POSTPONED: “Stop Trying to Smooth the Folds, Bumps and Creases in Performance Practice – These Trip Hazards Are Where the Magic Lives”– a ‘Facilitated OPENLAB’ with Katye Coe.

‘Facilitated OPENLAB’ with Katye Coe
Date TBC.

Stop Trying to Smooth the Folds, Bumps and Creases in Performance Practice – These Trip Hazards Are Where the Magic Lives.

Research Studio | 10 am-1 pm | £7 suggested donation

Katye Coe performing in Keira Greene’s wolf ecologies

Photo credit: Katye Coe performing in Keira Greene’s wolf ecologies.

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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. We are looking for proposals for facilitated sessions during the Summer Terms 2020. If you’d like to facilitate one of these sessions in the future come to one of our sessions to find out more or email Antonio de la Fe.

The OPENLAB sessions alternate between different facilitators. You can see the full programme for the Spring Term 2020 here.

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 each session. Cash only.

Chisenhale Dance Space
64-84 Chisenhale Road
London
E3 5QZ

Season 8 – Sessions 11: “Tuning Journeys and Organ-isms” – a ‘Facilitated OPENLAB’ with Lola Maury.

‘Facilitated OPENLAB’ with Lola Maury
Fridays 28 February

Tuning Journeys and Ogan-isms

Research Studio | 10 am-1 pm | £7 suggested donation

Pic 3. Lola Maury

To describe my most recent work BROUHAHA, I often find myself saying that ‘three performers, not bound by touch or sight but by a common sense of presence and listening, migrate together in space endlessly. They glide around each other and drift, connecting through sighs, whimpers and chants.’

I am interested in discussing this act of ‘connecting’ or ‘tuning-in’ with other performers.

How do we practice it? What are we trying to reach with it?

I propose to explore the idea of being one complex organism, using body and voice to reach different energetic levels and play with physical or sonic intensities.

Does the act of tuning-in make us necessarily harmonious? Can we be chaotic yet connected?


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. We are looking for proposals for facilitated sessions during the Summer Terms 2020. If you’d like to facilitate one of these sessions in the future come to one of our sessions to find out more or email Antonio de la Fe.

The OPENLAB sessions alternate between different facilitators. You can see the full programme for the Spring Term 2020 here.

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 each session. Cash only.

Chisenhale Dance Space
64-84 Chisenhale Road
London
E3 5QZ

Season 8 – Session 9: “sounding the body-landscape” – a ‘Facilitated OPENLAB’ with Tania Soubry.

‘Facilitated OPENLAB’ with Tania Soubry
Friday 31 January

sounding the body-landscape

Research Studio | 10 am-1 pm | £7 suggested donation

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My initiative to suggest this OPENLAB was in response to Sara Ruddock’s session: LAB of Vibrational Practices – Moving, Sounding and Listening Bodies.

“Sounding the body-landscape relational dance” is a practice I initiated in my Artists’ Support Program residency at the Conway Hall (2014-2016) and further explored and developed in the research and creation of soul-scapes with collaborator Catherine Elsen, approaching breath, voice, movement, sensation and imagination as one interactive whole. A a soul-sound-body-archeological-imaginational-landscapes-states-relational-exploration.

Starting lying on one’s back, yawning, opening spaces, melting the body into the floor, into gravity, fully releasing, focusing on one’s breath, gradually letting the weight of the body and the head fall deeper into the floor and the skull roll on an out-breath very slowly to one side, feeling every millimetre of the contact with the floor and the relation to the spine and the rest of the body, and when arriving to the maximum the movement will like a coil reverse itself to the other side, creating an infinite figure eight like movement. Once the movement flow is established, a hum is added on an out-breath when turning the head to one side, then an open sound, eventually rolling the whole body to one side and to the other. Once this is established, the movement can start to unfold, slowly rolling, spiralling and unfurling in multiple directions, following the inner flow of movement while breathing and sounding the body landscape. Another use of imagery is rolling and unfolding around the spine and the vocal and respiratory system. This develops into moving around and in relation to the breath and sound, starting with long vowels, sensing and imagining the sounds as a vibrational aura/cloud. A relational dance emerges where a sound invites a movement, a bodily sensation from a movement, a position and/or the contact with the floor and gravity suggest an inner image, that impression suggests a sound and the vibrations and sensations from that sound suggest another texture which again invites a bodily response.

Within this, I recommend honing an awareness of where one is sending the sound, which body parts one is sounding, how the body responds to that sound, what affect and effect that creates, etc. By digging into the soul-sound-body matter where one’s own and a collective story is stored, can come archaic or imaginal landscapes and states, letting material surface, such as free, visceral and unruly vocal and bodily movements. This practice can be used as a tuning-into whatever is flowing and singing beneath and beyond our skin, a letting-go, a creative letting-be, letting things happen, warming-up the body/voice/senses, as well as for sensitising and resourcing.


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. We are looking for proposals for facilitated sessions during the Summer Terms 2020. If you’d like to facilitate one of these sessions in the future come to one of our sessions to find out more or email Antonio de la Fe.

The OPENLAB sessions alternate between different facilitators. You can see the full programme for the Spring Term 2020 here.

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 each session. Cash only.

Chisenhale Dance Space
64-84 Chisenhale Road
London
E3 5QZ

Season 8 – Sessions 8, 10 & 12: “General Waste I, II & III” – OPENLAB sessions with ‘anthologyofamess.’

OPENLAB sessions with anthologyofamess
Fridays 10 January, 14 February and 13 March 2020

General Waste I, II & III

Research Studio | 10 am-1 pm | £7 suggested donation

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The anthologyofamess collective comes together to develop, and share with others in the studio, concepts and ideas that form part of their current performance exploration for General Waste (work-in-progress). At a time when a collective awareness of climate collapse, political crises and the distinct possibility of society’s final disintegration has finally arisen, they will gather and lay down their fears and wishes about this manifestly uncertain future.

anthologyofamess would like to invite others to investigate with them notions of present, future and post-future worlds.

In the three OPENLAB sessions run throughout the Spring Term by anthologyofamess, they will aim to explore the following concepts:

  • Meaningless privileges which die hard
  • Nature only subsisting in digital form
  • Phantasmagoric memories being rendered over and over again
  • “Home” as the last suitable habitats.
  • Poetry, sensibility and unconditional love as a solution to the subjugating forces of self-imposed automatised systems of human control.
  • The collective and co-independency – standing for ourselves together even in the midst of all our differences and misunderstandings.

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. We are looking for proposals for facilitated sessions during the Summer Terms 2020. If you’d like to facilitate one of these sessions in the future come to one of our sessions to find out more or email Antonio de la Fe.

The OPENLAB sessions alternate between different facilitators. You can see the full programme for the Spring Term 2020 here.

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 each session. Cash only.

Chisenhale Dance Space
64-84 Chisenhale Road
London
E3 5QZ

OPENLAB Season 8 – Spring Term 2020.

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OPENLAB is taking a break in December. The sessions will be back in January with a new line-up of facilitators for the Spring Term at Chisenhale Dance Space from Friday 10 January to Friday 27 March.

This term the sessions will alternate between three sessions with a common theme: OPENLAB with anthologyofamess, and three Facilitated OPENLAB sessions, each one by a different artist and with a different theme.

This is the Spring Term’s line-up for your diaries:

Friday 10 January – An OPENLAB with anthologyofamess from 10 am to 12 pm:
General Waste I.
Friday 31 January – A Facilitated OPENLAB with Tania Soubry from 10 am to 1 pm:
sounding the body-landscape.
Friday 14 Febrero – An OPENLAB with anthologyofamess from 10 am to 1 pm:
General Waste II.
Friday 28 Febrero – A Facilitated OPENLAB with Lola Maury from 10 am to 1 pm:
Tuning Journeys and Organ-isms.
Friday 13 March – A OPENLAB with anthologyofamess from 10 am to 1 pm:
General Waste III.
Friday 27 March – A Facilitated OPENLAB with Nikita de Martin from 10 am to 1 pm:
Body Area Code.

(Please, note that the Facilitated OPENLAB session on Friday 27 March is now cancelled. The sessions “Stop Trying to Smooth the Folds, Bumps and Creases in Performance Practice – These Trip Hazards Are Where the Magic Lives” with Katye Coe and “Body Area Code” by Nikita de Martin will be postponed, and they will be hopefully re-programmed for the Summer Term. New dates tbc.)


What’s OPENLAB?

OPENLAB is a model for professional self-development for performers devised by 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 their 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.

All sessions take place at Chisenhale Dance Space and are pay-what-you-can (recommended donation £7).

Sessions can be facilitated by any participant of OPENLAB and we are looking for proposals for facilitated sessions during Summer Terms 2020. If you’d like to facilitate one of these sessions in the future send an email to Antonio de la Fe: antonio.delafeguedes@gmail.com