Facilitated OPENLAB with Petra Söör

‘Facilitated OPENLAB’ with Petra Söör
7 June 2019

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

In this session, I would like to suggest an exploration, through my current interests in relation to the subject of intimacies. I would like to propose different states of attention and different ways of engaging in witnessing and knowing ourselves and one another by focusing on body, movement, breath and touch.

Is it possible to experience a sense of intimacy in witnessing the very aliveness of another being and its unique expression; including animal and plant life, water and soil – life that is often assumed as inanimate?

In exploring together what is present in the very moment that we meet, we can also consider and explore intimacy in relation to events, occurrences and bodies we might perceive as being detached from or far away or at a distance.

Can different forms of intimate relationships speak to our empathic body and act as a counterpoint to sense of detachment, isolation, stagnation, automated and mechanised relationships and behaviour?

Maybe from this place, different layers of intimate connection and relationships of exchange can be perceived, a recognition of already existing in intimate reciprocity through our place in the living matrix of life and as part of dynamic, energetic and self-organising systems with a possibility consider our role in how they transform.

Within the propositions of this OPENLAB session please be welcome to meander, wander, wonder, ponder…

This session will be followed by a facilitated night walk – meeting point at 9.30 pm in Hampstead Heath Overground Station, lasting approximately 1.5-2 hours. Feel free to join this walk even if you can’t make the morning session or come to both.


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 ‘Facilitated 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:

Petra Söör is a dancer, maker and facilitator with a base in the UK since 2002. Her work and interests invite her to spend time in a diversity of contexts and environments and alongside solo work often proposes collective and collaborative processes.

Alongside her freelance work as a dancer, her own work and practice is often rooted in improvisation, a long term interest in an exploration of different notions of bodies, environment and ecologies, and projects include: Siggin’s Field, Bodies of Rock, Mud and Water, Undanced Dances and currently This Walking in the Dark.

Since 2016 she is exploring facilitation of the project Sleeping a Walking Mountain in Sweden and since 2017 she is engaged in non-formal education projects using outdoor methodologies for social inclusion and youth work, as well as evolving her interest in a person-centred approach to work with movement, breath and different modalities of touch to support health and wellbeing.

In 2013 she was part of initiating the collective anthologyofamess working with Antonio de la Fe, Mariana Camiloti, Robert Vesty and Manou Koreman.