Rope for Performance, Movement & Artistic Expression

27aug10:0017:00Rope for Performance, Movement & Artistic ExpressionLGBTQIA+ & FRIENDSEvent OverIn-House Event10:00 - 17:00 FacilitatorPauline MassimoCategoryshibari

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Event Area Sanitized



Event Details

This intensive workshop topic focuses on the art performance as a form of expression and movement with ropes in the center. We will study the options that Rope Art offers to us beyond being a tool, but a laboratory to experiment and create.

Anyone can integrate art performance on their rope journey, regardless of the desire to be a performer. Nevertheless, it’s a powerful way to investigate and understand better our own rope practice privately and publicly. Pauline’s aim is to reach with each participant a balanced reflection of their own previous experiences and interests to create their own unique way to move, express and perform through and with ropes. Shaping their own interdisciplinary self-expression style, pushing the borders of what ropes can be/offer past the Shibari standards and meanings.

Participants will be presented with theoretical content and with hands-on exercises. This workshop must be viewed as a laboratory and experimentation process that will depend more on what the participant wants to play and work with than their own experience with ropes. Anyone of any background can participate in this workshop, every technical exercise will be adapted and worked around each participant’s capabilities. We are not looking into creating classic patterns of Shibari Performance, but we want to investigate what we really desire to perform and show to work it through meaningfully and thoughtfully.


Pauline Massimo has created and directed multiple pieces where ropes and other art practices intersect, besides their past experiences with other types of performances.
The main most recent ones are: “Lazos y Sombras”: 4 Shibari performers, with movement and emotional interpretation of a concept. “Sincronicidad”: 5 performers (1 is a musician) telling a story that intersects experimental music live, multi tying and parallel performances mixing Shibari, Butoh, and movement expression. And the latest one is “LIBRE” where Pauline has been performing with a co-performer as a human brush and body expression being the director of the painting or as a solo artist painting and self-tying while a violoncellist follows our movements and expressions with her musical experimentation, the main point of this piece is the abstract expressionism in its rawest form within full improvisation being played by all artists.

Pauline has more than 10 years of experience in performance, from cabaret, classic and neo-burlesque, circus ropes, shibari performances, live painting, Butoh dance, and other concept performance art. And most recently in the past 3 years, they have been focusing on helping other artists to display their ideas and guide them to create their own artworks. As an organizer and curator for Espacio Nos, performance art is at its heart and the goal of expanding the ideas of performative arts merging different universes together, and creating a truly multi-dimensional interdisciplinary form by queer and marginalized artists.

Event Details

Date & Time:  August 27th, 2023, 10 am-5 pm CET (1-hour lunch break)

Format: Workshop


Language: English

Minimum Knowledge Level: you need to have basic tying skills. This workshop is for people with different backgrounds and knowledge levels and the workshop is centered in performance creation for all levels and less on patterns

What to Bring: ropes, any items you want to use in performance or expression, safety equipment

Solo or Partnered:  partnered or solo

Price: 72 Euros per person for the entire workshop


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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. 



For people coming to this workshop from out of Berlin, we can offer you accommodation in our space (mattress, bed linens, cushions, bathroom, shower, and kitchen) in the common area. If you are interested, please message us at


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.


Pauline Massimo

Pauline Massimo (they/them) is an interdisciplinary artist and educator from Brazil based in Barcelona, Spain. With more than 11 years of professional experience in the art field from painting, dance, performance art, photography, and Shibari to event curator, space holder, educator, community building, and art director in those few past years. They have been to a vast number of workshops and have equally experienced as a rope model, rigging, and self-tying. Pauline is educated and interested in the broader range that Shibari can provide as a practice, like classic Japanese style as more contemporary mixed styles, they are mostly interested in the mental and physical challenge that this practicum can offer as much as the challenge of creating experiences that adapt for different tastes and capabilities.

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