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Tech Dump Part V: WTF suspension 

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 VII: WTF suspension

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…

The recordings will be available for streaming until December 31th, 2021 on our website. They are not downloadable.


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