On Friday 21 October Anne-Gaëlle Thiriot will facilitate The Makers Space – The Pleasure of Making with our Bodies for OPENLAB at Chisenhale Dance Space – Research Studio, from 10AM to 1PM.
I am taking inspiration from Susan Rethorst’s practical approach to choreography – who states that ‘choreography is a sober passion,’ a working process – and at Julia Bardsley’s approach to performance as a filtering of the inner child. The idea for this OPENLAB is to use the space to make something with our bodies and use the whole time as a space to be witnessed. And this is a space to use just as we did when we were children. A space to make something for our own pleasure and have the pleasure to then show it, and then keep it preciously or ditch it straight after.
Each participant-maker is invited to come into the session with something to work with. For example, each participant could come with an idea of something to be explored, whether by a group or individually. Participants could also come with nothing but the knowledge that something will be made by the end of the session. They could even bring something ready-made, maybe an already existing short piece to be re-worked, or any performative material they have already produced and would like to continue developing.
Each participant-witness is invited to come ready to engage with the function of witnessing (maybe with warm clothes and socks!).
What will be made by the end of the session will be nothing more than this.
We all take care of our own space and each other’s space, meaning that sound, movement and other levels have to be negotiated, but there is nothing that should be prohibited as a starting point.
At this stage, I see my role as a facilitator within this OPENLAB as to welcome people, facilitate a time structure in which we meet by making and playing and showing what we made to each other, and to treat them as equally performative; also to ensure a relaxed atmosphere and to make sure that people can really work at making and feel ok being witnessed. I will be making as well. Over time the structure may involve some cross-overs and interchanges if the group – or part of the group – feels like it.
OPENLAB sessions are open to any performers: dancers, musicians, actors and anyone interested in presence and awareness in performance.
The facilitators of OPENLAB are also participants “in” the session and participants can propose their ideas for a future session. If you’d like to know more about this, come to one of our sessions or e-mail Antonio de la Fe (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The sessions function in a pay-what-you-can contribution basis to cover expenses and as an incentive for the facilitator of the session. We suggest a £7 contribution for the 3-hour long sessions (‘Facilitated OL’ sessions).
Chisenhale Dance Space
64-84 Chisenhale Road