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Moving Like a Cloud

July 28 – 29, 2018

Muna Tseng (Hong Kong/USA)


Acclaimed dancer-choreographer Muna Tseng leads a weekend workshop “Moving Like a Cloud”.  Inspired by the Chinese concept of chi (life force) and Muna’s contemporary dance work, we will enjoy a delicious and sensuous way of moving.

No previous movement or dance experience is necessary, the workshop is open to everyone.  Please wear comfortable clothes that allow you to move freely and bring walking shoes for the outdoor activities.  Please also bring a journal and a piece of music on CD, USB stick or Bluethooth.


Workshop Schedule


Saturday, July 28

10.00 – 11.00 arrival, registration, settling in

11.00 – 13.00

We begin with standing meditation, to integrate the breath and full dimension of the body with breath and flow through all the joints and bone architecture. Muna teaches ancient Chinese chigong exercises to experience our bodies in an organic way and open our meridians of chi or energy, undoing places of tension and static holding.

13.30 lunch

15.30 – 17.30

Creative session – we will go on a nature walk and gather materials to make a personal altar or sacred space.  Each participant will have quiet time to explore individual movement and make up a movement phrase as a ritual for the altar, to remember a person, or as a pure abstract movement experience.  With the group, we have the option to share our individual movement phrase, or a story, or a piece of music.

18.00 dinner

20.00 – 21.00 

Self-massage will be taught in a circle, followed by a group meditation – imagination ritual led by Muna.

Sunday, July 29

9.00 Breakfast

10.00 -12.00

We will repeat a standing meditation and expand the chi-gong exercises from Saturday morning session to make the exercises more familiar for home application. Q&A and comment session will conclude the workshop.

13:00 Lunch

Muna Tseng, Hong Kong born, educated in Canada, founded Muna Tseng Dance Projects in New York in 1984, lives and works in New York.  She has choreographed and performed in over 30 works, collaborated with world-class composers, directors, and artists in New York City seasons and on tour in USA, Europe and Asia. An adaptation of her piece “The Pink” was performed as part of the NYYD festival at the Von Krahl Theatre in Estonia in 1995. Awards include a Bessie: New York Dance & Performance Award; repeat Choreographic Fellowships from National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, and has been honored as “An Artist of National Merit” from Smithsonian Institution and for “Distinguished Service in the Arts” from New York City Council President.


140 EUR includes workshop fee, meals and housing (transfer to Polli Talu and international travel not included)



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.


An Evening of Dance for Women

With Cornelia Freise (Germany)
July 12, 2018
19:00 – 20:30

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In connection with Cornelia Freise’s week-long dance workshop for women, all women are welcome to join the workshop participants for an evening of dance.

Enjoy ancient and contemporary meditative dances.

No prior dance training is required. Women of all ages are welcome!

Fee € 5

Register + 372-477-5363