schwellE 7
Traditional and Innovative Japanese Rope Bondage  
aN Intensive Training week for intermediate  and Advanced  Riggers
Mittwoch 27. MAi bis Sonntag, 31. Mai 2015, 10 - 22 Uhr
Wednesday - Sunday, May, 27 - 31, 2015, 10am - 22pm
This is a five-day-intensive for those who wish to take their rope skills to the next level. Amalion and Felix join their forces to offer you the best of well proven, traditional techniques and methods, combined with creative and innovative approaches to Kinbaku. Their wish is to help you acquire a solid technical understanding of the art form and provide you with a base for mastering original ties and figures as well as tools for developing your own personal style.
The workshop offers 5 days / 60 hours of intense bootcamp training and practice. Intermediate to advanced riggers only. For application please tell us about your experience and send us a sample of your work.
Learning and revisiting traditional japanese patterns (Osada Steve, Kinoko , Arisue Go, Akira Naka):
Various Takate-Kote (upper body harness), e.g.
 - Ushiro Takate Kote (Osada Ryu 2- und 3-rope, Kazami, Esinem)
 - Hojo Takate Kote
 - Tasuki Takate Kote
 Various Hip-Harnesses
 Genital ties (Matanawa u.a.)
 Uncomfortable (torturous) tying  (Semanawa)
 Tsuri-rope tying drill
 - Kata-Ashi-Tsuri
 - Yoko-Tsuri (Osada Ryu, Arisue Go and other variations)
 - Aomuke-Tsuri
 - Ebi-Tsuri
 - Gyaku-Ebi-Tsuri
 - Futomomo-Tsuri
 - Sakasa-Tsuri (waist, hip, feet)
 - and others
 Special focus will be laid on safe and fluid transitions between
 positions as well as elegant exits.
 Actually taught figures will strongly depend on the participants‘ skills
 - Martial arts teaching approach including meditative practice
 - Decomposition of movements into katas
 - Precision and speed in rope guiding
 - Efficiency and aesthetics in movement
   - de-noise your tying
   - colour your tying with various intentions/energies
 Blind tying, tying in difficult positions
 Tie with your body, not only with your hands
 - creative integration of costumes and objects ( bamboo, furniture etc..)
 - creative floorwork within the japanese style
 - creative suspensions within the japanese style
 - free style floorwork and suspensions
 - creative variations based on individual anatomic features
 - basics of composition in time and space
 - performance skills: Presence, Attitude, Impulse, Resonance
 Schedule: Wednesday - Sunday, Daily
 10-13 Technique and Efficiency /// 15-18 Esthetics and Creativity ///
 20-22 Emotion and Composition
FEE: 500 EUR per couple / Rigger&Model
       If you are a single rigger, we can help you find a model as long as you provide
       the complete fee.
schwelle7_members 400 EUR
registration: schwelle7 ( at )
SLEEPING: We can host workshop participants in the studio.10 EUR a night per person. More here...
Amalion & 
Felix Ruckert
the presenters --------------------------------------------------------------
is a passionate researcher, navigator, dreamer and adventurer. During his childhood he began to study classical ballet and gymnastics and also later in is life during his studies and the work on his Ph.D. thesis in economics he didn’t quite stop dancing.

Next to language, dance and sexuality very early in his life he discovered the aesthetics and versatility of the rope as a means of communication and a catalyst for intimacy.

He studied Kinbaku with Osada Steve, Kinoko Hajime, Hagen, Felix Ruckert and Shadow, amongst others. His way to use the rope is drawing from his experience in movement, body practices and consciousness work as well as from his love of detail and precision. 

His teaching experiences comprise workshops and lectures held as an aviator, scientist and consultant  as well as several Kinbaku workshops held at Schwelle 7 Berlin, Schwelle Sydney and at xplore, Berlin, amongst others. He is also board member and occasional Kinbaku trainer at the Osada Kinbaku Dojo, Berlin. 

He contributed his ropework to several art projects (e.g. Felix Ruckert‘s ZERO GRAVITY ZONE 2012), fetish and fashion shootings and offers private tuition and coaching.

Felix Ruckert
is a dancer, choreographer and conceptual artist. His experimental dance pieces and installations, his participatory work, but also his choreographies for ballet companies earned him an international reputation as an innovative contemporary choreographer.
Since 30 years he is interested in all sorts of body techniques. He studied ballet, modern and contemporary dance, Improvisation, Feldenkrais, Yoga, Chi Kung Tantra, Kyudo and much more. He worked as a dancer  and performer with several renowned european companies including Pina Bausch‘s Wuppertaler Tanztheater before concentrating on choreography and conceptual work.
For the last fifteen years he has also been involved in a practical and theoretical investigation of BDSM and explores connections between BDSM techniques and artistic practices, developing an art and philosophy of sensual communication. He practices Shibari - Japanese Rope Bondage since 1999 and studied with Matthias T.J.. Grimme, Osada Steve, Arisue Go, Hajime Kinoko, Otonaya Otonawa, Akira Naka and Midori, amongst others. 

He created several performances integrating elements of Japanese Rope Bondage into his stage work: STILLEN ( 2000), DIE FARM  ( 2006), DRYADE - A DARK FAIRY (2011), ZERO GRAVITY ZONE (2012)
He directs the performance space schwelle7 in Berlin and curates the annual festival xplore. as well as the European Rigger Exchange/ EURIX