Shibari: pushing boundaries in the ancient Japanese practice of knot tying

Daniel Kok and Luke George explore the delicate rules of submission and domination in shibari while binding each other, and audience members, in rope

Dark lighting combines with booming music. With naked torsos shining, artists Daniel Kok and Luke George slowly, carefully, bind each other in rope. They string themselves – and later audience members – from the ceiling, like colourful trussed chickens. Placed on stage are everyday objects, including a kettle, table and mop bound by neon string, lending a playfully surreal touch.

So sets the scene for the boundary-pushing installation Bunny, which premieres in Sydney this month. Commissioned by Campbelltown Arts Centre, Bunny explores the ancient Japanese knot-tying technique of shibari, but also taps into bondage and rock climbing.

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Source: Guardian Dance News

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