December’s ‘Facilitated OPENLAB’ will be:
movement tracking (& the bear in the stadium)
with Katharina Joy
This session will take place on Friday 7 December, 10 am-1 pm at Chisenhale Dance Space’s Research Studio.
“The viewer responds to the kinetic quality of the radiant words by following their movement–and their arrested patterns – with her eyes.”
(Carrie Noland, 2002. Digital Gestures.)
– these tiny movements of attention we will work to make tangible in the session.
It is an open-ended, playful literary analysis, attempted through movement – tracking reactions to text, (written, spoken, heard) and building on these responses.
I bring recordings, of noise or speech, I offer text to read aloud; and I offer text in different two- and three-dimensional formats, or compositions, to encounter via movement.
Beginning with exercises to sharpen reaction to words and garnering energy, we will then try to reach a state of concentration-confusion-immersion in language-being in one’s own head – comparable to states of mind in works of fiction like Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce, or Anne Carson’s poetry, or E.E. Cummings’s. We look at textual analysis as a physical experience in real time – by paying attention to punctuation, whitespace, associations with certain words or rhythms, and the other people in the room. Free writing and silence/listening will also be part of the session.
The aim is to create an envelopment in material, an environment that keeps generating – both for the individual mover and the group.
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.
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 contribution of £7 for the 3-hour long sessions (‘Facilitated OL’ sessions) and of £5 for the 2-hour long ones (‘White Canvas’).
Chisenhale Dance Space
64-84 Chisenhale Road