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I discovered Shibari or Kinbaku – Japanese Rope Bondage – in 1999 and I studied with some of the most renowned japanese and western masters. Amongst my first teachers were Matthias T.J. Grimme, Midori, Shadow, Bruce Esinem and Osada Steve.
When I opened schwelle7 in 2007 it quickly became an important hub for the international Shibari Community. For nine years I regularily invited masters from Japan and therefore had also the chance to learn from Arisue Go, Nawashi Kanna, Hajime Kinoko, Akira Naka, Otonaya Otonawa and Ren Yagami.
By programming Shibari at my venue schwelle7 I played a significant role in popularizing the practice in Berlin and throughout Europe. I also created several performances for the stage that integrated elements of Japanese Rope Bondage: STILLEN (2000), DIE FARM (2006), DRYADE – A DARK FAIRY (2011) and ZERO GRAVITY ZONE (2012).
Currently I organize twice a year the EURIX (European Rigger&Model Exchange) in Berlin, which is one of the most popular international meetings for rope artists who engage in the development of Kinbaku as an art form. More -> EURIX
My personal approach is unconventional and does not follow any particular style. My ties adapt individually to each partner and each situation, I compose with body, rope, time and space in unpredictable ways. At the moment I call it UNDOGMATIC ROPE or BERLIN BONDAGE