Workshops & Play Spaces
To cope with the growing numbers of guests, this year’s xplore offers 59 workshops, lectures and performances in four different seminar rooms.
In addition to the xplore typical workshops on sexuality, body work, BDSM and theme related performances we enrich our menu with a series of lectures on queer, SM- and eco-sexual perspectives.
Here an overview:
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!
The listed workshops are subject to change without special notice.
As last year's PLAY SPACES were very well received, we will also this year offer opportunities for free play and self created action. Three spaces with a different focus - MASSAGE & ROPE BONDAGE, ROLE PLAY & RITUAL, SOUND & SILENCE - will offer unusual individual experiences, as well as an opportunity to reflect, process and rest.
(Fri+Sat 11am-9pm, Sun 11am-7pm)
This is a labyrinth-like ensemble of shacks with an outdoor area and a sun deck, 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 café completes the setting. A place for manual activities and relaxation, accompanied by gentle electronic music and flute play.
Artistic Director: Shadow - Technical Director: Wilhelmus Franken
Live Music: Lorenzo Colocci, Marco Colocci, Ben Niran, Alex Baboian
Experts Bodywork: Ysel, Anja, Renée, Beate, Hanne, Bettina, Henrik a.o.
Introduction workshop: MIND AND BODY AWAKENING, WITH A TWIST
by Ysel & Shadow
(daily 11am - 12:30pm)
With Arlis & Hagen you 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...
find more at: Bondage Playground
Photo: © Hubertus Leischner
Don't miss to visit us at our classic schwelle7-Café inside the MASSAGE & BODYWORK EXCHANGE SPACE (Czar Hagestolz). Certainly you can find there old acquaintances behind or in front of the bar, or you will meet new friends.
The schwelle7-Cafe opens at 1 pm and keeps open until the play space closes (ca. 10 pm)
SILENT SPACE – CONCERT & PLAYGROUND
(Fri+Sat 1pm-9pm, Sun 1pm-7pm)
This is a former industrial space suffused with light. 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, Soundscapes and Silence Keeper: Felix Ruckert
Musicians: Andy Benz, Anna Clementi, Antonis Anissegos, Jürgen Grözinger,
Helper: Sarah Sabin, Marianne, Rena, Hamideh
(Fri+Sat 3pm-9pm, Sun 1pm-7pm)
Following the success of last year’s KINGDOM Felix Ruckert - in collaboration with Anna Natt - has designed a new role play scenario that addresses manipulation and abuse of power within the framework of ideologies and belief systems. In a bazaar of diverse realities, more than 20 different gurus and other qualified executives will found ashrams, institutions and sweatshops. They will preach and seduce, gather and educate students, enlighten disciples with secret teachings, offer services – and of course, demand tribute in return! There will be no shortage of initiation rites and blessings, indoctrination and enlightenment, mindfuck and assault...maybe even doubt and rebellion?
The Guru Supermarket is an opportunity for a playful exploration of symbols, rituals, charisma, status, hierarchies, group dynamics and relationships of interdependancy.
Concept: Felix Ruckert
Art Director & Casting: Anna Natt
Technic: Alexander Skoluda
Performer: Anna Natt, a.o.
All workshops are learner-centred and for every-body. Even though some workshops may be quite physical, sexual contact as such is in no way required to participate and enjoy.
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: At some workshops it is asked to bring own material (blankets, towels, wash bowls, yoga mats, meditation pads or cushions etc.) - Please check on the respective workshop pages!