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The Riddle’s Solution

Sovereignty and freedom in dance

July 7 – 13, 2018

Cornelia Freise (Germany)

What does a woman wish for herself more than anything else?

In a Celtic fairy-tale, a wild man captures the King and presents him with this riddle.  He promises to let the King go, if he can solve it. The King collects many answers, but none solves the riddle. An exceptionally ugly woman – the sister of the wild man – offers him a deal. In order to receive the riddle’s solution, the King must give her one of his knights as husband in return. His noble nephew is willing to marry the loathly lady for the honor of the King.

The openness to look ugliness in the face and to integrate it, offers a solution that lies beyond ugliness and beauty.

The riddle‘s solution in the fairy-tale is:
Sovereignty, the right to search for her own path through life.

Inspired by the fairy-tale we will dance to feel free in our own way, to find our sovereignty as well as the joy in following our heart. When we are open to ugliness and beauty at the same time, we can become free to honor our real values in life. When we begin to question our beauty, we are often tempted to limit ourselves and become domesticated. While dancing, we can feel the power within our body and can allow it to radiate. In our own magnetism we can feel connected to the WHOLE. While dancing, we can find our personal answer to the riddle, we can find what we wish for the most.

Cornelia works with dances out of the space of the heart, circle dances, dreams and heart-meditation.

No prior dance training is required.

Each participant is herself responsible for what happens during the dance sessions.

Cornelia Freise, born in 1957, lives in Bremen, Germany. As a lawyer she worked on several scientific projects. In 1986 the direction of her life changed and she began to teach sacred dance. Since 1992 she has worked as a free lance dance therapist (HPG). In 1996 she founded „The Dancing Wild Sow – “Institute for Transformation through Dance, Meditative Dancing and Dance Therapy” in Bremen which offers “Dancing from the Space of the Heart“ a 2-year dance education for people from different professional backgrounds. Since 1985 she is following the mystical path of the golden Sufis which inspires and carries her work. Since 2002 she conducts workshops in California, Singapore and Estonia.  In 2010 Cornelia published a book on her way of dancing in German. The Estonian translation “Tantsi! oma südamest” was released in 2013.


We will begin on Saturday with dinner at 18.00 and end on Friday with breakfast.


Euro 671 includes the workshop fee, meals and housing (transfer to Polli Talu and international travel is not included).

Transfer from the airport to Polli Talu Arts Center by car costs Euro 80 one way – car may be shared by max 4 participants.



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