Saturday 9th August saw the first ever Twisted performance at Luke & Jack, Glasgow which I helped to organise via the Strathclyde Open Rope Exchange. It was a very special night not least because we sold every ticket we had, but also because of the spectacular performances by Skinnyredhead and Wykd Dave & Clover. Myself and Gothic141 also took to the stage for the first ever time as the plucky warm up act!
There are no photos really. Only memories. The very few photos that exist of the night I will post here as they were taken discretely by one of the team for STORE. I am keen for Twisted to not be about taking photos or recording video so that every single person in attendance engages with the performers and not the back of their smartphone! It also stops my pet peeve of every performance I see being punctuated by camera shutter noise throughout.
It was a fantastic night and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience from organisation through to appreciation.
I have spent a lovely day with Monkeytwizzle the photographer and Raggydoll the model. We had a lot of fun with rope, yarn, feathers, smoke, lasers and a lot of experimental shenanigans. I am looking forward to seeing the results very soon 🙂
It has been a while since I updated my writing here. Life has been incredibly busy in the most wonderful of ways. I have been organising workshops, attending private teaching, planning performances (first ever!) and getting some interesting new rope stock. Join this up with cancer surgery recovery, returning to the day job, planning to move house and developing an exciting new relationship and there’s not a lot of extra time left over for blogging.
Hopefully there will be some extra time to fill in the details with posts and pictures.
Last weekend I attended a small group workshop led by Jakara at the Get Down Dog Studios in Edinburgh. As a lot of people tend to wonder what happens at workshops like this I thought I would write up my experience.
Get Down Dog Studio is a yoga studio in the North of Edinburgh. It is a bright and airy space which is spacious and clean. This really does rate as one of the best places I have attended a rope workshop. Getting there was easy, parking was free and it’s close to quite a few transport options. The fact that the studio is also set up for aerial yoga meant that there were more suspension points than people attending!
Jakara is a well known educator based in Leeds, England. I have attended some teaching of his before at Peer Rope London but this was the first time I was attending a longer session. He is easy to approach and has a collaborative teaching style which very much puts the emphasis on what you want to learn rather than just teaching a set topic. Corrections feel like suggestions rather than criticism which is a big plus point for those just starting out with rope. Jakara also manages to reference where his knowledge has come from without it coming across as name-dropping or elitism.
This was a 5 hour workshop and was split down into units that blended nicely into each other. There was a spectrum of abilities in the class and I would say that there was something in it for beginners, improvers and advanced practitioners alike. The day started off with work on developing connection with your partner and how to move their body by suggestion. The importance of conveying intention through tying was touched upon in an interesting exercise in varying the tempo of the same tie. Jakara gave a demonstration of a tie from beginning to end where he gave a commentary on what he was doing and what he was thinking about. The tie itself was not the lesson, but how it was tied. We did a step by step walk through a flat backed chest tie and then used it as part of the next lesson on suspension line management using a simple floor based partial suspension.
In honesty it felt much much longer than 5 hours of material but without it feeling in any way rushed. The value for money of this £20 session was through the roof!
Myself and someone I tie with took the opportunity for 1:1 tuition on the Sunday. We both tie and get tied so whilst my partner did most of the tying in the class I was picking up knowledge too. Jakara is a self confessed fan of leg ties and we covered quite a few variations of this that I hadn’t encountered before. The key was simplicity and mirroring which was well expressed. We also covered a nice smooth transition from floor based partial suspension into full suspension which when I tied it on my partner who is 30kg heavier than I am was surprisingly effortless! We also got some valuable feedback on our style of tying which includes a lot of capture and resistance elements to it.
This was a very well run workshop and educational time in a brilliant venue. I came away having learned lots and got valuable feedback on things I already knew. I would recommend it highly to anyone who would like to improve on their rope no matter what level they are at.
I have been asked to provide a bit of Wild West rope for June’s ClubT in Glasgow; where kink meets cabaret for a fun night of play and performance. The theme is Cowboys & Indians so dust off your boots and get on down to best darn shindig in town.
I will be bringing my blend of rope and bullwhip to the event to take care of any troublesome varmints who stop on by. Yeehah!
Style(s): Japanese/Eastern. Connective. Level: Beginner and up Capacity: no set limit Venue: Club Rebound during Open House
Description: Small hands on group session on one rope/ichinawa techniques. This is an introductory session is repeated so don’t worry if you miss it this time around.
Required knowledge/equipment: Competence in any variant of the single column tie is essential. You should aim to bring your own rope although some can be borrowed on the day. This session will presume the use of traditional length kinkbaku rope (7-8m ropes, natural fibre, 4-6mm diameter). All the ties can be done with just about any rope however.
Please register your interest in attending using the RSVP function so that an appropriate number of instructors can be recruited.
Style(s): Japanese/Eastern. Connective. Level: Beginner and up Capacity: 8 attendees Venue: Private venue in North Lanarkshire
Description: Small hands on group session on one rope/ichinawa techniques. Due to venue constraints there will be only 8 places available. This is an introductory session and will be repeated again in the future.
Required knowledge/equipment: Competence in any variant of the single column tie is essential. You should aim to bring your own rope although some can be borrowed on the day. This session will presume the use of traditional length kinkbaku rope (7-8m ropes, natural fibre, 4-6mm diameter)