‘Creamcake’ is coming up

Looking much forward to start rehearsing with Gestalta for a show at Creamcake’s 3HD Festival.

Neoliberal digital society is permeated by power and violence. These structures and dynamics required to survive in capital-oriented societies can be counter-read in abstract form with sadomasochistic practices. Now in it’s seventh edition, Creamcake’s 3hd Festival approaches the transgressive phenomenon of contemporary BDSM, kink and its varieties of exercises in force and control through art, music, performance and film. This year’s “Power Play”—running from October 2 to 10, and happening at various venues across Berlin and on the internet—considers the perception of a sexuality that defines itself as ‘play’. That is specifically in relation to notions of dominance and submission as socially-negotiable within sadomasochistic cultural techniques.

Thank You For Your Effort..

Preparing ropes for the overture of Liz Rosenfeld’s and Rodrigo Garcia Alves’ current project at Sophiensaele.

This hospice is a dune, a neighborhood, an ocean, a meal, a club, an orgy, a cinema, a cruising ground, a long flight, and a lifelong embrace. This hospice is us, them, ours, no ones and yours. This hospice is unknown, and will continue to change.

In their first duet for the stage, Rodrigo Garcia Alves and Liz Rosenfeld explore their desire to understand and create their future hospice together. For this, they drag objects, stories, projections, fantasies, and experiments crafting future worlds for each other through experimental dance, text and video practices. Hailing from Brazil and the United States, Rodrigo Garcia Alves and Liz Rosenfeld met in Berlin almost a decade ago, and began to collaborate in their desires, experiences and stories connected to a queer position on death, dying, end-of-life care. What are the possibilities during this period of life regarding support for queer kin and families who are not related? How do we want to be seen and perceived in this vulnerable phase of life?
Together, they expanded these questions and met with different kinds of artistic practitioners who work with death in both pragmatic and creative ways: a palliative doctor, a death doula, a choir director, a bondage expert and a tattoo healer, among others. From these conversations Rodrigo Garcia Alves und Liz Rosenfeld have built their current hospice, this duet for the present.


Intuitive Session August

Stills aus dem letzten Instagram-Podcast im Rahmen des Dis-Tanzen-Solo Programms. Ganz herzlichen Dank an den Dachverband Tanz Deutschland e.V. für den Support meiner choreografischen Recherche.

Zwei Tetriskörper auf der Suche nach Schnittstellen zwischen Movement, Shibari-Partnering und Restriktion als Supportmechanismus. Als offene Session angelegt und mit angedeuteten Laban-Tools startend, tunen wir ein. Erst formal, mit self-touching tools und visualisierten Kuben, die uns räumliche Orientierung geben. Dabei nähern wir uns raupenartig und verzwirbeln neugierig unsere Peripherien. Alles läuft tastend ab, auch wenn die Außenperspektive, wegen der Insta-Kamera  nicht ganz wegzudenken ist.
Hier und da entstehen Nähemomente. Wir docken an. Skin contact, die Atmung des anderen, eine Mischung aus Deo und kühlem Kippenrauch umgeben unser minimalistisches Partnering. Körper schieben sich durch Korridore abstrakter Umarmungen, wobei das Bewegungsmaterial, unsere couple-Skulptur, zunächst durchweg Shibari geprägt ist. Haben wir beide doch lange als (Bondage-) Modelle gearbeitet und drüber gebrütet, um Details wie Fußstellung, Blick, Torso-Torsionen klassisch zu verinnerlichen. Deeply enscribed into our muscle memory (and not only muscle ;).
Ich versuche diese Habits zu unterbrechen. Schiebe tanzmäßiges ein, gucke in den Raum, raus aus der rituellen Bondageblase, in die Linse, und versuche meine Aufmerksamkeit zwischen Intimitäs-energy, Hingabe ins Seil und performativen Abstand zu balancieren.
Alles in Zeitlupengeschwindigkeit. Emotionale Akzente und Dynamik kommen dazu, wenn wir vertrauter sind. Manchmal blitzen spielerische Powermomente auf, von denen ich mir mehr wünsche.
Am schwierigsten hinzukriegen sind organische Wechsel zwischen Tanz- und Fessel-Timing. Wir versuchen gar nichts zu kaschieren. Für den Moment ist Fesseln Fesseln und moven moven. Gefesselt moven hat nochmal eine andere Zeitlichkeit. Und hier kommt der Partner* auch als Hilfsmittel (Hilfsobjekt-Subjekt) ins Spiel. Ganz technisch:

– Wie räumliche Ebenenwechsel mit verknoteten Gliedern bewerkstelligen?
– Warum überhaupt den Partner* mit wenigen Handgriffen in die Luft schwingen?
– Wann einfach loslassen und sich zum Passiv-Tanzen anbieten?

In den nächsten Sessions bauen wir daraus einen Mix aus lückenhaftem Ineinander und Verabredungen für kleine Soli auf Distanz. Und obwohl unsere Körper schon längst komplex kommunizieren, brauchen wir viele Wiederholungen, wie ja meistens im Tanz. Weil ‘Choreografie schreiben’, also Bewegungen schreiben, eben so dauert. Weil Körper langsam sind, aber über Zeit und mit spielerischen Ansätzen mega cool formbar und aufnahmefähig bleiben.

Dank an Gestalta für die schönen Proben und ans Karada House!

Gefördert durch die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien im Programm NEUSTART KULTUR,
Hilfsprogramm DIS-TANZEN des Dachverband Tanz Deutschland. #distanzsolo



Movement exploration for my instagram podcast as part of the program Dis-Tanzen-Solo. Thanks to the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland e.V. für supporting this choreografic research.

Live Podcast: Wednesday June 29th, 5pm, IG: @Dasniya_Sommer

It’s a daily routine in itself to figure out each morning practice. Ranging from micro-movement exploration to narrative detail and context on a sensory level more than on a conceptual. Some material slips out spontaneously. Coming from a fraction of a memory, teeny gestures, a dream still hovering between the cells.
As I move figuring how spontaneous thought streams like to be expressed. Which parts like to be left in silence? Or more general, how finding the groove of the day? Quickly checking in mood(y)-wise, relating to the environment, the room, here a friends apartment I housesat last week. Plus for example changing forth and back my camera relation-dynamic, from an imagined observer thingy to being a comfortable partner. Inevitably working with lens proximity indoors which allows bodily perception to rest closer, within 1,50 meter. Also mime-wise there is something extra invasive communicating in this private circumference with an anonymous lens.
Often physical wear and tear play a role in discovering new and more counterintuitive coordination, because new patterns lie outside of the years of training routines. So I am navigating along the threshold of anatomical restrictions and habits and gradually transforming them into repeatable principles. Much enjoy grinding neuro-motor-pathways and thereby sort of reclaiming vocabulary which has been executed endlessly as pure movement and can grow more selfhood if wanted. That’s a difference I am choreographically curious about, balancing between dance-dance and performative-dance qualities.
Another question is about the the old good creative way…Considering semi-pleasurable/ tragic experiences, stories as nourishing sources. I like drama and pathos but equally want to find other logics, pleasure, lightness for making.

The score for this session was dancing a dream inside a dream.

Podcast on Instagram: June Tuesday 29th at 4pm @Dasniya_Sommer

The dance support program is part of Neustart Kultur, an initiative of the government comissioner for culture and the medea. A special focus here is on the development and testing of new forms of artistic and dance education or dance-transfer work.

#distanzsolo  #neustartkultur



(Sadly) another project cancelled:
without the pandemic we would now be in Brussels for the ten year anniversary of Romeo Castellucci’s Parsifal, at De Munt/La Monnaie Opera. A mammut staging with  intricate mass scenes, the highest and greenest forrest in opera history and flying flowergirls in act II.
Reviving and choreographing ropes for such a special production, with a beloved bondage crew, would have been a fun challenge after ten years.


PARSIFAL Premiere: 27.01.2011
Direction musicale: Hartmut Haenchen
Mis en scne, Decor, DŽcors et Costumes / Kostuums, ƒclairages / Belichting: Romeo Castellucci
Video: Apparati Effimeri
Choreography: Cindy Van Acker
Shibari Art: Dasniya Sommer
Photo shows: To—mas T—omasson, Frances d’ Ath, Gala, Moody, Dasniya Sommer

Intuitive Session May

Movement research for Dis-Tanzen-Solo,. With Tara Samaya and Yui Kawaguchi at my Uferhallen atelier in May.

The dance support program is part of Neustart Kultur, an initiative of the federal government comissioner for culture and the medea. A special focus here is on the development and testing of new forms of artistic and dance education or dance-transfer work.

Research Routines – Talking Toes

Movement exploration for my instagram podcast as part of the program Dis-Tanzen-Solo. Many thanks to Dachverband Tanz Deutschland e.V. for the support.

Live session: Monday April, 26 at 4pm

Talking Toes‘ adds hip action to the previous shoulder exploration ⬇️ because foot habits usually start at the architecture of the pelvis and from there root downward. Activating individual muscles groups in the pelvic region takes a moment since it seems like one massive bone structure, sheltering and protecting our guts from external impact.
Staying on the level of movement research, I am again using PNF -proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation – a taktile sense ⬇️ to work out axes and patterns of the pelvic joint, and how it’s micro movement travel up the spine if wanted.
At first its not about moving the leg but finding the individual impulse of the right and left pelvic half. Later these impulses are extended into the periphery and shaped to classical forms but originating at the very core.

I am reading into stereometry in dance, or dynamic spatial geometry. Starting.
An arabesque cut in half brakes the idea of the infinite line, as well as the wrist rope. If there is the full circumference of movement, there also is the folded in or the restricted spacial imprint. With smaller reach, with the lower leg being visually deleted. But therefor more differentiation and attention towards surrounding and often neglected parts and their opportunities to move. Now, by immobilising the lower leg, this becomes obvious. The surrounding parts, like toe or sacrum articulation need to take over. Get creative. For a moment it’s a little brain fuck. Sensory unfamiliar. Staminawise harder, but I am after these alternative sources of movement. For now. Twitches in uncoordinated corners of the little toe, and some time later adding goofy fun stuff.
My (not so virgin) lower back also appreciates this routine. Intrinsic fibres between the vertebrae’s are waking up with deeper blood circulation, and if you do it for a while some blood will rush pleasantly across the pelvic floor.

The dance support program is part of Neustart Kultur, an initiative of the federal government comissioner for culture and the medea. A special focus here is on the development and testing of new forms of artistic and dance education or dance-transfer work. #distanzsolo

GLUTAMAT research

Im Rahmen von GLUTAMAT research stellt die Berliner Choreographin und Tänzerin Dasniya Sommer die Normierung von Körperbildern, Exotismen und Fast Food Konsum in einen irritierenden Zusammenhang. Als Analysetools dienen ihr dabei ein dekonstruierndes Verständnis von klassischem Ballett, die japanische Bondage Variante Shibari und eine originäre Pop Art Adaption.

Konzept, Choreografie, Set design, Kostüme, Tanz: Dasniya Sommer
Tanz und Co-Choreografie: Tara Jade Samaya und Yui Kawaguchi
Critical companion: Ursina Tossi
Kamera und Schnitt: Pippa Samaya

1000 Dank an Tina Pfurr und Anne Brammen für die zweimonatige Residenz! Sie ist Teil des Take Care Residenzen Programms, gefördert vom Ballhaus Ost, Flausen Netzwerk und Fonds Darstellende Künste.