The last ‘Facilitated OPENLAB’ session of the Summer Term 2019 will be:
with Maria da Luz Ghoumrassi.
This session will take place on Friday 5 July, 10 am-1 pm at Chisenhale Dance Space’s Research Studio.
“Oh, what a catastrophe, what a maiming of love when it was made personal, merely personal feeling. This is what is the matter with us: we are bleeding at the roots because we are cut off from the earth and sun and stars. Love has become a grinning mockery because, poor blossom, we plucked it from its stem on the Tree of Life and expected it to keep on blooming in our civilised vase on the table.”
― D.H. Lawrence
We all have heard stories of Enchanted forests with trees that walk and talk.
In fact, trees use their many senses to communicate, share food, care for and warn each other of danger. They do this because they need each other. Like us, they are social beings.
As a young person, I loved drawing trees and being surrounded by them, as I felt they were beautiful just as they are. After all, trees provide us with oxygen, food, mark the seasons, prevent soil erosion among many other important roles. I have been inspired by the metaphor of trees as humans ever since.
In this lab, we will have an opportunity to slow down, breathe deep, tuning in through our senses and explore our sense of belonging on this Earth. We will draw inspiration from a range of techniques and disciplines including movement, voice, storytelling, writing, drawing and object theatre. The aim is to search for a deeper connection within ourselves, with each other searching for a balance and harmony in the way we relate to our world.
This is part of an ongoing research performance practice, as I have been working with professional dancers and actors and diverse community groups. Part of my continuous professional development, I have been working with various multidisciplinary artists including Jacky Lansley, Peta Lily, Sharon Ama Wray, Urban Bush Women, Draw to Perform and many more.
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 OPENLAB sessions alternate between ‘White Canvas’ and ‘Facilitated OL’ sessions. You can see the full programme for the Summer Term 2019 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 the 3-hour long sessions (‘Facilitated OL’ sessions) and of £5 for the 2-hour long ones (‘White Canvas’). Cash only.
Chisenhale Dance Space
64-84 Chisenhale Road