Anatomie Studio at Peckham Festival 2017

We are very pleased that we’ll be part of this year’s Peckham Festival!

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Anna Bones and Fred Hatt​, of Anatomie Studio are London based shibari artists who enjoy challenging the perceptions of what Japanese Rope Bondage can be and the people who practice it.

“Through the medium of jute ropes and other materials (such as fabric and ribbons) they create visual imagery of objects and people in ropes that challenge some of the misconceptions around shibari.

“Empowerment, feminism, consent, diversity, partnership, artistic expression and aspects of body representation are common themes in their work.The popularisation of shibari in recent years has meant that shibari is moving beyond its taboo origins and developing into an art form in its own right.

“In shibari the model is the canvas, the rope is the paint and brush, and the rigger is the rope artist.”

More information HERE.

Fly! Intro to Suspension : Learn the art of shibari suspension with Fred Hatt & Anna Bones!

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Want to learn the art of shibari suspensions from one of the best in Europe?
Join us in August!

Studio owners Fred and Anna have been tying together since 2013 and regularly teach & perform inside and outside the UK.

Their foundational classes at Anatomie Studio are unparalleled in terms of the depth, detail and technical information offered. Their classes focus as much on the ‘how’ as well as the ‘why’ behind everything they do in rope. Fred and Anna work as a team so their classes have as much information for riggers as they do for rope bottoms.

Their teaching style has been described as compassionate, approachable, extremely detailed and bottom aware.

For more information about Fred and Anna see their website here:

For more details about the workshop’s program including pre-requisites please see our Facebook listing here.

To book onto this weekend workshop, it’s right over here.
For a complete list of all our workshops, see here.

Community Class Nº5 – ‘The View from the Bottom’ by Anna Noctuelle


Our 5th Community Class session will be taking place on August 9th and will be led by Noctuelle!


This session will be for all levels and will focus on bottoming specifically – beginners and newbies especially welcome. You are welcome to bring your own rigger, we will also have some of the Anatomie crew on hand as volunteer riggers for anyone who would like this for some of the exercises.

Community Classes are ‘pay-what-you-can’ sessions (cash on the day) and to participate we ask that you reserve a spot (free) online over HERE.

For questions please email us at

See you soon!

‘Contemporary Rope Bondage’ – #RopeTalk (FREE) by Iris Ordean – August 2017

#RopeTalk August 2017

Iris is doing a doctoral research projects on Shibari at Durham University and she will be joining us on August 12th to share her thoughts and findings on the subject of ‘contemporary shibari’.

Event listing HERE | More info HERE

“My doctoral project aims to analyse the contemporary cultural practice of rope bondage using a collaborative approach. I am interested in building up a research project focused on the practitioners’ own perspective, looking at how the practice has mutated from Japanese contexts into European contexts, understanding how it is currently evolving, and exploring how those who do rope construct their identities.

“At Anatomie Studio I will talk a little bit about my journey so far, and discuss the findings and frameworks I have come across in (academic) literature. I will explain a little bit what I wish to accomplish by using a collaborative approach, how it works and how I plan to make it happen.”

Come along to this FREE meet, share, listen, ask, let’s discuss!

More information here:

These sessions are open to the curious, the interested and the veteran alike and welcome everyone regardless of where you see yourself in the rope spectrum.

A L C H E M I E // Special guest performance by Despina Zacharopoulou!

We are extremely excited to announce our third performance of the night by special guest Despina Zacharopoulou!

DESPINA July 14th

Despina Zacharopoulou is a London based performance artist focusing on creating experimental situations that negotiate our relation to alterity.

She holds a Master in Fine Arts, a Master in Visual Arts (Costume Design – Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts), a Msc in Architecture and a diploma in Architecture.

If you haven’t alreday, we highly recommend taking a look at Despina’s work, her performances are provoking to both the senses and the mind, with a strong focus on use of the body.

For A L C H E M I E, she will be presenting an original piece:

“Body. Flesh. Boundaries. Limits. Touching. Sensing. Response-ability.”

“In an important sense, in a breathtakingly intimate sense, touching, sensing, is what matter does, or rather, what matter is: matter is condensations of responses, of response- ability.”

This piece will involve audience participation (for those who wish you take part in the experience).

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A L C H E M I E // Welcoming guest performer HEDWIG (Sweden)

“There is no document of civilisation that is not a document of barbarism and there is no beach that is not also a graveyard.”

Hedwig July 14th

On July 14th we welcome the inspiring Hedwig (Sweden) to our stage. Together with Sophia, they will exploring themes of human powerlessness, inaction and apathy through the medium of rope.

About Hedwig

Hedwig is a queer feminist, poly, switch femme, born and raised in Sweden. She moved to London in 2007, returned to Sweden in 2012.

Hedwig is passionate about communication, rope bondage, safer sex and consent culture, about redressing notions of power, physical sensations, vulnerability, dominance and submission, gender and communities working together. She hopes to bring rope bondage to a larger audience as a way to gain more body awareness, work on interpersonal communication and offer different routes to pleasure and surrender.

As an educator, she focus on the mutual experience, embracing a inclusive and open atmosphere where the topics at hand are approached both with respect as well as a sense of humour.

As a performer, she invites the audience to become a part of a story that might question some of that which we take for granted, such as what is considered to be beautiful, or the powerful structures in our societies that affect our everyday lives.

Hedwig is a former member of the crew of Peer Rope London, current member of the crew of Peer Rope Malmö, and founding member and grand poobah of Hitchin’ Bitches. Hitchin’ Bitches is an international network for female identified riggers and rope tops with over 40 chapters over the world.

In 2011Hedwig wrote her undergraduate thesis on Shibari, and is currently pursuing an academic career, while being active as a sex educator, activist and generally being a pain in the butt of patriarchy.


About Sophia

Sophia is a London based shibari model and cat mama. Lover of open minds, equality and freedom of expression, Sophia is an active member of the London rope community as an education, performer and Anatomie Studio helping house cat.


Next event: Friday July 14 2017 | Event listing here | Ticket link here

A L C H E M I E // The Revolution

They say politics and rope don’t mix… so we’re mixing them…


Anna Noctuelle and MnR present…

‘Sacrificing of Europa’

In this piece Anna Noctuelle and MnR give voice to their feelings concerning Brexit and the recent political developments in Europe and the world by making their ropes political for this charged and highly topical performance.

Next event: Friday July 14 2017 | Event listing here | Ticket link here

About the performers:

Anna Noctuelle discovered Shibari over a decade ago and her background in classical dance influences her approach as a rope performer. She regards Shibari as a complete art form and is passionate about rope modelling – in fact she belongs to the endangered species of people who don’t switch… just yet. As a former ballet dancer and current yoga addict, Noctuelle has got phenomenal body awareness skills and has recently started sharing and teaching her insights from inside the ropes.

MnR first discovered shibari in 2014 and this quickly evolved into a love affair with ropes. MnR found a special place in the warm and welcoming London rope community. He loves learning, practicing and connecting with people and attends many rope workshops in the studio and also abroad. He has been a regular at Anatomie Studio since it opened and quickly became an essential member of the studio.

“Beyond Levels” : tackling the issue of mixed levels in workshops and the self-assessment subjectivity problem

In order to tackle the issue of mixed levels in workshops we decided soon after opening Anatomie Studio to work with pre-requisites rather than levels (i.e. intermediate, advanced, etc) for workshops happening in the space.

So far we are extremely pleased with this method and have experienced more homogeneous cohorts in our workshops.

We’ve been asked by several people to publish examples of the pre-requisites we use and how we phrase them, so that’s what this writing is.


What does this mean?

This means that belong ‘beginners’ we don’t use terms like ‘intermediate’ or ‘advanced’ as there is a large degree if subjectivity in how people self-asses their rope skills (whether rigging or bottoming).

Instead we list the knowledge (theoretical or practical) that attendees should gave before attending the workshop, much like we list the items (ropes, gear, clothing) that attendees should bring to the workshop.

Pre-requisites are listed for rope bottoms and riggers.

I should mention that the pre-requisites are not enforced – meaning that we don’t actually go around checking if people are being honest about meeting the pre-requisites – we assume people are informed adults that will take on the responsibility of meeting them before the class.

We use the Takate Kote (here on after referred to as ‘TK’) as a standard measure of skill for both rope bottoms and rigger regardless of whether workshops are Takate Kote based.

Are there disadvantages?

Because pre-requisites are not enforced there is always a risk that some people will not have met the pre-requisites for the workshop.

Anatomie Studio Pre-requisites for Workshops and Classes

These are the pre-requisite combinations that we currently use in the studio.

1 – No pre-requisites for riggers or models
 [for example: for our Discover Shibari classes]

2 – Riggers: must know a non-collapsible single column tie / Bottoms: must know the difference between nerve and circulation impingement, and must be able to give appropriate feedback [for example: for our Takate Kote class]

3 – Riggers: must know to tie a structural TK2 taught in a class, workshop or private tuition 
/ Bottoms: same as above plus should be comfortable being tied in a TK [for example: for our Third Rope class]

4 – Riggers: must know a structured TK3 and how to attach mainlines taught in a class, workshop or private tuition 
/ Bottoms: same as above plus should be comfortable being suspended from a TK [for example: for our Fly! Intro to Suspension class]

5 – Riggers: must be comfortable suspending from a structured TK2 or TK3 and comfortable with suspension line management taught in a class, workshop or private tuition 
/ Bottoms: same as above [for example: for our Fly More! Intro to Transitions class]

6 – Riggers: must be comfortable/proficient with suspension transitions from a TK2 or TK3 taught in a class, workshop or private tuition 
/ Bottoms: must be experienced with suspension transitions (including being self-aware and have good body management skills), must also be able to give appropriate feedback [for example: for Pedro’s ‘Bamboo and Shibari’ workshop]