Open Rope Training (Intermediate): Locked-In

30apr19:0021:00Open Rope Training (Intermediate): Locked-InLGBTQIA+ & FRIENDSEvent OverIn-House Event19:00 - 21:00 FacilitatorDasniya SommerCategoryshibari

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Event Area Sanitized



Event Details

This bi-weekly intermediate open rope training is directed at building on what has been taught in the Beginner Open Rope Training.

Please note that the classes will be taught in different styles from this level onwards. 

We start the class intuitively by following individual impulses with rope. After that, the main part of the evening we focus on the systematic management of rope, body handling, and safety principles: knots, wrapping, and aesthetic frictions. The material contains a wide range of harnesses for floor work and simple semi-suspension. It is strongly inspired by the shibari works of Japanese artists Dasniya learned from over the last fifteen years. There is time to switch roles to better understand restriction from both the perspectives of the person tying and the person getting tied so you can experience anything from sexy phantasies and meditative ties.


Topic of Exploration: LOCKED-IN

During this class, we will explore shibari restriction to the point of consequent immobility. Technically focusing on adding step-by-step rope tensions, and interconnecting possibilities of the up-lines/branchwork. Space for emotional/feeling-based experience and assessing limits play an important role in safety. It’s a fun ‘artist escape training’.


Teacher: Dasniya Sommer

Style: Dasniya’s basic rope style orientates strongly towards Japanese Kinbaku artists: Akira Naka and Kasumi Horai– whom she attended workshops with in Europe and Japan. Other inspirations are found in the work of Norio Sugiura, and the legacy of Nureki Chimuo, who can be considered the protagonists of this ‘school/their era’. The tying system is often considered to be an advanced technique. But with regular practice, attention to detail, and to safety an adapted version for European bodies and perspectives can be taught from scratch. It combines a mix of basic shapes, improvising principles and it trains a sensitive intuition for consequent restriction.

Dasniya’s personal tying is also informed by her longtime dance training and Buddhist background. Rigging from the perspective of the moving body, and mindful listening to impulses and resonance often create a meditative vibe to get high on ropes.


Event Details

Date & Time:  every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, 7 pm-9 pm CET (Berlin)

Format: hands-on workshop


Language: English

Minimum Knowledge Level: single-/double column tie, basic frictions, you need to be able to tie a box tie /TK, simple up-lines

What to Bring: comfortable clothes that are more tight fitting if possible, a set of 8 of your own ropes, safety equipment

Solo or Partnered:  preferably partnered but you can also partner up in the class with other solo people or tie yourself (everyone needs a ticket)

Price: 25 Euros per person



The class starts at 7 pm sharp. Please arrive 15 minutes earlier so we can process your ticket and welcome you. Once the class has started we do not allow entry. You cannot transfer your ticket to another week. If you are not sure you can come, please purchase your ticket on the day as soon as you are absolutely sure you can make it.

If you know you will come to the open training more than just once, please ask for our discount card! (For every 5 classes, the 6th class is on us!)


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Accessibility Note

The workshop is held in spoken English. German can also be provided. The space, KARA, is on the ground floor but has three steps to enter the house. A ramp for wheelchairs is available at all times. There is also a parking space available right in front of the door if needed. KARA has an accessible bathroom available. There are no thresholds in the entire house. The garden is only partially accessible at the moment. During the workshop, we will sit on the floor. Sitting in a chair can also be provided. Adaptations for physical needs will be shown and can also be provided upon request. If you participate in this workshop and need more assistance please message us at beforehand. 


Who is this event for?

LGBTQIA+ describes the full spectrum of non-mainstream sexual orientation and/or gender identity, meaning: lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, non-binary, genderqueer/fluid,

Friends describe people of any and all kinds of gender and sexual identities who are aware and respectful of the necessity, needs, and boundaries of a queer safe(r) space and its marginalized community.

When you consider yourself a friend you show acknowledgment to and are respectful of everyone’s self-expression and do not assume presume or project non-consensual ideas onto others. You actively request and use people’s chosen pronouns. You remain mindful of the fact that Karada House is first and foremost a space for queer people that you are also invited to attend. You have a genuine concern for the well-being of LGBTQIA+ people and remain in awareness of heterosexual and gender-straight privileges.

Friends don’t have to be perfect. None of us are. We request that we all proactively work and strive to be good friends and allies to marginalized people.


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Dasniya Sommer

Dasniya Sommer is a Berlin-based choreographer and (visual) artist who works in the range from performance to photography and video art, from Japanese Shibari to classical ballet. She examines movement and image from the perspective of the dancer. For 15 years Dasniya has practiced Japanese Shibari/Bondage stretching performative aesthetic categories, making shibari accessible to a wider and intersectional community.
She tries to combine pure Japanese techniques (currently Akira Naka inspired) with an unconventional anarchic approach, often integrating objects or organic material into the process. 
Dasniya’s teaching is informed by her experience as a rigger and shibari model. Melting schools and philosophies from a great number of teachers such as Chanta Rose, Kamijoo Saki, Kasumi Hourai, Arisue Go, Akira Naka, Tamandua, Gestalta, and Norio Sugiura. She regularly teaches at ‘Haus Sommer’ her studio in Uferhallen Kulturwerkstatt, and a.o. at ImPulsTanz Vienna, Lismore’s Queer-Community/Australia, and Braunschweig University of Art. ‘Sculpting or moving with ropes I deeply enjoy the handcrafting moment combined with sensual attention towards my partner or the bondage material. After some tying time when this fragile, auratic presence unfolds a kind of cruel, weird, and yet warm space opens in between.’ Photo: Kerstin Schomburg
photo credit: Pippa Samaya

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