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Vienna Rope festival 2015 (part the second)

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Vienna Rope festival 2015 (part the second)

Here’s the long overdue second part to the blogging of the Viennese rope festival at long last.

So after the great opening night and some wonderful shibari followed by some wonderful beer, there’s more good stuff to come. In our case this includes some classes to teach, some time with good friends and another show before the festival proper is all over.

Our class is on suspension transitions and I have to say that I was very pleased how seriously everyone who came took the class requirements. They were all capable of doing the class and that’s a great relief to me. It isn’t always the case that people have the ability to assess their skill level objectively.

Particularly satisfying in a class like this is to help those who have troubles related to relative weight and strength, this applies in the main to female tops with male bottoms. It’s really great to see them execute transitions that they previously thought impossible with the benefit of improved technique. One of the great joys of teaching for me is seeing a tangible improvement in someone’s bondage and seeing the joy that brings.

We hadn’t planned on doing a second performance but well we did. This in a very industrial looking section of the old Ottakringer brewery. It was cavernous and wow that ceiling is high!

Pre show memories include much of the unique Viennese lemonade (Almdudler), watching other shows and skipping through the venue hand in hand with Kamijoo Saki. We had a great night of shibari with friends.

Finally the end of the festival for us included a wonderful night at the Vienna shibari dojo with all its organisers, the people who had come to present and perform at the festival including our friends from Italy Riccardo and Ale (Kinbakuluxuria and Redsabbath) the prime organiser of the festival and the instigator of the Vienna Shibari festival Barkas.

I remember Barkas and I talking philosophy and exhausting the red wine late into the next morning. Saki and her model Yumi asleep on the tatame and everyone having had a very good time.

It was with a heavy heart and with having made new rope friends in Austria.

We loved it and we hope there will be another festival with or without us as it was a great shibari event.

By | 2016-10-28T16:39:55+00:00 July 16th, 2016|Categories: Festivals|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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WykD_Dave (Dave Rickman) is a UK-based rope enthusiast, who now teaches and performs internationally accompanied by his partner Clover. He started exploring bondage 22 years ago and was autodidact for the first 17 years, until a lesson with rope 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 feels fortunate to be asked to run workshops and tutorials 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.” Most of the time, running into Dave means running into his lovely partner Clover. She is very passionate about rope, she models and performs, as well as makes impressive photos of Japanese rope work done by Dave. Her photography focusses 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?”

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