On Friday 27 January 2017 Paul Hughes and Rohanne Udall (Tempura Batter) will facilitate Staying Loose and Warmed Up for OPENLAB at Chisenhale Dance Space – Research Studio, 10AM – 1PM.
They introduce themselves and the session’s subject:
We’re interested in warm-ups, and watching people warm up. At this OPENLAB, we’re going to be thinking about warm-ups – through discussion, movement and playing about – and you’re very welcome to join in, or do your own thinking in the same space.
Some questions we have:
– Why that warm up? What are you warming up for? What kind of movement or actions might emerge from this kind of warm up instead?
– How can a warm up be written in language? Can we understand this as a translation? What other translations are possible?
– What’s the relationship between warm-ups and relaxation? What are the technologies, or efforts, of effortlessness?
– How are contemporary somatic practices complicit in histories of Western appropriation? How might this be challenged or addressed? What is the politics of your warm up?
– Can you copy what someone warming up is doing? What if you copied them? Is it now a warm up for you? What happens if we all copy someone’s totally internal, personal somatic exploration? Can the gestures of sensation be mimicked? How is sensation performed or exaggerated?
– When does a warm up become a dance… or a choreography? Is this an interesting enquiry?
– If someone we’re watching is totally absorbed in what they’re doing (e.g., thinking very closely about balance/their skeleton/their downward dog), what happens if their attention shifts and they return our gaze to us?
You can bring other questions too. We probably won’t cover all of these or even directly engage with them. But we think they might be useful to articulate before we play around. We might suggest some things to think about or do, but you’re very welcome to approach this topic however suits you. We’re don’t expect to teach you anything, or to make any performance, during this session. Rather, this is something that we think about a lot and are interested if what other people are thinking too.
No experience necessary. Option dress code: beachwear, thermals, leotards, loungewear.
Let us know if you have any questions,
Paul and Rohanne
Tempura Batter’s playful and critical work considers meaning and meaninglessness through oblique gestures. The collaborative practice of Rohanne Udall and Paul Hughes, it takes place across choreographic, performance and visual arts contexts. The work is born out of, and speaks to, a culture that is saturated in content and subject to endless streams of reference and possibility; we are attracted to forms of sidestepping such as fidgeting, shifting, distraction and emulation.