Dynamic suspension transitions are one of Fred and Anna’s favourite kinds of rope because when well executed this means more airtime and many possibilities for play. When doing dynamic suspensions, Fred and Anna like to feed off each other’s impulses: Fred’s sadistic mind compliments Anna’s natural inclination for active bottoming and movement. This presents Fred with choices to provide relief (or ‘pit stops’) for Anna, or block movement to cause stress. Anna enjoys to explore movement within her restriction and enjoys the rush that the contrasts between impossible positions and resting places gives her. This allows them to play with both endorphin highs and adrenaline rushes, for a real rollercoaster-like rope experience.
In this class we will present clear and structured concepts for participants to explore this kind of rope, including: how to read the model/bottom’s body and make decisions accordingly, the differences between what we call ‘micro’ and ‘macro’ transitions, playing with levels (distance from the floor), blocking movement versus giving room, building in what we call ‘pit stops’, playing with endorphins and adrenaline, and how to build in your ‘escape plan’ during transitions (i.e. having a plan B in case things go wrong).
Advice about line management and how to work with your partner(s) will be given throughout. The class will be geared toward rigging and bottoming with exercises geared towards developing both sets of skills.
This style of dynamic transitions is challenging both for the rigger and the bottom, please tie within your own risk profile and limits.
Schedule for the 2 days is as follows:
11:00-14:00 Workshop Part 1
14:00-15:00 Lunch Break
15:00 – 18:00 Workshop Part 2
18:00-19:30 We will invite everyone to join us for pizza for after the workshop on a contribution basis. With open rope until 19:30
10:00-13:00 Workshop Part 3
13:00-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-17:00 Workshop Part 4
- Riggers must be able to tie a solid suspension worthy Takate Kote.
- Riggers must know how to check for nerve impingement.
- Rope bottoms should be able to be tied in a Takate Kote and be very familiar with the differences between nerve and circulation impingement.
- Rope bottoms must be able to recognise and communicate signs of nerve impingement to riggers effectively and timely. Models should be able to process pain and take some enjoyment in intense sensations.
About Fred and Anna
@FredHatt and @Anna-Bones are a London based tying couple and proud owners of Anatomie Studio, the UK’s first full time shibari studio, where they regularly teach shibari.
They are best known for their fast smooth suspension transition style of rope using single points and carabiners. Fred’s rope has a strong SM flavour and plays with contrasts in endorphin highs and adrenaline rushes to create an ‘ordeal’-like experience for his partners. Fred also enjoys playing with predicament bondage and this informs his suspension scenes quite heavily.
As a bottom, Anna is playful, engaged and feisty at times. She enjoys being challenged in rope, and she enjoys exploring movement within her restriction as well as the rush that the contrasts between impossible positions and resting places gives her.
They teaching style has been described as compassionate, approachable and extremely detailed.
They have been tying together since 2013 and regularly teach and perform both inside and outside the UK.
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