Dancing with Myself: An exploration of self-tying with Burgundy Rose

This event is part of the Every Body’s Story exhibition and festival of events.

By Ellen Downes
Thur 05 August 2021

Dancing with Myself: An exploration of self-tying with Shibari Artist Burgundy Rose.

“I’m not so interested in how they move as in what moves them.” ― Pina Bausch

The Japanese art of Shibari – which simply means ‘to tie’ – originated from hojojutsu as a technique to capture and restrain prisoners. Modern Shibari has a complex history and over the years has evolved into an art form in its own right.

Though Shibari is traditionally practised between two people as part of a power-exchange dynamic, this workshop will look at how to tie yourself in an intimate, mindful act of self-care.

Rope is an incredibly versatile tool. We will explore how to use it to better connect to our bodies through sensation, restriction, movement and flow.

The workshop will cover:

– Safety points when working with rope and bondage
– Connecting with your body through movement
– Tips for efficient rope handling
– A safe single column tie and basic frictions
– Using rope for sensation and restriction

This workshop is a two-hour introduction to the art form. Some second-hand communal rope will be provided. If you are more comfortable bringing your own, please bring x2 hanks of 6mm treated jute rope. We recommend the Shibari Store.

Safety shears will be in the room.

About Burgundy Rose

Burgundy Rose started practicing Shibari in 2016, initially as part of the BDSM scene. She has a background in the performing arts, and this influences her approach to ropes and style. Dynamic, playful and attentive, she is endlessly curious about people and thrives on the intensities, physical and psychological, that rope can bring out.

Burgundy Rose has learnt from a range of international educators, and is currently most inspired by blending the intensity and aesthetics of ‘classical’ Japanese Shibari with a more movement-based and deconstructed ‘contemporary’ style.

In 2019 Burgundy Rose was awarded a ‘Developing Your Creative Practice’ grant from Arts Council England to spend a period of time exploring rope, movement and physical theatre. In September 2021 she will be joining Circomedia on their Vocational Course in Circus Arts.


Concessions: £24
General admission: £26

This event is part of the Every Body’s Story Exhibition and Festival of Events.

Join Every Body’s Story at Centrespace Gallery in the heart of Bristol to see this powerful collection of golden casts and stories of women.

Where: Centrespace Gallery, 6 Leonard Lane, Bristol, BS1 1EA

Opening Night: 26.08 7.30pm

Exhibition opening times: 27.08-01.09 10am-5pm

Exhibition entry: FREE