Helsinki Shibari Festival

Helsinki Sibari Festival 23.-29.4. is about Japanese rope bondage. The festival takes place at Eskus, Suvilahti, Helsinki.

Tickets

Buy tickets here

Festival passes (incl. weekend workshops and evening events):
91 e low income
121 e normal
151 e support

After purcasing the festival pass, you can "buy" workshops and events for free in the ticket shop using your serial number.

Local workshop
10,80 e everyone

Workshops 1,5 h
10,80 e low income
15,80 e normal
20,80 e support

Workshops 3 h
20,80 e low income
30,80 e normal
40,80 e support

Performance
5,80 e low income
10,80 e normal

Jam 5,80 e everyone

 

Program 

Workshops and dicussions during the week, 19-21:

  • MON: TK lab time with Ceci Ferox
  • TUE: Moving the body with Julius Elo & Carlo Palermo 
  • WED: Discussion for tops, bottoms and switches
  • THU: Control with Rope with Amy May & Nana

Friday 19-23 Performance night

  Saturday Sunday
11-12.30

Sansblague & Bergborg: Rope Magic

Tamandua & Gestalta: Tormenting Semi-suspensions

SOLD OUT Yoroï Nicolas: One Rope

Sansblague & Bergborg: Predicaments

Tamandua & Gestalta: Chest tie for the floor

Yoroï Nicolas: Control

14-17.30
(incl.
break)

Sansblague & Bergborg: Beginner's Mind

SOLD OUT Tamandua & Gestalta: Sex & Kinbaku part 1

SOLD OUT Yoroï Nicolas: Hishi - Breath Play and Pain Management

Sansblague & Bergborg: Flesh

Tamandua & Gestalta: Sex & Kinbaku part 2

Yoroï Nicolas: Organic Esthetics and Play
19-23  Rope Jam  

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Workshops and discussions during the week:

TK lab time with Ceci Ferox
The lab time is an opportunity for you to fine tune your TK (box tie) before the festival. This workshop is based on the level and questions of the participants (both tops and bottoms). You will get feedback on your TK and help with being in the tie.
The workshop is not based on a specific TK, but you need to know one to participate. Lab time does not include teaching a pattern.

Moving the Body with Julius Elo & Carlo Palermo
In the core of shibari there is a body communication. How to be in contact with yourself and your partner? How to control your partners body through touches and ropes? How to explore bodily limitations in a safe way? How to ambush your partner and induce fear in them?
In this workshop we explore ways of manipulating our partner for better contact, effeciency and control.  We use technics from basic bodywork, contact improvisation, ambush and embruisment.

Discussion for bottoms, tops and switches 
We will facilitate our traditional fishbowl discussion again during the festival. This is your chance to discuss on topics around bottoming, topping and switching, and asking the questions you never dared to ask before.

Control with Rope with Amy May & Nana
Power dynamics have a big role in the world of rope. But what elements of control can be used while tying? How to be dominant and still play safely? In this workshop you’ll learn how to give away control and how to receive it from your partner.
This is a multilevel workshop. You can attend without any experience of tying. There’s a possibility of switching roles during the workshop.
You don’t need to have your own ropes.

 

Workshops during the weekend: 

 

Yoroï Nicolas

SOLD OUT One Rope (Sat 1,5 h)

Every concept in rope play can be made with one rope.

The aim of this workshop can be one of two depending on the group. I can present my way to think and practice, basic exercice I use to improve or to build my kinbaku. We may also practice how I did think to build this kind of patern and movement (and how to discover your own pattern). Moreover I will invite you to practice and work posture, body management, rope tension and story telling.

This workshop is for improving the skills of rigger as well as models. It's always a really creative workshop, where the exercice I propose come directly from my observation of the group. I hope for a dialogue between us!

Required knowledge: Single column tie & Gote (box tie) 2 ropes

 

SOLD OUT Hishi - Breath Play and Pain Management (Sat 3 h)
(Rhombus not Diamond pattern) Floor – level Beginner to Intermediate
Certainly the first pattern I have seen in picture and the first one I have studied (from a video tutorial made by Randa Mai). It is a good pattern to learn a lot of things like rope management, improving posture, tension … It also a very classic (and old) aesthetics. And it is always nice to come back time to time to such shibari. But at the same time, it could be a very nice way to play on breathing. To make your partner sometimes experiment panic and to explore some pain without the possibility to properly breath. This workshop sometimes, depending off the time and the group, can end up in very creative play.

 

Control (Sun 1,5 h)
Floor – level Intermediate – Mostly Ippon nawa (one rope)
The Japanese art called kinbaku or shibari seems to descend from warrior or punitive techniques directly connected to medieval Japan. In this workshop, we are going to work around martial techniques and punitive ones. Of course, the aim is to improve our way to tie up. We will work on the most Basic of Bondage : to control somebody else, before immobilizing them. To take advantage of somebody else is very complex. Martial artists spend years and years to master this knowledge. We will work on basic principles that are easy to adapt. We will do this in the spirit and technique of one of the finest schools of Japanese martial arts – Aiki Daitō-jujutsu.

 

Organic Aesthetics and Play (Sun 3 h)
Semi-suspension – Level Intermediate to Advance
One of the most interesting way to present a body inside rope is to twist it. A body organized this way is also more difficult to stand. It means the model will have less energy to spend on emotional control. In this workshop we will aim to twist not only the model body but also the ropes and even our building methods. It will also integrate a slow but constant evolution inside the partner body. The aim is to push them to their limits and to make them discover new sensations. It is a very creative workshop inspired by the arts of Ikebana and Bonsai.
NB : At least 10 ropes are needed for this workshop.

 

Tamandua & Gestalta 

Semenawa in semi-suspension (Sat 1,5 h)
Being denied the release of the floating sensation experienced in full suspensions can add another interesting element of torment to the kinbaku session. We will make 2 ties that beautifully compress the body using suspension to pull just a little bit off the floor.
Required skills: Know any type of TK and how to make suspension lines.


SOLD OUT Sex & Kinbaku part 1 (Sat 3 h)
This workshop is part 1 of the two Sex & Kinbaku workshops. Both workshops have different excercises and it is not mandatory to attend one to attend the other.
This workshop is about tying for arousal and how to combine shibari and sex.
We will manage both practical and psychological aspects surrounding the topic of sex and shibari. The ties taught during this class are not only chosen out of practical reasons but also with the intention of being erotically interesting in themselves. In other words, this is not just a workshop about “bondage that is easy to fuck your partner in” but the idea is to cater also to those with a sexual fetish for kinbaku itself.
Apart from going through some specific ties we will talk about different approaches to sex in kinbaku and how one can build up an arousing session. An example is how the aesthetics of the tie play part in attraction and setting the tone of the scene.
Required skills: Experience in suspensions (most ties are semi-suspension). At least one uses TK but most not. Practically the ties are suitable for a dynamic were the person being tied is sexually passive/receiving in some way.


Chest tie for the floor (Sun 1,5 h)
A pattern (or two if time allows)for the upper body that are both decorative and breath restricting. These are simply patterns but playful to tie since they get more restricting for each step of the tying process.
Required skills: basic experience (single column etc)


Sex & Kinbaku part 2 (Sun 3 h)
This workshop is part 2 of the two Sex & Kinbaku workshops. Both workshops have different excercises and it is not mandatory to attend one to attend the other.
This workshop is about tying for arousal and how to combine shibari and sex.
We will manage both practical and psychological aspects surrounding the topic of sex and shibari. The ties taught during this class are not only chosen out of practical reasons but also with the intention of being erotically interesting in themselves. In other words, this is not just a workshop about “bondage that is easy to fuck your partner in” but the idea is to cater also to those with a sexual fetish for kinbaku itself.
Apart from going through some specific ties we will talk about different approaches to sex in kinbaku and how one can build up an arousing session. An example is how the aesthetics of the tie play part in attraction and setting the tone of the scene.
Required skills: Experience in suspensions (most ties are semi-suspension). At least one uses TK but most not. Practically the ties are suitable for a dynamic were the person being tied is sexually passive/receiving in some way.

 

Sansblague & Bergborg

Rope Magic (Sat 1,5 h)
This workshop explores different ways that mind and language influence the bodily experience of rope bondage. Some call it ritual – our exercises examine different dimensions of what is powerful in the rope encounters, depending on how it is framed and negotiated. What do different frames of meaning make us capable of doing and feeling together? A verbal, warm and creative workshop where you also get to play with language.
Required skills: You need to be comfortable with being in or tying one column ties and improvised friction locks.
Needed: Ropes.

 

Beginner’s Mind (Sat 3 h)
To come to something with a beginner’s mind is to be allowed to enjoy its simplicity with the joy of discovery. Here, we will invite this joy looking at kinbaku from a personal, relational, technical and historical perspective. This workshop thus gives the possibility to reflect on your individual starting points and interests in this domain, to try out different forms of relational cooperation, take a closer look at some technical aspects of fricions, rope tension and rope flow, as well as get a small historical perspective on Kinbaku.
Required skills: The workshop is open to participants of all levels.
Needed: Ropes, pen, paper


Predicaments (Sun 1,5 h)
We invite you to construct situations of choice between two evils – while letting all parts involved still enjoy it. This demands a bit of exploration of desires and limits, so prepare to map your mindset, get wicked inspiration from others and make your own ingenious designs.
Required skills: Partners must be well acquainted with eachothers communication-styles in order to safely be able to explore limits.
Needed: Ropes, pen, paper.

 

Flesh (Sun 3 h)
In this workshop we go deeper into the body. There will be a lot of body-contact, including giving weight to each-others bodies. We will also be exploring a couple of ties involving a crotch-rope, and ties that shape the body. If appropriate, we would like to do these ties directly on the skin. Please talk to your partner about expectations and limits when it comes to nudity, touch, play and word-usage beforehand!
Required skills: Partners must be well-acquainted with eachothers communication-styles in order to safely be able to explore limits. The person tying must have solid rope-handling skills.

 

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 Teacher introductions: 

 

Yoroï Nicolas

"I aim to develop a harmonious Kinbaku practice which emphasize human and evidence. 

Movement, putting into motion, posture, unveiling our emotions, organic aesthetics and construction, searching for and exploiting paradoxes…these are my main tools and lines of research.

Everything began in 1997 by studying Aïkido. It will then become the foundation for my Kinbaku (but also a life guide) : work about harmony, centre and posture. Therefore my Aïkido prism enabled me to comprehend the Japanese culture and philosophy, and became my first line of work and evolution.

At that time, I also improved my touch and my body knowledge through massage. I afterwards broadened this practice by travelling to Thailand (Chang Mai) in 2011. There I studied thai massage as well as biomechanics and trigger points in several schools leading to official qualifications."

http://yoroishibari.net/

Tamandua & Gestalta

Tamandua is a rigger and instructor with a passionately sadistic streak and a deep love for the visual aspects of kinbaku.

Having learned from a mixed variety of rope teachers, partners and collaborators the strongest influences on his approuch are a mix between more 'traditionally' japanese semenawa and the wildly deconstructed styles of some european riggers.

Tamandua believes that the core of kinbaku lies in the marriage between the aesthetic expression and the emotional intention of the practice. And that the more the tying developes the closer they can be brought together.

Gestalta has been studying shibari since her introduction to it in 2007. Her initial interest was purely in the visuals of shibari, seduced by the seemingly organic structure of rope on the body and the awkwardly evocative photography of Nobyoshi Araki.

As she began to familiarise herself with the experience first hand she soon developed an appreciation for the psychology and eroticism of rope bondage, which lead her on a journey into the world of BDSM, first in the west, and eventually into the underground of Tokyo and Osaka. Her relationship with shibari continues to fluctuate between the sexual and the artistic aspects

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Sansblague & Bergborg


Sansblague and Bergborg have been tying together since 2011. They have a rich background in performative practices, critical theory, didactics, martial arts and dance, all of which they bring into their teaching. Special efforts are made to develop workshop-formats that are non rigger-centric.

Sansblague is a rope switch with a strong interest in the tasks and skills of the ones being tied. Apart from teaching with Bergborg, sansblague has organised rope events specifically for women and trans persons since 2013.

Her way of thinking and doing shibari is inspired by different types of bodywork and dance. This also entails an exploration of kinbaku for stage performances.

Bergborg's approach to rope is colored by his background in contact-improvisation as well as his work as an academic researcher of practical knowledge.

On his blog Kinbaku Books, he shares parts of his collection of historical Kinbaku-material with the larger rope-community. 

sansblagueandbergborg.se
bergborg.wordpress.com
kinbakubooks.wordpress.com


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