Spring Season 2009

This is an archive event – we have kept it here for your information only.

Spring Season offered a series of events that asked  ‘How might a fresh awareness to the wild within our urban environment open up new ideas or lines of enquiry in our own movement and making practice?  A chance to step outside our familiar perceptions of place and relationship.’

It included the first ‘What…’ weekend performance event supported by Laban that saw installations, screenings, live performance events by Laban graduates throughout the building, providing a much needed platform for work that asks the viewer to step outside of there familiar viewing arena. This event proved so popular that it continues to develop and we have now devoted a separate page to it. Go to What…. Festival page.

[tabs slidertype=”left tabs” auto=”yes”][tabcontainer] [tabtext]Research Classes[/tabtext] [tabtext]16-18 Mar[/tabtext] [tabtext]23-25 Mar[/tabtext] [tabtext]30 Mar-1 Apr[/tabtext] [tabtext]6-8 Apr[/tabtext] [/tabcontainer] [tabcontent] [tab]10am-12pm, Mon – Wed | For experienced dance artists | 12 places only  | Places must be booked in advance via info@independentdance.co.uk or 020 7091 9650[/tab] [tab]Karin Fisher-Potisk  | BMC offers ways to nourish our movement from the qualities and energies that are inherent in our anatomical structures, if we allow them to come into expression. Karin’s exploring ground is experiential anatomy. She is interested in letting movement languages, qualities and character arise from that source, discover relationships, be playful with time and space. We will include work with the glandular system during these 3 days. [/tab] [tab]Susanna Recchia  | Susanna is interested in exploring the interrelations between the inner anatomical landscape and the outer realm of perception and expression. Through movement explorations, hands-on activities, drawing and writing, and an investigation of dynamics and vitality in movement, the class is a journey through sensation and alertness, gravity and orientation, fluidity and clarity. The main fields of exploration are: Experiential Anatomy, Yoga, Authentic Movement and Movement Improvisation. [/tab] [tab]Zoi Dimitrou  | The series of these classes are going to delve deeper into some of Susan Klein’s connectivity patterns in order to provide the dancers with the experiential knowledge of body mechanics. The information will be geared towards obtaining an alert and heightened sensory awareness needed in order to achieve the precision and clarity of more complex movement phrases as well as providing the capacity for decision making in relation to and with a specific focus in ‘time’.[/tab] [tab]Andrea Buckley  | In Touch with our Skin: Over the three days we will play, inspire and be inspired by working with support and resistance using improvisation and contact work. We will warm up through touch as a way to awaken the skin and look at how this sensing mechanism that covers the whole of our body can interface with the environment. Through instructions we will spontaneously create and set up boundaries, cross borders, linger between places and leave imprints and traces of our dancing behind. Bring blankets and extra layers.[/tab] [/tabcontent] [/tabs]

[tabs slidertype=”left tabs” auto=”yes”][tabcontainer] [tabtext]On Location Monday Night Improvisation[/tabtext] [tabtext]16 Mar[/tabtext] [tabtext]24 March[/tabtext] [tabtext]30 March[/tabtext] [tabtext]6 April[/tabtext] [/tabcontainer] [tabcontent] [tab]Open to All | Monday, 6.30-8.30pm | £4 per class or £3.50 with 10 class card | Book your place; class for 10 participants only that will take place both inside and outside of the building, enabling participants to explore the surroundings within the improvisation class.[/tab] [tab]Carolyn Roy | Carolyn will lead the session both inside and outside of the building. Please bring warm clothing to wear. We will take a journey through the local environment, using guided walking as a tool to heighten our perceptions and body awareness. We will then bring this experience back to SDDS and use it as our basis for improvisation throughout the building. Come with warm clothes and a notebook.[/tab] [tab]Kate Brown | Kate will lead a session looking at composing your improvisation within the context of the spaces. [/tab] [tab]Nick Parkin | Nick will lead a class using the entire building as a location. SUBSTANCE OF SPACE – An improvisatory session exploring the atmospheric and material potential of architectural spaces within the Siobhan Davies Studios as a catalyst for spontaneous movement with a Butoh sensibility.[/tab] [tab]Andrea Buckley | As part of the transformation of the building during Siobhan Davies new work, The Collection, Andrea has been programmed to lead a class using the entire building as a location. During this class you will warm up through touch as a way to awaken the skin and look at how this sensing mechanism that covers the whole of our body can interface with the environment.[/tab] [/tabcontent] [/tabs]

[tabs slidertype=”left tabs” auto=”yes”][tabcontainer] [tabtext]Wilding with Rosemary Lee[/tabtext] [tabtext]Wilding Lab 1[/tabtext] [tabtext]Wilding Lab 2[/tabtext] [/tabcontainer] [tabcontent] [tab]Both Labs: £190 (funded) / £135 (independent) / £105 (student) | Lab 1 only: £110 (funded) / £80 (independent) / £65 (student) | Lab 2 only: £90 (funded) / £65 (independent) / £50 (student) [/tab] [tab]30 March – 3 April | Monday – Friday 12.30-5.30pm | Both workshops are limited to 12 participants only. Booking is essential. Labs will have a different focus each week and therefore can be taken individually or as a full 9 day workshop. The labs include participation in 1-2 Wilding Lunchtime walks/talks, movement work with Rosemary Lee and an opportunity to create your own responses around the theme of ‘the Wild within the Urban'[/tab] [tab]6 – 9 April | Monday – Thursday 12.30-5.30pm | Participants will become co-investigators in an enquiry: how might a fresh awareness to the wild within our urban environment open up new ideas or lines of enquiry in our own movement and making practice? A chance to step outside our familiar perceptions of place and relationship. There will be time to move, read, think, make, as well as join in walks and talks with invited guests bringing in their particular perspective on the micro and macro elements of the urban wild. There will be led workshops, time to work alone, to contemplate and to share.[/tab] [/tabcontent] [/tabs]

[tabs slidertype=”left tabs” auto=”yes”][tabcontainer] [tabtext]Bodies of Thought talks[/tabtext] [tabtext]20 Mar[/tabtext] [tabtext]27 Mar[/tabtext] [tabtext]3 Apr[/tabtext] [/tabcontainer] [tabcontent] [tab]Open to All | Fridays, 7.00 – 8.30pm | £8 (full) / £5 (concession) | As a prelude to the ‘What Now’ open house weekend showcase of experimental work by a new generation of dance artists (18th and 19th April) these 3 evening talks invite respected academics to discuss experimental practice and key British based choreographers in this field. All talks will be chaired by Martin Hargreaves.[/tab] [tab]In this talk Martin Hargreaves (Laban) and Nicholas Quinn will engage in some speculation about asking questions with dance.[/tab] [tab]In this talk Nicholas Ridout (Queen Mary, University of London) will discuss the work of Bock and Vincenzi.[/tab] [tab]In this talk Professor Susan Melrose (Middlesex University) will discuss the work of Rosemary Butcher.[/tab] [/tabcontent] [/tabs]

[tabs slidertype=”left tabs” auto=”yes”][tabcontainer] [tabtext]Wilding Lunchtime Walk and Talk[/tabtext] [tabtext]31 Mar[/tabtext] [tabtext]2 Apr[/tabtext] [tabtext]7 Apr[/tabtext] [tabtext]9 Apr[/tabtext] [/tabcontainer] [tabcontent] [tab]Open to All | Tuesday 1-2pm | £6 (full) / £4 (concessions) | Limited places available. Please book in advance.[/tab] [tab]Leo Mellor: Literature and Forms of Attention: Ways of Thinking in the City | I will be looking at how we look at the hidden country of the nearby. We will walk, talk and think both in the studio and in the surrounding streets. Over the course of an hour the traces of wilderness in the city will hopefully become perceptible. Leo Mellor is a Fellow at Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge, where he teaches and writes on Modernism and Second World War literature.[/tab] [tab]Ken Thompson: Wild Nature in the City | Does ‘urban nature’ sound like an oxymoron? If so, where does ‘wild nature’ begin? In fact, there are few wilder places than the average private garden, and the only reason this isn’t more obvious is that most of its inhabitants are too small to be easily noticed. In this talk we’ll take a look at some of these remarkably numerous, beautiful and even dangerous (but not to us!) creatures, and then go on a quick foray and see if we can find any of them. With luck, you might go back to work with a better idea of what a surprising place the world really is. Ken Thompson is a senior lecturer at Sheffield University. He conducts research into plant ecology, edits two scientific journals, and writes popular books about the science of gardening.[/tab] [tab]Bob Gilbert: An Urban Safari | Whilst the city is often seen as simply an absence of countryside, our streets and buildings form a fascinating habitat in their own right. This ‘urban safari’ sets out to explore the area around the Elephant, to reveal its hidden wildness and to understand how a surprising variety of plants and animals can survive in such a seemingly hostile environment. And attached to each, as this walk will uncover, is a wealth of story; of myth, magic and medicine, of past uses and present associations. Bob Gilbert is Director of Environmental Sustainability in the London Borough of Islington, working on environmental impacts at a local level – including climate change, the depletion of natural resources and biodiversity.[/tab] [tab]Eric Robinson: The Land We Stand On | An exploration of the hidden rocks that the Elephant and Castle area is built on and of, giving us a both a micro and macro viewpoint. The walk will reveal the history of the kerbstone or found fossil and of the land we stand on, thus extending our notions of time and place, and awakening our awareness of the shaping of the urban landscape, the variety of rocks around us and how they got there. Geologist Dr Eric Robinson taught at University College London from 1953 to 2000 in the department of Earth Sciences and is an expert on urban geology.[/tab] [/tabcontent] [/tabs]

[tabs slidertype=”left tabs”][tabcontainer] [tabtext]SCATTER[/tabtext] [tabtext]Saturday 4 April[/tabtext] [/tabcontainer] [tabcontent] [tab]Simon Whithead Walk | Open to All | Saturday 10.30am & 3pm | £8 (full)/ £5 (student) | Limited places available. Please book in advance.[/tab] [tab]SCATTER – Movement artist Simon Whitehead invites the public to join him in a walk across London, of approximately 3 miles, from Siobhan Davies Studios to the Victoria Miro Gallery. Simon will guide participants through the process of making seed balls which will then be scattered along the walk into spaces they notice are latent for food, growth and habitat.[/tab] [/tabcontent] [/tabs]