Learning Ropes with me

Internationnal study group leader since 2011

Transmettre et faire vivre une idée me semble aussi une démarche artistique. En tant que dirigeant de groupe d’étude mon but est d’être un chorégraphe qui inspire. Qui permet aussi à chacun de se découvrir. Bien entendu au milieu de l’étude, je partage mes quelques connaissances techniques qu’elles soient de corde, corporelle, artistique ou situationnelle.
C’est à travers des exercices simples et souvent créatifs que j’invite, aussi bien les modèles que les attacheur-se-s, à explorer ma voie : le Yoroï-Ryu (en savoir plus). L’ambiance voulue est souvent studieuse et intimiste. Le but étant de se connecter au plaisir, à la prise de risque et à l’exploration…
Bien évidement, l’étude est déconnectée de toute sexualité. Je la considère comme un dévelopement personnel dont les buts peuvent être l’estime de soi, la confiance, le développement esthétique, la recherche des limites, le lâcher prise…
Je considère le Kinbaku comme une danse encordée, discipline qui se situe à mi-chemin entre la danse contemporaine et l’expression corporelle.

Pass down and keep alive an idea seem also to me an artistic process. As a study group leader I aim to be a choreographer who inpires people. Who enables each one discover oneself. Of course, during the study, I do share my little technical knowledge whether rope ones, body expression ones, artistic ones or situational ones.

Through simple and often creative exercises I invite models as well as riggers to discover my way : the Yoroï-Ryu (more info). The desired atmosphere is studious and intimist. The goal is to get connected with pleasure , risk taking and exploration…

Obviously, study is disconnected from any sexuality. I consider it as a personal development which aims can be self respect, confidence, aesthetical development, limits search, letting go…
I consider Kinbaku as a rope dance, discipline halfway between modern dance and body expression.

Festival offer

Some example of what I can offer with ropes :
Animer un moment un groupe dans un festival de cordes est toujours très différents. Une introduction à mon style? Un sujet particulier? Quelque chose de différent? J’essaye toujours que cela soit une récréation éducative et adaptable à de multiples niveau. Ci dessous quelques exemples :
Control
Floor – level Intermediate – Mostly Ippon nawa.

The Japanese art called kinbaku or shibari seems to descend from warrior or punitive techniques directly connected to medieval Japan. In this workshop, we are going to work around martial techniques and punitive ones.
Of course, the aim is to improve our way to tie up.
We will work on the most Basic of Bondage : to control somebody else, before immobilizing them.
To take advantage of somebody else is very complex. Martial artists spend years and years to master this knowledge. We will work on basic principles that are easy to adapt.

We will do this in the spirit and technique of one of the finest schools of Japanese martial arts – Aiki Daitō-jujutsu.

Rope : a Way to Inspire Motion (Dance)
Floor or/and Semi-suspension – Level Beginner to Advance

The most basic techniques of Japanese rope are associated with the idea of the mental and physical management of the body in traditional Japanese arts. They open up infinite possibilities for putting bodies into motion.

This workshop is a research space for bodies in motion, one body motion moving another body motion.

Establishing physical connections is a building process for a specific language. Like a dance, it can sometimes be erotic, otherwise sensual, or even raw. It leads novices to new ways of reading their own bodies and other bodies, allowing sensations and emotions to deepen.

Organic aesthetics & play
Semi-suspension – Level Intermediate to Advance

One of the most interesting way to present a body inside rope is to twist it. A body organized this way is also more difficult to stand. It means the model will have less energy to spend on emotional control.

In this workshop we will aim to twist not only the model body but also the ropes and even our building methods. It will also integrate a slow but constant evolution inside the partner body. The aim is to push them to their limits and to make them discover new sensations.

It is a very creative workshop inspired by the arts of Ikebana and Bonsai.

NB : At least 10 ropes are needed for this workshop.

Yoko-Tsuri and I
Suspension – Level Intermediate to Advance

My main study of Kinbaku was with Arisue Go about the Yoko Tsuri. Anytime I am lost inside my technique or research, anytime I think I have unveiled something new or even just when I am looking for inspiration, I do a Yoko Tsuri.

So in this workshop, I would like to present and make you try what I am doing right now with it. For example :

      • 3 ropes Plays
      • Yoko Tsuri from different chest harness (and sometimes improbable ones)
      • Compression and organic aesthetics
      • Dance and Yoko Tsuri suspension.

I really like to keep this workshop very open. depending of the group, the model and my personal mood. Sometimes I even make people vote!

Hishi : Breath play and Pain management
(Rhombus not Diamond pattern) Floor – level Beginner to Intermediate

Certainly the first pattern I have seen in picture and the first one I have studied (from a video tutorial made by Randa Mai).
It is a good pattern to learn a lot of things like rope management, improving posture, tension … It also a very classic (and old) aesthetics. And it is always nice to come back time to time to such shibari.
But at the same time, it could be a very nice way to play on breathing. To make your partner sometimes experiment panic and to explore some pain without the possibility to properly breath.

This workshop sometimes, depending off the time and the group, can end up in very creative play.

Bamboo part of creation and play
Suspension – Level Advance
(Need 3 bamboos for each binome around 1m long)

I don’t like to suspend on a bamboo. But I do like to experiment, create and constrain my partner around this material.
The first idea is inspired from armlocks we do in martial arts with a wood stick. Like rope used to be a weapon, a stick can be too, and can direct and constrain the body. The interesting thing is a stick is stiff and give other sensations than a rope. In fact a bamboo is not totally stiff and the elasticity can make room for adjustment and creative ideas.
Of course it is also a very useful material to structure both visually and physically a composition.

NB : This workshop is inspired from Aiki-jo and the work of Felix Ruckert

Draw by Isobel Williams in Workshop in Paris, 2013