Masculinities in Suspension

 

Uma publicação partilhada por @v_leinad a

 

Performance organized by the Turku Peer Rope group.

September 9th, 2018

Turku, Finland

 

What connects us? What connects our humaneness, our sense of belonging, of being close? For many Assigned Male at Birth folx, their lives are built around disconnection – disconnection from emotions, from words, from listening, from kindness, from femininities. As bell hooks famously said, “The first act of violence that patriarchy demands of males is not violence towards women. Instead patriarchy demands of all males that they engage in acts of psychic self-mutilation […]”.

This performance looks at ropework as a means of emoting – of connecting. Of putting bodies and (re)gendered experiences in motion, in contact, bonding them to one another, and in doing so, dropping a bit more (just a bit more) the bonds of masculinity that keep us tied down in solitude and pain, instead of attached in empathy and care.


 

Daniel has been doing ropes for over 7 years, and has started off with workshops and performances recently. Rather than being an expert or ‘the’ expert, Daniel seeks to also learn in these situations, and increase his own interpersonal competences, awareness of the diversity of experiences people have with rope and learn to connect better to the world. Part of this means engaging and reimagining masculinities.

Valtteri: I took my first contact with rope bondage just about 7 years ago and fell in love with the art and experience. Ever since I have been on a constant journey of discovery and rediscovery of my relation to ropes, to bondage and most of all to my body and those who I trust my body to.

 SEE THE RECORDING HERE