23feb13:4515:45Gandalf Embrace: Rope Exercises for BeginnersVirtual Event13:45 - 15:45 FacilitatorGandalf (they/them)CategoryDay 1,Queerope 2022


(Wednesday) 13:45 - 15:45 CET





Event Details

One of the most curious things about rope bondage is that it has grown in such a way that neither rope nor bondage is its most central aspect.

As we begin our journey into the world of knots, frictions, and tension controls, it is worthwhile to pause and ask why we tie in the first place. In this workshop, we will introduce a series of movement and rope exercises that explore a wide set of communicational resources in tying. Thematically, they are an exploration into our relationships with each other. Technically, they make use of some fundamental rope handling and tensioning skills.

We welcome absolute beginners to use this workshop as the beginning of their rope journey, as well as experienced practitioners to come back to the basics and contemplate what brought us to tying in the first place.



Format: hands-on workshop

Minimum Knowledge Level:

What to Bring: yourself, ropes, safety tools

Solo or Partnered: any constellation,  we will mostly present partnered exercises, but solo options will be provided as alternatives

Class recording: yes

This class will be recorded (only the facilitator, not the participants) and is available for ticket holders for 30 days after the event.



Gandalf (they/them)

Gandalf is a Shibari artist and instructor. They were trained as a cognitive scientist before leaving academia and started a body art platform (KinkyFeminist), which dedicates itself to diversifying rope education and building safe(r) spaces for rope practitioners. They now teach both artistic expression and cognitive science. Gandalf teaches a style of tying that borrows heavily from different styles of theatre and dance. It aims to explore the potential of rope beyond eroticism and emphasizes attention and empathy in tying. They have also started the "Kinbaku Theatre" initiative to further push the boundaries of rope performance. Each class consists of 20 laypeople who are new to tying, who would produce an on stage performance over a period of a 12-hour intensive tying and movement workshop. Previous Kinbaku Theatre works include: Departures (2021) Becoming (2021) All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone (2021) The Space Between Us (2021)
instagram: @land_of_incanus @kinky.feminist

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