Shibari at the Royal College of Art Battersea

This summer has been filled with wonderful projects and collaborations, but this latest opportunity has definitely topped the charts: a shibari floor work performance at the Royal College of Art Battersea with Despina Zacharopoulou (“Introduction”, 2015).

Despina is a PhD student in sculpture and performance, and this piece, which she directed, very much blended both performative and sculptural aspects into one: objectification, moulding of the body and human emotion.

Unlike most shibari performances, this was conducted in a rather cold and hard space overlooking a main street, and there was minimal interaction between tyer and tyee. Despina also held her eyes open looking straight at the audience, which was simultaneously brave and perturbing to watch!

Despina has a background in visual arts, fine arts, costume design, theatre and architecture. We thank her for this opportunity and look forward to having her join the studio for regular rope practice.

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