Inhale. Exhale. Listen.
I enjoy to resume the essence of all my teachings as a dancer, musician, choreographer, sexpert and body researcher with these three words. All the stuff I am not so good at.
So I wish to dedicate xplore 2016 to this greater silence – in the eye of the storm – that moment of bliss and amphibian happiness in surrender and liquefaction. The ecstasy after the orgy. Finally quiet.
But obviously there is no smoke without fire.
Therefore xplore 2016 first of all must be loud and colorful, bizarre and exaggerated, hilarious and absurd, smart and talkative, sexual and political. Artists, Exotics and Radicals will dominate the WORKSHOP PROGRAM. At the GURU SUPERMARKET you can find a vast selection of roles, rules and realities. The new theory department EMBODYING ENLIVENMENT is dedicated to queer, SM and eco-sexual perspectives.
To cool off your heated mind, the physiodelic BODY WORK EXCHANGE offers sensory inundation and timelessness. Under exquisite sound clouds massage tables will be unfolded, futons rolled out and bodies suspended.
But if you wish to find some me this year, try the SILENT SPACE.
Welcome to our playground. Hush…
–> website xplore Berlin 2016
THE PLAY SPACES:
As last year’s PLAY SPACES were very well received, we will also this year offer opportunities for free play and self created action. Three spaces with a different focus – MASSAGE & ROPE BONDAGE, ROLE PLAY & RITUAL, SOUND & SILENCE – will offer unusual individual experiences, as well as an opportunity to reflect, process and rest.
MASSAGE & BODYWORK EXCHANGE / SHIBARI LOUNGE / CAFÉ
(Fri+Sat 11am-9pm, Sun 11am-7pm)
This is a labyrinth-like ensemble of shacks with an outdoor area and a sun deck, equipped for bodywork, rope bondage and all kinds of massage. xplore guests are invited to come to a meeting point and trade all forms of physical treatments – from academic/professional to improvised/intuitive, supported by a cast of experts. In the same space you also find opportunities for creative expression and play with materials. A café completes the setting. A place for manual activities and relaxation, accompanied by gentle electronic music and flute play.
Artistic Director: Shadow – Technical Director: Wilhelmus Franken
Live Music: Lorenzo Colocci, Marco Colocci, Ben Niran, Alex Baboian
Experts Shibari: Arlis & Hagen. Experts Bodywork: Ysel, Anja, Renée, Beate, Hanne, Bettina, Henrik a.o.
SILENT SPACE – CONCERT & PLAYGROUND
(Fri+Sat 1pm-9pm, Sun 1pm-7pm)
This is a former industrial space suffused with light. Inspired by the concept OCEAN OF OTHER, the monthly new moon play party at schwelle7, light and sound create a concentrated atmosphere for individual processes, collective actions and deep play. Three exceptional musicians provide tempo, rhythm and color for an ever-changing celebration.
Installation, Soundscapes and Silence Keeper: Felix Ruckert
Musicians: Andy Benz, Anna Clementi, Antonis Anissegos, Jürgen Grözinger,
(Fri+Sat 3pm-9pm, Sun 1pm-7pm)
Following the success of last year’s KINGDOM Felix Ruckert – in collaboration with Anna Natt – has designed a new role play scenario that addresses manipulation and abuse of power within the framework of ideologies and belief systems. In a bazaar of diverse realities, more than 20 different gurus and other qualified executives will found ashrams, institutions and sweatshops. They will preach and seduce, gather and educate students, enlighten disciples with secret teachings, offer services – and of course, demand tribute in return! There will be no shortage of initiation rites and blessings, indoctrination and enlightenment, mindfuck and assault…maybe even doubt and rebellion?
The Guru Supermarket is an opportunity for a playful exploration of symbols, rituals, charisma, status, hierarchies, group dynamics and relationships of interdependancy.
Concept: Felix Ruckert
Art Director & Casting: Anna Natt