the n+2 dimensional space for n>1 — day 5 & 6

Too fast go the days from Friday to Saturday and now the unexpected one day off. I go to the market in St Gillis Vorplein and buy bread, cheese, fig jam, fruit and vegetables for the week. A day of not thinking about what we’re doing, to let it settle and rest a little.

Dasniya and I have spent much of the last two days working on the repetitive, exhausting leg rope ideas. These ideas are a little like the tide, it comes in, pauses, retreats; sometimes they seem like they’re really making sense, other times wondering if they will also be assigned to the list of ideas that went nowhere.

Last night, after we’d finished and while angling towards bed, Dasniya played the video of us working through this section, into and out of the humiliation stuff, along with some music Michael in Guangzhou had sent — André Jolivet’s Pastorales de Noël for Flute, Harp, and Bassoon.

Trying to find the singular discussion in an idea, also without distilling so much it becomes reduced and tends to wards nothing, finding how it fits together with itself and with other ideas (here I mean the above-mentioned presenting the representations of humiliation), and finding where the air leaves the room in this, where the idea is empty or has an overwhelming lack.

This music, on its own I would not have expected to be something I’d use, but seeing the video with this overlaid, somehow it worked. Perhaps it won’t work when we try it again … nonetheless … It’s not a case of the contradictory and opposing creating a complimentary milieu.

The first week is finished. We have some ideas, hopefully they will evolve in the coming week, as well as be met by some other things we haven’t worked on. Having a pause, even for a day, is a welcome occurrence. We’d planned to rehearse every day, but Bains is closed on Sunday, and towards the end of last night I was feeling decidedly unable to coerce myself to be inspired or creative.

Yoga & Shibari Brussels

Dasniya will be teaching Yoga and Bondage workshop in Brussels at the start of July. Excitement!

Hello people!

at the beginning of July I will be teaching a Yoga & Shibari Technique Workshop in Brussels.
If you know people in the area who are interested please forward this email to them.

Thanks and see you around!!


Yoga and Shibari Technique

In this Workshop we study Yoga and the Japanese Bondage Technique, Shibari. Both systems work with different concepts of the body, yet combined the practices lead us to understand bodies in more complex dimensions.

As a first step we learn basic Yoga postures – Asanas. The practitioner concentrates on physical alignment and on applying detailed information onto the body. The rotation of the spine and the mobility of legs play an important role. We strengthen our deep muscle fibers by using Pranayama breathing techniques.

Shibari ropes are part of the Yoga practice. The tactile momentum of the material brings attention to the current moment. It merges with the experience of rope in its qualities of sensuality and manual dexterity.

Nawa Shibari means to wind, to knot or to bind with rope. It refers to the Japanese practice to tie a person with specific aesthetic rules. It is a technique to develop manual skills and to connect to the profound interior of a play partner. Instinctive and imaginative gestures inspire the situation. It can consist of animal-like behavior, power- and empathy exchanges, and highly personal aesthetics.

Depending on the participants’ experience, my partner and I will show basic principles and knots as well as advanced suspension figures.

The workshop is open to beginners and advanced people alike. The focus lies on composition and creative realization.

As part of the workshop we will organize a photo shooting on Saturday / Sunday night.

Dasniya Sommer is a Berlin based artist who was trained in classic ballet and Yoga since her childhood. In her choreographic work she combines the two practices with Japanese Rope Bondage.

Dasniya studied Shibari Technique with Osada Steve, Arisue Go and Hajime Kinoko ( Japan ).
She currently studies philosophy at the Humboldt – University Berlin and teaches Yoga and Shibari internationally.

More information:

2/ 3/ 4 July 2010
12 – 6 pm ( one hour break )
€120, students and low income €100
Please bring tracksuits, food, and ropes if available. If you don’t own Shibari ropes yet, we will provide them.
Charleroi /Danses – La Raffinerie
Rue de Manchester 21
B-1080 Bruxelles

rope techniques

More Shibari with Dasniya, now in Kreuzberg. Much fun.

Jeden Mittwoch 20 -22 h Shibari Technik in Kreuzberg

An diesen Abenden werden wir uns hauptsächlich mit der technischen Seite der japanischen Seilkunst beschäftigen. D.h. mit verschiedenen Harnessen und Hängungen bis sie sitzen, und immer wieder mit den Basics für alle Dazukommenden.

Mit etwas Konzentration hoffe ich, dass wir ein gut ausgeglichenes Niveau erreichen. So könnten wir neben den persönlichen Spielen längerfristig an eine Grundlage für eine Gruppeninszenierung denken.

Nebenher freue ich mich auf eine lockere Atmosphäre zum Schnacken, Schauen und Schnabulieren. Bringt Seile und etwas Zucker mit für zwischendrin!

Erster Termin: 17. Februar 2010
20 – 22 h
10 € pro Person

( falls ihr Lust, aber Mittwochs grundsätzlich keine Zeit habt, gebt kurz bescheid. Es gäbe die Möglichkeit, den letzten Termin des Monats auf Dienstags zu legen. )

“Buffet – Queer Art Studio”
Schlesische Straße 38 II.
HH Mühlengebäude, I OG
10997 Berlin Kreuzberg
U1 Schlesisches Tor


Every Wednesday Shibari Technique 20 – 22 pm I will be teaching an additional and regular Shibari class in Kreuzberg. The focus lies on the technical aspects of Japanese Rope Bondage and on how to tie, untie and suspend a person.

By clearly engaging in the technique we will try to raise our technical levels and see how they can be combined. On a long run, we could think of a staged group situation besides the individual games.

Everybody is welcome, complete beginners and the advanced Shibari fans. We’ll be working in groups of different levels in an easy going space with time to talk, spectate and try.

Bring ropes if possible and sweets to refuel!

First Session: February, 17th 2010
20 – 22 pm
10 €

“Buffet – Queer Art Studio”
Schlesische Straße 38
2nd backyard: ‘Mühlengebäude’
First Floor
10997 Berlin Kreuzberg
U1 Schlesisches Tor


various things… some reading… a proper beginning

Daniel (no, not you, another one) says, The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, and so begins again. Reading, thinking, wondering. Trudel says, Itziar Ziga, and I find two scraps far distant somehow I might stitch together. Thinking about abjection.

abjection. It has its own category now, that’s a good sign, no? Julia says, (well her translator says in English):

The corpse (or cadaver: cadere, to fall), that which has irremediably come a cropper, is cesspool, and death; it upsets even more violently the one who confronts it as fragile and fallacious chance. A would with blood and pus, or the sickly, acrid smell of sweat, of decay, does not signify death. In the presence of signified death – a flat encephalograph, for instance – I would understand, react, or accept. No, as in true theater, without makeup or masks, refuse and corpses show me what I permanently thrust aside in order to live. These body fluids, this defilement, this shit are what life withstands, hardly and with difficulty, on the part of death. There, I am at the border of my condition as a living being. My body extricates itself, as being alive, from that border. Such wastes drop so that I might live, until, from loss to loss, nothing remains in me and my entire body falls beyond the limit — cadere, cadaver. If dung signifies the other side of the border, the place where I am not and which permits me to be, the corpse, the most sickening of wastes, is a border that has encroached upon everything.

— The Powers of Horror

This was something Daniel (yes, now you) and I played with in pestilence. After much time, a year and a half, I think about how this makes now something for me, something from me. I tie and suspend myself, well, partially, only from a ladder, so semi-dangling, but find in this a diversion to entangle myself with more.

Then, I am reading. Or rather, I am not. The purpose is not to read, yet to have the semblance of a normal distribution of text. And if I decide to read what I have used hundreds of times to fill empty pages, I discover in Lorem Ipsum lies Cicero. Ah, but that is just the beginning, so I read de finibus Bonorum et Malorum, and find again now what I think upon.

No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful. Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure.

— Cicero – de finibus Bonorum et Malorum; trans: H. Rackman

I am cleaning one of my folders also, filled with pieces I make a note to look at again soon. Until the Light Takes Us, of course why would this not be there? I think though I need to be more critical of my darkness. And of which, I find Berlin both opens me out of this and provides, as Cicero might say, moments of encountering consequences. Though is it the place to make such a piece as this? Perhaps yes, perhaps… otherwise. I read Rem Koolhaas’ essay, A (A) Memoir, The Berlin Wall as Architecture, finding in it more said about the sensibility of Berlin than the thousands of pages I have read to feel my way into this city. Yes, I have a fascination for it as I do for Guangzhou. (Did you know you can paste this link into your browser address bar, Chinese characters and all and it will still lead to the right place? A strange irruption of the other into the roman characters of the url.) Though Guangzhou holds something of a private enjoyment, its history unwritten – in English at least – in the same manner Berlin has been written on until worn smooth, erased.

There is more to say yet, perhaps on Spinoza also. Where is this leading? To a studio, naked and empty for sure. To the barre also, repetition and finding my body, a feeling of desperation also, how did i leave all this so long, so late?

Daniel Jaber, Class at Marameo. July 6 – 17!


(which reminds me, I never saw the sequel)

And I’ll miss this sequel also. Poo. Fliegen, fliegen, fliegen… splat!

JULY 6 – 17TH!!!
COST: 5.50€
TIME: 12:00 – 14:00

Part one: technique
Part two: matt work
Part three: choreographic material!

AWESOME friends, with over 20 attendees per class last week, lets rock out in the following weeks like we should!!!!!

Would love to see you back! and forward this to anyone who might be interested!


Daniel Jaber, Tumbling at Marameo! June 22-26

Not that I shall be doing it, which sucks…

Excellent fun!!! (more details on the flier…)

Daniel Jaber – Tumbling class for dancers.

WHEN: JUNE 22 – 26!!!!
AT: Marameo
Wallstraße 32
D – 10179 Berlin
TIME: 12:00 – 14:00
PRICE: 5.50€ per class

Tumbling skills for dancers is a 2 hour training workshop lead by Daniel Jaber where participants actively practice and learn skills associated with tumbling in contemporary dance. Those partaking in the class also learn repertoire from Australian Dance Theatre works and in turn think about how to safely apply gymnastics/tumbling and acrobatics in a dance movement context.