OPENLAB with Susanna Recchia

15 October
Facilitator: Susanna Recchia

ThemeSomatic Does Not Mean Slow

Research Studio | 10am-1pm | £7 suggested donation

Notes from Susanna Recchia:

We will look at restlessness as a positive feedback we receive from our nervous system, as a call to satisfy the need for the whole body to be in motion.We will try not to suppress, hide, shy away from the need of the whole body to be in action. In this improvisational research session, I would like to share with you: the practice of acceleration,the practice of shared resistance, collective rest and shared reflection.

And ask you some questions:

  • Have you ever had the experience of being on the floor, lying down and feel a buzzing sensation of wanting to run, move and take off?
  • After years of slowing down, are you ready to speed up?
  • Could we satisfy together the need for acceleration?
  • Can we fulfil the need for speed that some of us humans feel?
    Can we shift our collective thinking and propose – for 3 hours – that More is More?
  • Can we be exaggeratedly expressive?
    Can we keep going?
  • Can we support the group while pacing ourselves, if needed?

The cycle proposed during the session is the following:

  • walk pause rest fall release drop
  • yield push reach accelerate
  • discharge amplify travel sustain
  • decelerate land fall drop rest
  • to begin again

The words you will hear during the session are:

  • muscles. bone, heart, lungs ,whole body in action ground acceleration
  • heat rising, heart pumping, blood flowing, breath, voice, pace, gravity, levity
  • responsiveness, organising, disorganising, going faster than the mind can register
  • randomness, reflexes, speed, supported action cycles, rest, homeostasis

Please bring the author and the title of your current favourite piece of music(any music style is welcome). If you like, bring a notebook, trainers and water.

If you have questions about the session, please: email: or call : 07891733960


Sessions are open to any performers: dancers, musicians, actors and anyone interested in presence and awareness in performance.

Sessions can be facilitated by any participant of OPENLAB. If you’d like to facilitate one of these sessions in the future send an email to Antonio de la Fe:

The sessions function in a pay-what-you-can contribution basis to cover expenses and as an incentive for the facilitator of the session. We recommend a £5 contribution for the 2-hour long sessions (‘White Canvas’ sessions) and £7 contribution for the 3-hour long sessions (‘Facilitated OL’ sessions).

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