Movement, Sound, and Rope

A 1-day workshop by Saara Rei

Photo taken at Rope Spirit V

Our movement and emotional state can be deeply affected by sound. I am sure many have experienced music that makes them feel, dance, and act in certain ways depending on the rhythm, tempo, lyrics, tone, and pitch.

As well, sound and music can affect how we interact with each other. How we move, feel, and react to each other when there are different sounds around. Not just from music, but from our own bodies as well. Laughter, humming, screaming, sighing, breathing, and any kind of vocalization made can affect the atmosphere, movements, and reactions from all those present.

If we think of Japanese-inspired rope bondage as we way to interact and move with another person, a way of dancing with them, then we can also look at how sound can affect our way of tying and being tied. How does music affect a session? How does it affect our movements and emotional state? And how do the sounds we make affect the reactions of the person we are tying with? In this workshop, these are the questions we will be looking at. More specifically, we will cover:

- Rope handling (i.e. tips on how to let the rope not get in the way of what you want to do).
- Body Handling (i.e. tips on how to manage and move with another body, with and without ropes).
- A set of exploratory exercises involving music and sound, guiding the group in a reflection of the questions asked above.

This workshop is appropriate for the beginner as well as the experienced, and both the bunny as well as the rigger will have a part to play in each exercise (in other words, bunnies will have something to learn and practice too). The intention of this workshop is to bring a greater awareness to how we interact with each other's bodies while tying and to begin building a toolbox for communicating better with our bodies (to complement our words).

If you are interested in booking this workshop in a part of the world near you, then please send an email.

“Saara is both analytical and passionate in her way of exploring and teaching rope dynamics. Her workshops always has an underlying structure that makes them constructive for the participants and she is also able to adapt and communicate really well to ensure that you feel validated. I might add that you're almost guaranteed to laugh while learning with her.” by musubi

“The workshop was absolutely wonderful! It was both physically and emotionally intense, reaffirming the insight into how much music and mood affect how we interact with each other, with or without ropes. The workshop is rather physical and playful, so please expect some rolling on the floor. Me and my partner truly enjoyed the workshop, and we would heartily recommend it to anyone who is interested in taking intimacy and closeness one step further.” by Spikyheels