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Kasumi Hourai & Yua – An Intimate Performance
Mar 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm AEST$20.00
On Sunday evening the 17th of March, South East Queensland will have the opportunity to watch one of Japan’s best Shibari performers create her magic with the wonderful -Yua-, here at Evil Girls HQ. This is an intimate performance night along the lines of a performance in Japan. A small “stage” area will be surrounded by you, the audience, sitting on the rubber matted floor (a very few small chairs may be available at the very back of the room if required) in close proximity…any closer and you will be part of the show!
As one of the leading female Kinbakushi in Japan, Kasumi Hourai enthrals audiences with her sensuality and energy, as well as her incredible skills. When combined with our own amazingly talented -Yua-, this is guaranteed to be a hot, steamy performance!
This is an intimate night, and there are only 30 places available for guests on a first come first served basis. Get your tickets now or they will be gone!
Bring a cushion if you wish, and a mind ready to be expanded. Doors open at 7:30pm for an 8:00pm performance start time. Please note there will be no admittance at all after 8:00pm, if you are late you will miss out completely. Performance is expected to finish around 9:00pm. Tickets are non-refundable under any circumstances (although you may pass them on to someone else if you notify us).
Kasumi Hourai’s Bio:
Hourai Kasumi is a highly respected Japanese Kinbakushi from Nagoya. Initially self taught, at 19 years old Kasumi decided to go to Tokyo in order to study under Akechi Denki in 1999.
Since then she has has learnt from a variety of highly respected sources. Kasumi spent time training with Hajime Kinoko as a member of ‘Ichinawakai’ where she learnt a lot about the discipline itself.
Then in ‘Salon Kitagawa’ she received instruction from Kitagawa on carabiner-less techniques and many different locks and knots as part of a logical, beautiful and efficient system.
Having had the opportunity to have an exchange with Akira Naka, Kasumi then developed a strong fascination with his work and in 2015 dedicated herself to study Naka Ryu with a passion. From the beauty of Akira Naka’s rope work and his attention to detail, Kasumi sensed what she felt was the soul of a traditional japanese ‘craftsman’ – the ability to give complete attention to detail focusing not only on aesthetics but on intention as well. This caused her fascination with him to grow even more. From these experiences, Kasumi developed a strong desire to create a personal archive in order to keep a record of her own experiences as a rope bottom (bottoming for Akira Naka for DVD, performances and photoshoots in collaboration with Norio Sugiura). Since then Kasumi has spent more and more time learning from Akira Naka and then started being called on by Norio Sugiura to help in his studio as a rigger. This inspired her further towards the more classical and traditional form of Kinbaku.
At the end of 2016, Kasumi was officially recognised by Akira Naka as his second disciple. Kasumi followed Riccardo Wildties to become one of only two people in the world to become officially certified to teach Naka Ryu. Moving into the future, Kasumi’s focus is to not only teach the form of Naka style but to also transmit its soul: the warmth, the humanism, and the love that we can feel through his ‘seme’ (his threats) in his rope. Kasumi also incorporates her own style of rope. A fusion of Kinbaku with more traditional Japanese personal tastes. Established in her own passion for traditional Japanese culture and her own understanding and sensitivity to it. Kasumi endeavours to teach this, not only with words but in real life with demonstrations. Currently, Kasumi is using all of her experiences as a rigger, working for photo studios on collaborations with the goal of expanding the sense and beauty with three-dimensional photography. She also travels the world to share her passion for Kinbaku.
Kasumi Hourai’s website is http://clubsadistic.jp
-Yua- discovered shibari through photography, although it would be the better part of a decade before she found people who tied in this style. She spent a number of years modeling for nude art and rope photography and had the pleasure of working closely with and performing with some very experienced and talented rope tops, travelling widely through Australia and Japan to do so.
In 2014 she began learning to tie herself, and took a workshop with Hourai Kasumi, which ignited in her a passion for top feminine energy and Japanese aesthetic. It also spawned a fan-girl-like admiration for Kasumi. Blushing may ensue.
After a long hiatus from the rope scene to pursue scholastic study, -Yua- is slowly relearning shibari and taking every opportunity to experience rope with whoever she can. She strives to be completely present and receptive in every scene and is less interested in performance than she is in intense and vulnerable interactions.
-Yua- aspires to help other bottoms transcend the trappings of populist rope aesthetics to find their own personal rope space and embrace themselves as worthy and valued partners. She is always happy to talk and offer support.
Remember there are only spaces for 30 guests in this evening of beauty, so get in fast for your placement!