Sabine Parzer (A) – intensive 18 h

Sabine Parzer (A) – intensive 18 h

Is head and founder of the Institute for Holistic Dance and Movementpedagogy and the artistic director and coorganizer of Contact Festival Austria. Her professional experience spans 25 years of teaching, performing, choreographing and researching in the USA, Europe, Israel and Brazil.

Sabine has a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College Chicago in modern dance, and an education in Systemische und Integrative Bewegungslehre® (an extended Feldenkrais® Training). She has trained many years in CI and Authentic Movement, Release Training, Kleintechnique, and has further training in ZenBodytherapy®, Yoga, White Crane Silat, psychotherapy and family constellations.

Her choreographies and improvisational scores have been performed since 1990 in New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, Berlin, Vienna, amongst other cities.

Sabine trains people of various professional backgrounds, age groups and different abilities in long term teacher training programs, advanced tecahers trainings and open workshops. She teaches regularly at international dancefestivals such as the Impulstanz, Israeli Contact Festival, Moscow Contact Festival, Kontakt Budapest, Contact in Rio de Janeiro, Osterimprofestival Göttingen, Ibiza Contact Fetsival, Potsdamer Tanztage and at Tanzquartier Wien. She also taught holistic dancepedagogy at a rehabilitation center for 14 years.
Sabine loves to regularly coteach with Martina Mückler, Martin Keogh, Ray Chung and Eszter Gal. She is a mother of two children.

Tonus Awareness
or how to be clear and soft in Contact Improvisation

In Contact Improvisation we are faced with the challenges of dancing with a body that is responsive, reflexive and sends clear messages. We need a mind that is awake and intuitive, and we thrive on subtle and reflexive communication. In my dancing I notice that I am most efficient at these challenges, when I am in a state of „released tonus – accute awareness“.
This seemingly contradictionary state plays an important role in the training of the healthy and powerful dancer I look to see on stage, in the workshop, in daily life.
How do we work within a soft tonus and articulate ourselves in strong, clear movements and intentions? In times of high risk, but also in times of boredom or „in between states of unclarity“ I am asked to active my potential of presence and intuitive knowledge of the body.
We will work with Contact Improvisation, Feldenkrais® Principles, Bodywork from different methods, Applied Anatamy and Contemporary Dance Improvisation in solos, duets, trios and group formations.