Facilitated OPENLAB with Irene Cena

‘Facilitated OPENLAB’ with Irene Cena
22 March 2019
Alone Together

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

How to create a space in which people can self-regulate, self-direct, interact with self-environment-others without being told what to do? What are the norms that emerge in such a space, what games and rules come into being and dissolve?

Can aspects of our biology support our self-acceptance and collaboration?

Where can I place my attention to support an open structure to emerge?

The background idea for this workshops emerges from an embodied reflection on an element of our immune system: the Major Histocompatibility Complex. This marker protein is essentially a mechanism for self recognition, as well as playing part in the identification of threatening organisms, and is therefore a place of discernment.
My interest is how the embodiment of this sub-cellular structure can support relationship with self and other.

As a workshop facilitator my intention is to provide a space in which people can find their inner guiding force, instead of looking outside themselves to be ‘lead’. After an introduction to help us come into contact with a deeper concentration the emphasis will be on following our inner intuition and be open to what emerges.

Together we will create a space for the unknown to manifest, through non-doing, non-directing, silence, being.

As needed I will offer some touch and somatisation techniques, combined with rudiments of anatomy and physiology to support our entry into the exploratory mind. As the exploration takes off some materials will be available for expression through other media.

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 (antonio.delafeguedes@gmail.com).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 Irene Cena:
This workshop emerges from explorations in meditation, embodiment, communal living. I am a student of Body-Mind Centering® since 2011, and graduated as practitioner in 2016. For the past four years or so my research has been oriented to finding my path in life and orient myself in this world, this has been supported by a variety of practices, including Japanese Martial arts, Buddhism and the Work of Byron Katie, which have fed my teaching of Somatic Movement. Dance and performance have been part of the journey in waves, while being one of the main catalyst for it, like a river that appears on the surface and at times runs underground yet continues to nourish the ground.