Quite damaged ropes

This is a story about a ladder. One which we borrow on occasion, when we need to hang the rings in the Alte Kantine from the beams we once drilled through to. We borrow this ladder from the sculpture studio in the centre of Uferhallen, behind the café. One day, a couple of weeks ago, while walking it to the Kantine, we were told of someone coming shortly to Berlin who was planning to suspend 60 or more people for a film in the biggest hall.

We’d been meaning since then to ask again for the person’s name, as the only Swiss photographer with that name seemed to not have made a history of hanging up large masses of people in dirty machine halls. And as we’ve been slowly working on mass suspensions in such places, it seemed unseemly for such a thing to happen in Uferhallen without us. Sunday though, the ladder was required once more.

Dasniya returned with ladder and with someone I thought might be a extra for our rehearsal.

Actually, he was that Swiss photographer, and the ladder had neatly intervened to arrange our meeting precisely as we began our own rope installation. We talked briefly, and perhaps twice during the rehearsal (once amidst ‘responsible/unhelpful 30 second shibari’) he returned to watch.

Some talking, some phone calls made to Dasniya. Leading to this afternoon in Matthias’ studio with a score of people here to film Michel Comte’s Madame Butterfly – The little girl from Nagasaki, and some buckets of clay. Massive sculptures and friezes fill the space, into which dancers shall be dressed in gauze kimonos, tied (yes, in our beloved anarchic unshibari), and suspended.

An attempt was made on Dasniya after lunch, using our dear Parsifal ropes, and the vats of clay, draped across a work-block and more than smothered in the slippery sticky goo. Embedded in handfuls rubbed and squeezed into the ropes until hands, feet, torso were rough, unshaped clumps. The ropes have never been so surprised, and for the first time no amount of delicacy could extract them – if they could even be found in the benthic geology – and so scissors were resorted to.

Which is to say, Dasniya and I have found ourselves working with Michel and a large group on his film for the next week or so. So much for going to Paris, and all because of a ladder.

(I have photos and even video, but perhaps I am becoming responsible, and shall confer before uploading.)

Jute Disintegration – An Installation

This Sunday, Dasniya and I, along with a few others are making some kind of performance/performance art/installation thing in Alte Kantine Wedding. It’s something of another rehearsal, and something of a thing that people could observe as an audience might. It has quite a few ropes, a table or two, some partial Japanese tea ceremony, some food, reading also (loud or quiet), and all the usual adventures in rope Dasniya and I have been working on for the last couple of years.

The vaguest of general ideas was that it might be nice to do all this with quite a few people, and over quite some hours, until it becomes mundane or unaffected. Yet it’s also something to perform, and so resembles the act of performing. I’m fairly sure I can’t say anything concrete of what it’s about, as I’ve decided it’s better to say nothing precise than to risk in saying something causing that to be what it manifests as. Nonetheless, anyone who has been reading me writing on this stuff, or knows my or Dasniya’s work will not find it entirely unfamiliar.

Sunday then. We are starting in the afternoon, and it will probably get interesting after 17h, or possibly 18h. You might like to come along and watch for a while. Café Pförtner will also be open as usual, so coming and going, missing things, hoping for something interesting, seeing things change, might work well with wandering around Uferhallen.

There are many people and many ropes. Some are tied/tying themselves to/on/ around/above/below a long table; others are self-suspended/partially suspended/ mostly on the ground; others might just have one rope wrapped around them. Time passes, and this changes. Someone/people might move from one place to another, suspend themselves or come to the ground, join or leave, form or disband a group.

It is an anarchy of shibari; repetition and difference. It is It is also somewhat baroque, or ‘dressed up’; something of an installation, something of a performance.

Gallery

Jute Disintegration – #1

Yesterday began proper something Dasniya and I have been talking about for a while – a performance/installation of ropes plus other things. It is somewhat inevitable, really, given the previous photo shoots, workshops, classes, where ideas obviously lead eventually to something like this.

We played with some tasks, instructions, methods or organizing ourselves and each other, of my newly-discovered “30 second responsible/unhelpful shibari figure technique” … I was reminded to think of Hans during Settlement, and the various improvisations and tasks that caused a certain inventiveness by exhausting the most obvious ideas and the subsequent ones also.

The last couple of hours found us arranged around a table, Rui reading from Burrough’s The Soft Machine, Dasniya having an idea for this with food as her next unshibari project, me trying to fit in and take photos, Monica, Antek, Ursula and Andreas also at seats, while Hartmut prepared Matcha for us.

Next Sunday, we repeat again. Possibly with more people, possibly with people watching.

Something of what it was…

Yoga & Shibari May

Yoga and Shibari for May! The usual Wednesday classes, plus the now- regular monthly self-suspension workshop, and two things I’ll write about separately shortly: the installation performance in Berlin, and Dasniya and I at ImPulsTanz.

For English please scroll down/ Please forward to people who might be interested


Bonsoir liebe Kolleg_innen!

inspiriert aus Paris findet Ihr anbei unsere Maiveranstaltungen. Jeden Mittwoch geht es in Berlin mit ‘Yoga & Shibari’ weiter, sowie mit einem jungen Performance Projekt zum partizipieren. Es handelt sich um eine Seilinstallation für die wir noch experimentierfreudige Teilnehmer_innen suchen. Außerdem freuen wir uns diesen Sommer beim TanzImPulsFestival in Wien zu unterrichten. Für mehr Details bitte runterscrolen.

Herzlich,

Dasniya und Frances

  1. Yoga & Shibari Berlin
  2. Self-Suspension Workshop-Berlin
  3. ‘Jute Disintegration’
  4. Einzelunterricht
  5. Sommerprogramm

Foto: Self Suspension Workshop Berlin, in den Uferhallen TEATRIS / Alte Kantine Wedding.

1. Yoga & Shibari

Dieser vierstündige Workshop kombiniert Yoga mit der japanischen Seiltechnik ‘Shibari’
Workshoptext
Yoga Der Yoga Kurs kann unabhängig vom Shibari/Bondage besucht werden.

Termine: Mittwochs 9.,16.,23.,30. Mai 2012
Von: 19-23 Uhr
Ort: Uferhallen Kulturwerkstatt, Alte Kantine Wedding / TEATRIS, Uferstr. 8-11, 13357 Berlin
U8 Pankstr/U9 Osloerstr.
Kosten: 20/15 Euro

2. Self-Suspension Workshop am Sonntag den 27. Mai, 14-20 Uhr. In diesem Kurs behalten wir die Seile in den eigenen Händen. Üben Aerial-Multitasking, das bedeutet Seil- und Atemtechniken mit physischen Intensitäten, Entspannungsmomenten und Kraft zu koordinieren. Und verwenden knotentechnisch traditionelle Figuren, sowie unseren liebgewonnenen Anarcho- Style.

Ort: Uferhallen Kulturwerkstatt, Alte Kantine Wedding / TEATRIS, Uferstr. 8-11, 13357 Berlin
U8 Pankstr/U9 Osloerstr
Kosten: 50/40 Euro. Anmeldung und Info: workshops@dasniyasommer.de

3. ‘Jute Disintegration’ – Eine partizipative Seilinstallation

Es gibt viele Leute und viele Seile. Einige sind verflochten/binden sich selbst an/auf/unter und um einen langen Tisch herum; andere seilen sich zur Hälfte oder gänzlich in die Luft/bleiben ebenerdig. Wieder andere haben Seile um sich drapiert. Zeit vergeht und diese Dinge verändern sich. Möglicherweise bewegen sich Personen an andere Stellen, suspendieren Körperteile oder landen. Spiel mit oder lös die Gruppe auf!

Wann: Sonntag 13. und 20. Mai. Mehr Infos zu Proben und Teilnahme hier.

4. Einzelunterricht oder kleine Gruppen können flexible organisiert werden.

Mehr Infos unter: email@dasniyasommer.de

5. Sommerprogramm

Shibari/Yoga Workshop beim ImPulsTanzFestival Wien: 30. Juli- 4.August; Mo-Fr jeweils 17-20 Uhr

Im Juli werden wir vorraussichtlich in Brüssel unterrichten. Die Infos gehen asap raus!


Bonsoir chère colleagues et amies!

back from Paris and happily inspired you find enclosed the May prgram. Every Wednesday there will be ‘Yoga and Shibari’ in Teatris, Berlin. Additionally we are working on a young installation performance and are still looking for people who want to participate. We are also happy to announce that we’ll be teaching at ImPulsTanzFestival this year. For more details please scroll down.

Hope to see you there!

Dasniya & Frances

1. Yoga & Shibari

The workshop combines principles of Yoga with the tying technique Nawa Shibari – Workshop Text (english) May 2012.pdf.
Yoga– Yoga can be practiced independently from Shibari /Bondage

When: 7-11 pm
Dates: Wednesdays, May 9, 16, 23, 30, 2012
Location: Uferhallen Kulturwerkstatt, Alte Kantine Wedding / TEATRIS, Uferstr. 8-11, 13357 Berlin
U8 Pankstr/ U9 Osloerstr.
Costs: 20/15 Euro

2. Self-Suspension Workshop on Sunday May 27th, 14-20 Uhr. We will take apart the complex art of self-suspension. Coordinating rope technique, strength, breath, relaxation and physical intensities while being suspended with ropes. Using traditional tying figures and our beloved anarchic improvisation.

Location: Uferhallen Kulturwerkstatt, Alte Kantine Wedding / TEATRIS, Uferstr. 8-11, 13357 Berlin
U8Pankstr/ U9 Osloerstr.
Costs: 50/40 Euro.
Registration: workshops@dasniyasommer.de

3. ‘Jute Disintegration’ – Eine partizipative Seilinstallation

There are many people and many ropes. Some are tied/tying themselves to/on/around/above/below a long table; others are self-suspended/partially suspended/mostly on the ground; others might just have one rope wrapped around them. Time passes, and this changes. Someone/people might move from one place to another, suspend themselves or come to the ground, join or leave, form or disband a group.

It is an anarchy of shibari; repetition and difference. It is It is also somewhat baroque, or ‘dressed up’; something of an installation, something of a performance.

When: Sunday 13th und 20th May. For more information and participation here.

4. Individual training or small groups can be organized spontaniously.

More information: email@dasniyasomer.de

5. Summer program

Shibari/Yoga Workshop at ImPulsTanzFestival in Vienna: July 30th – 4th Mo-Fr from 17-20 pm.

In July we will most likely teaching in Brussels. We’ll send the updates asap!