To give ample opportunity to create your own individual scenes and sessions we organize three play spaces this year, offering different inspirations and concepts.
IMPORTANT: Please read the notes at the end of this page carefully!
We would also like to ask every participant to bring an own large (sauna) towel with as a pad! Thanks a lot!
SILENT SPACE – CONCERT & PLAYGROUND
(Fri+Sat 1pm-9pm, Sun 1pm)
Inspired by the concept OCEAN OF OTHER, the monthly new moon play party at schwelle7, light and sound create a concentrated atmosphere for individual processes, collective actions and deep play. Three exceptional musicians provide tempo, rhythm and color for an ever-changing celebration.
ATTENTION: This is a silent space. No verbal expression, communication only by little notes and messages. To underline the special atmosphere some dressing up (white or light colors) is required.
Installation and Soundscapes: Felix Ruckert
Sound-Session: Andy Benz, Anna C, Jueri Gagarino
Silence Keepers: Rena; Nymph Colette, Izzy, Hamideh, Kirsten, Djana Ina, a.o.
Photo: ©2016 Julia Tham
SCHOOL OF LOVE - ROLE PLAY SPACE
(Fri+Sat 3pm-9pm, Sun 1pm-7pm)
For the summer camp of the noted SCHOOL OF LOVE at xplore Berlin, Miss Stellina, headmistress, joined by the irreplaceable Dean Rampling as head of faculty have recruited a list of highly experienced teachers.
Considering the filthy reputation of xplore and the kind of students who attend the summer camp there we expect many of those to be in desperate need of firm direction and a solid education in life skills and appropriate behavior. To our good-willing students we wish therefore not to obscure the fact that there will be many difficult cases in attendance this year.
We nevertheless wish to assure them that we have special methods of testing and controlling difficult pupils, especially those who have a sexual obsession and appetite inappropriate for their age.
Idea: Felix Ruckert
Concept: Nehra Stella & Mrs Rampling
Performers: Nehra Stella, Mrs Rampling, Gillian, Xana, Julius, Rosa, Tua, Sarka, Mara Morgen, Zach and others
Photos: ©2017 Shantel Liao
ANNA NATT was trained as a flamenco dancer in Spain before moving to Berlin. Her performance work focuses on collaborations with musicians and composers of different disciplines. In order to cultivate a deeper understanding of the body and its nuances, she draws inspiration from somatic and contemporary practices. A connection to trance and dream states is also a central theme in her work. She appeared in the performance SM - Sensual Magic choreographed by Felix Ruckert and curated and performed in the role play space “Guru Supermarket“ and “Monster & Demons“ at the Xplore Festival Berlin in 2016 and 2017.
NEHRA STELLA is a queer artist, mother and filmmaker, who moved from Paris to Berlin, in 2008, which she considers to be her homeland. In her work she explores gender, sexuality, identity issues, love and relationships, with an ironic, erotic, feminist, queer point of view. She believes that ART and SEX can change the world. Since few years, she lead workshops and performance on gender and bdsm and she collaborates with Felix Ruckert in various projects. In 2017 she co-curated with him the program of xplore Roma 2017 and the program of xplore Rome, Barcelona and Copenhagen 2018.
MASSAGE & BODYWORK EXCHANGE / SHIBARI LOUNGE
(Fri+Sat 11am-9pm, Sun 11am-7pm)
There is a space equipped for bodywork, rope bondage and all kinds of massage. xplore guests are invited to come to a meeting point and trade all forms of physical treatments – from academic/professional to improvised/intuitive, supported by a cast of experts. In the same space you also find opportunities for creative expression and play with materials. A place for manual activities and relaxation, accompanied by gentle electronic music and flute play.
Artistic Director: Shadow
Technical Director: Wilhelmus F.
Sound-Session: Lorenzo C, Marco C, a.o.
Experts Bodywork: Anja, Beate, Bettina, Lara, Norman, Simone
MIND AND BODY AWAKENING
by Ysel & Shadow
(daily 11am - 12:30pm)
Photo: © unbekannt
With Arlis & Hagen you as well as seilartig & FrlLilly get the opportunity to experience lustful and/or painful bondage.
Whether in the air or on the ground – they will embrace you with ropes and hold you...
Photo: © Hubertus Leischner
DO NOT BE AFRAID – The xplore Insecurity Team with Jana
If we leave our comfort zone and experience something out of the ordinary, if we invite the common and the chaotic to our playground, then it can come to irritations. We want to be consciously irritated and risk failure. And we want to have ecstatic experiences from which we can return to our comfort zone more richly and courageously. We want to dance on that line.
Sometimes we stumble and need a hand, an ear or a plaster. The xplore Insecurity Team around Jana will support and encourage you in such cases and is also available for mediation. You can find the team in the Bodywork Exchange room and recognize it by the green Insecurity stickers.
Responsible direction: Jana Scherle, systemic family therapist
Unless otherwise specified, play spaces require no nudity or fetish outfit, you can decide freely on that issue.
As the event is designed for adults we must emphasise the importance of consideration and self responsibility. Therefore it is obvious that all interactions should be related to the basic principle of SAFE - SANE - CONSENSUAL and practised by Safer Sex. We will ban anyone immediately from the entire festival who offend against this rule, acts reckless or even gets molesting.
Please note: For all play spaces please bring your own material (ropes, play props, massage oil, blankets, towels, yoga mats, cushions etc.) - There will be safer sex materials provided.