Winter Laboratory (WinLab)

The Winter Laboratory (WinLab) is a three-week festival of week-long intensive workshops with leading international artists.

The workshop programme is supplemented by drop-in activities, talks and events for a wider audience. The workshops offer the opportunity to share the practices of international guest artists and for participants to engage and interact with each other within this framework.

Given the stature of these artists / teachers, and the timing during the holiday period, this is an opportunity particularly suited to working professionals.

Please find details below about each week of the 2015 festival, and you can also download the WinLab 2015 brochure.

Week 1: Susan Rethorst | 30 Nov- 4 Dec 2015 | 11am- 5pm

A Choreographic Mind
I teach from the point of view that making is an endless quest with ever shifting ground. I encourage an attitude of fueling work with one’s questions, not regarding plans or themes as pre-requisites. I regard teaching as a conversational mode; my exercises are proposals in action.My own interests have to do with the nature of movement and its communication, how it operates as phenomena; this fuels my aesthetic and methods. I present composition initially from this point of view; my exercises propose ways of perceiving and proceeding that engage these ideas. But at the same time I am interested in creating a situation in which each of us can locate her/his aesthetic and goals in the larger picture of dance’s many mini cultures.I am interested as well in giving participants the ability to recognize and access states necessary to making work; intuition, perception, cognition, interiority, emotional distance, spontaneity, pleasure, will, reflection, humour. For more information about Susan click here.
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Week 2: Caryn McHose | 7-11 Dec 2015 | 11am-5pm

Somatic Imagination- How Life Moves
Caryn’s work bridges two domains:one is knowledge of anatomy, physical structure and movement capacity; the other is an inquiry into somatic imagination. Somatic imagination is a specific form of imagination, one that reveals body plasticity through persuasive dialogue with the sensorimotor brain—the movement brain—the part of us that regulates posture and movement. At the heart of somatic imagination is the biological potency of gravity orientation: the use of imagination to catch the body’s attention around weight and space, inside and outside—all the ways the body orients to establish its location and shape relative to the world.

The workshop offers a chance to experience the bridge between your particular somatic realm—dance, somatic education/therapy, structural integration, contemplative traditions or martial arts—and the efficacy of somatic imagination. It is a chance to disrupt your assumptions about the body politic in ways that offer self-discovery and inquiry into body dogma.

Each day of the WinLab experience will explore somatic imagination as it relates to finding ease in our posture and movement, flow for creativity and inter-relatedness through our social nervous system. The evolutionary story of Earth’s creatures offers a background to understanding body shape, posture and movement and the poetry of that resonance alive today.

For more information about Caryn click here.

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Week 3: Mark Lorimer | 14- 18 Dec 2015 | 11am-5pm

Darwin’s Dance
In Darwin’s Dance we will first develop a very short movement loop - our simplest dance organism – and transform this, through various clear choreographic procedures, to evolve into an infinitely more complex creature.With the combination of a range of mutations created by any one task, plus our (not entirely) ‘natural’ selection, we will at each new task choose the new mutation to be carried on through.

Where ‘theme and variation’ usually refer back to their starting point or theme, here each change or variation will organise a constantly forward-moving development – each change creates the new material for the next change.

My interest recently has been in analysing, separating and focusing on the transformation of various aspects inherent within movement, but I hope, in addition, that we can work together to develop other new choreographic and performative processes.

What happens if you attempt to desynchronise or alter the time, space, dynamic, mechanic or coordination inherent in any movement phrase whilst maintaining the rest?  What sort of sophisticated mutants or hybrids can we create?

The workshop is aimed at dance artists with a lively interest in movement investigation and detailed precision.

For more information about Mark click here.


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For professional dance artists and experienced bodywork practitioners
11am – 5pm
Full price £175
Low income £125
Concession £110 (proof required)
Bookings are now open – please fill out an ID booking form and return to or call reception on 020 7091 9650