Season 6, Session 3: “Somatic Does Not Mean Slow” – a ‘Facilitated OL’ with Susanna Recchia.

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.

Acceleration photo SR

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: susannarecchia79@gmail.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 (antonio.delafeguedes@gmail.com).

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
London
E3 5QZ

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Season 6, Session 2: “Playing the Groove ” – a ‘Facilitated OL’ with Sara Ruddock.

On Friday 22 September 2017, Sara Ruddock will facilitate Playing the Groove, an OPENLAB session at Chisenhale Dance Space – Research Studio, 10 AM-1 PM.

Playing the Groove 1

A space to explore and engage in a practice of Playing the Groove and experiment with relationships between individual and collective groove. Playing with alternative groove, forces of push and pull, perception of rhythm and sensation, and connecting with others through bodily listening, insistence and resistance.

Involving groove as metaphor – sliding down the groove and climbing the slope, swinging groove and pushing beat.

Note: If possible bring own headphones and electronic device with a musical groove that makes you want to move.

 

..Resist. Insist. And don’t let go.

[I play] a different kind of groove

GoodMicroscopicVibrations, and no such thing as silence…

 

AS IT GOES ON – the film: https://vimeo.com/81442041

The practice of Playing the Groove is based on Sara’s continuous research and movement practice of bodies in a mode of listening, and relationships to groove and its forces. It deals with explorations of groove, as a musical concept of repetition/variation and musical-physical interactive phenomenon, as multiple metaphor/image/location and as force of transformation.

 

Sara Ruddock

Dance artist, choreographer and teacher from Sweden/Stockholm, based in London.

Educated mainly at DOCH, Stockholm University of The Arts (BA, MFA), most recently at the Master Programme New Performative Practices, 2013.

Active in the field of dance and choreography since 2002, creating and performing a number of solo works and collaborative projects with other artists.

Worked as a dancer with choreographers such as Deborah Hay, Lena Josefsson/Kompani Raande-Vo, Claire Parsons and Satoshi Kudo, performed and toured in Sweden, Europe and Africa.

Experienced teacher and lecturer, teaching for several years at DOCH, as well as dance students and professionals internationally.

Her dance and teaching practice is informed by choreographic and artistic processes and research, somatic practices such as Klein Technique™ and release, theory and improvisation.

Currently interested in moments of surprise, irregularities and resistance, sound/music/voice as movement practices, forces of groove, bodily listening, and play.


 

 

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 (antonio.delafeguedes@gmail.com).

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
London
E3 5QZ

OPENLAB’s Season 6 Is Here – Autumn Term Dates.

OL Autumn 2017

Photo credit, Anna Robson.

OPENLAB will be back this autumn for its sixth season at Chisenhale Dance Space.

The season will be opening on Friday, 15 September with a ‘White Canvas’ session and it will continue with a programme that will alternate both ‘White Canvas’ and ‘Facilitated OL‘ sessions.

AUTUMN TERM DATES:

Friday 15 September, 10am-12pm: ‘White Canvas’

Friday 22 September, 10am-1pm: ‘Facilitated OL’ – Playing the Groove, with Sara Ruddock

Sunday 15 October, 10am-1pm: ‘Facilitated OL’ – Somatic Does Not Mean Slow! with Susanna Recchia

Friday 27 October, 10am-12pm: ‘White Canvas’

Friday 10 November, 10am-12pm: ‘White Canvas’

Friday 24 November, 10am-1pm: ‘Facilitated OL’ – WITCHDANCE, with Charlie Ashwell

And on Friday 8 December, 10am-1pm, we will end the term with a Long Distance ‘Facilitated OL’ by Misha Horacek.

 

What’s OPENLAB?

OPENLAB is a model for professional self-development for performers devised Antonio de la Fe. It hosts open sessions for anyone interested in a shared space for performance practice. In this way, OPENLAB could be understood as a co-working space for performers. At the same time, OPENLAB proposes a frame of work that revolves around a basic question: what does ‘to perform’ entail?

OPENLAB’s model is fluid: always changing, always open to dialogue within the group. OPENLAB sessions are developed by a constantly changing group of people. Any person can join the group at any time according to the personal needs and circumstances. Each member of the group may use these sessions the best way they suit them. Generally, the members of the group are artists interested in performance, movement, the body and in the actions the body can deploy as an artistic medium.

 

What’s the difference between ‘White Canvas’ and ‘Facilitated OL‘ sessions?

This autumn OPENLAB will alternate again between ‘White Canvas’ sessions and ‘Facilitated OL‘ sessions.

‘White Canvas’ sessions don’t have an outspoken facilitator or pre-decided theme. Participants are responsible for their own time in the studio but have the support from doing it with others. The possibility for ad lib exchange within the group is always there. ‘White Canvas’ sessions are 2-hour long.

‘Facilitated OL‘ are sessions with a theme and someone is guiding the group throughout. OPENLAB is always looking to hearing about proposals from performers who would like to put forward a theme and facilitate a 3-hour long session.