‘Facilitated OPENLAB’ with Tania Soubry
Friday 31 January 2020
sounding the body-landscape
Research Studio | 10am-1pm | £7 suggested donation
My initiative to suggest this OPENLAB was in response to Sara Ruddock’s session: LAB of Vibrational Practices – Moving, Sounding and Listening Bodies.
“Sounding the body-landscape relational dance” is a practice I initiated in my Artists’ Support Program residency at the Conway Hall (2014-2016) and further explored and developed in the research and creation of soul-scapes with collaborator Catherine Elsen, approaching breath, voice, movement, sensation and imagination as one interactive whole. A a soul-sound-body-archeological-imaginational-landscapes-states-relational-exploration.
Starting lying on one’s back, yawning, opening spaces, melting the body into the floor, into gravity, fully releasing, focusing on one’s breath, gradually letting the weight of the body and the head fall deeper into the floor and the skull roll on an out-breath very slowly to one side, feeling every millimetre of the contact with the floor and the relation to the spine and the rest of the body, and when arriving to the maximum the movement will like a coil reverse itself to the other side, creating an infinite figure eight like movement. Once the movement flow is established, a hum is added on an out-breath when turning the head to one side, then an open sound, eventually rolling the whole body to one side and to the other. Once this is established, the movement can start to unfold, slowly rolling, spiralling and unfurling in multiple directions, following the inner flow of movement while breathing and sounding the body landscape. Another use of imagery is rolling and unfolding around the spine and the vocal and respiratory system. This develops into moving around and in relation to the breath and sound, starting with long vowels, sensing and imagining the sounds as a vibrational aura/cloud. A relational dance emerges where a sound invites a movement, a bodily sensation from a movement, a position and/or the contact with the floor and gravity suggest an inner image, that impression suggests a sound and the vibrations and sensations from that sound suggest another texture which again invites a bodily response.
Within this, I recommend honing an awareness of where one is sending the sound, which body parts one is sounding, how the body responds to that sound, what affect and effect that creates, etc. By digging into the soul-sound-body matter where one’s own and a collective story is stored, can come archaic or imaginal landscapes and states, letting material surface, such as free, visceral and unruly vocal and bodily movements. This practice can be used as a tuning-into whatever is flowing and singing beneath and beyond our skin, a letting-go, a creative letting-be, letting things happen, warming-up the body/voice/senses, as well as for sensitising and resourcing.
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:
I am particularly interested in the vitality of energy in its various forms, such as in frequencies and vibrations, such as singing, sound systems, pulsing bodies and collectivity, such as raving, celebrations, ceremony and social movements. I am fascinated by the web of life and driven by a felt awareness of interconnection.
I am working at the interconnection between text, dance, music and performance, especially through the voice (spoken word, lyrics and sound) and the body (states, movement, relations), and all that resides within and without. A multi-disciplinary encompassing, stretching and relating, following tensions, curiosity and desires.
I am currently working on the project Brave (K)new Rave.
Next to creating projects, mostly within collaborations, I also work as a dancer/performer/collaborator for other artists, choreographers and companies and am part of the collective Exit Map. I teach contemporary/release dance and workshops on and off within various contexts.