Shibari for Connection with Gestalta

Shibari… the Japanese Art of rope tying is an ancient art form which is becoming more and more popular. Although often associated with fetish practitioners, shibari is a learned skill that can be used for mental stimulation and relaxation, both by the roper (usually called a rigger) and the person being trussed up (the model). At our summer festival, we will be introduced to this ancient art form through an introductory workshop by the renowned Gestalta. They will also be hosting a workshop titled “Shibari for Connection”, come and explore this topic is a safe and held space!

Gestalta is a British born performance / installation artist, and teacher. The primary focus of their work is shibari (aka kinbaku / Japanese rope bondage). They have performed around Japan, Australia, and many European cities including London, Moscow, Paris, Berlin, Rome, Athens, Prague, Geneva, Barcelona, Lisbon, Helsinki and Lyon. They are the author of "Shibari Suspensions: A Step by Step Guide".

Gestalta was first introduced to shibari in 2007 and have been immersed in it ever since. Her interest was initially sparked by the aesthetic of shibari; the seemingly organic structure of rope melding with flesh in the works of Nobyoshi Araki, and other artists whose works I had collected in scraps from the few Japanese publications available.


As she began to practice it, she also found an interest in exploring the potential of ropes to open up new ways to connect with the body, with other people, and the effects of pushing myself into seemingly ‘extreme’ psychological and physical states. She began using shibari in performance in around 2009 and gradually developed an interest in impermanent structures, and the fragile balances found between us, our environment, and within intimate connections.


Although she see shibari very much as an art form, it is also important to me that it’s roots in pornography are not glossed over; I see it also as a powerful way of reconciling any perceived conflict between art and sex and exploring the relationship between the two.

Gestalta will be introducing this art form in our festival, come and witness or participate.

Accommodation and Registration

Alexandra Cachia