London festival of the art of Japanese bondage (1)

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London festival of the art of Japanese bondage (1)

Well apart from wishing that the event had a shorthand name that was less of a mouthful than “The London Festival of the Art of Japanese Bondage” or LFAOJB for short. I’m really looking forward to it again.

Last year it has to be said was amazing. 10 performers over from Japan plus a few good home grown talents. This year there’s more of a European flavour and even a few Americans and Canadians. There is still Kazami Ranki from Japan headlining, this is his second London festival.

I’m specially looking forward to seeing Riccardo Wildties from Italy and Bob Ropemarks (not to mention Dutch Dame) from the Netherlands. Amy Morgan from America and…. Oh it’s 02:30 here and I’m blogging. Knackered and forgetting lots of people. So I’ll just put – others too numerous to mention right now. There are a couple of people we wish had come that we’re going to miss too.

This year will we hope be a bit relaxed for us. Aside from performing on the Friday I’m not teaching  except for a few private sessions and we’re not concretely booked into any of the other goings on. We really hope to spend a good amount of time socialising and getting to talk to some of the people that have been in the same place as us all over the world but we never got the time to sit down with.

There looks to be a steller line up of shows though I have to say I’m a bit sad that John Murakawa will not be performing this year. He’s a real artist and he puts a tremendous amount of energy into the festival and his artistic input is a key part of it. His shows are something really special, like living pictures, so theatrical and different to anything anyone else does on stage. You really have to see one to get it, they’re real pieces of theatre.

The last festival feels like it was only 5 minutes ago and also a lifetime past, this has been such a busy year.

By | 2017-03-17T09:57:16+00:00 October 2nd, 2012|Categories: Events, Japanese, Performance|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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