Yoga + Shibari at ImPulsTanz

Very happy to once again be making the journey to Vienna this summer, my fourth time at ImPulsTanz. Dasniya is teaching Yoga + Shibari in the third week, and I shall be tagging along to help out.

Shibari + Yoga
Week3: July 30 – Aug. 3
17:00 – 20:00
Aresnal F

ImPulsTanz Workshops 2012 – Dasniya Sommer

Nawa Shibari means to wind, to knot or to bind with ropes. It refers to the ancient Japanese practice to tie up a person and was originally developed by Samurai in the 16th century. Today it is a technique to play physically, to perform or to experiment with the body and restriction. The workshop combines principles of Yoga with the tying technique Nawa Shibari. This Japanese term is usually translated as winding, knotting or binding a rope. Today it is a technique to play physically, to perform or to experiment with the body and restriction. The styles in Shibari are noticeably versatile, yet one can say that there are basic figures to use ropes effectively.

A crucial aspect of this is the combination of functionality with aesthetic rules. There are particular shapes and angles to tie ropes, which create a certain look and a sense of solid limitation at the same time. This is comparable to a moment of embracement, which supports the body and enables the tied person to relax into the ropes. In this sense the material can be understood as an extension of arms. A firm hug.

By starting a 3 hours with a short Yoga practice, the perception of the body gets refined before we engage into partner work. The Asanas (Yoga postures) focus on the effcient use of muscles or on alignment of the torso, head and limbs. Rotation of the spine or balance exercises can be tried in variously challenging postures.

Then there is the Kinbaku side in Shibari which is more concerned with the biochemical or psychological effects. In Japanese tradition they speak of capturing a persons heart, to connect to the partners spirit or to touch them soulfully. This experience of fragile intensity can happen in both directions. The tying person and the person being tied can direct the scene from their individual angle. The notion of power shifts within the constellations and is often not as straightforward as it appears from the outside. To guide the mind in an enjoyable way and to bring it back on the ground is a matter of sensitive touch with ropes and care. To shape the figure from inside is an equally minimal and a seductive task. Beside the serious and almost orthodox way of Shibari technique there is an utterly playful and animal like experience in ‘play’.

Bring comfortable clothing, a snack and your own ropes if you have.

Dasniya Sommer

Dasniya is based in Berlin. Her present focus in choreography is ,Shibari‘-Japanese rope bondage. Her work gained wider recognition in contemporary dance through her solo performance MA√ 15 { idiosyncrasy } || sin x = ly – fx²¯, using ballet, meditation, and self-suspension techniques, presented by Tanztage Berlin in 2009, Arte and City of women Festival (Ljubljana).

In 2011 she was part of the artistic team in Roméo Castellucci’s staging of the opera Parsifal at La Monnaie | De Munt in Brussels. Dasniya coached Shibari for the theatre production “BurkaBondage” by Helena Waldmann. In 2010 she was invited to perform this piece in India and Sri Lanka. Initiated by Tudelisuuden Tutkimuskeskus the Museum of contemporary Art Kiasma in Finland presented Dasniya‘s participatory rope installation as part of the Theatre Now Festival.

In 2012 she continued to collaborate with the finnish theatre group.The first showing of “Archetypical Encounter” was shown this year at the Performance Centre (Helsinki).

Her research is strongly influenced by her theoretical studies in philosophy, analytical feminism and aesthetic, which she undertakes at the Humboldt University of Berlin. She reflects on questions of body concepts and ethics in her stage work as well as her teaching. Her current artistic collaboration with the performer and choreographer Frances d’Ath focuses on structural aspects of Shibari, without following traditional notions of gender roles and its fetishised aesthetic.

Dasniya Sommer (Foto Patrick Siboni)
Dasniya Sommer (Foto Patrick Siboni)

Yoga + Shibari at Charleroi Danses
Yoga + Shibari at Charleroi Danses

Table Shibari at Alte Kantine Wedding
Table Shibari at Alte Kantine Wedding

Shibari Installation Brussels
Shibari Installation Brussels

Dasniya tying Thomas
Dasniya tying Thomas