On Sunday 15 October 2017, Susanna Recchia will facilitate Somatic Does Not Mean Slow, an OPENLAB session at Chisenhale Dance Space – Research Studio, 10 AM-1 PM.
We will look at restlessness as a positive feedback we receive from our nervous system, as a call to satisfy the need for the whole body to be in motion.
We will try not to suppress, hide, shy away from the need of the whole body to be in action.
In this improvisational research session, I would like to share with you:
the practice of acceleration,
the practice of shared resistance,
collective rest and shared reflection.
And ask you some questions:
Have you ever had the experience of being on the floor, lying down and feel a buzzing sensation of wanting to run, move and take off?
After years of slowing down, are you ready to speed up?
Could we satisfy together the need for acceleration?
Can we fulfil the need for speed that some of us humans feel?
Can we shift our collective thinking and propose – for 3 hours – that More is More?
Can we be exaggeratedly expressive?
Can we keep going?
Can we support the group while pacing ourselves, if needed?
The cycle proposed during the session is the following:
walk pause rest fall release drop
yield push reach accelerate
discharge amplify travel sustain
decelerate land fall drop rest
to begin again.
The words you will hear during the session are:
muscles bones heart lungs whole body in action ground acceleration
heat rising heart pumping blood flowing breath voice pace gravity levity
responsiveness organising disorganising going faster than the mind can register
randomness reflexes speed supported action cycles rest homeostasis
We will create a music playlist together.
Please bring the author and the title of your current favourite piece of music
(any music style is welcome).
If you like, bring a notebook, trainers and water.
If you have questions about the session, you can
email me: email@example.com
or call me: 07891733960
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 email 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