November, 2019

23nov(nov 23)11:0024(nov 24)18:00Event OverFeaturedArt of Shibari - Gestalta Masterclass (queers & womxn)11:00 - 18:00 (24) Facilitator: Gestalta Category:shibariFormat:class


GestaltaI was first introduced to shibari in 2007 and have been immersed in it ever since.
 My interest was initially sparked by the aesthetic of shibari; the seemingly organic structure of rope melding with flesh in the works of Araki, and other artists whose works I had collected in scraps from the few Japanese publications available. As I began to practice it myself I also found an interest in exploring the potential of ropes to open up new ways to connect with the body, with other people, and the effects of pushing myself into seemingly ‘extreme’ psychological and physical states. I began using shibari in performance in around 2009 and gradually developed an interest in impermanent structures, and the fragile balances found between us, our environment, and within intimate connections. Although I see shibari very much as an art form, it is also important to me that it’s roots in pornography are not glossed over; I see it also as a powerful way of reconciling any perceived conflict between art and sex and exploring the relationship between the two.


23 (Saturday) 11:00 - 24 (Sunday) 18:00

Event Details

The Gestalta masterclass will give participants the chance to familiarise themselves with Gestalta’s own approach to shibari.

As a rigger who also has extensive experience on the other side of the ropes, Gestalta aims to teach rope with a focus on the body of the tied partner in all areas of shibari practice.

Topics covered will include:

• Body mechanics, both in and out of rope, on the floor and in the air.
• The body within the takatekote.
• The third rope – and varying it according to your situation.
• Understanding the body in basic suspension positions such as yokozuri, hikyaku-zuri, aomuke-zuri, gyaku-ebi-zuri.
• Rope handling and “unstructured” suspension.

Depending on the level of the participants, other topics could include:

• Alternative harnesses: Hands free chest harness, hands in front harness, strappado, hip or leg harness.
• Kata-ashi-zuri (with transitions)
• Working with torsions Bamboo harnesses
• Floorwork and partials for play and/or torture


You must be of intermediate level to participate.  That means that you must be able to confidently demonstrate a suspension worthy chest harness (any style), and the knowledge of working with suspension lines.

You must also have a partner to work with and a set of minimum 8 ropes. Switching is allowed when a new exercise starts but not within one exercise.

If you need help finding a partner or if you want to purchase rope, please contact us at

This event is intended for individuals who self-identify as queer and/or womxn.

Ticket price:

The ticket price is 300 Euros per pair.

About Gestalta:

“My approach to shibari has evolved as the result of over a decade of practice on both sides of the ropes and a broad range of influences which I appropriate, mix and develop in my own practice. This has shaped my teaching style into one that seeks to reflect the experience of both tying partners on a deep level. I have a strong belief that shibari should not be prescriptive and encourage students to explore it as a flexible set of tools; adapting each tie to the body of the tied partner, and to their needs and desires within each individual situation. My teaching process aims to enable this by giving students a framework of the fundamental principles behind shibari; including safety efficiency and fluency, but also body awareness, communication, and conscious consideration of their own experiences and motivations.

I absorbed most of my technical rigging style a natural process of observation and experience from inside the ropes of the people I was tied by as a model. In this respect I have been lucky to have had a broad range of influences from both Japan and the west.”

More info:

Gestalta will also do a performance on November 22nd at our vernissage event together with the calligraphy artist Shantel Liao. She is furthermore protagonist of the film SPELLBOUND that will also be showing that night.



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