Thursday, 7 May 2015

Bound at the Flying Dutchman

It's been a long day, a funeral day.

I shrink into my space and

draw small; I run out of steam half-way through and go home. Even the car can't take it: bits of its innards break and leak.

Those I missed - with apologies: Hedwig and LionsMouth; Nina Russ. Those I got, in my tired way: Andrea Quartacorda and Arinel; Cabi and Kimokawaii.

Now, just a word in your ear. Don't use members of the animal kingdom in your act. They did not ask for us to have dominion over them; these performances are supposed to be consensual, not a tawdry abuse of power.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Shibari rehearsal at The Violet Crab

Shibari stars Nina Russ and Bruce Esinem kindly agree to tie the legs of my gallant little sewing table, a rescue job from Portobello.

I cleared out the rusty pins under its floral lining, and now it holds the art clobber which I need for drawing-the-cabaret-as-part-of-the-cabaret. This isn't strictly speaking bondage - it doesn't change the shape of the table or restrict its movement.

We are at The Violet Crab, the cabaret-themed exhibition at the David Roberts Art Foundation in Camden. Nina is rehearsing with Ayumi LaNoire.

As they are not performing to amplified music, I hear for the first time the sound of bondage rope being played over bamboo. It is like breathing.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

String theory

A human maypole with static dancers, or a fish played by ribbons, Barbara Stimoli embraces one of the more controversial areas of theoretical physics in performing 'String Theory' by La Badini Collettivo. We're at BOUND, Japanese rope bondage in performance at The Flying Dutchman in Camberwell.

Tonight's other performers are Miumi U and Ayumi LaNoire; Nawasabi Shibari and Verena Venusian; Fred Hatt and MissBones. MissBones's profile is particularly noble tonight and I think of Christopher Marlowe's Lament for Zenocrate.


Sunday, 18 January 2015

Peer Rope Oxford

Back to the alma mater.

Seems I've been recommending John Carey's The Unexpected Professor all day today. Here we are in Summertown, town and gown. I photograph the drawings in sub-optimal conditions.

More from BOUND at the Flying Dutchman in Camberwell

I live in the dark, hence the dim quality of the photos. Subjects: DarkShibari and MaYa Homerton, Andrea Ropes and Gestalta, Nina Russ and Marica Innocente, members of the audience, Bruce Esinem.