Dasniya Sommer lives in Berlin. Her present choreographic focus is Shibari — Japanese rope bondage and classical ballet. Her artistic research is strongly influenced by her studies in philosophy. Her performances often question stereotypical styles in ballet and normative fetishising body concepts in Shibari.
Dasniya Sommer was raised in the eighties in Berlin and began as classical trained Ballerina at Berlin Staatsballett.
She started modelling with 17 and went to New York for broader dance training for a couple of years.
Back in Berlin she danced for Cie Felix Ruckert and co-founded Schwelle7.
Since 2008 she develops own choreographies and collaborations with embedded choreographers such as Helena Waldmann, Romeo Castellucci, Angela Schubot, Florentina Holzinger and others.
She also performed and advised in movies and Art and Dance Projects.
She is working as a guest with das Helmi since 2013, where she was dancing and choreographing in various shows.
Dasniya Sommer is based at Uferhallen Kulturwerkstatt, and founded Haus Sommer in 2016, her own studio where she is doing research with various artist on all kind of physical expressions.
She is a pioneer in combining ballet, contemporary dance, butoh, shibari, yoga, puppet play, masks, body paint, photo sessions, handicaps to new forms of performance.
Dasniya Sommer is also teaching regularly in her own studio and abroad and advising choreographers and directors.
Her current shows are:
‘Bondage Duell’ created together with Silke Schönfleisch-Backofen.
‘Hamlet’ with Florian Loycke. She is dancing, choreographing and performing with masks and objects.
‘Nun on the moon’ which involves the audience and leads them into a shibari experience.