Gestalta and Sophia (United Kingdom)

Gestalta is a professional rigger who was first introduced to shibari in 2007. She absorbed much of her technical rigging style as a natural process of observation and experience during the 3 years she spent modelling for Kazami Ranki, but chooses not to follow any particular ryu (style) religiously, instead preferring to mix and evolve elements from different styles.

Her performance work often focuses on bold dynamic transitions and movements, which she likes to contrast by presenting in a soft, subtle, and feminine way.

She has taught and / or performed in Japan, Australia, UK, Germany, Spain, France, Prague, Switzerland, and others. Since settling in London, she is working as teacher in residence at Anatomie Studio, where she also curates and organises 'The Soap Box' a bi-monthly shibari focussed performance evening.

Sophia is a self-confessed rope masochist from the UK. She discovered Shibari in 2014 when she met Gestalta and her bag of rope at an event in London - she wouldn't have believed that 2 years later they would be performing on stage together! Since then she has steadily become immersed into the London rope community and has developed a great passion for learning more about herself and connecting with others through the experience of Shibari. Her favourite style of rope is intense, dynamic and contorted. She feels very honoured to have already traveled to Japan, USA and Europe as a rope bottom/model for workshops, events and performance and is now looking forward to discovering the Russian rope scene!