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Intro to Ropes – Workshop by Addie

This hands-on workshop is open to all levels, and is specifically aimed at beginners who want a starting point into play and rope. We will look at simple, effective, versatile tools that can be combined to create satisfying scenes. No experience is necessary. We will cover a basic single and double handcuff, a simple chest harness, a thigh tie, as well as some fun uses for each. We will also explore some favourite non-rope tools: predicaments, pressure points, basic bare-handed impact, and the creative use of a big stick. We will look at timing, teasing, reading your partner’s reactions, evaluating the progress of the scene, and playing with sensations. There will be plenty of time to practice and play during the class, so come prepared to explore and have fun.

Covers:

Basic safety, pre-scene negotiation, and communication
Single and double wrist cuff
Chest harness
Thigh tie
Pressure points, impact, and other ways to get a reaction
Reading reactions
Predicaments
Building a scene

Prerequisites:
None, though it is a good idea to come with someone (or a group) with whom you are comfortable playing and learning

Date: 
January 12th. 1pm-5pm

Cost:
$80/Tying pair (Tax included)
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Differential Geometry and Nambu TK

Differential Geometry seems to be approximately the oddest choice when one wishes to study erotic rope bondage but a closer look uncovers its importance. What is geometry, what are curved surfaces and what are methods of measuring distances on such surfaces? We will discover that ropes and humans offer a great opportunity to apply ideas from differential geometry and we will see how useful these ideas are when it comes to stability, sustainability, rope handling, and connection.
In the second part of the workshop, we will study the Nambu TK, Barkas’ contribution to the world of patterns. Learn or/and perfect this very sustainable multi-functional upper body harness which has been named after the Japanese theoretical physicist Yoichiro Nambu for his contributions to the concept of spontaneous symmetry breaking.

Prerequisites: intermediate to advanced levels, but it is always recommended to come and go beyond your comfort level.

What to bring: a partner! And about 7+ pieces of ropes.

When: Dec 16th. 1pm-6pm

Cost: $150CAD/couple (tax included)

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Mino & Lello Li – A tale of rope

In this workshop we will discuss the game of standing dances while talking about looking for your inner child, and how to create a bright, positive, and fun game. Exercises on improvising patterns by creating a logic of creation, or on how to manage the technical problems with joy and fun, how to play with little technique are one of our main focuses. We also concentrate on managing the imbalance of both partners. Another part of this workshop deals with topics such as managing the emotional impact of a session on each of the partners and how to create good sustainable communication between regular/intimate partners.

We ask you to come with a partner with whom you like to play and have fun. One doesn’t need torture or semenawa to create very intense situations, both emotionally and physically. Thus, good physical condition and management of one’s balance is important.

Mino and Lello Li came into contact with shibari a few years ago. In the beginning she rather bottomed and he rather topped, then little by little the boundaries of passive/active disappeared.

Mino is a professional circus artist, dancer, and performer for more than a decade. Soon after discovering ropes, he felt the desire to combine the aesthetics and techniques of shibari with circus scenes and theater. On the road he met the Bdsm, the kink, and the trance power of a rope scene.

Lello Li came in contact with shibari in Berlin at Schwelle 7, for a long time THE European place for shibari, kink and sex-positive culture. She had the chance to participate in many workshops and to become familiar with many approaches, styles and philosophies. She began to perform for different collectives in Berlin. For them, the ropes and shibari are a source of inspiration, both as a means of communication with one’s partner and one’s own body, as well as to tell stories and play with the limits of the body or to interact with their own inner child. Since they met at Eurix (Berlin), they draw their joint inspiration for shibari from dance, influenced by both partners, borrowing drama techniques from the theater, clown, and primal play where everyone is active. The notion of active/passive is lost, everyone influences the game that becomes one “togetherness”.

Dates:

Performance* during SpaceTime on Friday, March 22nd 8pm

Saturday, March 23rd 11am-6pm

Sunday, March 24th 11am-6pm

Costs:

The ticket for one pair is $370CAD (Tax included)

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*included for workshop participants

Wildties & RedSabbath – Exclusive North America Intensive – SOLD OUT

From the basic ties to the most tortuous suspensions we will discover the beauty of this style, analyzing the aesthetical as well as the phylosophical aspects of Naka Ryu as interpreted by Kinbaku LuXuria.

The workshop will cover:

  • TK (2-3-4-etc) as adapted by Wildties to improve safety.
  • Basic semenawa floor ties
  • Basic Suspensions of the style
  • Wildties personal variations and transitions Freestyle

Requirements

  • Rigger must be able to make a stabile TK
  • And able to attach and lock suspension lines efficiently.
  • Both Rigger and person in ropes should be familiar with basic suspensions.
  • Person in ropes should be comfortable in a Gote, and familiar with the differences between nerve and circulation impingement.
  • A set of at least 12 ropes will be needed (5-6 mm, 7-7,50 mt).

Times

  • Friday, May 24
    • 11am-6pm Workshop (1h break)
    • 8.30pm Performance during SpaceTime
  • Saturday, May 25
    • 11am-6pm Workshop (1h break)
  • Sunday, May 26
    • 11am-6pm Workshop (1h break)
Price
The workshop weekend including a performance on Friday night comes to a
Total of $790CAD
(tax and fees included)

 

SOLD OUT! PLEASE CONTACT US FOR THE WAITLIST!

 

Refund policy

50% of the ticket cost can be refunded until the 31st of December 2018. No refund from January 1st 2019 on. You can, at any point, transfer your ticket to someone else, if and only if they fulfill the requirements of the workshop, see above. In that case, please give us a heads up and be aware that there are a few people who are not eligible to attend classes at TheSpace2 for safety reasons.

Nambu Takate Kote – Construction and Application

In terms of upper body ties, we have two principal structures: Full wraps around the body (standard TKs) or an asymmetric construction that usually results in a diamond pattern (Hishi ties). The Nambu TK is the result of Barkas’ studies to combine those two principal constructions and to offer a tie that is suitable and sustainable for a large variety of body types.

In 1960, Yoichiro Nambu, a theoretical physicist, introduced the concept of spontaneous symmetry breaking to high energy particle physics. He was awarded the nobel price for this effort. The Nambu-TK is named after him because of the symmetry breaking the tie undergoes towards the end. This phase transition from a standard TK to a Hishi tie makes it extremely durable in basically all positions during suspensions.
In this 3h workshop, we will go through the Nambu-TK step by step and will also go through a few applications of it, i.e. we will engage in suspensions. Those suspensions will be chosen according to the level of the participants.

Details:

Date: Saturday, July 7th. 2pm-5pm (Doors open at 1.30pm)

Prerequisite
s: intermediate level. Understanding of the basics of a TK.

Price: $120




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Signifying Or Signifying Nothing – approaches to strike new paths in (erotic) photography.

In this intense 2 day analogue photography workshop series we will explore various possibilities of erotic (bondage) photography. This workshop is intended for all levels, from complete beginner to professional. In order to eliminate the equipment advantage of economically stable/professional level workshop attendees, all participants will build their own film camera from a kit, and will work with that camera for the duration. (Exception would be for requested topics, see below.)

Due to the omnipresence of images in our times, as well as our media consumption habits and the resulting mental contamination through double moral standards, photography lost a lot of its reputation. This is especially the case for photography with erotic content. Additionally, many photographers suffer from GAS (gear acquisition syndrome) which is a consequence of the fast development of technology and aggressive advertisements. One of the primary aims of my artistic work is to counteract this situation, by returning to minimalistic equipment and by utilizing film instead of digital to force the photographer to slow down and consciously choose each shot.

Workshop contents:

• Every participant will build their own 35mm SLR camera (https://shop.lomography.com/de/ cameras/konstruktor-family/konstruktor-f). This cost is in addition to the workshop cost. Organizer will order kits for all confirmed attendees.

• We will discuss theoretical as well as philosophical, ethical, and moral aspects of erotic photography.

• We will establish how to plan a session from a professional perspective.

• We will talk about composition of a picture as well as how light influences the photograph’s mood.

• We will practice capturing images under severe limitations (minimalistic gear/ equipment/lighting on a budget).

• Performances of Kinbaku scenes will be provided by experienced practitioners.

• Participants have the possibility to submit requests for topics (min. 1 month in advance so I can work it/something out).

Details:

Friday, November 2nd, 5 – 7pm
• We meet for a basic/short workshop introduction and prepare for day 1.

Day 1, Saturday, November 3rd, 11am–7pm (one hour break)
• We are building and getting to know the camera (approx. 2 hours).

• Discussion of theoretical, philosophical, ethical, and moral aspects, and how to find and explore new paths with your photography.

• Composition.

• Lighting (on a budget).

• Practicing with our minimalistic equipment.

Between the workshop days

The films we have exposed on day 1 will be developed and digitalized.

Day 2, Saturday, November 10th, 11am–6pm (one hour break)
• We start with reviewing and discussing the pictures from day 1 and see how to progress from there in terms of personalizing your style.
• We will also go through your submitted topics.
• The workshop concludes with a debriefing and discussion of the many faces/ languages of erotic photography.

Fees:
•Workshop: $120-$200 sliding scale. (Pay what you can within this frame.)
•Equipment: Camera&Film about $70. The camera belongs to you after the workshop. More info here: Lomography Konstrukor Camera

RSVP per email or in person at TheSpace2

About the presenter:

Tom Hofmann is professional advertising photographer and graphic designer in Vienna, Europe. His work as visual artist is the balance to his superficially bread-and-butter job.
His photography focuses on the erotic, including fetish and bondage images. Although experimental and conceptual images are exciting, “everyday” themes are just as intriguing for him. He envisions his work as extracted frames from a movie, chosen to dramatize the intensity of the moment presented. His work is captured in a way that allows for single frames to stand alone and speak for themselves but also for combined frames to come together and bring a new perspective through the story being shown.

His work can be found on his website ho-twork.jimdo.com

SIMPLE AND CONCEPTUAL – SOLD OUT!!! Yoroi Nicolas & Faustine Intensive

YOROÏ NICOLAS

Performer, Photograph, Presenter, Rope Expert, Corporal Artist
Rigger since 1998, Presenter&Performer since 2011
I lived and studied during 4 years in Tokyo Japan

Faustine

fancy heroine – willing captive – ephemeral muse – emotional researcher – skinned traveler – intrepid lover – cracked survivor – wild creature – awake dreamer

About the workshop:

Kinbaku should be a living moment, a living movement. Rigger and Model can be seen as involved in a dance together, where the movement of one will spontaneously move the other. The aim is not to reproduce certain patterns, but to work towards discovering and gaining a better understanding of the principles in order to be able to create and organize your own instant compositions, and to bring life into these compositions, from beginning to end.

The guiding idea for this workshop will be : Movement ! Hoping it will be mental as well as physical. Stillness will not be a goal, but just a suspended moment in our Music.
In studying this, we will explore just how thin the line between spirit and body can be, and maybe to realize they will be no line at all…

With an eye to developing the participants’ flow and improvisational capacities in rope-bondage, we will discuss classical concepts in Japanese culture like Ma, Ma-Ai, Omote-Ura and posture.

The aim of the workshop is to enable the partners to translate in the ephemeral of ropes the energy and sensations they share and discover together.

This workshop is always different and will always use my background in Martial art, Massage (Shiatsu and Thai) and rope technique!
(Floor, Standing, Semi-suspension and suspension may be practiced depending of the group and the developpement. One rope tying will be used a lot)

Requirements (For Model and Rigger):

  • Advanced Level
  • To Have Worked Your Corporel Conscience
  • To be safe in Suspension : Yoko-tsuri, Gyaku-Ebi, Futomomo and one other pattern
  • To be willing to try differently, trust each other and accept Physical Risk

Material: 

  • 8 to 10 ropes
  • 5 Carabiners (A ring can be used too)
  • 2 Blindfolds
  • A cutting tool for Kinbaku (and a ready to use one!)

Date:

  • Day I: Oct 20. 11am-6pm (one hour break)
  • Day II: Oct 21. 11am-6pm (one hour break)

Cost:

$400/pair (tax included)

Tickets: Sold out!

Tickets are either available in person at any event at TheSpace2 (card payment or cash) or via PayPal through the button below. By purchasing a ticket you agree to have read and understood the terms and conditions (standard refund policies apply) and the fulfil the prerequisites for this workshop.


Intro to Ropes. Sun May 13th. 10am-2pm

Presented by Addie & Caek

This hands-on workshop is open to all levels, and is specifically aimed at beginners who want a
starting point into play and rope. We will look at simple, effective, versatile tools that can be combined to create satisfying scenes. No experience is necessary. We will cover a basic single and double handcuff, a simple chest harness, a thigh tie, as well as some fun uses for each. We will also explore some favourite non-rope tools: predicaments, pressure points, basic bare-handed impact, and the creative use of a big stick. We will look at timing, teasing, reading your partner’s reactions, evaluating the progress of the scene, and playing with sensations. There will be plenty of time to practice and play during the class, so come prepared to explore and have fun.

As ever, many thanks to Caek for their invaluable assistance in teaching this class <3

Covers:
Basic safety, pre-scene discussion, consent, communication
Single and double wrist cuff
Chest harness
Thigh tie
Pressure points, impact, and other ways to get a reaction
Reading reactions
Basic predicaments
Building a scene

Prerequisites:
None, though it is a good idea to come with someone (or a group) with whom you are comfortable playing and learning

Required:
Rope. Practice lengths can be provided with prior notice, please contact me.

Registration confirmed on receipt of payment, please contact addietahl@gmail.com to register.

 Suspension in Three Parts. June 5, June 19, July 3. 7-10pm

Presented by Addie & Caek

Photo by Addie

Suspensions are intense, fun, elegant, challenging, strenuous, liberating, rewarding… and they carry with them a higher risk profile. This progressive workshop series builds a functional knowledge of suspension, with the aim of acknowledging and minimizing the risks involved so that all parties can have a good time in the air. We will look at common forms/progressions in suspension, uplines, smooth body handling, balance points, trouble shooting, and other various bits of knowledge for those tying. We will also cover bottoming knowledge and body awareness, as well as communication between the tying and tied persons, and workarounds for some of the more common trouble spots. No previous suspension knowledge necessary, though tying participants should be able to tie a suspension-worthy upper body tie in under 5 minutes, and a non-collapsing single column tie on the first try. (If you want a refresher, we are running a TK workshop on Tuesday, May 29th) People being tied should have some experience in rope, though this is a flexible suggestion. If you have any questions about those guidelines, please contact us.

Part I: Partial suspensions.          Tuesday June 5. 7-10pm

Part II: Static full suspensions.    Tuesday June 19. 7-10pm

Part III: Transitions.                       Tuesday July 3. 7-10pm

If you would like to come to the Transitions workshop without coming to the others, you will need to demonstrate an understanding of uplines, body handling, safety, and communication.

Bring: ropes (enough to suspend, which generally means enough for an upper body harness plus 4ish lengths).  We have some rings and carabiners to borrow for the duration of the workshop, as well as bamboo and safety cutting devices. Bring what you have, but no need to go out and buy anything just for this workshop. Comfy clothes are recommended, and I find leggings and socks/ankle warmers are helpful against rope rubbing, especially when the tying person is learning. Be aware that some of these techniques may leave rope marks.

The techniques used are more suited for natural fiber rope (hemp, jute) than synthetic.

Cost: $120/couple each workshop or $300/couple for all three. Maximum 8 couples.

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TK workshop. May 29. 7-10pm


Presented by Addie

The Takate Kote (TK, box tie, Gote, etc) in all its various forms is one of the staples of rope bondage. When applied correctly and adapted to the situation and the person wearing it, this tie offers a sustainable and reliable base for many scenes, both floor and air. The TK also presents many micro-techniques – finger tricks, tensioning and placement challenges, rope handling possibilities, that help a tying person develop their skills. This workshop provides an introduction to TK basics, including a TK pattern which is suitable for floorwork and one which, once practiced extensively*, is suitable for suspension. We will look at the functions of basic elements of this tie, as well as some details and modification possibilities to compensate for common issues. We will also discuss communication between the tying and tied persons, and body knowledge for the person being tied, including finding nerve spots to avoid, checking hands, and evaluating the comfort/sustainability of the tie.

(*Please note, this workshop is only the first step in learning and understanding one version of the TK. There are many variations, and TKs are complex patterns that need to be practiced many times in order to be understood well enough to be used in suspension. Taking one workshop does not grant an automatic grasp of this tie. Understanding takes time, practice, correction, and repetition.)

Pre-requisites: tying participants should be able to tie a non-collapsing single column tie on the first try. Participants being tied should be able to hold their hands behind their back for several minutes at a time. We will look at a hands in front version of theTK as well, and we often use hands in front TKs in our own work, but for the sake of thorough learning it is best for the person tying to be able to practice both hands in front and in back during this workshop.

Cost: $120/couple

Get your ticket here or directly at TheSpace2.