Shibari or Kinbaku is the art of Japanese rope bondage, the eroticised and ritualised form of bondage. It surely is an art because the highly complex figures seem to be reserved for those with experience and practice.
This workshop is an attempt at honouring the Japanese tradition but yet finding anarchic ways of using the rope in order to enable inspiring, effective and pleasurable results in just a short time. It is an invitation to find out what you like about it. And a good entry point if you are interested in the Bondage Year Group.
Bondage can be sexy, aesthetic, playful, heart opening, meditative, scary, technical, rough or tender. The most important thing is the contact with your own and your partner’s body – because ultimately the ropes are an extension of your own energy.
In more than 10 years of practice with ropes, Kristina Marlen has developed a method that draws on her knowledge as a performer and dancer on the one hand, and her background as a physical therapist and body worker on the other. Moreover, as a sex worker, she has a clear understanding on why playing with restriction affects us so deeply in our erotic and sexual experience and sensation, our fantasies and dreams. This is a sexpositive workshop – yet bondage is not necessarily sexual, but can touch people on many other levels.
Bondage has a strong focus on interaction and the interplay between closeness and distance, power and powerlessness, care and control, eroticism and security. A sense for aesthetics and expression also plays a crucial role in Kristina Marlen’s work.
Marlen’s goal is to play with these elements and introduce ropes as an intensive form of communication.