Performance: flux nX cusp

By Gestalta and Dasniya Sommer

Opening night: IN EXCESS

“In Excess” understands itself as a mental image, a template for interpreting connection, exploring power relations and the sensory experience of our present through BDSM. Curated by Creamcake and happening as part of the seventh 3hd edition, called “Power Play”, the group exhibition features nine artists, collectives and collaborations who negotiate convention through the consensual practice of sadomasochism and play. Running at Park Center Treptow from October 2 to 31, it fearlessly embraces taboos in sexuality, sharing a fascination with authority and the desire for transgression and contradiction, as well as a longing for a loss or conscious relinquishment of control. More

Opening of 3hd 2021 Festival on October 2nd, 2021
Activations by participants:
Gestalta & Dasniya Sommer: flux nX cusp
Federica Dauri & Hermes Pittakos in collaboration with Peaches

Park Center Treptow
Am Treptower Park 14
12435 Berlin

Many thanks to the funding support program Neustart Kultur /GVL-Stipendienprogramm for providing the material frame for this research.

‘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, die 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/ tanz:digital/ DIS-TANZ-START] des Dachverband Tanz Deutschland.“

Intuitive Session July

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Stills aus der Bewegungsrecherche im Rahmen des Dis-Tanzen-Solo Programms. Herzlichen Dank an den Dachverband Tanz Deutschland e.V. für den Support meiner choreografischen Recherche.

Im Juli mit Gestalta-Hannah Judd, Seilen, Steinen und Semi-suspension.
Live podcast: Mittwoch 7. 7. 2021, 16 Uhr, IG: @Dasniya_Sommer

„Gefördert durch die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien im Programm NEUSTART KULTUR, [Hilfsprogramm DIS-TANZEN/ tanz:digital/ DIS-TANZ-START] des Dachverband Tanz Deutschland.“


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

„Gefördert durch die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien im Programm NEUSTART KULTUR, [Hilfsprogramm DIS-TANZEN/ tanz:digital/ DIS-TANZ-START] des Dachverband Tanz Deutschland.“


Shibari Classes

Dear Shibari- and rope friends!
Currently there are still no group classes taking place in my studio.
I can offer private classes for people who are vaccinated and can come with a partner. If you are interested, please email me for more details at workshops(at)

Foto: Tryouts at Ballhaus Ost during TakeCareResidenzen


(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