Dear Xana, how did you get started with shibari?

The entire story? I started because I felt the need for it. Physically I mean. At the beginning of my research, I wanted to be the one in ropes. I just wrote an article for my blog about it, you can find it here: https://xanandrablog.wordpress.com/2020/01/03/what-is-bondage-for-me-and-why-i-do-it

What is your approach to shibari?

I would describe my approach to shibari as intense, personal and deep.
Photo: Thomas Brucher

Shibari keeps me grounded, present, it is every time a real-life challenge that makes me feel alive, focused and at the moment.

Xa Na


Tell us about a constant that keeps you coming back to shibari?

Shibari keeps me grounded, present, it is every time a real-life challenge that makes me feel alive, focused and at the moment.

It is an expression of my inner world, so every time it is like I would talk about something that I can’t express in any other way. It’s a “need” to be seen, recognized, listened, it’s craving for communication with the outer world.

And it is also a research of balance, it’s beauty in the storm, which gives me a way out from the inner, unreasonable shapeless chaos that I have inside.

Who are or what are you inspired by from practicing shibari?

My inspiration comes from various experiences. If I have to mention life experiences I would say that the research of the beauty of shibari might have been inspired by the schools of Art that I did in the past (both secondary school plus Academy of Art), the music school, and a personal sense of aesthetics.

I like and I feel very much the traditional Japanese Kinbaku style, but I am still ignorant about the story of it, I tend to forget names and dates.

The more close Master that influenced me is Naka Sensei.

How do you continue to challenge yourself, within the frame of shibari, as it grows in popularity and attention?

Showing what I do. I am developing a total fascination and love for being on stage performing Shibari and I guess the next challenge would be teaching it.


I like and I feel very much the traditional Japanese Kinbaku style, but I am still ignorant about the story of it, I tend to forget names and dates.

Xa Na


What are the things you love the most about shibari?

That moment, during the session, that feels out of time and space, endless. I love the feeling of handling the ropes in my hands, the closeness with the partners, their resonance with that subtle vibration of reaching every time a limit and go through it. The visual side of it and its research at the moment.

What are the things you dislike the most about shibari?

When a session feels empty when there is no resonance between me and the one in ropes, when people that want to bottom they only search for their satisfaction regardless of my presence, and without any will to communicate.

What would you like to show/teach others about shibari?

How to find their own personal way to express themselves.

Name some of your essential resources:

mmm…”Discover Kinbaku”, formed by Alexander and Natasha here in Berlin, has been the place where I studied the most since I started to practice regularly. I can say that this has been my major resource from where I took the knowledge until now. I also wouldn’t be here doing Shibari if I wouldn’t have met the Xplore Festival and Schwelle7, both founded by Felix Ruckert.

Thank you very much! We are really looking forward to it, too.

Meet and learn from Xa Na at Queerope 2020.
Or purchase a ticket for her masterclass which is part of Queerope:

 

16sepAll Day20FeaturedQUEEROPE 2020Shibari Unconference for Queers & Womxn(All Day) Facilitator: Karada House Category:shibariFormat:unconference


19sep18:3020:00FeaturedQueerope 2020: "Intention in Ropes" (mixed)Masterclass: Xana18:30 - 20:00 Facilitator: Xana Category:shibariFormat:class

(Title Photography by René de Sans)