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24. / 25. / 26. Juli 2009 in Berlin


Felix Ruckert

Felix Ruckert is a dancer, choreographer, and conceptor. His experimental dance pieces and installations, his participatory work, but also his choreographies for ballet companies earned him an international reputation as one of the most innovative contemporary choreographers.

Since 30 years he is interested in all sort of body techniques. He studied ballet, modern and contemporary dance, Improvisation, Feldenkrais, Yoga, Chi Kung Tantra, Kyudo and much more. He worked as a dancer with several renowned european companies, before concentrating on choreography and conceptual work.

Since ten years he is also involved in a practical and theoretical investigation of BDSM and explores connections between BDSM techniques and artistic practices, developing an art and philosophy of sensual communication.

He directs the performance space schwelle7 in Berlin and curates and organizes the annual festival xplore.

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The Art of the Whip – Basic Knowledge

If you just wish to hurt someone, you do not need a whipping workshop. Just take it and hit somebody.

But a Whip or Flogger can do much more than just cause pain. It can caress and stimulate, expand and soften, encourage and strengthen, excite and connect. It can make you fly.

A whip can be an extension of your hand and can be used exactly as versatile and sensitive: Tender and careful, embracing and massaging, penetrating and demanding, cutting and brutal.

In this workshop Felix proposes a space for practical exploration of whips and floggers, with a focus on the relations between the technique of the whip and the practice of dance. It will provide tricks for posture and handling of the instrument, it will investigate the whips role in the body’s relation to space and centre, it will help to improve the communication between the partners.

It proposes an understanding of the act of whipping and being whipped as an energetical exchange, a mutual penetretation and a sensual, an emotional connecting and a sensual dialogue. It is about collecting, directing and processing energy.

We will learn by practical exercise, treating us mutually with different instruments in different constallations.

Please bring comfortable clothes, and - if you have -your own whips and floggers!