Tears of Sadness – Tears of Joy

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Nehra Stella

Felix Ruckert

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Felix Ruckert is a dancer, choreographer and curator. He creates events, performs, gives lectures and teaches workshops, often fusing his knowledge from dance with an unique approach to practices of BDSM and conscious sexuality. He also enjoys making music.

He started as a dancer working with several renowned companies (Mathilde Monnier, Pina Bausch’s Wuppertaler Tanztheater) before concentrating on choreography, conceptual work and choreographic installations. Between 1993 and 2008 he created more than 30 evening length performances for his Berlin based company; some of those toured worldwide. He strongly influenced the performing arts by expanding the stage to the physical body of the audience and giving it an active role in his performances. His experimental dance pieces, his participatory work and his choreographies for ballet companies earned him an international reputation as one of the most versatile and innovative contemporary choreographers.

Felix main interests are the endless possibilities of the human body. He studied Ballet, Modern and Contemporary dance, Improvisation, Feldenkrais, Pilates, Continuum Movement, Yoga, Chi Kung, Kinomichi, Kyudo, Tao Yoga, Massage techniques, Tantra, Kinbaku, Choir and Solo Singing and much more. In the last twenty years he became well known for his practical and theoretical investigation of BDSM and the exploration of connections between BDSM techniques and artistic practices, developing an art of touch and a philosophy of sensual communication.

From 2007 to 2016 he directed the art venue schwelle7 in Berlin as a fusion of a kinky club, a dance studio and a private living room: a permanent performance on the threshold between the private and the public. schwelle7 also produced many performances and workshops with Japanese masters and therefore played a major role in the popularization of Kinbaku – Japanese Rope Bondage- in Europe.

Since 2004 Felix directs the annual festival xplore in Berlin and curates its international branches, with 28 editions in seven countries so far. Since 2012 he also directs EURIX – The European Rigger&Model Exchang, a bi-annual festival in Berlin and EURIX BY THE SEA in Royan, France, both events dedicated to the development of Rope Bondage as an art form.

Tears of Sadness – Tears of Joy

This is a 90- 120 min score, done in a circle sitting on the floor, with an unlimited number of participants. Biggest I did so far was with about 200 people. The score consists of a series of breathing exercises and collective sounds, combined with elements from Systemic Constellation. It displays emotion as bodymind mechanics: Everyone anytime can be guided into letting tears flow….and it’s fun…

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Tears of Sadness – Tears of Joy

This is a 90- 120 min score, done in a circle sitting on the floor, with an unlimited number of participants. Biggest I did so far was with about 200 people. The score consists of a series of breathing exercises and collective sounds, combined with elements from Systemic Constellation. It displays emotion as bodymind mechanics: Everyone anytime can be guided into letting tears flow….and it’s fun…

Nehra Stella

Felix Ruckert

Felix Ruckert (1959) is a German dancer, choreographer, conceptor and author. He has gained international acclaim with interactive concepts such as HAUTNAH, RING, DELUXE JOY PILOT and SECRET SERVICE. These works are characterised by the radicalism of the style, the originality of the content and the unconventional interpretation of the spectator-actor ratio. He often gives the viewer an active role in the performance and confronts him with intense emotions. For these interactive choreographies he invents special techniques for physical communication and perception and develops them into an art of touch. He currently lives in Berlin and is artistic director of the company Felix Ruckert / Berlin eV, founder and curator of schwelle7, an experimental space for dance and BDSM and initiator of the annual festival “xplore”, a three-day event on creative sexuality, BDSM, performance and ritual.

Photo: Anna M. Maynard

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