Steven James: Shibari is a Dance

I made a friend recently who, upon visiting my Instagram account, asked why my rope bunnies (models) weren’t naked.

Being naked is perfectly fine but I explained that they don’t have to be. Just like how Shibari doesn’t always have to end with sex.

Since most people discover rope bondage in the sexual or hentai context (thanks, interwebs), it’s no surprise that some people assume Shibari is only practiced a certain way (i.e. while naked or as foreplay, just for lovers, etc.).

Check out this short documentary about Steven James, a Shibari teacher and artist based in Berlin, as he shares his thoughts on how Shibari can go beyond the context of sexual intimacy.

It’s not just about tying someone up and dominating them or allowing someone to tie you up and dominate you. It’s a dance. It’s a Tango.

–Steven James, Shibari teacher, artist,
“Shibari: Short Documentary”

Watch “Shibari: Short Documentary” here!


Note: Both Steven James and his rope partner Virginia Clemm are currently based in Berlin, Germany, and are available for various projects and collaborations.

Email: sacredropeberlin@gmail.com

 

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