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Felix Ruckert

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His Workshops:

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Founder, artistic director as well as curator of the Festivals on the Art of Lust - Xplore - and founder as well as director of the performance laboratory space - schwelle7 - in Berlin

 

Felix Ruckert is a dancer, choreographer, and conceptor. He worked as a dancer with several renowned European companies, before concentrating on choreography and conceptual work.

His experimental dance pieces, installations & participatory work, as well as his choreographies for ballet companies earned him an international reputation as one of the most innovative contemporary choreographers.

For the past 30 years he has explored a wide range of body practices. He studied ballet, modern and contemporary dance, improvisation, Feldenkrais, Yoga, Chi Kung, Tantra, Kyudo and much more. For the past ten years he has also been involved in a practical and theoretical investigation of BDSM and the connections between BDSM techniques and artistic practice, developing an art and philosophy of sensual communication.

He directs the performance space schwelle7 in Berlin and curates the annual festival Xplore in Berlin as well as the international branches.

More Information on www.schwelle7.de and www.felixruckert.de

 

 

 

Resistance Play

A controlled loss of control

In any physical contact with another human being it is important to master clear communication. It is crucial to read, accept and show your feelings, be aware of your and your partner’s possibilities, to respect your fears and limits.

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This workshop provides a safe playground for the practice of saying NO, a space for disagreement, for rejecting, refusing, denying and avoiding. We will train the ability to take refuge, regardless of conventions or politeness.

There is however also joy in attack, and power in refusal, there is excitement in provocation and playfulness in resistance and sometimes there is pleasure in overwhelming or in being overwhelmed. Mastering the NO is used as a precondition to play with these dynamics. It allows us to experiment with the complex psychology of aggression and denial, to discover the liberation that accompanies the acceptance of aggressive impulses as well as the empowerment provided by outright resistance and plain abandonment.

 

 

The Art of Submission

The moment of submission to a situation which I have helped shape, is the moment where I become aware, I get involved, I do not flee. Out of this arises devotedness and tenderness. In“The Art of Submission” we will learn to overcome situations where we are insecure, anxious or frightened by our own courage. We learn to take a step forward, while finding a safe place for ourselves.

We will work with physical exercises in the fields of dance / Contact Improvisation, space perception, and exercises of dominant-submissive role-playing. It is about handling sensual playfulness with your partner to identify one’s desires, boundaries and how to communicate them.