This coming week I am teaching in Amsterdam (inbetween performing in the Fringe Festival!). I’ll post more information here shortly. If you’d like to attend either a public workshop or class, or arrange a private group or individual training with me, drop me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m also available for private sessions this week and next. Hope to see you!
Saturday I met with Lun Ario, Schnucki Rennpferd & Chiara for a rope bondage afternoon.
We exchanged new insights, us showing a front to side progression, and shortcuts for suspension.
They showed a three rope Semenawa Kasumi style and a flute suspension. Much liked when Lun Ario tied Schnucki and I just watch and enjoy :)
After a full week of workshops and rehearsals at the NYXXX collective at Rökridån, Frances and I had worked on a couple of new performance ideas with ropes and with masks. This is a slightly new enterprise I started in recent performances. Exploring the theatricality using latex masks. There is a distinct perception of the material and the combination with domestic settings and quotidian actions, which I think are worth investigating. The way we used them, they generated a sort of anthropomorphic quality in the movement and the reading of animal relationships. It was not about animal play though. They are also an interesting tool to generate choreography from a different mode of body awarness, because of the slight deprivation of either the eye sight, or the hearing ability. How do we move, dance if these primary senses for orientation are reduced? How do we eat, bike, wait and so on.
Two weeks ago I taught a workshop at Meg Stuarts/Damaged Goods new production ‘Until Our Hearts Stop’, dealing with topics around intimicy. After a three hour warm up, they got the masks to improvise, and most dancers were in one or the other way flashed or inspired. Mostly I think they experienced a certain freedom and strangeness in motoric impulses. Allowing a strange way to move and a different sense for timing. Something shifts when the cat, pig or the dog become personalities. When they encounter or make human decisions. We will continue this research! Here are a couple sweet moments from the performance.
Hours: 7-11 pm
Costs: 20 Euro for the evening.
At Teatris/Alte Kantine or in our ‘Mini- Dojo’. Both locations are at
Uferhallen Kulturwerkstatt in Wedding. Staircase b/c, Uferstraße 8-11, 13357 Berlin
U8 Pankstr/U9 Osloerstr
Please call when you are in the court yard, in case you don’t find it, or the door is locked:
+ 49 174 393 70 49.
PLEASE REGISTER BEFOREHAND, THAN WE SEND YOU THE DETAILS!
– Yoga can be done separately from the Shibari part. Hours: 7-8.45 pm. Info here
– For the Shibari class you can but don’t need to bring a partner.
– If possible bring your own ropes and a yoga mat, if you don’t have any, we will provide them.
-Please also bring a collective snack for the pause.
What is Yoga & Shibari?
The workshop combines yoga and the Japanese rope technique ‘Shibari’. First, we do yoga to develop a sense of our own body anatomy; the simultaneous perception of one’s own breathing and bodymap is therefore important. In doing so, we can better empathise with another body while in the play of rope. In some asanas (yoga postures) ropes are integrated, or we tie ourselves from the start and do yoga while in a foot or breast-harness. The touch of the material helps clarify one’s investigation of the posture, and mixes the sensual and manual skills of bodies and ropes.
In the second part we come to mix different rope techniques and stir things up. For Shibari figure technique, we are guided by the precision and acrobatic art of Osada Steve, while Arisue Go’s philosophy is particularly suitable for beginners and can give impetus to explore one’s own ideas,
We ourselves have developed in recent years, a technique that we call messy tying. Traditional elements are retained here and combined with improvisation principles; the apparent order in the inner chaos is a kind of punk bondage! We also work with a feminist attitude towards Shibari: if porn, then please be sure to view a feminist porn! Everyone ties everyone, and male bodies captivated and tied is also sexy! For neat and clean tying and rope work in these workshops, we will also be covering the basic knots, fundamentals for breast-harness, and suspension and safety principles.
In pair or group situations in which we develop a bodily conversation, we see expressions of queer, grotesque or purely abstract play language. This may create relaxing and sometimes uninterpretable compositions of sensory stimuli, or also symbolically charged moments. We work here as well with methods drawn from dance and contact improvisation, and elements from role-playing games.
Since the level of the participants in yoga, games, and rope-work are always different, we work from the first on the level of personal experience. We also always give individual instructions.
Workshop 1: Yoga & Shibari Weekend Workshop 19th-21st July
Beginning Friday evening, the 19th July and continuing till Sunday evening, the 21st July, Dasniya will be working with the workshop participants on various rope and Shibari themes. These themes will be orientated to the experience and itnerests of the participants.
- Yoga + Shibari
- Basic knots, rope work, and harnesses for beginners
- Improvisation, messy bondage, group play, and improvisation
DATE & TIME:
- Friday 19th July,18-23h
- Saturday 20th July,12-19h
- Sunday21st July,12-19h
- €120/90 for entire workshop
- €90 for two days
- Non-refundable deposit of € 50 to reserve a place
Workshop 2: Yoga & Shibari Tuesday evening 23rd July
This four-hour evening workshop is for those who would like to try out, and for all those who simply would like an evening of Yoga & Shibari as we do in the regular Berlin classes.
Date, Time, & Cost:
- Tuesday, 23rdJuly,19-23h
Workshop 3: Private Classes
For those who would like individual, couple, or small group private sessions, classes, and training, these will be possible to arrange from July 22nd-27th. The cost starts from €80 for 3 hours, after discussion.
Contact & Registration:
Please write to us if you would like to attend but have difficulty with the full price.
Bring along, if you have:
- Yoga mat, blanket, yoga block
- Your rope
- Locking climbing carabiners
- Suspension ring
- Lunch for yourself, and snacks for the pauses (lunch is one hour)
- Loose training clothes (we also practice on bare skin if that is comfortable for you)
The photos are from a private coaching session with the aerial artist Emiliano Ron this July. It was still new to try how the different rope practices work together. He would change from highly acrobatic aerial rope tricks to self– suspension figures, to complete passive hanging qualities. It was super pretty and exciting to watch how he bridges his field of expertise and the Shibari knots, which were newer to him. It seems a very logical combination, and a progression in terms of moving, dancing and flying… . Something that I first tried with Emily Aoibheann from the ‘Paperdolls’ last year. In the end we stuck some bamboo in the mess, which gave some support to sit or stand on in the air, but also made the whole thing a very unpredictable kind of moving sculpture. Funny enough knowing how this feels from my performance ‘x=bô’, it is much ‘safer’ to dance in this mess with closed eyes, and to more rely on the tactile senses and their memories about where the sticks are, and how they behave as one moves through them.
Liebe Freund*innen und Kolleg*innen,
anbei findet Ihr unser Maiprogramm. Neben zwei Vorstellungen der ‘Geschichte vom Soldaten’ in Bregenz wird Dasniya zu Gast beim Helmi-Puppentheater in Hannover sein. Kurstechnisch gibt es einen Yoga und Shibari Termin am 15. Mai.
Wir freuen uns Euch hier und dort zu begrüßen!
Dasniya und Frances
- ‘Die Geschichte vom Soldaten’
- Helmi-Puppentheater: ‘Zirkus des Fortschritts’
- Yoga Shibari Mittwoch 15. Mai
- Einzelkurse in Yoga und/oder Shibari
- Frances Blog
- Dasniyas zukünftiger Blog
- Rückblicke nach Down Under
1. ‘Die Geschichte vom Soldaten’
Musiktheater von Igor Strawinsky
Dirigent: Benjamin Lack
Regie: Jo Siska, Dasniya Sommer, Dirk Diekmann
MusikerInnen: Landeskonservatorium Feldkirch
Mehr Informationen: Vorarlberger Landestheater
2. Helmi-Puppentheater: ‘Zirkus des Fortschritts’
Mehr Informationen Staatstheater Hannover
3. Yoga Shibari Mittwoch 15. Mai
Bitte unbedingt vorab unter email@example.com anmelden!
Wann: Mittwoch.15. Mai, 19-23 Uhr.
Ort: TEATRIS/Alte Kantine
4. Einzelkurse in Yoga und/oder Shibari
Wer Yoga, Seiltechniken oder Performance Ideen mit Seilen ausprobieren, oder im Austausch entwickeln oder lernen möchte, kann Einzelkursen/-Sessions mit Frances oder Dasniya buchen.
Bei Interesse bitte an firstname.lastname@example.org schreiben.
5. Frances Blog
dokumentiert die jüngste Kollaboration mit dem schweizer Collective La dernière Tangente: ‘Der Sturz des Icarus’: Pangea Ultima – Der Sturz des Ikarus … supernaut
6. Dasniyas zukünftiger Blog!
ist bald unter dasniyasommer.de/zurzeit zu finden.
7. Rückblicke nach Down Under
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
below you find our programme in May. There will be the two last performances of ‘The soldier’s tale’ in Bregenz. And Dasniya will be a guest with the Helmitheater in Hanover.
Looking forward to see you there!
Dasniya and Frances
- The soldier’s tale by Igor Stravinsky
- Helmitheater: ‘Festival des Fortschritts’
- Yoga & Shibari Mittwoch 15th May
- Individual workshops: Yoga and/or Shibari
- Frances blog
- Dasniya’s blog will be here soon
- Impressions from Down Under
1. The soldier’s tale by Igor Stravinsky
The last two performances of this work which Dasniya created and performs in are this month.
Conductor: Benjamin Lack
Director/choreography/dance: Jo Siska & Dasniya Sommer Director/dramaturgy/speaker: Dirk Diekmann
Musicians: Landeskonservatorium Feldkirch
More information Vorarlberger Landestheater
2. Helmitheater: ‘Festival des Fortschritts’ 17th-19th May
Dasniya will be guest rehearsal assistant with Das Helmi in Hannover this month.
More information Staatstheater Hannover
3. Yoga & Shibari Mittwoch 15th May
For May, once again there is only one training class. If you’d like to come, please register beforehand at email@example.com !
4. Individual workshops: Yoga and/or Shibari
For private workshops in yoga and/or shibari please write to firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Frances blog
Upcoming collaboration with the performance collective La dernière Tangente for ‘The Fall of Icarus’: Pangea Ultima – Der Sturz des Ikarus … supernaut
6. Dasniya’s blog!
Has arrived at dasniyasommer.de/zurzeit