volando y nadando en cenote Azul (Bacalar, México)

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El Cenote Azul es nada menos que un fantástico cuerpo de agua – agua clara y azure que llega súbitamente al abismo tan pronto se deja la orilla.

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Ya hemos descrito algunos pocos cenotes en la población de Tulum y Mérida, en la Península de Yucatán. Cada cenote es diferente pero éste tiene algo especial. En sí, su esencia es la enormidad, además de estar justo al lado de la mundialmente afamada Laguna de Bacalar.
Así pues, estaba bastante escéptico ante la posibilidad de disfrutar esta maravilla de la naturaleza au naturel, por fortuna estaba Saul George, mi anfitrión local de CS, quien me mostró los alrededores y sabía a dónde ir. La mayor parte de la orilla está cubierta de vegetación y hay un acceso “escondido” del otro lado del área turística con restaurante.

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De cualquier modo, ellos no podían ver lo que vestías no vestías bajo el agua.

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– o arriba del agua, tampoco

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¿Y es de esta manera cómo los peces nos ven bajo el agua?

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No sólo una linda toma, a menos que estén involucrados con el arte impresionista…

Nosotros, sin embargo, podíamos ver los peces bastante bien en esa agua cristalina y repleta de éstos.

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Algunos nadando libremente, y otros apegados a los troncos de árboles bajo el agua.

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Así nosotros – volando por encima del abismo azul

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Con descansos ocasionales al amparo de los árboles sumergidos…

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Haber nadado en este lugar fue como volar en el borde imaginario entre el viento y el agua…

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¿Nos sentimos como aves o murciélagos?

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Al trepar por los árboles en realidad  despertamos algunos murciélagos, mas bien varios.

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De otra manera no nos hubiéramos percatado de que dormían en las ramas.

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Y fueron de algún modo una inspiración:

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Saltamos desde las ramas de los árboles

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y volamos de vuelta hacia el abismo azul.

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Como lo pueden ver a través de esta historia, el Cenote Azul fue mágico.

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Es imposible expresarlo realmente con palabras y fotos, pero quizá este video lo logre.

flying and swimming at cenote Azul in Bacalar, Mexico

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Cenote Azul is nothing less than an amazing body of water – azure, clear water that goes immediately into abyss, right off the edge of its shore.

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We’ve already described quite a few cenotes in the vicinity of Tulum and Merida, Yucatan. Each cenote is different, but this one is very special. For once, it’s really huge, for a sinkhole, which it essentially is, and it’s right next the world famous resort at the lake Bacalar.

So, I was very skeptical of a possibility to enjoy this nature’s wonder au naturel, but luckily I had my local CouchSurfing host George to show me around – and he knew where to go. Most of the shore is covered  in vegetation, and there is a “hidden” access across from the tourist area with a restaurant.

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They wouldn’t see what you wear not wear under water anyway

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– or above water for that matter either 😉

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And is this how fish see us from below?

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Not such a pretty picture, unless they are into impressionist art…

We, however, could see the fish very well in that clear water, and plenty of it:

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some swimming freely, and others attached to the underwater tree trunks.

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So were we – soaring above the blue abyss,

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with occasional rest at the underwater trees…

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Nowhere else did swimming feel so much like flying, with the boundary between air and water seemingly imaginary…

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We felt like birds! … or bats?

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As we climbed the trees, we actually awakened some bats, quite a lot of them!

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We would never have noticed them sleeping on the trunks otherwise.

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And they were quite an inspiration:

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we took off the tree branches

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and flew back into the blue abyss!

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As you can tell by this story, Cenote Azul felt magical.

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It’s impossible to really express it with words and photography, but perhaps this video will do a better job.

balneario ‘El Tambo’ de Papallacta, Ecuador

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Por un coincidencia, mientras ayer estuve preparando esta entrada sobre una salida con el grupo Nudismo Ecuador, hace un año, ellos fueron al mismo lugar, y pues empiezo con las fotos de su encuentro recién.

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… y continuo con la historia de mi visita: Hace pocos años tuve la idea de viajar a Ecuador o a Perú y, por supuesto busqué opciones para el naturismo. Me pareció que ecuador tenía una comunidad naturista más vibrante con algunos grupos activos. Tuve que cancelar y posponer mi viaje un par de ocasiones, pero hace un año finalmente fui allá y efectivamente encontré una buena cantidad de naturistas locales.

Hay un par de grupos en Quito que se reúnen semanalmente en una piscina con sauna y hacen salidas -con menor frecuencia- a piscinas termales fuera de la ciudad. Aunque Ecuador está ubicado (ya lo habrán adivinado) en la línea ecuatorial, la capital y algunas otras ciudades grandes, tienen un clima marcadamente frío, por estar en las montañas. (Quito es la segunda capital más alta del mundo). De manera que las termas naturales son la mejor opción para hacer nudismo al aire libre. He estado en contacto con uno de los grupos nudistas locales Nudismo Ecuador – desde hace un tiempo, así que, cuando mis planes tomaron forma, me asegure de coordinar un encuentro con ellos. Y salimos una docena de nudistas, entre hombres y mujeres, a una piscina de aguas termales en Papallacta al noreste de Quito.

No hay piscinas naturistas oficialmente calificadas, pero algunas admiten a grupos nudistas con cita previa. Este es el balneario de El Tambo. Si quieres disfrutar del nudismo, coordina con Nudismo Ecuador mediante e-mail.

Junto al estacionamiento hay un sendero de piedras (un poco resbaloso a causa de la llovizna),

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en el que rápidamente nos desnudamos y solo las ovejas nos miraban. Parecían un poco sorprendidas.

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A esta altitud de 3.500m sobre el nivel del mar hasta algunas plantas eligen protegerse con una capa de tejido algodonoso.

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Así que, como hacía frío, especialmente bajo la llovizna del Páramo, rápidamente nos metimos en la piscina.

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Aunque alguno prefirió calentarse corriendo alrededor de la piscina.

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Pero, una vez dentro del agua, todo fue de lo más relajante… hasta que llegó el resto del grupo y decidimos jugar con una pelota. Habían inventado algo propio y yo tenía mucha curiosidad.

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Mientras que el volley es muy común en los sitios naturistas

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este era más parecido al rugby: anotas tocando el área del gol del equipo contrario.

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Ya que tienes que correr en el agua, los pases son más frecuentes en este “deporte”,

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y hay menos riesgo de golpes y lesiones.

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Nos lo tomamos muy en serio y celebramos la victoria =)

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Luego del partido, ya con más calor corporal, nos arriesgamos a hacer una corta caminata por el bosque, a pesar de la llovizna.

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Algunos de los picos montañosos están cubiertos de nieve y hubiera sido fabuloso verlos mientras caminábamos desnudos o desde la piscina, pero había una espesa capa de nubes bloqueando la vista. (Típico de la zona).

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Fuimos hacia abajo, al río.

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En la orilla había un Ojo de Agua termal

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con dramáticos colores parecidos a luces de neón.

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Toda esa humedad da como resultado una muy densa vegetación.

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Algunas plantas florecían,

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y los troncos de los árboles estaban cubiertos de helechos, musgo y líquenes.

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Luego de la caminata llegó la hora de regresar a Quito, pero esa ducha de agua caliente fue increíble!

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A pesar de que no hay reconocimiento oficial del naturismo en Ecuador, los nudistas locales son realmente muy activos y mi viaje demostró que hay muchas opciones para esta práctica.

 

 

thermal pool ‘El Tambo’ in Papallacta, Ecuador

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By coincidence, as I was preparing yesterday this blogpost about an outing with the group of Nudismo Ecuador a year ago, they went to the same place; so I am starting with a few photos from their recent trip

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… and continue with the story of my visit: A few years ago I got an idea to travel to either Ecuador or Peru and of course looked up options for naturism; Ecuador seemed to have a much more vibrant naturist community with a few active groups. I had to cancel and postpone my trip a couple of times, but a year ago I finally went there and indeed found a good bunch of local naturists. There is a couple of groups in Quito, with weekly gatherings at a pool with sauna and less frequent outings to thermal pools outside the city. Even though Ecuador is situated (you’ve guessed it!) at the equator, the capital and a few other major cities have pretty cool or even chilly climate being high up in the mountains (Quito is the second highest capital city in the world), so hot springs is a natural choice if you want to hang out naked. I had been in touch with one of the local naturist groups – Nudismo Ecuador – for a while, so when my plans solidified, I made sure to coordinate to meet up with them. So a dozen of us went to the thermal pools of Papallacta east of Quito.

There are no officially designated clothing-optional pools, but some admit naturist groups with prior arrangements. This one is called ‘El Tambo’. If you want to enjoy it sans clothes, coordinate with Nudismo Ecuador by e-mail. After parking, there is a short pebble walkway (quite slippery from the mist),

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on which we stripped off right away, as from then on only sheep could see us. They seemed a bit a amused,

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as at this altitude of 3.5km asl, even some plants prefer to have a wooly cover.

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So, yes, it was quite chilly, especially in the mountain mist, so we quickly proceeded to the pool,

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although some preferred to gain some body heat from running around the pool first.

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But once we were in, it was pure relaxation… until more group member arrived and we decided to play a ball game. The invented it on their own, so I was curious to try!

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While water volleyball is common at naturist resorts,

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this one is more reminiscent of rugby: you score by touching the “gate” area of the opponent team.

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Due to having to run in water, passes are more common in this game,

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and less chance of injuries from tackling.

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We did take it seriously, so the victory was well celebrated =)

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After the game, we were certainly warm enough to venture out for a brief hike, even though it was drizzling.

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Some of the mountain peaks around are covered in snow – it would have been even more amazing to see them while hiking naked or enjoying the pool, but there was a thick cloud blocking the view (typical for the area).

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We went down to a small river,

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and on its bank there was a natural thermal spring

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with contrasting, almost neon, colors.

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All that moist results in dense vegetation.

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Some plants were blooming,

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and tree trunks were covered in ferns, moss and lichens.

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After the hike, it was already time to go back to Quito, but that hot shower felt amazing!

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So even though there is not much official recognition of naturism in Ecuador, local naturists are certainly very active, and my further travel proved that there is plenty of opportunities for naturism!

Naked in Motion – 2 years of nude yoga in New York, and counting

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Naked in Motion‘ is a group of a few yogis in New York City and Boston with a great mission “to create spaces where all people can experience the freedom and empowerment of clothes-free movement without worrying about their safety”, and they have been making lots of buzz in press! So much in fact, that it’s hard to believe they are only two years old. This is particularly encouraging, given that many naturist events and organizations in NYC have recently disappeared, e.g., body-painting dance parties, Zensual yoga, Vita Nuda gatherings and sudden departure of YNA (I certainly miss their Nude Year’s Eve parties).

So, I finally made it to visit ‘Naked in Motion‘ – for their birthday class last Saturday (which only makes more sense to celebrate in birthday suits). The class was led by the founder – Willow,

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and she made sure it was a safe and comfortable experience for all. Before the class, she read ‘Community Rules’ (which also came in the confirmation email). Frankly, I am not a fan of rules, but I may be just used to being in the naturist environment, where there is usually no need for such rules to be told explicitly – I  heard from other newcomers that they appreciated this approach. The major part of the rules ensures that the environment is non-sexual and body-positive, and a subset is aimed to women and transgender people in particular, as they may have additional hurdles on their way to feeling comfortable in their own skin.

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After all, ‘self-kindness’ seems to be the major goal of this class. You can read more about this approach and mission of ‘Naked in Motion’ on their website, as well as in their numerous interviews – from local New York Post and Time Out New York to Today News Africa.

As this was a celebratory event, it ended with some food (even naked yogis love pizza), mocktails, and socializing – not surprisingly, but totally unexpectedly, I bumped into some friends from Sandy Hook. In the absence of the beach during winter, such events are only more appealing!

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My excuse for taking so long to this class is that I have a luxury of having a weekly private yoga gathering where I live, and I would certainly go back frequently, if I didn’t have this luxury. Given that Naked in Motion provides several classes a week right by Penn Station, there is no excuse to not check out their class if you live in New York metropolitan area (or visiting) and up for some naked yoga. My next visit will be for pilates though – I’ve never done it before, and I love trying new things in the buff!

And to sum up, here is a minute-long documentary about them.

camp Gymnasium at Burning Man 2017

Just on time, as Burning Man kicks off its ticket madness today, here is a recollection of events at our theme camp Gymnasium and beyond in 2017. If you would like to get engaged with our camp this year in any way, please e-mail us or leave a comment to this post! You can read more about the concept of our camp on its webpage, but overall our theme refers to the Ancient Greek institution for athletics, philosophy and socializing.

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Traditionally, our first even was a running race – from the esplanade to our camp at 7:30 Plaza.

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Being on the first day of the festival, the race was dominated by our own campmates,

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and the winner turned out to be yours truly 😉

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This time, we no longer used laurel wreaths ordered online – instead, we had them hand-made by two campmates from the Netherlands. They added a bit of a Dutch twist to it though: judging by the shape of the leaves, it was more of a ‘weed’ wreath 😀

Our Gymnasium also featured a massage station,

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especially popular after sport events, and some lucky winners even got a four-hand massage.

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Even though our theme camp was first conceived with an idea to revive the ideals of the Ancient Olympics, we keep on adding more elements to have a more complete ‘gymnasium’ in its original meaning – with philosophical discussions and arts as well.

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2017 saw our first installment of a pottery workshop, which was a lot of fun, for campmates and guests alike!

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It all started with a block of clay.

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and after rolling a few pieces, we moved on to creating vessels using the coiling method.

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Of course, our inspiration came from Ancient Greek vases,

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more specifically, of black-figure type

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(but not without some Burning Man twist to it).

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Though only the most determined students remained until that stage of the workshop 😀

In 2016, we pumped up the acrobatics compartment of our Gymnasium by adding a gymnastics wheel, aptly fitting to that year’s theme of Burning Man,

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but in 2017 one of the campmates brought and entire aerial rig!

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Needless to say, it was a very popular attraction among our guests

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and campmates alike.

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Some poses seemed easier

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than the others,

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but all of them evoked flying!

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The gymnastics wheel was busy too,

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but not everyone needed equipment for their acrobatic tricks!

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Surely, there was also plenty of fun to be had and art to be seen outside our camp,

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and we had a couple of group outings.

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A great aspect of art at Burning Man is that it is interactive,

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and 2017 was particularly good in this respect.

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Many art pieces were calling to incorporate you, to become their part!

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The Tree of Ténéré was certainly one of the most popular installations day and night (you can see it by night in the video above).

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This cylinder of LED stripes seemed like a pretty simple construction,

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but once you got inside and someone spun it, it would turn into an amazing spectacle of color!

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Inside this red circular tunnel, one could feel like on a spaceship mission.

And Incendia was our favorite sound camp to dance [naked] at night –

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their roof was on fire, literally! 2017 was a hot year at Burning Man, but the nights were still quite chilly, so that fire felt nice.

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It was hypnotizing to observe the fire from below, but if that wasn’t enough,

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you could use special viewing glasses that multiplied the visual input.

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We first saw this camp at FreeForm Festival in 2016, but at Burning Man their installation was much bigger. And thanks to that fire, we could dance naked all night long – till sunrise!

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I was gifted glasses that transformed any source of light into a heart ❤ shape, so when I tried them with the rising sun, it was amazing!

The DJ who played that night – Seth Schwarz – was really good, my major music discovery of 2017. Along with mixing records, he played an electric violin, and it wasn’t just a gimmick but an essential and natural part of his set.

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… Well, and if you have heard about our camp before, by this time you must be wondering about our famous naked oil wrestling. Of course this was the main feature of Gymnasium again!

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Unfortunately, there was a mistake in the Burning Man app and  info center that showed our camp in a completely wrong location, which we found out only after a couple of days, but we still had a good attendance of our most popular event.

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We had three wrestling events, with a winner in each, and one was particularly memorable. Despite seemingly having a disadvantage,

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he knew what he was doing

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and sent his opponents out of the ring with ease!

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That golden laurel weed wreath was well deserved!

And here is a video with clips from some of the matches, enjoy!

Are you going this year? Let us know and join our events!

WNBR en la ciudad de México (2017)

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Han pasado unos meses desde el devastador terremoto en la Ciudad de México. Esperemos que se recuperen pronto y queden mejor de como estaban antes. Vi bastante de esta ciudad en junio durante uno de los eventos más divertidos que uno pueda imaginar: ¡el World Naked Bike Ride! Ya durante mi primer WNBR en 2009 en Madrid (también conocida como “marcha ciclonudista”), estaba claro que esas rodadas eran una excelente forma de ver la ciudad, y en compañía de cientos de personas desnudas. ¿Puedes pensar de un mejor tour de la ciudad? Y todo es por una buena causa para promover el ciclismo como mejor modo de transporte en respuesta a la creciente contaminación y sobrepoblación. La desnudez aquí ayuda para promover el mensaje: los ciclistas usan solamente energía del cuerpo humano (¡entonces a mostrar ese cuerpo!) y aún de que somos los más propensos a la verdadera indecencia del tráfico y la contaminación que dejan los vehículos.

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Y no da pesar tener algunos mensajes directos escritos en esos cuerpos desnudos, por eso en el inicio del evento, muchas personas hacen body-painting y decoran sus cuerpos de una forma divertida y creativa. Yo tenía “energía pura” escrito en mi pierna,

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y este chico “frágil”,

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otro nos recordó de mantener la distancia de 1.5m de separación de los coches,

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otros sólo constaban su gusto por andar en bicicleta,

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etc, etc.

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Y esta pareja paseaba un mensaje sobre el ridículo enfoque de la sociedad hacia la aceptación del cuerpo sin palabras pero usando un bañador (uno entre los dos =)

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El WNBR une a todo tipo de personas,

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y desnudos, hasta nos sentimos más unidos.

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¡Incluso el Presidente del país vecino del Norte se unió al WNBR en la Ciudad de México!

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¡Jaja! Bueno, eso pudo haber sido demasiado revolucionario, pero con sus ideales sobre el cambio climático y la falta de respeto hacia los cuerpos (por lo menos de las mujeres), esto debió haber sido sólo sarcasmo. De cualquier modo, uno de los cantos que se escucharon en el WNBR de la Ciudad de México fue “si Zapata viviera, en bici anduviera”. Pero él ya no anda por aquí, y otros políticos prominentes notablemente no aparecen en el WNBR. Así que, ¿sólo tenemos esperanza en super héroes?

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De hecho eventos como el WNBR muestran cómo todos podemos ser una solución, especialmente si actuamos juntos.

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Como siempre en eventos nudistas masivos como este, fue interesante observar la reacción del público, y mientras que la mayoría se veían intrigados por la marcha, otros no estuvieron tan contentos.

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De alguna forma sería de ayuda si no sólo el público general si no también algunos negocios reconocieran el valor de este tipo de eventos (a pesar de que tal vez algún repartidor de Uber Eats se nos unió mientras regresaba de trabajar).

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Pues bien, los servicios de renta de bicicletas serían obviamente los más interesados en esto, ¡y de hecho había algunos ofreciendo descuentos para el WNBR en México!

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Siempre es bonito ver a otros medios de transporte impulsados por el propio cuerpo en estas rodadas, como las patinetas y patines así como varias formas de bicicletas: tandem,

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altas,

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yacente…

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Y esta escultura parece que estaba participando también, a pesar de que atrajo un poco menos de atención.

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Tuvimos una breve parada en el Auditorio Nacional en la avenida de Paseo de la Reforma,

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Pero algunas personas también se detuvieron para tomarse fotos con la escultura de Alas de México. Este es aparentemente uno de las cosas más fotografiadas en la Ciudad de México (bueno, de hecho está perfectamente montada para una buena foto), pero supongo que no hay muchas posibilidades de tomarte una foto desnudo ahí, a pesar de que su escultor, Jorge Marín, seguramente lo aprobaría, ya que la mayoría de sus creaciones son desnudos o semi-desnudos.

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Después de eso, estábamos de regreso en las calles,

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En el verdadero espíritu del World Naked Bike Ride.

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No como en Nueva York, pero parecido a como en otras de las grandes ciudades en las que se realiza el WNBR, esta manifestación aquí fue sancionada y apoyada por la policía. La ruta tiene que ser coordinada desde antes y cambia cada año. Algunas veces va a través de más partes de la ciudad, otras veces menos; este año la ruta cubría una buena sección del centro, pero aparentemente ha habido rodadas más largas en la historia de este evento. Terminamos en el mismo punto en el que iniciamos, lo cual fue bueno para tomar algunas fotos con otro importante: el Monumento a la Revolución.

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Con tantos participantes, al final había todavía algunos que no había visto durante la rodada y que tenían pinturas interesantes en sus cuerpos (estilo Día de los Muertos),

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…o nada de body paint.

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Había también un vendedor ambulante con nieve, lo cual fue perfecto después de la rodada.

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Disfruté por unos minutos el simple hecho de estar desnudo en la calle, como si fuera otro día en la ciudad… pero sin ropa.

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¡Uno puede soñar! Pero el WNBR ciertamente ayuda con la aceptación del cuerpo y así puede hacer que ese sueño se vuelva realidad!

Aquí está un bonus, un video de 15 minutos de la excursión a través del centro de la Ciudad de México con un montón de personas desnudas.

WNBR – Mexico City 2017

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It’s been a month since the devastating earthquake in Mexico City, and let’s hope it will recover well, to be better than before. I saw quite a bit of this city in June during one of the most fun events imaginable: the World Naked Bike Ride! Already in my first ever WNBR – in Madrid 2009 – it was clear that such rides provide an amazing way to see the city, and in the company of hundreds naked (or so) people. Can you think of a better city tour? And it’s all for a great cause to promote cycling to be the major mode of urban transportation in response to ever increasing pollution and overpopulation. Nudity here helps to get the message across: cyclists use the pure power of human body (so, show that body!) – and yet we are the ones who are most prone to the truly indecent exposure to the traffic and vehicle pollution.

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And it doesn’t hurt to get some more specific messages written on those naked bodies, so in the beginning of the event, many people spend time with body-painting and decorating themselves in other funny and creative ways. I had ‘energía pura’ written on my thigh,

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and this guy – ‘fragile’,

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another reminded to keep the distance of 1.5 m away from cars (‘distancia de autos 1.5 m’),

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others just acknowledged their love to cycling,

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etc etc.

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And this couple conveyed a message about society’s ridiculous approach toward body acceptance without words but by wearing a bathing suit – one between the two of them =)

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WNBR brings all kinds of people together,

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and naked, we feel even more united.

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Even the President north of the border joined WNBR in Mexico City!

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Haha! Oh well, that would have been quite revolutionary, but with his views on climate change and lack of respect to (at least female) bodies, this must have been just a sarcasm. By the way, one of the chants at the WNBR in Mexico City was ‘si Zapata viviera, en bici anduviera’ (if Zapata lived, he would go by bike). But he is not around anymore, and other prominent politicians are notably absent from the WNBR. So, can we only hope for superheroes?

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Well, actually events like WNBR show that we all can be a solution, especially if we act together.

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As always at such mass naked events, it was interesting to observe reaction of the public, and while the majority seemed to be quite intrigued by the parade, some were not as amused.

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Certainly it’ll be helpful if not only general public but some businesses recognize the value of such events (though maybe that ‘Uber eats’ guy  just joined us on the way from work).

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Well, bike rental services would be the most obvious interested party, and actually there were some offering special deals for WNBR in Mexico!

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It is always nice to see other body-powered modes of transportation at these rides, such as skateboards and roller blades, as well as various forms of bicycles – tandem,

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tall,

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recumbent…

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And this sculpture was seemingly participating too, though it attracted a bit less attention.

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We had a brief stop at Auditorio Nacional on the avenue of Paseo de la Reforma,

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but quite a few people also stopped to take pictures with the sculpture of Alas de México (Wings of Mexico). This is apparently one of the most photographed places in Mexico City (well, as it is obviously set up perfectly for a portrait), but I guess there are not many possibilities to take a nude photo there, even though its sculptor, Jorge Marín, would surely approve that, as most of his creations are nude or almost nude.

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After that, we were back to the streets,

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in the true spirit of the World Naked Bike Ride.

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Unlike in New York City, but similar to other major cities that host WNBR, this manifestation here was sanctioned and supported by police. The route has to be coordinated in advance and changes every year. Sometimes it goes through more parts of the city, sometimes fewer; this year it covered a decent section of the center, but apparently there’ve been longer rides in its history. We ended at the same spot where we started, which was nice to take some photos with another landmark – Monumento a la Revolución.

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With so many participants, in the end there were still some that I hadn’t seen during the ride with interesting body paint (Día de los muertos style),

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… or no body paint at all.

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There also was a street vendor with ice-cream, which was perfect after the ride.

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And I enjoyed a few minutes of just being naked on the street, as if it was just another day in the city… but without clothes.

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One can dream! But World Naked Bike Ride certainly helps with body acceptance and thus may make that dream come true!

Here is a bonus – a 15-minute video excursion through the center of Mexico City with a bunch of naked people.

 

Gymnasium schedule at Burning Man 2017

In a couple of weeks, our theme camp Gymnasium will come again to the much anticipated Burning Man festival. If you read this and plan to be there, I’m pretty sure you’ll want to visit our camp.  You can read about our theme camp idea on its page and check out our last year’s experience.

 

Below is the list of our events, but keep in mind that we plan to do even more than we have announced – so stop by our camp at 7:30 Plaza and you’ll find something fun to do and learn… all in the buff! For example, we got a gymnastics wheel last year, which turned to be a hugely popular toy, and this year we’ll add an aerial rig to our arsenal! And what is amazing is that even our busy schedule is just a tiny fraction of all the “craziness” that Burning Man is!

  • Butt-Cheeky Run Come get your burn started – with the sun’s soft caresses on your butt cheeks! The Ancient Greeks always trained and competed naked – in fact the ’gym’ comes from the word ‘gymnos’, meaning ‘naked’ in Greek. Come experience the freedom of running together in the altogether! Or at least come and see what a great spectator sport it is:) We’ll do a warm-up at the camp and then run wild in the ‘hood and all the way to the Man!
    • Monday, 28 August, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Naked Oil Wrestling Wrestling is one of the most fun sports you can ever try. It’s also one of humanity’s oldest and was among the major events of the original Olympics. Long before we were kicking balls around we were rolling around in the dirt, putting each other in headlocks! It doesn’t matter if you’re a complete novice who’s never tried it in your life or an experienced fighter, come along and experience this amazing bonding experience in Gymnasium, Black Rock City’s Ancient Greek wrestling school!
    • Tuesday, 29 August, 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, 31 August, 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, 2 September, 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Discus-ish Throw in the dark… and in the buff Discus (well, LED-lit frisbee) throw competition followed by ultimate frisbee game (or regular frisbee, depending on the mood). Bare your body, but wear lights! The Ancient Greeks always trained and competed naked – in fact the ’gym’ comes from the word ‘gymnos’, meaning ‘naked’ in Greek. Come experience the amazing freedom of running and jumping and exercising free of clothing! Or at least come and see what a great spectator sport it is:) This is our only night event, but don’t worry about cold – movement will keep you warm!
    • Wednesday, 30 August, 8 p.m. – 9 p.m.
    • Friday, 1 September, 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. (rain date)
  • Naked Piggy-Back and Wheelbarrow Run Race are with us for this fun athletic event! Bring your friends, but choose wisely, as you’ll have to bear them on your back, bareback… or vice versa. Great bonding experience guaranteed! The Ancient Greeks always trained and competed naked – in fact the ’gym’ comes from the word ‘gymnos’, meaning ‘naked’ in Greek. Come experience the amazing freedom of running and jumping and exercising free of clothing! Or at least come and see what a great spectator sport it is:) PS In ancient Olympics this would have been an equestrian event, but BMORG wouldn’t let us bring horses…
    • Friday, 1 September,  4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Nude Yoga + Wine Nude yoga and acro-yoga – for a better flow and connection 🙂 We’ll end the session with drinking wine in your favorite poses, as Ancient Greeks sometimes drank wine in acrobatic poses at their symposiums. Then you could stay for our philosophical discussions sessions. Free your body, free your mind!
    • Monday, 28 August, 4:45 p.m. – 6 p.m.
    • Wednesday, 30 August, 4:45 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Naked Philosophy Nudity has the power to surprise and shock, yet why, on reflection, can something as mundane as the naked body inspire simultaneously so much passion and revulsion? To be naked in 21st century western society demands intense self-examination, the questioning and reappraisal of conventional conventions and morality. In this sense, naturism, as the cultural and political movement of nudism is often known, is an inherently philosophical practice. And what better way to do philosophy than naked? We’re sure your college seminars would have been much more fun nude. Come and join us for lively discussions, debates and story-telling. We’ll be discussing naturism, body image, sharing experiences, debating body modification, if and how laws should be changed – really everything related to the human body.
    • Monday, 28 August, 6 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
    • Wednesday, 30 August, 6 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
    • Friday, 1 September, 6 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
  • Kerameikos (Ancient Greek pottery) Ever wondered how those ancient vases were produced and decorated? Find out at our pottery school at Gymnasium, and you’ll be able to make some ceramics (kerameikos) of your own! It’s a three step process: first, we’ll make the vases of different shapes using coil building techniques; then, we will let the clay dry to apply the slip and carve designs. (You can use the break for lunch or try some of our big toys, such as aerial rig or gymnastics wheel). At the last stage, the pots have to be fired after Burning Man, but we could ship your masterpiece to you, if you’d like! Otherwise, we’ll use it to decorate our camp and use the most appealing ones to award the winners of our athletic events next year.

 

Hope to see many of you there!

‘Tis Hamlet’s character. “Naked!” – see it for yourself at a performance in NYC parks!

There have been countless interpretations of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, but this summer Torn Out Theater has presented perhaps the boldest version and at the same time also the truest to the character. After all, Hamlet himself wrote to Claudius: “High and mighty, You shall know I am set naked on your kingdom”, – to which he confirmed: “‘Tis Hamlet’s character. ‘Naked!'” You may argue that there is no need for such literal interpretation, but through this production, Torn Out Theater aims to draw attention to “fraught, complex world of male body image”.

Jake Austin Robertson as Hamlet; photo by Marjolaine Gallet.

The cast is all male, which is actually in accord with the theatrical tradition in Shakespearian times. In this respect, last year’s performance of ‘The Tempest‘ with an all-female cast was even more revolutionary. If the Tempest was played by amateurs (mostly from the Outdoor Co-ed Topless Pulp fiction Appreciation Society), this year’s production features professional actors. Jake Austin Robertson did amazing job playing Hamlet, in my opinion (and I heard the same from other spectators), and as he reveled in the press release at Pix11, nudity might have helped: “It’s a means of discovering his own truth and figuring out who he is regardless of whatever everyone else wants him to be”. However, not all actors in the play were naked, and those who were – for various periods of time. It seemed like nakedness was used as a tool to show that the character revealed his true colors, especially in emotional moments. This may be a pretty good theatrical tool to keep the audience engaged, given that there are studies showing that people are more compassionate and empathic when they see images of naked people compared to clothed people (not to mention saving money on costumes). Actors, on the other hand, get an additional way to express themselves – with the body language (and probably even without realizing it) – as such features as tension of the muscles or subtle changes in the posture would usually be concealed by costume. All this certainly worked for [spoiler alert! but you probably know the storyline to some extent anyway] the brilliantly choreographed fight scene between Hamlet and Laertes, or the final scene of Hamlet dying in the arms of Horatio.

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So, you could (should!) see it all for yourself this weekend in Prospect Park in Brooklyn or in the beginning of September in Central Park. While the more known Public Theater features Hamlet “running around in his underpants“, our advice is to check out Torn Out Theater that goes all the way! Moreover, the performance is also free of charge (but donations are encouraged). Arrive earlier to get better seating; only limited amount of chairs is available for rent – but the atmosphere has a nice picnic vibe to it, so seating on the grass is what most people opt for. Overall, it is a great idea to have this performance in the parks out in the open, which makes this theater truly public. Compared to the famous ‘Shakespeare in the Park’, this is a much more intimate, immersive show… and who knows, maybe at some point there will be a show where the audience can be naked too. This is what is going to happen during the rock musical ‘Hair’ in London.

It would be good to hear opinions of people involved in theater professionally, so feel free to leave comments here. Otherwise, I’m pretty sure there will be some coverage form a couple of major outlets soon.