Aleni De Viate
Mistress and slave, Aleni DV8 makes her home in Sydney with her Master since 2001. Since 1999 Aleni has travelled all over the world and trained with some extraordinary Masters, Mistresses and leather families earning herself a reputation as one of the most experienced lifestyle Mistresses in Australia.
Aleni has shared her knowledge with countless female tops and dominants over the years. Her classes focus on practical technique as well as developing an awareness of why we do what we do in order to do it better. Always a student as well as a teacher Aleni continues to explore her own kinks and loves discussing all things kink with others of our own peculiar tribe.
Aleni has taught internationally and at home for the last ten years covering a wide range of topics. She has performed in LA and New York, and on the home front in Melbourne and Sydney.
Mark De Viate
Mark is renowned for teaching and performing advanced Japanese rope bondage. His performance style combines his intense sensuality, undeniable dominance and innate skill. Each performance is a creation of dynamic Japanese rope bondage and SM imagery.
In 2006 Mark travelled to Japan to tie with his friend Osada Steve. This friendship with Steve has had a strong influence on his bondage style, which follows in the Akechi Denki lineage. Mark has always believed in the importance of spending time with people of interest for inspiration. He has tied many times with his friend Hajime Kinoko, after accepting an invitation to perform at the inaugural Toubaku in 2011. Most recently Mark and Nawashi Kanna have shared quality time together exploring rope forms, to further embed the Akechi Denki traditions in Mark's rope style. Mark has also spent time tying with Yukimura Haruki and both have similar beliefs regarding erotic rope energy.
But it’s not all about the rope! Mark also has a wide range of skills in many other BDSM subjects such as; instruction on singletails, insertable hook suspension, forced orgasms, and polyamory to name a few.
When did it all begin? In 2001 Mark established his kink family DV8House, along with his slave Aleni, and together they began a series of skill shares and monthly house parties that were to continue throughout the next 5 years.
Throughout his life Mark’s personal MO has been to be the best he can be. That philosophy applied to his approach to BDSM set him on the path of education and performance. Seeing the limited opportunities for education in Australia at that time, Mark began sponsoring international kink educators to visit Australia beginning with Midori’s inaugural tour in March 2005. These early ventures helped to establish Australia as a travel destination for many educators and performers.
Later in 2005, Mark was invited to teach at the inaugural Austin Ropecraft Symposium in the US. This lead to an invitation to present at Shibaricon III (the following year), and became the basis of an annual USA tour for the DV8House family. This annual trip allowed for the opportunity to present classes in cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle.
Mark currently resides at DV8House, Sydney with his two girls Aleni and Lani.
Lani De Viate
The adventure began in 2006 on one of my first visits to Hellfire, Sydney. Here I met a man called Mark (who I’d heard very good things about); including that he loved to tie people up. I smiled at him and asked: “Excuse me? If you’re not busy would you like to tie me?” His answer was: “Hell yeah!” I soon discovered the magic beneath the strands and Mark has been tying me up ever since.
Mark has been tying since he entered the scene in 2001, and his style has been strongly influenced by his friendships with Osada Steve, Hajime Kinoko, Nawashi Kanna and Yukimura Haruki.
Together we have perfected our own unique style of Japanese inspired rope bondage, and I fast became known for my signature rapid transitions and acrobatic manoeuvres in rope suspension, which earned me the local nickname of ‘flygirl’, which stuck – and has followed me all over the world.
We have performed in many a venue, with audiences ranging from 10 to 1500 people, across Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Japan. Some of these events include; Sensual Ball; Hellfire; New Zealand Fetish Ball; and some of the highest honours – Toubaku and Japan Fetish Ball. Our signature twists and turns, rockin’ and rollin’, and the intense power and energy exchange we share, continue to inspire all that see.
Partnering with Mark has brought many an opportunity to my life, and by the end of 2006 we were travelling overseas to present classes in the United States and New Zealand. With (almost) annual trips to the United States, and frequently visiting Japan (our escape-from-reality-holidays), we have been lucky to meet many wonderful like minded kink lovers along the way. As this is our pleasure – we get so much satisfaction out of inspiring other like-minded people and friends.
At Xplore in 2011, I was lucky enough to attend a spontaneous self-suspension class of Asahi Ageha’s. This was a rare chance to learn some skills from a very talented performance artist, and it opened my eyes to another new dimension of rope. It was like love at first sight – and another perfect addition to our performance repertoire.
I live in Sydney with my partner Mark of 10 years, and my co-partner Aleni De Viate. Together we live in a polyamorous relationship of long standing, and we enjoy playing, teaching and performing as DV8House, Sydney.
Nawarei is a top, rigger, sadist and educator. He has long been a mainstay of the Sydney kink community, where he’s heavily involved in the local rope scene. A founder of the Sydney Rope Dojo and Peer Rope Sydney, and now of Studio Kink, he has consistently displayed his commitment to, and enthusiasm for giving back to the community, sharing his time, skills and even home to teach weekly classes and to facilitate a wide range of regular events. While Nawarei has always been happy to largely focus his efforts on his local community, he has nevertheless taught and performed interstate and internationally, and regular returns to his native New Zealand. He is a talented and passionate teacher, with a particular skill for connecting with students and expressing himself with refreshing directness and clarity.
Nawarei has a unique and highly distinctive style of rope, one which is as much an expression of connection as bondage. He has seamlessly drawn on elements from wide range of disparate sources, not in the least being some of the great masters who he has learnt from – including Nawashi Kanna, Hajime Kinoko, Kazami Ranki, Hourai Kasumi, Esinem, Osada Steve and locally Mark DV8.
Sometimes rough, yet often intimate – sometimes brutal, yet always connective – he isn’t afraid to embrace contrast and, when necessary, contradiction, for within violence is the unguarded expression of emotion – love, tenderness, needing, caring. He claims control, placing his partner at his mercy and taking them on a journey, one of his own devising.
While rope has been the primary expression of Nawarei’s kink life, he nevertheless has much to offer in many other spheres. He has a particular interest in sadism and masochism in and of themselves – why it is that we do what we do – coming to understand the underlying drives that are common to so many expressions of sadomasochism. Having been called at times a ‘lazy sadist’, he revels in the ability to inflict his desired pain upon his partner with the minimum of effort – a true expression of control. He also enjoys exploring the intersection between creativity and kink, with passions for artistic photography and music.
As part of Studio Kink, Nawarei continues to share his skills, knowledge and passion – for rope, kink, creativity, and the act of teaching itself.
Precipice is as a Dominant, sadist, rigger, performer, educator and the owner of a wonderfully evil mind. With a specific focus on the mental aspects of BDSM, Precipice employs a range of tools and techniques to elicit the desired response from his partners. While his interests are varied – ranging from mind games to impact, medical play to D/s – he has a particular passion for rope, which has seen him become heavily involved in the Australian rope community.
As a rigger, Precipice has studied both locally and in Japan, and is constantly working to further his own abilities, while also sharing his resultant knowledge and skills with others. With a clean and methodical style, focusing on dynamic suspension, and combining subtle mental techniques, Precipice uses rope to capture both body and mind.
As an educator, Precipice has made teaching rope a central part of his kink lifestyle. With two years as an Instructor at the Sydney Rope Dojo, he has extensive experience teaching weekly classes and weekend workshops across a variety of subjects and at a range of levels. Teaching and performing has also taken him further afield, with his distinctive style of both rope and rope education being appreciated across Australia and New Zealand. As a lifestyle dominant, Precipice is actively engaged in D/s relationships. He is an active part of the Master/Slave community and the assistant director of MAsT: Sydney.
As a founding member of Studio Kink Sydney, Precipice will continue to utilise his broad knowledge-base and passion for teaching to enrich and enliven the kink community.