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Interview with ‘Shibari’ Artist: Arth the Bondage Bear

1. When/how did you discover your interest in Shibari?

I discovered my interest in Shibari and rope in general where most people my age find a lot of things these days, the Internet. I watched as someone was bound and suspended by these thin bits of rope that looked amazing. I got inspired to get into it myself, and I now jump at the chance to wield my rope.

2. Where do you get your inspiration for rope art?

I get my inspiration mostly from looking at photography of other rope artists’ work on Tumblr and the kinky/BDSM website Fetlife and dissecting the construction and emulating the concepts and making it my own to further push my own work.

3. What other bondage art do you practice?

I am currently trying to teach myself some Hojojitsu ties, but otherwise I tend to stick to the traditional forms of Shibari rather than using many western or western fusion techniques.

4. Do you also have a day job?

I do. I’m a security guard by day, bondage bear by night.

5. Tell me about your last Shibari gig?

My last shibari gig was a set of private lessons/workshops in Christchurch. I taught everyone from beginners who had only just picked up their rope, through to advanced riggers who were wanting to get into starting suspensions. It was an awesome way of sharing skills and passing on my love for rope.

6. Who would you like to tie up (with consent of course)?

Dita Von Teese would be at the top of my list for that. Other than her there are a few world renowned rope bottoms that I would love to work with such as Nina Russ or Danailya.

7. Any influences?

My biggest influences are other riggers whose work I like to admire for its aesthetics and complexity, such as International riggers like Aeolis Est, WykD Dave, Satomi and Esinem.

8. What is the most interesting thing about you?

I have a weird OCD where I have to sleep with feet dangling off the bed

9. What do you think of cosplay?

I think cosplay has come a very long way since I first started to watch anime. Between all of the conventions in America featuring some amazing cosplay shows, the emergence of professional cosplayers from all over the world helping to boost its profile to just dressing up as something you love (which is still awesome) and being an expression of how you feel that character can be represented, cosplay has developed its own, ever-growing following.

10. What makes you smile?

I’ve been told I get a bit of an evil grin whenever someone sees me working on one of my knives or am just holding anything sharp and pointy or on fire, does that count?

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#WhoreOnTour Fundraiser for Wellington

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#WhoreOnTour Fundraiser

The Whore team are performing in Wellington and we need your help!
Come along to K-Road, have a drink or three and enjoy a night of entertainment! We promise it’ll be unlike anything you’ve ever seen…
With performances from the cast, a lesson in Shibari bondage, burlesque dancers and live music- the Whore team have you covered.
Tickets are only $20 and will be a huge support in getting the team to Wellington next month.
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…..rumour has it there’ll be a kissing booth!
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Interview with ‘Mister Burlesque’

1. When/how did you discover your ‘love’ of burlesque?

I was an acrobatic performer before I discovered burlesque, there was one show, Cabaret Askew, made by the exceptional Kali Zahira, that had quite a nice range of cross over between dance, cabaret and circus. During the rehearsals I met the fabulous Miss Candy Phloss, now Phlossy Roxx. We became friends and at the afterparty of the show she asked me if I had a solo act, I said No, so she said she’d help me make one and put me on stage for my first time as a ‘burlesque’ performer for the first Queerlesque in Auckland, that was about three or four years ago now. I just never stopped.

2. Where do you get your inspiration for costuming and choreography?

Now this is a hard question. It goes back long before I started to dance. I have always been a lover of storytelling, written and vocal. I used to write quite a lot. To me, choreography is the extension of that. I like to make acts that have a story, that have strong character characterization. I want to say something with my movements and the clothes that I wear enhance and accentuate the stories.

3. When/how did you secure the title ‘Mister Burlesque?’

It was in February this year that I competed, it’s an annual event which is fantastic for bringing performers together. This time it was held in Wellington but it moves around. I came in with an act that was all about character and had great fun performing it. I think that the judges could feel the amount of fun I was having with the act and they loved my audience interaction. My personal moment of pride was winning the “Miss Tease” award on top of the Mr title.

4. How did you come by the name ‘Ivan the red?’

Heh, funnily enough the name came long before burlesque and the need for a stage name. Back when I was a Medieval Reenactor, focusing on the ancient Rus, fighting with steel sword and axe. That was the name I used for my medieval alter ego, it just seemed to fit for burlesque too. Besides, red is my favourite colour.

5. Tell me about your last burlesque act?

My last act was Bad to the Bone, to the song by George Thorogood. It was the act that won me the Mr Burlesque title, though as with all my acts, it constantly evolves. It is a very high energy act where I got to throw in a lot of my contemporary dancing and, when the stage allows it, acrobatics. Mostly, the act is focused on characterisation. It is all about connecting with the inner badass whilst being seductive at the same time. The act is a lot of fun, I love entering into the headspace for it because I need to be a cocky bastard to present that on stage. I get to really play with the audience too, ending up with nothing but a cocksock.

6. Who would you like in your next or future audience?

Hmm… as much as it is always nice having industry professionals in my audience, what I love most are audiences who really appreciate it and need someone to entertain. People who don’t get to go to shows and never get to see the fun of burlesque. It means I’m a sucker for show made for a good cause.

7. Any influences?

Sooooo many! Where do I start? I’ll keep it to my main influences in burlesque. The Stage Door Johnies. When the trio came to New Zealand last year, the lessons I learned have stayed with me and are literally plastered on my walls. I rewrote my notes from their workshops, printed them and stuck them on my walls. Bazooka Joe’s lessons on musicality, which is my weak point. Jett Adore’s lesson on the application of the Stanislavski’s acting technique to burlesque is just brilliant. Ray Gunn is my absolute idol, he is a brilliant dancer, throws in fantastic acrobatics into his routines, and is the King of Burlesque 2013 in the Miss Exotic World Pageant. He is doing exactly what I want to be doing, maybe with a couple more years of training.

8. What is the most interesting thing about you?

Hmmm, did you know that I am also a philosopher? I have spent years studying at university and even more on my own. Particularly focusing in the existentialism of Nietzsche, Sartre and the absurdism of Camus. Just another tid bit of the many things that I do.

9. Do you eat breakfast?

Nope, just coffee, with the exception of when I go out to breakfast with good friends. Beyond that I follow a diet that makes me feel amazing but doesn’t include much if anything in the way of breakfast.

10. What makes you smile?

Passion. Whether it is on stage, in a book, in art, music. Passion calls to my spirit and inspires me to be passionate in kind.

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