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Founder, artistic director as well as curator of the Festivals on the Art of Lust - Xplore - and founder as well as director of the performance laboratory space - schwelle7 - in Berlin
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 the annual festival Xplore in Berlin as well as the international branches.
More Information on schwelle7 and www.felixruckert.de
A controlled loss of control
In any physical contact with another human being it is important to master clear communication. It is crucial to read, accept and show your feelings, be aware of your and your partner’s possibilities, to respect your fears and limits.
This workshop provides a safe playground for the practice of saying NO, a space for disagreement, for rejecting, refusing, denying and avoiding. We will train the ability to take refuge, regardless of conventions or politeness.
There is however also joy in attack, and power in refusal, there is excitement in provocation and playfulness in resistance and sometimes there is pleasure in overwhelming or in being overwhelmed. Mastering of the NO is used as a precondition to play with these dynamics. It allows us to experiment with the complex psychology of aggression and denial, to discover the liberation that accompanies the acceptance of aggressive impulses as well as the empowerment provided by outright resistance and plain abandonment.
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!
The Switching Score is a play scenario that offers the possibility to explore dominant as well as submissive behavior in changing constellations. The task consists of finding the adequate game for a situation with various players and changing roles. The Switching Score was developed by Felix Ruckert for bigger groups and fuses elements from Contact Improvisation, systemic constellation and dominant- submissive role play.