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. This year WinLab will be happening between 3 – 21 December, with three week long workshops and a weekend workshop. Each workshop focuses on a different dimension of practice.

This year we are pleased to announce workshops with Deborah Hay, Rebecca Hilton, Daria Faïn and Thomas Hauert. More information to follow. Bookings open 1 October 2018

See below for information about Winlab 2017.

Week 1: Chrysa Parkinson | Roles and Materials / Glitches and Ghosts  

Monday 4 – Friday 8 December 2017, 11am – 5pm

What are the roles and materials performers create when working between how they are seen and how they see? And between how they sense and how they make sense? Performers can be inscribed and informed by both context and content. They can be re-formedand de-formed by the roles they take and the materials they make. There’s a double pressure that forms a border realm between the inside-out and the outside-in. What qualities does that border realm need for the performer to scale, experiment, comprehend, constitute and author their own experience? What traces are left when the role is over and the materials no longer in use? Who do those traces belong to? How?

Physical performance practices and guided discussion will be used to consider the roles and materials of experiential authorship. Glitches, ghosts, empathy, abstraction, distraction and inscription are some of the many tools that will be welcome and in play during these five days.
This workshop is geared toward performers.

Click here to find out more about Chrysa 

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Week 2: K.J. Holmes | Improvisation, Somatics and the Poetics of Dance

Monday 11 – Friday 15 December, 11am – 5pm 

This workshop is experiential research of Body-Mind Centering®, contact improvisation, and structures and scores for dancing. Exploring anatomy and physiology to better understand the mechanics of movement, you will discover, explore, separate, integrate and improvise with physical
systems and patterns to make visible physiological rhythms of support and creativity. Through exposing contradictions in the body and engaging with our imaginations, we will widen choice, create discernment and practice embodiment and composition.

The course, designed for teachers, creators and performers in dance and theatre, will bring forth skills, tools and practical experience of somatic studies and improvisation, to become more tuned to physical centres and subtleties of touch, direction and intention. It will explore how to use these discoveries to tune the physical instrument of body and mind, and as a source for creative practice: the poetics of the human being through dancing, voicing, writing and reading.

Includes free ticket to K.J’s Artist talk on Tuesday 11 December

Click here to find out more about K.J. 


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Weekend: Curious (led by Helen Paris) | Autobiology 

Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 December, 11am – 5pm

Autobiology focuses on the generation of autobiographical material by exploring the connections between the body and the mind, biology and biography. Participants will gather autobiological material, investigate stories of their bodies and explore ‘gut feelings’. They will work on individual and group exercises looking at ‘cellular and body memory’ and ‘information about the body invisible to the naked eye’ from which they will create text, gesture, performance and installation. The exercises will range from working methods developed over the years by Curious, including autobiographical writing prompts, body memory exercises, yin yoga, and body mapping.

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Please note this workshop will be led by Helen only

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Bookings for Winlab 2018 open on 1 October 2018.