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Companions and Strangers – A 'Facilitated OL' with Carolyn Roy


Companions and Strangers – A 'Facilitated OL' with Carolyn Roy

On Friday 11 May, 10 am-1 pm, OPENLAB will host “Companions and Strangers” – a ‘Facilitated OL’ with Carolyn Roy:

Companions, Composers and Comrades,

Arriving, being (present) with - the floor, the space, our memories or other dancers – is the foundation of dancing together so we will start from there. Gathering with others the proposal is to see what happens when we start simply from the mix of our bodies, the space and the invisible baggage we bring.

Sharing proximity and distance. This is an invitation to explore composition through companionship and being a companion as an invitation to dance. What does it mean and what does it take to open up and accept the offer of companionship as we dance? This is a quietly political commitment. We matter.

Companionship is a dance practice that is also a practice of being in the world, attuning to a mutual state of being-with as a score, allowing rather than directing movement to emerge and relationships to form.

I propose dancing together with somatic sensitivity in the spirit of listening and being listened to, witnessing and being witnessed. There will be a warm-up, a couple of long improvisations and time. No hierarchy. Not call and response. There might be conversation. Is it possible to truly dance together, and what would that dance be? Anything is possible and, to quote last year's 'Facilitated OL' with Susanna Recchia, it doesn’t have to mean slow.


R e m e m b e r :

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 (YW50b25pbyAhIGRlbGFmZWd1ZWRlcyB8IGdtYWlsICEgY29t).

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
E3 5QZ

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