Learning Rope, Teaching Rope

15feb16:0018:00Learning Rope, Teaching RopeGandalf, Caritia, Barkas, Andrea Rimon, Pauline MassimoVirtual Event16:00 - 18:00 FacilitatorGandalf (they/them)CategoryDay 1,Queerope 2023


(Wednesday) 16:00 - 18:00 CET





Event Details

How do our experiences in rope-learning influence how we tie? And as facilitators and instructors, how do we decide how to teach and what to teach? Queering rope demands a queering of rope pedagogy, and this event is dedicated to exploring different ways of teaching rope.

At this discussion panel, various shibari instructors are joined together to share their experiences in rope learning and rope teaching. Participants are encouraged to bring their questions, discoveries, and frustrations with rope learning/teaching and together we will ponder on the ways forward.

Panelists: Caritia, Gandalf, Andrea Rimon, Barkas, Pauline Massimo



Format: discussion

Minimum Knowledge Level:

What to Bring:

Solo or Partnered: any constellation

Class recording: yes

This discussion will be recorded (only the facilitators, not the participants), however, we choose to leave some non-recorded space at the end where participants can discuss more intimate questions. The recording is available for ticket holders for 30 days after the event.



Gandalf (they/them)

Gandalf is a Shibari artist based in Shanghai, China. They were trained as a cognitive scientist before becoming full-time rope artist and the organizer of Embodied Flow, a local community for rope and its various intersecting art forms. Gandalf teaches rope to the general public as a means to facilitate embodied dialogues on care, gender, power, and everything to do with “being together”. Their curriculum (named “心意”) is heavily inspired by different styles of theatre and dance. It aims to explore the communication potential of rope and facilitate practitioners to devise their own approach to tying. They have also started the "Kinbaku Theatre" initiative to further push the boundaries of rope performance.

instagram: @land_of_incanus and @embodied.flow

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