Chicago Rope

About Chicago Rope

Chicago Rope is an organization dedicated to education on communication through and about the art of Japanese rope. We aim to provide not just a solid technical foundation for tying but also access to tools and knowledge for cultivating intentional relationships. We facilitate discussion of how cultural, personal, and social contexts, including experience, background, and identity, affect and are affected by the practice of tying. We seek to empower our students to understand and evaluate their choices, actions, and impact.

We take an explicitly multidisciplinary approach to practicing and teaching Japanese rope. We are influenced by a wide range of other somatic disciplines, including various forms of dance and martial arts. We approach rope critically, drawing on a diverse group of intellectual traditions to understand and contextualize the practice. We create space for our students to bring their own knowledge and experience into learning and adapting the skills we teach.

We want to build a community that is both accessible and inclusive. We encourage, listen to, and respond to feedback. We turn no one away for lack of funds. We share our published written material under a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike (CC BY-SA) license.