Felix Ruckert



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Founder, artistic director as well as curator of the Festivals on the Art of Lust - Xplore - and founder as well as director of the performance laboratory space - schwelle7 - in Berlin


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 the annual festival Xplore in Berlin as well as the international branches.

More Information on schwelle7 and www.felixruckert.de




Art of Submission

The moment of submission to a situation which I have helped shape, is the moment where I become aware, I get involved, I do not flee.

Out of this arises devotedness and tenderness. In“The Art of Submission” we will learn to overcome situations where we are insecure, anxious or frightened by our own courage. We learn to take a step forward, while finding a safe place for ourselves.

We will work with physical exercises in the fields of dance / Contact Improvisation, space perception, and exercises of dominant-submissive role-playing. It is about handling sensual playfulness with your partner to identify one’s desires, boundaries and how to communicate them.



I am your MotherFelix-PP

A Participatory Performance by Felix Ruckert

This is a hommage to my mother, to me myself mother, to your mother - and to all the other mothers. The piece is conceived as a ceremony, a service, an unholy mass. Everyone is invited to partcipate: There will be a choir singing beautiful harmonies with texts that describe the complex emotions between mother and child. Then some minimal choreography will be executed, for example breastfeeding and other forms of sensual interaction, as well as posing in so called family constellations. The focus is on a sensorial observation of vibration in a musical and emotional sense, the creation of a resonating field, where emotion is triggered through simple sounds and words and a narrative forms itself through evocative situations.

The piece relates to some of my choreographies from the late nineties such as The Kitchen ( 1994) Schwartz ( 1997) and Ring (1999) when I worked with a conceptual approach and simple pre-established structures, minimal quotidien material and big casts of professional and amateur performers.

Texts, Music, Choreography: Felix Ruckert