Coffee Morning: Penetration and Power

Coffee Morning: Penetration and Power
Hosted by Anne-Gaëlle Thiriot & Jay Yule

Tuesday 21st July | 11am – 2pm(ish)
Chisenhale Studios Education Room (Wheelchair Accessible)
Always Free
Rant. Chat. Eat.


How is the notion of penetration shaping our vision of sexuality, success and power?



Using extracts of texts written by a range of existential and queer theorists we will attempt to unpack these relationships. In this Coffee Morning we invite participants to use voice and contact (always optional) as ways to access these areas. Through reflecting on our personal relationships to penetration, we hope to open a broader conversation around power and exploitation in dance and performance. How can we begin to uncover and undo some of the unhelpful scripts that are still in place?



Approaching this topic with care, we would like to invite you to be as vulnerable as you wish in sharing and discussing these sensitive experiences.

Image: Caravaggio, ‘The Incredulity of Saint Thomas’


Anne-Gaëlle Thiriot is a dancer, choreographer, performance-maker and teacher in the field of Contact Improvisation, contemporary performance practice and choreology (‘human movement expertise’ according to Rudolf Laban’s terminology). Based in London since 2007, I am curious about how we embody everything in life, and my main interest lies in discovering what performance contexts reveal, about people, groups, places, society, etc. I like work that defies labelling and challenges audiences’ preconceptions of dance, bodies, intelligence or performance.

Jay Yule is a queer, feminist dance artist originally from Edinburgh, now based in London. Her choreographic work attempts to shed light on the millennial, existential, political crisis we find ourselves in. Her work with choreographers Theo Clinkard, Sarah Fahie and The Yonis has fed into her creative practice, as well as her work in puppetry, opera and immersive theatre. The content of her work is influenced by feminist philosophies, is of an existential nature and attempts to re-address the audience and performer relationship.



This season’s Coffee Mornings will be hosted in the Education Room on the ground floor at Chisenhale Studios, and therefore are accessible by wheelchair. A range of seating arrangements are provided.  If you have other questions about access, please call us on 020 8981 6617 or email


About Coffee Mornings

Coffee Mornings are a way in which dance/performance makers and doers can talk about the relationships between issues of production, public policy and the politics of the artwork that they are making and doing. Each Coffee Morning has a different theme, and is led by a different artist or group. The events are free and open to all artists. We sit around the kitchen table and eat and talk. Snacks and hot drinks will be provided by CDS but please feel free to bring something.

Coffee Mornings at Chisenhale Dance Space were initiated in 2011 by Gillie Kleiman, and taken over in 2015 by Hamish MacPherson, both independent dance artists and members of the artistic community around the organisation. They are now facilitated by Es Morgan, CDS staff and artist Member. If you would like to host one, find out more here.