London festival of the art of Japanese bondage – preformance (London 2011)
I have to say that I’m not normally nervous performing. I really look forward to it and the rush of doing bondage with clover on stage.
London was the first time I’ve really felt anything other than excited. Nervous is probably not the right word though. Certainly feeling an edge that I hadn’t before though.
Once it was finished I can’t describe the feelings. Everyone was very kind in their comments. Kinoko describing it as “Very sadistic” and “Hot” was so great. Learning via interpreter that Kazami Ranki liked the performance was another incredible thrill. And finally Osada Steve liking the show and very generously giving me a few tips to improve on the final day was a great bonus for us. He also praised Clover very much as a model and commented on her strength. She makes me very proud.
We had no concrete plan for the performance, just an idea about how to start and a rough idea of the finish. Everything in between being done on the fly. I think wracking is a good word for it. It wasn’t flawless but we got through.
Here’s a video of the performance.
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WykD_Dave (Dave Rickman) is a UK-based shibari bondage enthusiast, who now teaches and performs internationally accompanied by his partner Clover. He started exploring bondage 27 years ago and was autodidact for the first 17 years, until a lesson with shibari professional Osada Steve changed his way of tying. Dave loves Japanese style rope work, and decided to dedicate himself to this. “It isn’t about the rope, it’s about the expression, the look in the eyes, the hopelessness, the agony”.
Now, Dave & Clover teach and perform all around the world. He takes great pleasure in seeing people get it and open their minds to what rope bondage can really be. “Not just a means of restraint but a much deeper and personally connected experience than any other I’ve ever found.”
Running into Dave means running into his lovely partner Clover. She is very passionate about shibari bondage too, she models and performs, as well as makes impressive photos of Japanese rope work done by Dave.
Her photography focuses on the feelings involved in rope play, not just the pretty ties, and she tells stories with her pictures. Dave: “Of course Clover’s a huge part of everything. Without her photography would people ever have noticed?”
The link to the 2011 London demo isn’t working. That was so beautiful and erotic and I’m disappointed not to be able to view it. Can you fix?
Link is now fixed. Thanks for letting me know.