening the senses, for play, for the
delight of the immediate, for surprise. Each motion emerges directly from
the joint flow of movement.
"Contact Improvisation is a dance in which two (or more) people touch
giving their physical weight as an exchange, as a form of communication.
It is organized by attention. Touch is the sensory foundation for this
) (Nita Little: Another Politics of Attention: Shifting
Self-Sense, Shifting Time, 2013)
enables us to dance with a stranger without any need to arrange how to
do it before. It is moving without aim or plan. Being in touch with a
partner, sensing of both physical weights and devotion to the physical
forces allow a mutual freedom of moving freely physically and mentally".
Basic skills like falling, rolling,
taking weight, momentum and impuls in movement support freedom in expression
and in communication. The dances that occur range from small and tender
to big and acrobatically wild, depending on the moment, the actual encounter
and the experience.
It is a dance form for everybody, in which human beings with the most
diverse physical abilities meet each other on a common, equal ground to
explore the spectrum of movement between them.
Photo on the right:
ECITE Europaen Contact Improvisation Teachers Exchange 2012
Photos: (c) Robert John Peres, Günter Touschek, Christian Neher