With Felix Ruckert and Nehra Stella          

This is an introduction to the art of tying and getting tied. There will be a short theoretical talk, a demonstration and many practical exercises for those who wish to try out. Felix and Nehra Stella teach the class from both sides of the rope, switching roles and explaining the skills necessary for both, rigger and model.

The workshop participants will learn some basic knots and patterns and will be encouraged and guided to develop their own material for individual scenes and compositions. This workshop is geared toward people with the maturity and motivation for an intense physical and emotional experience. No previous experience with rope bondage required!

Bring a partner and your own rope if you have. Switching roles is permitted. Single participants will be matched with each other.


Following a long career as an internationally renowned dancer and choreographer Felix expanded her skill set when she discovered Shibari or Kinbaku – Japanese Rope Bondage – in 1999.  She had the chance to study with some of the most celebrated japanese and western masters, amongst her first teachers were Matthias T.J. Grimme, Midori, Shadow and Osada Steve.

When in 2007 she opened schwelle7, it quickly became an important hub for the international Shibari community. For nine years she regularily invited masters from Japan and therefore had also the opportunity to learn from Arisue Go, Nawashi Kanna, Hajime Kinoko, Akira Naka, Otonaya Otonawa and Ren Yagami. By programming Shibari at schwelle7 Felix Ruckert played a significant role in popularizing the practice in Berlin and throughout Europe. She 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 she organizes twice a year the EURIX (European Rigger&Model Exchange) <http://felixruckert.de/2015/10/01/eurix/> 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. At EURIX she recently started again to create short Rope Bondage Performances applying some strict conceptual rules: Using innovative technique, Defining narrative and subtext, Applying tools of instant composition.

Her approach is unconventional and does not follow any particular style. Her ties adapt to each partner and each situation, she composes with body, rope, time and space in unpredictable ways.  At the moment she calls it UNDOGMATIC ROPE or simply BERLIN BONDAGE.


Nehra Stella is a queer artist, mother and filmmaker, who moved from Paris to Berlin, in 2008, which he considers to be his homeland. In his work he explores gender, sexuality, identity issues, love and relationships, with an ironic, erotic, feminist, queer point of view.
He believes that ART and SEX can change the world.
He directed “Paris la Nuit” in 2009, “Vivre Berlin” in 2013 and “Berlin-Sarajevo” in 2014, together with the artist Natasha Davis.
Since few years, he collaborates with Felix Ruckert in various projects, and lead workshop and performance on Gender and Bdsm. He co-curated the program for the Xplore Roma 2017.

In 2018, he will direct and perform together with Anna Natt the play space “ The School of Love“ at xplore berlin 2018, and he co-curate the program for xplore Rome, Barcelona and Copenhagen.




Mit Felix Ruckert und Nehra Stella

Die ist eine Enführung in die Kunst des Fesselns und Gefesseltwerden. Es wird ein paar theoretische Erläuterungen, eine Demonstration und viele praktische Beispiele zum Ausprobieren geben. Felix und Nehra unterrichten aus beiden Perspektiven indem sie ständig die Rollen von “Rigger” und Modell wechseln und die wichtigsten Kenntnisse für beide Rollen erläutern.

Die Teilnehmer*innen werden einige Basistechniken und einfache Knoten lernen und dann ermutigt und angeleitet das Material für eigene Szenen und Kompositionen zu nutzen. Der Workshop richtet sich an Menschen mit der Reife und Motivation für intensive physische und emotionale Erfahrungen. Keine vorherige Erfahrung mit Seilbondage notwendig.

Komm mit Partner und ein paar Längen Seil, falls Du welches hast. Rollenwechsel sind erlaubt und erwünscht. Einzelne Teilnehmer*innen werden wir zu Paaren zusammenstellen.