Felix Ruckert is a dancer, choreographer and curator. He creates events, performs, gives lectures and teaches workshops – often fusing his knowledge from dance with an unique approach to practices of BDSM and conscious sexuality. He also enjoys making music.
He started as a dancer working with several renowned companies (Mathilde Monnier, Pina Bausch’s Wuppertaler Tanztheater) before concentrating on choreography, conceptual work and choreographic installations. Between 1993 and 2008 he created more than 30 evening length performances for his Berlin based company; some of those toured worldwide. He strongly influenced the performing arts by expanding the stage to the physical body of the audience and giving it an active role in his performances. His experimental dance pieces, his participatory work and his choreographies for ballet companies earned him an international reputation as one of the most versatile and innovative contemporary choreographers.
Felix main interest are the endless possibilities of the human body. He studied Ballet, Modern and Contemporary Dance, Improvisation, Feldenkrais, Pilates, Continuum Movement, Yoga, Chi Kung, Kinomichi, Kyudo, Tao Yoga, different Massage techniques, Tantra, Kinbaku, Choir and Solo Singing and much more. In the last twenty years he became well known for his practical and theoretical investigation of BDSM and the exploration of connections between BDSM techniques and artistic practices, developing an art of touch and a philosophy of sensual communication.
From 2007 to 2016 he directed the art venue schwelle7 in Berlin as a fusion of a kinky club, a dance studio, a theatre and a private living room: a permanent performance on the threshold between the private and the public. schwelle7 also produced many performances and workshops with Japanese masters and therefore played a major role in the popularization of Kinbaku – Japanese Rope Bondage- in Europe. A documentary about schwelle7, Violently Happy by Paola Calvo, was released in 2017.
Since 2004 Felix directs the annual festival xplore in Berlin and curates its international branches, with 28 editions in seven countries so far. Since 2012 he also directs EURIX – The European Rigger&Model Exchange, a bi-annual festival in Berlin dedicated to the development of Rope Bondage as an art form.
MICHA STELLA is a queer artist, mother and filmmaker, who moved from Paris to Berlin, in 2008, which they considers to be their homeland. In their work they explores gender, sexuality, identity issues, love and relationships, with an ironic, erotic, feminist, queer point of view.
Micha worked in films and theatre as performer and as filmmaker directed “Paris la Nuit” in 2009, “Vivre Berlin” in 2013 and “Berlin-Sarajevo” in 2014, together with the artist Natasha Davis.
Parallel to her artistic work, she focuses on different body practices and nutrition. Micha has a foundation as yoga teacher and Hypnotherapy.
Since the encounter with the choreographer Felix Ruckert, in 2013, they lead workshop and performance on Gender and Conscious kink and collaborate with him in various artistic projects: they created together “The New Civilization Training“ a 10 days retreat that combine Fasting with body Practices, Personal Growth, Dance, Music, and Conscious kink, that take place since 2016, once or twice a year; in 2018 they collaborate at the “Living Room Tour“ ; they co-curated the program for the Xplore festival Roma from 2017 until today and xplore Barcelona and Copenhagen on 2018, 2019 & 2020.
In 2018, they co-create the School of love, a role play space at Xplore Berlin together with dancer and choreographer Anna Natt. They perform with the artist and rigger Pilar Aldea in Eurix 2017, and at the Shibari Prague festival and at the Soria Film festival in 2018. They also collaborate and teach together workshops about Consent and Instant Composition with rope.
Micha Stella is part of the IKSK team, as creative director and consultant; they teach Creative Mornings there every Friday morning, and Creative Evenings once Thursday every two and curate some events as the New Salon and Philosophical Colloquium. They also enjoy to take pictures and support with the website. Since 2020, she teaches “Exploring Freedoms“, a 5 days retreat, together with artist and dancer Valentine Schmehl.
Micha believes that Art and Sex can change the world and that Radical Empathy, Inclusiveness and Collective Creative Processes are the most inspiring and healing path to follow.