Chicago Rope

Pedro & Vitrify

June 22-24, 2018

Photo Credit: Pedro and Maya Homerton at Ellipsis – Rotterdam (6/30/17) photo by Chell

Workshops

Playing with Floorwork

All Levels

Friday 7 - 10 pm (doors at 6:30 pm)

Students will work with single and double column ties to create a variety of poses. These exercises are intended to be fast and use a limited number of ropes. Students will first be asked to copy a proposed idea and then they will experiment with their own creativity. This class will also explore body mechanics and body manipulation.

This class has pre-requisites for all students.

Students Tying: Non-collapsible single or double column tie, and some frictions (ideally: “L friction”, “X friction”, “Flag friction”, “Half-Moon Friction”)

Students Being Tied: Body awareness regarding Nerves, Circulation, Placements, Communication.

This workshop is priced per tying pair and is limited to a maximum of 15 pairs, although we may choose to cap this class at a smaller number. If the workshop is full, you may sign up for the waiting list to be notified if places open up later.

Bamboo Suspension Intensive

Intermediate / Advanced

Saturday and Sunday 9 am-5 pm

In this intensive, Pedro Cordas and Vitrify will share a series of 6-8 exercises (exact number depending on the pace of attendees) that will help students to gain a better understanding of working on bamboo. The exercises will cover different locking methods for up-lines, line management exercises, transition exercises, and torsions.

Body awareness and safety play an important role in Japanese-inspired rope bondage, and Pedro Cordas and Vitrify will provide as much information as possible on these topics. Since two-day intensives can be extremely demanding on the shoulders, its suggested that students have a set of alternative harnesses such as strappado, waki sarashi, tengu, arms-in-front TK, etc., that can be utilized as needed. THIS WILL BE A VERY CHALLENGING WEEKEND AND WE SUGGEST THAT EVERYONE MANAGE THEIR PACE.

This class has pre-requisites for all students.

Students Tying: Proficiency in tying a non-collapsible single and double-column tie, a solid stem-based three-rope TK (e.g., Kanna, Kinoko, Kazami, or an equivalent chest harness), knowledge of locking off of up-lines, suspension and up-line management experience.

Students Being Tied: Experience with suspensions and body awareness regarding nerves, circulation, rope placement, and communication.

Suggested Materials: minimum of 12 lengths of rope (8 meters / 26.24 feet), 1 to 4 pieces of shorter rope, tenugui (traditional Japanese cloth, usually used as blindfold, gag, etc.), mat or blanket, rope cutting tool (this item is mandatory). Bamboo poles will be provided by Chicago Rope.

This intensive is priced per tying pair and is limited to a maximum of 10 pairs, although we may choose to cap this intensive at a smaller number. If the intensive is full, you may sign up for the waiting list to be notified if places open up later.

Presenters

Pedro Cordas

Pedro’s decade-plus obsession with rope started in November 2003 in Tokyo. In 2004, a new journey began when he took classes with Nawashi Akechi Denki Sensei. After Akechi Sensei’s death in 2005, Pedro continued to study with Nawashi Kanna, who remains a strong influence on his style today. He frequently travels to Japan to keep alive his passion for rope, studies and research. He has been teaching for several years now in Europe, North America, and Australia. The topics he teaches are vast,  and he usually adjusts his classes to the level of the participants – from beginner to experienced.

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Vitrify

Vitrify is a non-binary sadomasochistic rope switch that specializes in improvisational silliness and self-ties. They’ve been pursuing rope-related antics in Chicago since 2014. As a Chicago Rope staff member, they’ve led discussions on gender and rope, participated in our bottoming education programs, and are assisting with our Introduction to Japanese Rope Bondage Course.