Xplore Vienna 2013

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Felix Ruckert


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Founder, artistic director as well as curator of the Festivals on the Art of Lust - Xplore - and founder as well as director of the performance laboratory space - schwelle7 - in Berlin


Felix Ruckert is a dancer, choreographer, and conceptor. His experimental dance pieces and installations, his participatory work, but also his choreographies for ballet companies earned him an international reputation as one of the most innovative contemporary choreographers.

Since 30 years he is interested in all sort of body techniques. He studied ballet, modern and contemporary dance, Improvisation, Feldenkrais, Yoga, Chi Kung Tantra, Kyudo and much more. He worked as a dancer with several renowned european companies, before concentrating on choreography and conceptual work.

Since ten years he is also involved in a practical and theoretical investigation of BDSM and explores connections between BDSM techniques and artistic practices, developing an art and philosophy of sensual communication.

He directs the performance space schwelle7 in Berlin and curates the annual festival Xplore in Berlin as well as the international branches.

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An attempt to reveal stereotypical ideas of beauty and to reverse the hierarchy they carry within. An opportunity for the ugly to strike back!




The vibrator vibrates.
The voice vibrates.
The cells vibrate.

Good vibrations !

Please bring your own vibrators, voices and cells!!



Conceptual Orgy

Group sex is a fantasy that many people have. However, when it actually happens, it does not always correspond to our hopes and expectations. Many of us want to take part in an orgy, but naturally only with the right people and at the right time.

Ecstatic pleasure with one partner is difficult enough, with many people it becomes really quite complicated, 1. because not every agrees on who, what and when is “right” for the orgy, and 2. because all of that can change before, during or after the orgy. The orgy is cocktail of expectations and disappointments, of fears and hopes, of lust and reticence, of pleasant and less than pleasant surprises: a complicated exercise in communication. The orgy is a minefield, in which all kinds of bombs are buried: jealousy, shame, fear of one's own gender, health risks, feelings of inferiority, the fear of loss, fantasies of all powerfulness and much more. The very explosiveness of the orgy is in fact part of its attraction.

This workshop works with elements from Authentic Movement, Contact Improvisation and Family Constellation. It begins with exercises about self-perception and perception of others, as well as attentiveness, presence and authenticity. In this way a space of sensitivity, trust and empathy is created. Interest and attraction, as well as reservation and aversion will be explored to establish clear communication and the protection of individual limits.

Those interested in participating in this workshop should be prepared for nudity and explicit body contact, and also willing to bring along what is necessary for safer sex. People who are fearful of contact with others of their own gender (or for that matter of the opposite gender) are not encouraged to take part, because in each exercise all genders will be interacting. Because gender parity for the workshop is desirable, we recommend that each participant brings with them a friend or partner of the opposite gender.

The conceptual orgy workshop has been developed by Felix Ruckert.