“A raised platform on which one stands to make an impromptu speech, often about a political subject. The term originates from the days when speakers would elevate themselves by standing on a wooden crate originally used for shipment of soap or other dry goods from a manufacturer to a retail store.”
The Soap Box is a bi-monthly evening of curiosities curated by Gestalta and brought to you by Anatomie Studio!
The Soap Box is an arts event for local and not-so-local performance artists to take the stage – this is an event that we’re not limiting just to rope, and future events could include anything from poetry, to aerial circus, theatre (and of course shibari).
OUR FEBRUARY SOAP BOX
Due to some fortunate coincidences, in February we have not one but two very high calibre international rope performers joining us for this small intimate performance evening: Alberto NoShibari & Esther Kuss from Barcelona, and Avalon from Australia!
This is an opportunity not only to see some of the worlds most skilled rope performance artists live in an intimate environment – but also to be inspired by the huge variety of rope styles and interpretations out there. NoShibari, Kuss, and Avalon, are some of the most unique performers in the world – their original styles are quite far removed from anything that London has to offer and we’re really excited to be able to share the huge breadth rope experience out there with people at Anatomie Studio.
ALBERTO NOSHIBARI & KUSS
After starting as Shibari students emulating traditional techniques in their shows, Alberto No Shibari and Kuss began the search for a structure for their own performances. In this search, they traslated the influence of the essential elements of japanese bondage to the imagery and tradition of their own visual culture.
Inspired by the Western artistic representations and the need to create a scene to convey emotional intensity from the outset, they have created a number of innovative techniques to maximize the deep togetherness achieved along years of work on stage.
Always accompanied by a carefully chosen sound environment and away from the usual skilled riggers, acrobatic models, and mainstream semenawa Alberto No Shibari and Kuss create a minimalist scene in which the communication, emotion, expressionist ties, mix in exact proportion to achieve moments of intense beauty.
Avalon is an Italian/Australian rigger known for his sensual and attentive bondage. He has been fascinated by the intrinsic beauty of Japanese Rope Bondage since seeing a Japanese bondage show in Paris in the 80′s.
In his pursuit to improve his skills and knowledge in Japanese Rope Bondage he often travels to Japan as student of Osada Steve and Yukimura Haruki.
Avalon has developed his own distinctive style, his work is fluid and sensory, relying on triggers and sensitivities of his model to lull them into a forbidden world. His style keeps faith to traditional Japanese bondage where mind, edge and predicament play are key factors of the tying process.
Avalon is active within the Australian and Italian Japanese Rope Bondage Community, he is a one of the instructors at Sydney Rope Dojo, Peer Rope and often performs and conducts Japanese rope workshops throughout Australia and overseas.
Join us in February for our inaugural Soap Box and witness the magic…!