Workshop: Perverted ol’ man rope (2019)

Often I feel like a cat threading around warm milk when teaching technically complicated suspensions, creative improvisations, or heart-touching intimacy when what I love deep down is the perverted ol’ man rope.

In this workshop, the focus is the perverted desire of the rigger, rather than engineering experiences for the bottom. And we will explore ties and theories that help the rigger to express this perverted desire. Through objectification, exposure, shame-play, forced serving and simply taking pleasure from our bottom beyond emphatically following along on their journey. The rope bondage then becomes the key tool to motivate and manipulate the bottom through both pain and pleasure. So they remain curious about going down the rabbit hole of the riggers desire.

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This workshop will also explore the archetypal relationship between the decaying older body and the blossoming youthful body. The Eros and the Thanatos. Of course, the age and gender of the participants are irrelevant, because we are acting out a story and a fantasy. There is a lot of taboo around these roles, that makes them rich in material to explore, and own to make them our own. For example, it’s way more interesting for me to be old and ugly as the rigger, because it makes my bottom younger and more beautiful, and this results in a greater polarity in-between us, which sparks more arousal, curiosity, and playfulness as a result.

More concretely in this workshop, we will focus on ties that are technically not complicated but has a lot of emotional charges and the focus on how to play in the tie. Most of the ties use suspension lines to manipulate the body using an external point and can be extended into semi-suspensions. This is to include wider BDSM subculture that might not (yet) see the charm in complicated patterns and acrobatic postures. As a more experienced rope practitioner, you easily can take the concepts and apply them to more complicated ties.

As the rigger, you must know the single-column tie and how to wrap the body in rope. And it is a bonus if you can attach and handle suspension lines. As the bottom, you must have the experience of being tied and how you react physically and emotionally. Especially in relationship to breath, blood circulation, and nerve functions. Together you must be open to exploring BDSM play and sexuality in a workshop space. And have an established way to communicate before and/or during a scene.