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Shibari is the ancient Japanese art of bondage, which this Winnipeg theatre company shows off in an intimate performance that is both erotic and educational.

The rope, the audience is told, is used as an expression of love, trust and consent, and over the next 45 minutes, the five members of the group demonstrate all the different ways the jute rope can be used, as bodies are manipulated into various positions using a variety of intricate knots that, while looking painful, actually serve as massage aids and touch on pressure points, much like acupuncture. (None of the characters speak, but a narrator explains the history of Shibari and the aesthetics of the craft.)

The sensual performance is akin to watching a private moment in someone’s bedroom and some of the positions — especially when the bound subjects are hanging from a wooden beam — are impressive feats of strength and agility.

Although there isn’t much of a plot and the show is more like a demonstration workshop, it’s safe to say there probably has never been anything quite like this at the fringe. It could make a fun show for a date (or knot).

— Rob Williams

 

From the Fringe program:

Director: Martin Kolbus

Cast: Erin, Natalia, Stephanie, Martin Kolbus and Richard G.

Love, Trust and Rope. 340ft is an exploration of human relationships, trust, sexuality and the less-explored corners of the human psyche.

Eastern-influenced rope bondage, often known in the west as Shibari, brings two people closer together in an erotic and spiritual dance; nurturing strength in submission and empowerment amidst objectification.

Controversial, compelling, intense, 340ft is an unapologetic look into human sensuality.

Audience Classification: Mature

Length: 60 mins.

Tickets: $10

Warnings: Nudity, Sexual Content

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