Two great personalities, two stiles on comparison, two different points of view to live Kinbaku.
Riccardo has a strong personality.
He is confident, and you can tell by his tone of voice, by his posture, by how he dominates space.
Dave is British and you can understand at first sight. He is elegant, moderate, and always looks like he is ready to correct mistakes with an attentive and subtle gaze.
It was not only the style being on comparison; the style one chooses to do Kinbaku is a consequence of one’s taste. Our choices depend on our past, on our experiences.
Much more was there to see!
The keystone was subtle, and it was noticeable during the performance and the second day of workshop.
While on stage, Riccardo is a mix of Caravaggio and Michelangelo. He sculpts and displays. He involves the audience and exposes his bottom. He drags you inside even if you would rather observe from outside. He does this with a dark aura surrounding him.
He sculpts Ale like the David; sometimes he really looks like he is asking her: “Why don’t you speak?”.
He seems to fall in love with her at each new rope, it looks like he wants to make her perfect before his eyes, and tell the beholders: “look, she is there for me, for you… for herself”.
Like Caravaggio he draws the ropes upon her like dramatic light spots. He highlights her greatness, Ale’s greatness. She is there, still and steady, speaking with her eyes; she looks for him, and hides herself.
You hardly notice Riccardo while he ties, maybe you have to focus to see him, because he tries everything to be the tormentor in a great opera and symphony. He himself often stops and stares; this make the audience also observe, guided by his gaze.
While Dave is on stage, he is a symphony painted by Kandinsky. He paints like he is following a melody, proposing him a rhythm that changes at every moment, becoming more intimate and subtler while time passes. He paints Clover as if he wants to create something unique with her, something for them alone. Ropes look like a frame of love and tenderness, often also created by the tension and the physical challenge he builds for her. As in Kandinsky, it looks like he wants to give two different sensations to the beholder: from one side a physical one, related to the challenge he creates with Clover’s body; from the other side, a psychological effect, related to the bond and intimacy they have.
They are there, surrounded by a frame of affection you might envy.
Riccardo wraps, tortures, grasps, creates suffering.
Dave wraps, tortures, creates difficulties and then frees.
From a stylistic point of view, I believe we could actually mix up the two things, and it is clear they took something from one another.
I don’t want to make a list of differences and similarities, I believe one sees what one wants, depending on one’s experience.
I think the “answer” lays it being able to take all the details that can improve and perfect communication and intention with our partner, from both styles, different yet similar.
Riccardo with his darkness and his chisel,
Dave with his calm and his brush.
Two styles, two personalities and lots of concepts.
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