October’s ‘Facilitated OPENLAB’ will be:
Play and Performance
with Butch Merigoni
This session will take place on Friday 19 October, 10 am-1 pm at Chisenhale Dance Space’s Research Studio.
Trusting in the unpredictable nature of art-making can be tough. Especially when the road we’re on isn’t paved. But if viewed through the lens of play, our work can become less heavy. In this laboratory, we’ll use playground games and purposeless activities to explore the elusive nature of collaborative performance making.
We’ll start with games like ‘tag’ and ‘capture the flag’. These activities will ground us in the present moment, help us manage uncertainty and encourage risk-taking. Following this will be purposeless tasks like ‘stack/climb/drag’ and ‘repeat that sequence’. These activities are a place from which unplanned happenings can emerge.
This lab encourages a flexible and inquisitive approach to collaborative performance making. It asks that we dive into those grey areas between intention and unplanned outcome with a centred and courageous mindset.
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