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Mind & Mindfulness with Felix Ruckert


Felix Ruckert Mindfulness

Space, time, body and rope. A deeper understanding of concepts, materials and objects is the secret of modern sorcery. Felix draws from 40 of experience in dance, body work and BBDSM practices to break through habits of seeing, hearing and sensing. She appeals to courage and lust to re-invent perception and therefore create enlivenment. Playing means inventing and following rules. Creativity is sparked by friction with challenges. Intensity is produced by open goal navigation through resistence. This is an invitation to a controlled loss of control, to turn the world upside-down. And to laugh about it.


Felix Ruckert

Following a long career as an internationally renowned dancer and choreographer Felix expanded her skill set when she discovered Shibari or Kinbaku – Japanese Rope Bondage – in 1999. She had the chance to study with some of the most celebrated japanese and western masters, amongst her first teachers were Matthias T.J. Grimme, Midori, Shadow and Osada Steve.

When in 2007 she opened schwelle7, it quickly became an important hub for the international Shibari community. For nine years she regularily invited masters from Japan and therefore had also the opportunity to learn from Arisue Go, Nawashi Kanna, Hajime Kinoko, Akira Naka, Otonaya Otonawa and Ren Yagami. By programming Shibari at schwelle7 Felix Ruckert played a significant role in popularizing the practice in Berlin and throughout Europe. She also created several performances for the stage that integrated elements of Japanese Rope Bondage: STILLEN (2000), DIE FARM (2006), DRYADE – A DARK FAIRY (2011) and ZERO GRAVITY ZONE (2012).

Currently she organizes twice a year the EURIX (European Rigger&Model Exchange) in Berlin, which is one of the most popular international meetings for rope artists who engage in the development of Kinbaku as an art form. At EURIX she recently started again to create short Rope Bondage Performances applying some strict conceptual rules:Using innovative technique, Defining narrative and subtext, Applying tools of instant composition.

Her approach to individual sessions is unconventional and does not follow any particular style. Her ties adapt to each partner and each situation, she composes with body, rope, time and space in unpredictable ways. At the moment she calls it UNDOGMATIC ROPE or simply BERLIN BONDAGE.


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Date: 17.-18. february, Berlin: "Mind & Mindfulness"; Workshop in cooperation with Felix Ruckert

Price : 140-180 € per person (sliding scale) / 300 € for couples

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 Photo: Felix & Pontus Swanberg / “Morbid Evolution” (2016)