Tech Dump Series with Addie: Take Two!

13jul(jul 13)19:0027(jul 27)22:00Tech Dump Series with Addie: Take Two!LGBTQIA+ & FRIENDSEvent OverVirtual Event19:00 - 22:00 (27) Categoryshibari,tech dump full


13 (Tuesday) 19:00 - 27 (Tuesday) 22:00





Event Details

The details and mechanics of technical suspension are Addie’s specialty and passion. Over the past 6 years, she has amassed a wide, varied repertoire of suspension experience, with a heavy emphasis on tying different people with different preferences and adapting ties to people rather than the other way around. Pre-pandemic, she taught TheSpace’s Techie Tuesdays, a weekly series that focused on how and why ties work the way they do, helping participants to build a working, functional knowledge of tying for suspension.

This progressive series will be heavy on understanding rather than memorization, on technical details (why something works in situation A but not B, how it can be adapted for B) and on personalization. We will examine everything from hitches to hip rotations, with the goal of achieving smooth rope and body handling, predicting and preventing trouble spots, and staying one step ahead of necessity.

The goal is not to arrive at a particular visual end result, but to use all our skills and knowledge to create ties and situations that make the person in ropes happy, however their ‘happy’ manifests.


Tech Dump Part V: Hip Hip Hooray! (July 13th, 7-10pm CET)

This session will focus on the varied uses of the Chaos Hip Harness (aka the Locally Euclidean, or the Differential Geometry, or the Hitches Harness). This harness has as many uses as it has names, and is also the most comfortable that Addie has ever encountered. We will look at what is required for a harness to work, how loading and balance affect function, and to the ways that we can use a harness to move someone, rather than just supporting them. We will venture into the air twice, with two very different outcomes. No TK required, this session will look at general rules and possibilities of structure rather than a set tie. However, good suspension line knowledge is a must if taking to the sky.

Tech Dump Part VI: Adapt, Improvise, Fly! (July 20th, 7-10pm CET)

Based in part on the continuing injury adventures of Sloane, this class will look at ways of tying when the person in ropes has an injury or body quirk that is typically thought to preclude the ‘go-to’ options for dynamic suspension. What if one arm is out of commission? One leg? What if they cannot stand up or bend their knees? What about heavier or squishy people, who experience harsher strain on joints, or find that ties shift more? This class will cover two options for working around an arm injury, a take-off and landing from a chair, and some techniques specific to tying dynamic suspension on someone heavier. This is less about ‘changing’ a tie to suit someone and more about making something entirely different. If there is time, we will take requests for specific scenarios.

Tech Dump Part VII: WTF suspension (July 27th, 7-10pm CET)

Suspension without a set plan, where what happens next is a mystery to even the person tying, and where judgment, experience, and approximation come together to give the impression that the tying person meant for that to happen. Thus far, we have looked mostly at set progressions and ways they could be linked together. This is the foundation necessary to start into open-ended dynamic suspension. Now, we will propose a set of principles that maintain safety while allowing us to go off-script. We will look at the two main stumbling blocks in this type of suspension – where TF to go next, and how TF to get out. And we will finish off with a surprise…


Event Details

Date & Time:  July 13th, July 20th, July 27th, 7pm-10pm CET

Format: workshop (virtual)


Language: English

Minimum Knowledge Level: single column tie, double column tie & it is highly recommended that participants take the TK-ish Tech Dump before the Suspension Tech Dump(s) to ensure that we are all working from the same starting point.

There is no previous suspension experience required to participate, and each suspension will be shown with levels of difficulty to offer information, challenge, and accomplishment for participants with any level of previous experience. Throughout, there will tips, tricks, and suggestions for those who are tied. There will also be time for tying practice, and many (though not all) elements can be modified for those who like to self-tie.

For those tying: No previous suspension knowledge necessary, especially for the early sessions. Those who are new to TK-ish structures are also welcome to participate but should take the TK session first, and be willing to stick to the more basic versions/variations of ties. For the suspension classes, a good goal for tying participants is to be able to tie a suspension-worthy upper body tie smoothly, a non-collapsing single column tie on the first try, and to open, move, and re-lock a suspension line without fumbling or cussing.

For those being tied: I recommend having some previous experience in rope so that those being tied have a frame of reference and can make more informed decisions. This does not have to include suspension experience. Likewise, there are no pre-requisites for flexibility, fitness, lack of injuries, etc; one of the goals of the series is to tie for the differences in how individuals work, to use that individuality to best advantage. In Addie’s experience, the pairs who have the most success in workshops are generally those who can laugh together and who approach challenges as a team.

If you have any questions about those guidelines, please contact Addie (

What to Bring: ropes (the techniques covered work well for natural fiber rope, and synthetic will behave differently. This series is not suited to tying with synthetic rope), a partner, suspension point if you want to tie along

Solo or Partnered:  both (each participant needs a ticket)

Class recording: Yes. The recording will be made available after the live class for 14 days.


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