Une soirée de performance, sous le signe du semenawa, à la Place des Cordes avec Akira Naka & Gorgone.

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Une soirée de performance, sous le signe du semenawa, à la Place des Cordes avec Akira Naka & Gorgone.

This was an unexpected little trip for us but a really nice one. We were asked to perform in Paris with Naka Akira and Gorgone. at Place des Cordes which is a very nice rope dojo. We live 15 minutes from an Airport but in usual style appropriate flights to Paris weren’t available so we first had to drive to Birmingham to catch a flight to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. The airport btw is a bit big and sprawling and it took a while to get to the appropriate customs, passport control and baggage. And then to find the exit and train.
Once we’d found the right way it was only an hours journey on the train to catch a tube to get us close to the venue. Once there the first job was to get cleaned up from the unfortunate ordure of travelling. Sweaty and exhausting. It’s a big of an unfortunate thing that though the flight to Paris is only about an hour, getting from your home to your destination can take over 8 hours of actual travel.
Our first impresson of Place des Cordes was that it was a really good space and had a great feeling. The second was the huge grins that attend seeing Naka san again. Hugs, back slapping and greetings that make you realise how much you can miss people but also make you realise how many of your friends life far, far away. One friend there we hadn’t seen in something like 4 years. It honestly didn’t feel that long but when you look at it the time flies by.
Not huge amounts to report on the afternoon that was left as most was spent on relaxing, trying not to fall asleep and snore thereby disturbing the class below and then with conversations until going to the home of one of the organisers where I was staying and happily a bottle of wine before sleep.

The next day with flagrant disregard for the weather forecast was bright and sunny. We had a nice breakfast and went to back to Place des Cordes with no particular agenda for the day. Being at a loose end in Paris with nothing else pressing to do we did the obvious thing and went for a walk in a graveyard. It was actually quite nice.
Oh I’m going to say while the memory is still with me that the food that Gorgone made for lunch was really nice. I’ve never been a fan of Tofu but that was some really good stuff.
But after all of that. It’s the evening. It’s time for the shows.
It’s kind of embarrassing to write about shows as I don’t usually have a definite memory of what happened or in what order and I’m always slightly surprised when looking back at the images. What I am left with is a memory of the feeling of the show, it’s more a memory of an experience an intense emotion. Shows for us aren’t really rehearsed performances as much as an intense session of a different kind.
We had a great time and a nice visit to Paris.
Goodbye Place des Cordes
Place des Cordes, Paris

Place des Cordes, Paris

By |2015-05-17T20:22:19+00:00May 17th, 2015|Categories: Events, Performance, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

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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?”

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