All tickets are sold out for LFAJRB and Naka Akira’s course but we still have some places in Kamijoo Saki’s classes. Don’t miss out! I think this is the first time we have had a female bakushi teaching here so you will undoubtedly get a different perspective and we have certainly never had anyone so demonstrably qualified too teach speed bondage and flow. Her classes will be of particular interest to anyone wishing to become acquainted with the more free-from Osaka style.
As we have been running BOUND on the last Friday of the month, it clashed with the opening of the Festival. Consequently, we have moved it to Thursday 26 September for this month. This will give those who are in town for the Festival a chance to get in the mood and those who aren’t to get a taste of what they are missing. This is going to be the night of the year for BOUND From now on, we are moving from our usual last Friday of the month. The next one is 11 October, but from November, it will run on the FIRST FRIDAY of each month. Anyway, having confused you totally, back to the pre-Festival BOUND. BOUND is held at a very cool alternative venue in Camberwell, the Flying Dutchman London. We usually start with a short optional free class or presentation. Later on, there are shows but in between you can tie or just socialise. It will be a great chance to see some of the stars of the Festival, catch up with old friends and meet some of the people that you only know in cyber-space, including some very key names from the rope scene. PERFORMERS: – Amy Morgan (US) – Wykd_Dave & Clover (UK) – Monsieur P & Mademoiselle O (FR) – Nawakiri Shin & Nancy Wang (Taïwan) TICKETS: Click links below to book. -20 early bird tickets, £5 each -Advanced ticket, £15 each – Tickets at the door will be £20. For the […]
I’m delighted to announce that Sugiura Norio will be doing a presentation, exhibiting and will have a small stall at the Festival where you can buy his work. I have no doubt Sugiura sensei’s talk will be fascinating as he has photographed just about every bakushi of any note. I can imagine he will have some tales to tell and hear he will be showing an extensive collection of his images. If you haven’t seen his work, check out his site. His photos are stunning and the rope work is a constant source of inspiration. I hear he has a plan involving “chains and humiliation” involving a certain young lady which is all rather intriguing, if somewhat mysterious, as I am unsure how much has been lost or gained in translation as it has gone through the process of Chinese Whispers. I’m trying to find out what exactly he has in mind…
As there have been a number of updates on the best advice on avoiding nerve damage, I’m keen that these are shared, myths are debunked and as many unanswered questions as possible are addressed with expert medical opinion. Over the past couple of months, I have been exchanging emails with a rope-loving hand, wrist and lower arm specialist who has written numerous research articles. He has been providing information on radial nerve paths and, for example, confirming my suspicions that rope trauma to the lower outer arm is the culprit in many injuries. Fortunately, it seems we both had the same idea about him presenting at LFAJRB. I have just received an reply to my email asking him saying it was something he had in mind. From what I can see, he is the perfect person to explain with authority what the risks are and how best to minimise them. Let’s hope we can kill off some myths and equip everyone with reliable information which will help reduce injuries.
After much deliberation, here, in alphabetical order to avoid expressing any favouritism, are the performers for LFAJRB 2013, barring any unexpected cancellations. It’s a lucky coincidence that our star performer’s name starts with an A or I might have had to formulate a different order I can’t tell you how tough it has been coming to the decision as there have been so many deserving applicants. Some of us, like myself, have become rather ubiquitous at the Festival and on the world circuit, so it has been hard balancing the ‘usual suspects’ who everyone wants to see with allowing new talent a platform. After some consideration, Murakawa and I are stepping down this year and not doing shows. Also, we both have so much to do anyway that shows are another stress we don’t need. It will be refreshing to just enjoy the Festival. Running BOUND has proved to be invaluable since it is almost a microcosm of the Festival and has allowed us to talent scout. We have selected those who have put on stunning shows at BOUND including Umino, Andrea Ropes, Vinciens and Miumi-U, plus, of course, the regulars like Jack and Zahara, Dave and Clover, Shin and Nancy and others who have also impressed the team at previous Festivals and elsewhere like Vlada and Falco. On our travels, we have had the good luck to unearth a new star in the making, Kalahari from Russia. This young guy has Naka Akira ryu off pat and we saw […]
As I have been inundated with people hoping for a place to stay but have been unable to help already having a full house, I decided to make a couple of forum posts to see who else might be able to offer something free or, at least, cheap. The good people of the rope community have not disappointed and already several have posted offering a spare room or sofa. Check out the links in Fetlife’s London UK Scene and in the Festival group and let’s see if we can match make. DasFalke pm’ed me: “Noticed this. Have you thought about putting a link to this site on the Festival’s threads and sites: https://www.airbnb.com/ I have used this extensively during my travels and thoroughly recommend it for travelling on a budget. Here is an example for London in September. I filtered for under 50 quid a night.”
We have a lot of visitors, performers and presenters who are looking for free/cheap accommodation during the Festival. Do you have a spare room, sofa, dog basket or anything you can offer to those trying to avoid London’s exorbitant hotel rates? If you can help, would you say so here? Hopefully, we can match up a few people. Let’s get some community spirit! There are established couch surfing sites, such as this, but it might be better if we can help each other out and organise rope-friendly accommodation. I can’t vouch for any particular site or make any recommendations, although I did find this article on the whole subject giving warnings and some ideas for alternatives.
Finally! Here is the ticket link: Book here! Couples full festival weekend tickets are £200 and single full festival weekend tickets are £125. The venue is small and people travel from all over the world so expect a sell out as usual. Naka Akira is our star guest and more from surprise ones from Japan. As always, we have performers from all around the world and some old favourites from previous years.
There has been a fantastic amount of interest in Naka-san’s master class and the tickets have almost sold out in a matter of hours. There are now only two couples tickets left. See the Ticket Sales link on the nav bar above. Please note booking does not guarantee a place until confirmed as Google Checkout doesn’t monitor availability.
Gorgone turned around to me yesterday saying “Why does everyone seem to think I’m your secretary?”. OK, you can take a brief moment to consider her in the key role in the eponymous movie…oh dear, have I lost you now? Yes, I too have always believed that position should involve assistance of a more personal nature like that but can we get back to the original subject now? Her point was that a number of people have seem to have made an obtuse application to perform or present at the Festival via her. Actually, the process is really simple if you want to do either, send me your proposals and if you want to perform, assuming I don’t know your work already, with video of your shows. You get extra points if the video is not heavily edited since I am well aware that a pig’s ear of a show can be made to look damn slick by a decent edit. By the way, for those for whom English is not their first language, a ‘pig’s ear’ translates as ‘a bloody awful mess’. This reminds me of an amusing anecdote as to why I suspect Osada Steve changed the English name for the lower friction of his gote. I recall him translating the name, literally from German, I believe, as ‘pig’s ear’ until I explained what it meant in English A bloody awful mess is the last thing you could call his excellent interpretation of Kanna’s box-tie, gote or whatever […]