On Friday 7 April 2017 Thom Wootton will facilitate On Gender Conventions in Dance, an OPENLAB session at Chisenhale Dance Space – Performance Studio, 10AM – 1PM.
For this OPENLAB session, Thom will begin by guiding a short warm-up to prepare the body, building from simple yoga and stretches to a short loose combination to begin dancing and bring the group together.
The first half of the lab will focus on exploring what makes a movement gender-specific playing with the participants’ physics, the shape and manipulation of movement, the dynamic producing the movement and the intention behind it. Exploring these will give us a better understanding of why a movement may have an assigned gender and the results of each task will be fed-back by the group.
The second part of the lab will begin by initially locating our natural dancing selves on the spectrum of movement gender. Starting by improvising the task will then be layered with open-ended questions to highlight and draw attention to different details of our bodies movement. This self-exploration will then be discussed and inform the next section, creating a short sequence based on the natural movement style explored. Then with this sequence, we will play with adding tasks that encourage us to add opposing movement gender ideas to allow our bodies the opportunity to gain a new way of moving and how this can aid us as dancers.
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