Yoga + Shibari April 2014 // Spring Summer Workshops & Performances

Dear Friends, Bondagisti and Dance People!

This month, Yoga & Shibari in Berlin takes place on Tuesday, April 22th. As well, there are many things now and coming up in the next months.

We hope to see you there!

Dasniya & Frances

  1. Yoga & Shibari Berlin, Tuesday 22th April
  2. Individual workshops: Yoga and/or Shibari or Shibari Sessions
  3. Das Helmi: Syn City — die Stadt, die nicht sein darf!, April 3-16, Zürich
  4. Angela Schubot / Jared Gradinger soon you are theirs at HAU, April 27
  5. Das Helmi / Theater Hora: Mars Attacks!, May 5-11, Zürich
  6. ImPulsTanz Festival Vienna Workshops, August 11-15
  7. Rope Play photography by Boris Kralj

1. Yoga & Shibari Berlin, Tuesday April 22th, 2014

Hours: 7-11 pm at:
Teatris/Alte Kantine
Uferhallen Kulturwerkstatt
Entrance B/C
Uferstraße 8-11
13357 Berlin
U8 Pankstr/U9 Osloerstr

Please call when you are in the courtyard, in case you don’t find it, or the door is locked: + 49 174 393 70 49.

PLEASE REGISTER BEFOREHAND, THEN WE SEND YOU THE DETAILS!
General class description: English + Deutsch
Yoga can be done separately from the Shibari part. Hours: 7-8.45 pm. Info here.

2. Individual workshops: Yoga and/or Shibari or Shibari Sessions

Private coaching in yoga and/or shibari, or gift cards for bondage sessions can be arranged for Berlin, also in Zürich and Vienna when we are there. Please write to either of us: workshops@dasniyasommer.de or frances@francesdath.info

3. Das Helmi: Syn City — die stadt die nicht sein darf!

Dasniya is currently rehearsing in Zürich, and will be a guest performer with Das Helmi’s production, Syn City — die Stadt die nicht sein darf!, in Zürich at Theater Neumarkt from April 3rd to 16th. Opens tonight!

4. soon you are theirs Angela Schubot / Jared Gradinger at HAU

On the final evening of a series of works from Angela Schubot and Jared Gradinger, Dasniya will be making a shibari installation during their music concert.

soon you are theirs
Angela Schubot / Jared Gradinger
19:00h, Sunday 27th April 2014
HAU 1
Stresemannstr 29
10963 Berlin

5. Das Helmi / Theater Hora: Mars Attacks!

Dasniya returns to Zürich later this month with the Berlin puppet theatre Das Helmi for their new performance Mars Attacks! with Theater Hora. Rehearsals continue in late-April, with Frances joining also. Mars Attacks! opens at Rote Fabrik on May 5th:

Mars Attacks!
Das Helmi & Theater Hora
5th, 7th-11th May 2014
Fabriktheater
Rote Fabrik
Seestrasse 395
8038 Zürich

14th & 15th May, 2014
AUAWIRLEBEN Festival
Bern

6. ImPulsTanz Vienna Workshops, August

Once again back to Vienna in summer for the ImPulsTanz Festival! This year for two workshops: Dasniya will be teaching a Yoga & Shibari workshop in the afternoons with Frances, and in the mornings with Florian Loyke from Das Helmi a “Make Your Own Tutu” workshop for everyone 6 years and older. Bookings for these will open on the festival website in the coming months.

Make Your Own Tutu 11-15 August
Yoga & Shibari 11-15 August
ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival
Vienna

7. Rope Play photography by Boris Kralj

In February, Frances provided some rope and tying for photographer Boris Kralj. Some of the photos can be seen on HUF magazine

Gallery

Theater Hora & Das Helmi: Mars Attacks! rehearsal showing

A month ago now I found myself in Zürich, that city I spent much of a year, my first time properly living in Europe in 2005. This time, I was there to photograph, film, generally document Das Helmi’s rehearsals with Theater Hora for Mars Attacks! — and will be there again late-April for the performances. I’ve been thinking about blogging these since then, and so today, here they are. This was from the open showing on the Monday the day after I arrived, and also my first time seeing any of this.

My photography is almost entirely for my own pleasure, and I have something of an arbitrary set of slowly changing rules I impose on myself, that come partly from when my only camera was my old mobile phone and I was strictly limited in what I could do. More recently as I seem to be photographing in theatres more, these rules are a response to what makes me uncomfortable as audience or performer in photographers who come in: loud, large cameras dominating quiet staging, insensitive moving around and hauling of equipment mainly. So with my very unobtrusive Panasonic LX7 I try and hide up the back, not really wander about (though I did more here and certainly felt the seduction of racing to “get the shot”), take fewer shots (very difficult with a card that holds around well over a thousand), generally try and make not being noticed part of the act.

Also I try and get the image I’m seeing as it is, which means no cropping, and mostly very minimal processing, just a bit of colour balancing, contrast, sharpening. These were a little trickier, with a combination of natural and halogen light, and the dominant green foam throwing a cast on everything. It’s a strictness I like: if the image has motion blur, I’m unlikely to keep it; if the image doesn’t frame what captures my eye, it gets passed over. It’s always possible to crop an image into acceptability; to make the moment of photographing the defining instant, this is what interests me.

So, some rehearsal showing photos of Theater Hora and Das Helmi’s Mars Attacks!

Miscellaneous Zürich Stuff…

Aside

Because I said, … and I am in Zürich and have subsequently been silent: I was in the land of Bürli (Bürli! I’d completely forgotten about them; I used to eat Doppelbürli almost every day for lunch) working with Das Helmi, who are working with Theater Hora for their combined puppet / theatre performance of Mars Attacks! (yes, Ack! Ack! Ack!), documenting the late-rehearsals and performance. I’ll be joining them again in late-April for the premiere at Rote Fabrik in early-May. Also I’ll be playing catch-up blogging in the next days, once I’ve sorted and dealt with a couple of hundred images and hours of video. In other exciting news, Vienna!

Yoga & Shibari // February 2014 // Berlin

Dear Friends, Bondagisti and Dance People!

The month of January saw us in Bologna remounting Romeo Castellucci’s Wagner opera Parsifal, and for February Dasniya was in Zürich rehearsing with Theater Hora for Das Helmi Puppet Theatre’s Mars Attacks. On Tuesday February 25th, we will once more all be in Berlin for the next Yoga & Shibari workshop.

We hope to see you there!

Dasniya & Frances

  1. Yoga & Shibari Berlin, February Tuesday 25th, 2014
  2. Individual workshops: Yoga and/or Shibari or Shibari Sessions
  3. Blogged: Parsifal at Teatro Comunale di Bologna
  4. Informal showing: Monday February 17th: Mars Attacks, with Das Helmi and Theater Hora, in Zürich

1. Yoga & Shibari Berlin, February Tuesday 25th, 2014

Hours: 7-11 pm at Alte Kantine Wedding or in our ‘Mini- Dojo’

Both locations are at:
Uferhallen Kulturwerkstatt
Entrance 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, THEN WE SEND YOU THE DETAILS!

General class description: English + Deutsch
Yoga can be done separately from the Shibari part. Hours: 7-8.45 pm. Info here

2. Individual workshops: Yoga and/or Shibari or Shibari Sessions

Private coaching in yoga and/or shibari, or gift cards for bondage sessions can be arranged for Berlin from March 1st, 2014. Please write to either of us: workshops@dasniyasommer.de or frances@francesdath.info

3. Blogged: Parsifal at Teatro Comunale di Bologna

From our time in Bologna working with Roméo Castellucci on the remount of Wagner’s opera Parsifal for the hundredth anniversary since its premiere at Teatro Comunale di Bologna, you can read about it and see it on both our blogs:

The white act in Castellucci’s Parsifal « dasniya sommer
Parsifal archive … supernaut. i whored for art…

4. Informal showing: Monday February 17th: Mars Attacks, with Das Helmi and Theater Hora, in Zürich

Dasniya is currently working with the Berlin puppet theatre group Das Helmi in Zürich on their new performance Mars Attacks, with Theater Hora. There will be an informal showing:

3pm, Monday, 17th February 2014
Theater Hora
Baslerstr 30
Zürich

More of Zürich and The Water Margin

A semi-holiday. Oh Zürich, when did you get so expensive? 4Fr. for a ‘cheap’ coffee? I used to defend you to friends you said, “Zürich is really expensive,” but since I last lived here, wow, I pity anyone trying to live here on less than 6000Fr. a month.

Lucky I’m semi-working so won’t experience the distractions of the outside, and also have a door-stop of a book to keep me entertained (plus conveniently acquired cold) and can pretend I’m in some Suisse mountain village with no nearby amenities.

And on the book, digging a trench through The Water Margin still. I gave up shortly after beginning because in all truth the translation and edition have a lot of “weaknesses”. Spelling, punctuation, grammar, and continuity errors abound (and I have an irrational disposition when encountering an obvious error that any half-arsed text editing app would automatically find), and the writing style is stilted in the way that only a semi-literal translation from Chinese can be.

Then, having finished almost everything on my shelves and knowing I’d be on a train for an entire day on my way to Bregenz, and having re-begun it a week or so ago, decided I’d kick my way through it somehow. Let’s pretend for a minute the translation was superb, and that it kept the original ribaldry.

In this case The Water Margin is a hilariously violent, morally depraved, drunken brawl masquerading as Confucian morality tales of honest and upstanding scholars who have, through their commitment to said Confucian morality have been disadvantaged with no recourse other than to become violent, morally depraved, drunken but nonetheless upright bandits and brigands.

Recurring themes include: bribing of all and sundry with between 5 and 15 taels of silver as a starting amount, which is seen as a signal act of uprightness; on meeting, going between 20 and 50 rounds against each other with cudgels before recognising each other as honourable and then; drinking minimum of three cups of wine, and upwards of 30 in an evening; accompanied by at least a few kilos of beef, and other meat, vegetables and fruit; subsequently leading to the slaughter of a pig, sheep, or less frequently larger ruminant which is then consumed with buckets instead of cups of wine; at some point in this declaring each other “older brother” and “younger brother”, and the former bestowing small fortunes on the latter, who initially must refuse and then says they would dare not refuse; all of these characters either over 6 foot tall, or broad as an ox, or both, and tattooed, explosively red of face or otherwise garrulously marked when not obviously upright and noble; more bribery, coercion, standovers, dishonesty, covering up of murders, adultery, cannibalism, beatings, beheadings and other violent crime, all of which is revealed to be the necessary acts of an honest Confucian displaying the correct piety; punching to death of large wild animals such as man-eating tigers while very, very drunk; being beaten with bamboo staves, tortured by rope suspension, branded on the face, shackled in cangue and exiled to the far outposts for their crimes which can’t be covered up with aforementioned stacks of silver and gold (but nonetheless all the punishments are performed with requisite leniency as befits their correct moral standing); righteously joining bands of outlaws; repeating all of this for 800 pages with the “108 heroes of Liangshan Marsh” and another 28 or so who don’t join the marsh heroes.

It’s also full of hilarious lines like, “… his heart was beating like fifteen buckets being hurriedly lowered into a well for water — eight going down while seven were coming up.” and “Last year I was very ill with fever for three months, but when passing Jingyang Ridge I being somewhat tipsy killed a tiger with only three blows of my fist and a couple of kicks.”

It makes Game of Thrones look cheerful and delicate.

Berlin Bregenz Zürich

Aside

12 hours Thursday Berlin to Bregenz by train, one night at Landestheater Vorarlberger, seeing Dasniya and Jo perform in the Stravinski work they spend two months creating, much yellowness and shibari, after-show party of Viennese sausage and some delectable pancake-y stewed plum lusciousness, 2am dinner in the Austrian pig-hunting lodge they were staying in, falling asleep, getting up and all stumbling off at 11am, departures at the train station, then off to Zürich for me, reading by the river in the café I visit once every four years, then with Anna for our first proper, more than an hour seeing each other since the last time I lived in this city. Yes, that long ago.