Dasniya Sommer






Dasniya Sommer lives in Berlin. Her present choreographic focus is ,Shibari‘– Japanese rope bondage and classical ballet. Her artistic research is strongly influenced by philosophic studies in ethics and aesthetic, which she undertakes at the Humboldt University. Against this backround her performances question stereotypical body concepts and often concomitant fetishising styles.

Her work „MA√ 15 { idiosyncrasy } || sin x = ly – fx²¯“, gained wider recognition in contemporary dance in 2009. It was presented by Tanztage Berlin, Arte TV and the Festival City of Women in Ljubljana (2011).

In 2012 she directed the music theatre “The Soldier‘s tale” by Igor Stravinsky together with Jo Siska and Dirk Diekmann at Landestheater Vorarlberg, Austria.

In 2011 Sommer choreographed and performed ,Shibari‘ as part of the artistic team in Roméo Castellucci’s staging of the opera, „Parsifal“ at La Monnaie | De Munt in Brussels.

For „BurkaBondage“ by Helena Waldmann she coached dancers in ,Shibari‘, and danced the piece herself in India/Sri Lanka, 2011

In 2010 the finish theatre group ,Tudelisuuden Tutkimuskeskus‘ invited her to stage a participatory rope installation at “Kiasma”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki. The collaboration continued this year with the first phase of ,Archetypical Ecounters‘, and was shown at the Performance Center Helsinki.


Her longtime collaboration with the performer and choreographer Frances d’Ath examines structural aspects of ropes. They are currently working on a duo, which was first shown as part of the artist in residence program at Bains Collective in Brussels, 2011.

Since 2007 Dasniya Sommer conceptualises workshops, which combine Shibari and Yoga. Over the last years she regularly taught at Charleroi–Danses in Brussels. Other venues are ,Festival for the Art of Japanese Bondage in London (2010), Madrid (2011), Point Ephemère in Paris (2012), Impulstanzfestival (2012) and Queer Art Studio in Berlin (2009).

She received her formal dance training in Berlin and New York. Among other insitutes at Ballet Akademie Vogl, Dance Space Centre, Jose Limon Institute, Labor Grass and with Zvi Gotheiner, Babara Mahler and Susan Klein.
Since 2011 she learns David Howard approach to classical dance under the instruction of Jo Siska. She was also trained in Yoga and meditation since her childhood.

From 2006 to 2009 Dasniya collaborated with the Cie Felix Ruckert and assisted choreographically in many of Ruckerts pieces and venues. Between 2007 and 2009 she co–founded and developed the venue Schwelle7, an experimental project space in Berlin.

During her early 20s, she worked as a model for Vivienne Westwood, Sonia Rykiel, and Howard Schatz, and trained at Reha Akademie Berlin in Physical Therapy.

In 1998 Sommer danced with the State Ballet Berlin.

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