Facilitated OPENLAB with Lola Maury

‘Facilitated OPENLAB’ with Lola Maury
Friday 28 February 2020
Tuning Journeys and Organ-isms

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


To describe my most recent work BROUHAHA, I often find myself saying that ‘three performers, not bound by touch or sight but by a common sense of presence and listening, migrate together in space endlessly. They glide around each other and drift, connecting through sighs, whimpers and chants.’

I am interested in discussing this act of ‘connecting’ or ‘tuning-in’ with other performers.

How do we practice it? What are we trying to reach with it?

I propose to explore the idea of being one complex organism, using body and voice to reach different energetic levels and play with physical or sonic intensities.

Does the act of tuning-in make us necessarily harmonious? Can we be chaotic yet connected?


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. We are looking for proposals for facilitated sessions during the  Summer Terms 2020. If you’d like to facilitate one of these sessions in the future come to one of our sessions to find out more or email Antonio de la Fe.

The OPENLAB sessions alternate between different facilitators. You can see the full programme for the Autumn 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 each session. Cash Only.

About the Artist:

Choreographer, researcher and pedagogue, Lola Maury is based in London and Lyon (France) and runs her activities from both countries.

The mode of attention of the spectator is always her starting point. She enjoys asking them to prick up their ears, to search in the dark, to play with the rhythm of their breathing, to ‘tune in’ to a different pace.

She trained at London Contemporary Dance School (BA) and Central School of Speech and Drama with an MA in Performance Practices and Research. Since 2013 Lola has collaborated with sound artist Alberto Ruiz and has created a series of works, among others solo work Figurines which toured in 2018 in Triratna Buddhist Centres, focusing on engaging people interested in meditation.

She is a sessional composition lecturer at London Contemporary Dance School. Since 2018 she is part of Le Croiseur’s directing committee which supports emerging dance artists in Lyon and she runs, with Benjamin Coyle, the ‘Cellules d’essai’, a series of collective and interdisciplinary evenings of experimentation.