Dates: November 15 - 17, 2019
Instructors: Mike Coons, Dana Dinius, Orbán Isma
Location: New York City, NY
Cost per attendee: $350
Sign up to attend: https://suspension.nyc/aesthetics-workshop
This Workshop will be an intimate, educational collaboration featuring seminars, practicals, and exhibitions exploring aesthetics in body suspension. The course will be heavily focused on tying together the technical aspects of facilitation, in a way that observes efficiency, and implementation of creative workflows and concepts.
The classes and exhibitions will all be taking place in Temple NYC, a sunlit, intimate space dedicated to the elevation of mind and body, located in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. We will not be accepting more than 14 attendees, to ensure intimacy, and focus.
Attendees will also have the option to suspend if they wish, which is covered by the cost of entry.
All attendees are expected to have a basic to intermediate understanding of the practice of body suspension. This is inclusive of various aspects of the practice including technical skills in piercing, working knowledge of cross contamination prevention protocols, basic to advanced hands on experience with rigging both above, and below the rigging plate, and acceptable bedside manner and behavior around the suspendee and other practitioners.
Below is a more comprehensive breakdown of these subjects.
Familiarity with disposables (needles, gauze, disinfectants, scrubs, gentian violet, etc)
Familiarity with basic hook types
Basic knowledge of hook placement and marking
Technical, working knowledge of piercing with 8ga and 6ga needles
Technical, working knowledge of piercing with 8ga SS Mustads, 6ga Sea Demon Mustads, 6/7ga Gilson variants, and preferably with 7ga Blacksheep hooks
Cross Contamination Prevention Protocols
BBP certification preferred
Hands on clean/dirty/hot distinction
Proper donning of PPE (will review during class)
Rigging Above the Plate
Working knowledge of basketing and choking slings & spansets
Basic 4:1 pulley system setups, with lead line
Hands on experience with reaving pulleys with 8-13mm static rope
Able to tie off with figure 8 knot
Firm grip on vernacular for rigging tools (carabiner, blocks, swivels, ascender, etc)
Rigging Below the Plate
Experience and familiarity with at least one type of cord
Amsteel Blue (dyneema)
550 Paracord (type III mil-spec 5040H)
Accessory cord (3-5mm)
Working knowledge of knots
Figure 8 knot
Alpine Butterfly if possible
Running cord between plate and hooks
Able to tie off a 2pt suicide
Preferably able to tie off a 4-6pt suspension such as a Resurrection, or Knees
Preferably some experience rigging a lotus or superman
Bedside Manner and Awareness
Respectful of boundaries
Clean, calm, collected
Understands importance of consent
While a working knowledge of facilitating a suspension is requested, we understand if you don’t have extensive experience, and still want to attend this event. We strongly urge you to understand the basics of piercing and rigging, as you may find it hard to keep up with certain topics presented at this workshop otherwise. We will have a quick review of basic concepts on the first day, but will not linger in that area for long.
This workshop is intended to educate, and further the understanding of the practice and facilitation of body suspension. It is not intended as a class for beginners to attend and leave with the immediate ability to facilitate a suspension from beginning to end. This is not a certification class. The instructors cannot be held be responsible for any suspension work the attendees facilitate after having attended the workshop.
9AM - 7PM
Breakfast Meet & Greet, Review of topics (30 mins)
Starting at the Top (1 hour)
Basic structural rigging
Pulleys vs free standing setups
Discussion and QA, sharing experiences
The Rope (30 mins)
Load bearing vs aesthetic rope
Running the Rope (2 hours)
How to create “shapes"
Single Plane rigging
Stranger scenario rigging (for another Workshop in the future)
The Body (2 hrs)
Consent, Clarity, and Confidence (20 mins)
Hook Placement (20 mins)
Lifting the body (40 mins)
Lowering the body (40 mins
Coming back down (20 mins)
Ensuring contaminated line is identified beforehand
Ensuring practitioners involved know what to cut first
Foreseeing and creating egress
Expedience over comfort for suspendee until they are on massage table
Considerations (20 mins)
Avoiding contamination by sticking to procedure
Taking your time
Simple up is simple down
Demo on the quick (1.5 hrs)
Efficiency: How to get a lotus in the air in under 30 minutes
Pre-rigging in <10 mins (suspension designed before hand with visual reference)
Prep and mark in 10 mins
Pierce in <10 mins
Lift and chill 40 mins (Q&A time)
Down and post 15 mins
9AM - 7PM
Coffee, Bagels, and quick review of previous day’s topics (30 mins)
Designing (30 mins)
Takes into account everything previously discussed
Safety first, aesthetics second
Figure out your priority
What tools are you using to design?
Implementing design (90 mins)
Importance of time (10 mins
Importance of space (10 mins)
Lighting (50 mins)
Establishing a language/narrative with visual goals (20 mins)
Demonstrative/Exhibition work - Static on pulleys (2 hrs)
Demonstrative/Exhibition work - Static in cube (2 hrs)
Q&A session + Review of topics (1 hr)
Demonstrative/Exhibition work - 2 at once (2 hrs)
Split into 2 teams, work on two suspensions at once.
One in Cube
One on Pulleys
Matched positions to compliment each other, designed by instructors beforehand
10AM - 6PM
Suspensions all day. Local Anchors Aweigh crew will handle any suspensions that will be going up after 2PM.
Q&A all day. Open Discussion encouraged.