Winter Laboratory (WinLab)

The Winter Laboratory (WinLab) is a programme of workshops with leading international artists aimed specifically at working professionals. The workshops offer the opportunity to share the practices of these leading  artists and for participants to engage and interact with each other within this framework.

WinLab 2018 took place between 3 – 21 December, with three week long workshops and a weekend workshop. Each workshop focused on a different dimension of practice.

This year we were pleased to announce workshops with Deborah Hay, Rebecca Hilton, Daria Faïn and Thomas Hauert. More information below.



Week 1: Deborah Hay | a continuity of discontinuity or a way to practice dance 


Monday 3 – Friday 7 December 2018, 11am – 5pm

no walking, no running, no laying on the floor, no hanging out in the body, no stretching, no floppy arms or hands, no deliberate loss of grounding, no noodling, no prolonged narrative movement, no obvious sequence of movement, no prolonged body memory apparent, no time to explore, no obvious frontality, no need to be creative or unique, no obvious adrenalin driven movement, no apparent inner timing driving your dancing, no hesitation or reconsideration.

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 Weekend: Rebecca Hilton | PARTICIPATE OR ELSE?


Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 December 2018, 11am – 5pm

PARTICIPATE OR ELSE? is a two day conversation meets expanded choreography process meets artistic research project convened by artist and researcher Rebecca Hilton.

Conceived as a weekend assembly of interested people and their artistic practices PARTICIPATE OR ELSE? is also a workshop, a working group, a conference, a temporary collective and/or a relational aesthetics project. PARTICIPATE OR ELSE? is a possibility to explore together the perplexing and plastic relationship(s) of ethics to aesthetics in participatory performance making. Arrive with a question, an idea, a practice, an anecdote, a concern, an experiment, an experience, and depart with even more questions, ideas, practices, anecdotes, concerns, experiments and experiences.

Join Rebecca for a free public event: a Long Table discussion on Saturday 8 December.
The Long Table was conceived by Lois Weaver, as “a dinner party structured by etiquette, where conversation is the only course.”

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Week 2: Daria Faïn | C O R E  M O T I O N

Monday 10 – Friday 14 December 2018, 11am – 5pm 

Daria Faïn’s C O R E  M O T I O N workshop offers two foundations of her movement and performance approach.

INNER STRUCTURE uses QiGong principles to strengthen the body, open energy centers, and develop understanding of the structural alignment of the body and its relation to gravity. CONTEMPLATIVE ACTION is a guided exploration of the correlation between organs, emotions, sensory perception, energy and intellect. Taking place in winter, the underlining of the course will be the water element related the kidneys and to “life force”. Bring images, objects, or text that evokes the water element for you, and a notebook. Students will also be transmitted movement scores from her current creative process of her new piece Landing Sites. 

Includes free ticket to Daria’s lecture performance on Tuesday 11 December

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Week 3: Thomas Hauert | Form evolving from process

Monday 17 – Friday 21 December 2018, 11am – 5pm
Thomas Hauert’s workshop uses improvisation, deploying a complex network of movements connected in time and space to form an integrated dynamic system of unpredictable behaviour. Some dancers initiate movement and others react to it, each reaction triggering another movement within the same structure or initiating a new development. The aim is to make order emerge from disorder, form from the formless, a group from individuals, whilst leveraging the qualities of perception, attention and concentration made possible by improvisation. The choreographic situation emerges as a microcosm in which individuals constantly negotiate between their freedom and creativity and their desire to connect with others.
Includes free ticket to Thomas’ Artist talk on Tuesday 18 December.
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WinLab Events


Saturday 8 December, 7pm   Long Table discussion facilitated by Rebecca Hilton
The Long Table was conceived by Lois Weaver, as “a dinner party structured by etiquette, where conversation is the only course.”

Tuesday 11 December, 7pm   Lecture Performance with Daria Faïn
£7 (£5.50 concession), free to workshop participants

Tueday 18 December, 7pm   Artist Talk with Thomas Hauert
£7 (£5.50 concession), free to workshop participants