Season 6, Sessions 10 & 11: ‘White Canvas’ and “EYE LIE RESEARCH” – a ‘Facilitated OL’ with Valeria Caboi.

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And OPENLAB‘s Spring Term continues.

Our next OPENLAB will be a ‘White Canvas’ session; Friday 2 February 2018, 10 AM-12 PM at Chisenhale Dance Space’s Research Studio.

Our next ‘Facilitated OL’ session will take place on Friday 9 February 2018 and it will be with Valeria Caboi: EYE LIE RESEARCH, a three-hour long session, 10 AM-1 PM, also at CDS’s Reseach Studio

EYE LIE RESEARCH

This proposal is based on the EYE LIE research conducted by performer and dance teacher Valeria Caboi, around the reactions of the human body when the sense of sight is neglected. The main aim is to explore the perception of sound, touch, space, gravity and the relation with other’s bodies without the use of sight. Participants will be asked to stay with eyes closed or blindfolded for most of the time, but also to observe and to give verbal inputs to others sometimes. Unsighted attendants are welcome and strongly encouraged to participate.

The EYE LIE research is based on exercises that mix visual art learning techniques, architecture and the perceptual learning of contemporary dance and physical theatre. It encourages dancers to create images and drawings in the space with their own body, living imaginary and coloured maps in the air. This way of exploring movement is influenced and inspired by Gaga Technique, Release, Contact Improvisation and the Laban Method.

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Remember:

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 on 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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About Emma Zangs and about her Facilitated OL, “Bodies & Machines,” on Friday 19 January

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In an age where Big Data and AI are invading our personal space and our bodies, is there any data left that we own? Is our body the last place that is truly ours? Or do we need to surrender that we do not own our body anymore?

I am Emma Zangs, choreographer, performer, movement and communication coach. I am facilitating the OPENLAB on Friday 19 January and proposing to explore these questions and coming up with more questions, thoughts and reflections around data we collect from our bodies.

Being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2012, I started using a range of devices to manage my health. I realised that it changed the perception of myself. Data and numbers are constantly running in the back of my mind even while being asleep. Throughout the years I realised that analysing data could take many forms and that there was not one method and not one to use constantly. I tested many different ways of managing, calculating, planning, forecasting and I discovered a spectrum.

Logic ⟷ Intuition

The logical analysis is factual. I look at the number, calculate what I eat, how long I ran/will run for, walk or when next am I going to eat, weight my food, google the carbohydrate amount; and this gives me a sort of logical answer.

The intuitive analysis is felt. I look at the number, does that feel right? Is it going to change soon, or stay stable for a while? Look at my food and guess how much carbohydrate it contains, feel if my sugar levels are lowering or getting higher; then, I adjust my medication.

The intuitive analysis is as good as the logical analysis. I get similar end results on my health, so I decided to try to play with both.

The intuitive analysis is easier for me because my life has no routines. The logical analysis works extremely well when you know exactly your moves for the next 24 hours – when you know what you will have for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is a thought-through method and you know quicker the mistakes you’ve made or the decisions to take.

The spectrum of logic and/vs. intuition is what I am bringing to the OPENLAB. What is logic and what is felt? What is objective and what subjective? What do we retain and what do we leave behind?

I have never worked on this topic before, I am bringing my personal experience into the studio for people to play, explore and hopefully discovery other aspects of themselves in their performance practice.

My creative process includes improvisation, meditation, tuning into what the body needs, wants to do, allowing movement, listening to thoughts, letting it happen, giving space to emotions, being in flow, present, taking movements from Youtube videos, from other choreographers and sometimes letting them know. I use text and video if needed. It happens in a studio, in a kitchen, in an office, in a corridor… 

I graduated from Trinity Laban MA Choreography in 2011, since then co-created the artistic and entrepreneurial duo Marquez&Zangs, and co-founded Metaspeech a consultancy that brings body language into large and small businesses. I now work as a freelance choreographer, performer, coach and I am part of the Sadler’s Wells Summer University Programme (2014-18)

Bodies & Machines – Friday 19 January 2018, 10 am-1 pm.

Season 6, Session 9: “Bodies & Machines” – a ‘Facilitated OL’ with Emma Zangs.

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OPENLAB sessions are back from the Winter Break.

Our next session will be a ‘Facilitated OL’ on Friday 19 January 2018 with Emma Zangs: Bodies & Machines, 10 AM-1 PM at Chisenhale Dance Space‘s Research Studio.

Bodies & Machines

In an age where Big Data and AI are invading our personal space and our bodies, is there any data left that we own? Is our body the last place that is truly ours? Or do we need to surrender that we do not own our body anymore?

After having diagnosed with diabetes type 1 six years ago, choreographer and movement coach Emma Zangs uses two devices that gather data constantly to monitor her health. During the OPENLAB she will explore what it means to track our bodies data, device vs. intuition, listening, measuring, tracking for what?

She’s interested in exploring the following questions:

  • How are we perceiving our bodies pre-tracking and post-tracking?
  • Is data analysis subjective?
  • Can tracking our personal data help us or restrict us?
  • What dance, performance has to do with it?

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Remember:

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 on 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