‘Facilitated OPENLAB’ with Catherine Duquette
5 April 2019
Research Studio | 10am-1pm | £7 suggested donation
Times are uncertain. People are angry. This OPENLAB session is a call to arms.
Anger has taken center stage over the last two years, spurring support for and opposition against dramatic political shifts and social movements in the UK and beyond, generating what some call the Age of Anger. In this OPENLAB session, we will dive into our current emotional climate and revel in a participatory ode to anger.
We will explore anger under the influence of play to encourage risk-taking and to bring joy to a potentially heavy subject. Open to performers and non-performers alike, we’ll start with interactive games and improvisational exercises, move into persona and status play, experiment with creative ranting, and conclude with partnered observation and mirroring. We will practice and dissect familiar exchanges, scores, and movements in the media and in our everyday lives.
What makes you angry? How do you express it? Please be prepared to share your own experiences. We will map out our observations and explore how we perform anger, how we deny it, and most importantly, how we move through it to galvanise and uplift ourselves and others.
OPENLAB sessions are open to any performers: dancers, musicians, actors and anyone interested in presence and awareness in movement.The facilitators of OPENLAB are also participants “in” the session and participants can propose their ideas for a future session. If you’d like to know more about this, come to one of our sessions or email Antonio de la Fe (firstname.lastname@example.org).The OPENLAB sessions alternate between ‘White Canvas’ and ‘Facilated OPENLAB’ sessions. You can see the full programme for the Spring Term 2019 here.
The sessions function on a pay-what-you-can contribution basis to cover expenses and as an incentive for the facilitator of the session. We suggest a contribution of £7 for the 3-hour long sessions (‘Facilitated OPENLAB’ sessions) and of £5 for the 2-hour long ones (‘White Canvas’). Cash only.
About the Artist:
Catherine Duquette is an American performer, facilitator, and writer based in London. Her participatory performances bridge theatre, live art, game design, and social activism and explore the social forces that shape our contemporary experiences. Her fascination with anger began not only with the uprise of political, gun, and racial violence in the USA but also upon a discovery made in her latest show.
During #Instalove, she asked the audience what made them angry. Despite being very open about intimate subjects such as relationships, sex, death, betrayal, etc. when it came to anger, the audience denied its existence: “I’m not an angry person.” “I don’t get angry.” Their bodies softened, caved, turned away. Their voices diminished. Their sentences were padded with qualifiers and niceties. She could not hear their anger, nor could she hear their truth. Her OPENLAB session seeks to remedy that.