Felix Ruckert


Artistic director as well as curator of the Festival on the Art of Lust - xplore - and founder as well as director of the performance laboratory space - schwelle7 - in Berlin

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Language: German, English




Felix Ruckert is a dancer, choreographer, and conceptor. His experimental dance pieces and installations, his participatory work, but also his choreographies for ballet companies earned him an international reputation as one of the most innovative contemporary choreographers.

Since 30 years he is interested in all sort of body techniques. He studied ballet, modern and contemporary dance, Improvisation, Feldenkrais, Yoga, Chi Kung Tantra, Kyudo and much more. He worked as a dancer with several renowned european companies, before concentrating on choreography and conceptual work.

Since ten years he is also involved in a practical and theoretical investigation of BDSM and explores connections between BDSM techniques and artistic practices, developing an art and philosophy of sensual communication.

He directs the performance space schwelle7 in Berlin and curates and organizes the annual festival xplore.

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Smell, Taste, Touch


According to recent research since the beginning of time we possess the socalled Jacobson- or Vomeronasal Organ, which is responsible for instinctive  perception, the unconscious smelling of aircarried messenger substances, the pheromones.
 It seems to represent a second smell system operating independently form the normal olfactory system. It might be the cause behind many perceptional phenomena („smelling danger“, „having a nose for something“) that we call a „sixth sense“.
 Fascinated by this idea Felix will set up a series of test arrangements, dedicated to instinctive perception, mainly smell but also taste and touch. His suspicion is, that attraction is a reflex.


Photo: © Peter Hönnemann

Rope Bondage Contest

This is a not-so serious contest for ambitious rope artists and their models. It requires both creativity and technical skills. Bring your favorite rope, your knowledge and your bunny.  Precious prizes, fame and glory will be awarded for the following categories, as well as a prize for the Overall Champion selected by a severe jury.


Minimal Bondage
The most beautiful bondage with one rope length only
(8m of rope maximum / 2 minutes time)

Symmetry Bondage
The most perfectly symmetrical, yet original bondage
(Unlimited rope / 4 minutes time)

Multi-Material Bondage
The most creative bondage sculpture. Rope, bamboo, chairs, costumes.. Let your fantasies go wild. All sorts of materials and objects allowed.
(6 minutes time)

Most Effective Bondage
Create the most efficient, durable, yet safe bondage. Models will be tested for mobility, those who stay put, win! And of course there will be a special treatment for the bottom that escapes first! (Unlimited rope / 5 minutes time)

Entanglement Bondage
Ready to get attached?? Can you bond yourself to your partner passionately? The most romantic, most entangled couple wins.
(Unlimited rope / 6 minutes time)

XXX Bondage
The sexiest bondage. Expression, creativity and most of all the Arousal Factor are decisive!!! The final result will be closely contemplated and judged.
(Unlimited rope / 5 minutes time)

Practical Advice:
All bondage will happen on the floor, no suspensions. If you are interested in competing, please register at info(at) or at the xplore box office.