Soptik & Sansei – Announcing presenter
Soptik is a bondage teacher and event organizer. He created his first educational website with information on rope bondage in 2000. After ten years of self-education, had met Kinoko Hajime who became his first teacher of Japanese bondage. Afterwards, his tying was shaped by Osada Steve and Kanna; however, Kinoko Ryu is still his first choice for most of his rope partners. A year later, he started teaching regular bondage workshops and have kept this hobby till today.
In the meantime, he met two other teachers who influenced him greatly. The first was Yoroi Nicolas who taught him movement, intimacy, and simplicity in ropes. The second and the most influential was Riccardo Wildties. He introduced Naka Ryu to him. The more he studies with Riccardo and Naka Akira, the more he falls in love with this style.
You can find out more about his workshops at www.soptikshibari.com.
Sansei is enjoying ropes as a rope bottom since 2017. Her approach is defined by her devotion and surrender to the rigger. She enjoys exploring (often dark) emotions and natural living through ropes. She started to to tie as a rigger recently. Her prefered style is Naka ryu in both roles.
At this festival Soptik & Sansei will focus on dark emotions.
Each rope matters
(Workshop level: L2-3)
Often we tie one rope after another, sprinting to the end and forgetting to enjoy the whole tiyng process. Think of each rope as a sentence followed by a period, which itself carries its own message and meaning. Learn to stop, observe what each rope brings, how it affects us, and above all, enjoy it.
Storytelling in ropes
(Workshop level: L2-3)
The history of Kinbaku is linked to Japanese legends of surrender, sacrifice, inevitable fates and dark endings. The roots of this style are often forgotten today. We focus more on the comfort or even fun in the ropes. This workshop will make you forget about technique and positions, and let you be carried away and inspired by the story the ropes bring without having to think ahead. Spoiler alert – it probably won’t have happy ending…
(Workshop level: L3)
The crucifixion is known for its dark past. It has been performed in various ways all over the world. It is a symbol of suffering and sacrifice. In this workshop we will connect this symbolism with ropes. We will learn a simple form of tying to a bamboo, creating a paradoxically comfortable suspension in contrast to the powerful symbolism and emotional experience this position evokes.