This event is a part of SNAPSHOTS, a strand of programming at MANIPULATE that presents works-in-progress at various stages of their development.

“Deep into the darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.” – Edgar Allan Poe

Obsessive inner voice that doesn’t let you be at peace.

Pulling you back into your head.

At times it feels like being a prisoner. It feels like drowning in thick slime, dark and cold.

And yet, at the end of the day, despite your inner suffering, you have to put your mask on, your uniform nice and clean, and get out. Go to work, school, for a meeting, walk the dog, shopping. Duties call.

We are not alone in this.

A powerful aerial and physical theatre performance using the Japanese art of shibari (rope bondage) exploring mental health, cycles of repetition and the struggle to break out.


One of the pioneers of world self-suspension rope performance, Kasia Zawadzka was first introduced to ropes in 2011, as a model. In 2012 she started tying, attending workshops and eventually experimenting with self suspension. It is one of the art forms coming from Shiabri, a Japanese art of tying ropes.

She has worked with some of the worlds leading rope practitioners including Kinoko Hajime, Saki Kamijoo, Garth Knight and Esinem, to name a few.

In the last eight years, Kasia has attended various workshops such as Aerial Dance training for nearly three years; general drawing and painting for a year, pyrotechnics, lighting design for theatre, dance and theatre workshops, Shibari Art workshops, educating herself to help her art practice to evolve and develop.

In 2016, she graduated from the Diploma in Physical Theatre Practice in Edinburgh. She also has experience as a rigger and rope workshop leader and frequently models for photographic and artistic collaborative projects. Recent appearances include Torture Garden in Scotland, London and Rome. Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015, 2015 and 2016. DIVE, BOUND, BARK, ANATOMY, KELBURN FESTIVAL, MANIPULATE FESTIVAL, MODERN PANIC FESTIVAL, HIDDEN DOOR FESTIVAL, as well as self-suspension performances throughout Europe including UK, Norway, Seychelles, Germany, France, Greece, Poland, Czech Republic, Swtizerland, Holland and more. Kasia’s shows are provocative, empowering and always performed with clear and dynamic stories.


Ill-Lit is a part of our Digital Festival, through which you can experience boundary-pushing visually led performance and animation, broadcast direct to your home. Please note that you must have access to the internet and a laptop, tablet or similar device in order to attend this event.

Each event will receive a live ‘premiere’ as part of an evening line-up, and will be subsequently available to catch-up until midnight on Sunday 7 February. You can purchase a DAY 2 PASS which allows you premiere and catch-up access to all the works featured on that day.