Open Weekend: Improvisation Workshop

Improvisation Workshop

Open Weekend at Chisenhale Dance Space

18th May 2019 | 4pm – 5pm
Students 18+
With Lewys Holt and Eleanor Sikorski

Performance Studio


Lewys and Eleanor will guide participants through a workshop devoted to improvisation. They will provide structures through which to move, meet and perform for/with each other.

Eleanor and Lewys think that improvisation is political. It’s resistance to forming a repeatable product, yet it’s relentless ability to produce material seem to critique capitalist forms of production with a subtle irony. The group awareness and empathy required at the core of performing in an ensemble chime with a radical sense of social change that Lewys and Eleanor wish to share with you.

Come and improvise with us for an hour, it will also be really fun.

For more information or to reserve a spot email: or call 02089816617


Part of Chisenhale Art Place Open Weekend 2019. Chisenhale Dance Space, Chisenhale Gallery and Chisenhale Studios will open the doors of our shared building for a weekend of open studios, tours, exhibitions, performance and events. Full Programme.



Eleanor is a dancer and choreographer working between Nottingham and London. Her solo work spans dance, comedy, cabaret, music and film. She works as a dancer for artists including Eva Recacha, Else Tunemyr, Karl Jay-Lewin, Seke Chimutengwende and William Hunt. She is one third of Nora, a trio of dancers who curate and commission choreographers to make work for them to perform. With dance artist Lewys Holt she co-runs Roadhouse, a regular, nomadic night of improvised performance. Between 2019-21 she will be associate artist with Dance4 for Dancing in Museums, an action-research project designed to foster long-term collaborations between dance organisations, museums and galleries.

Lewys Holt is an interdisciplinary dance artist based in the UK. His practice, while focusing on dance, spans comedy, visual arts and devised theatre. He has worked with prominent international artists including Tino Sehgal, Sally Marie, New Art Club, Simone Mousset, Rosemary Lee and Christopher Owen. Along with dancer and choreographer Eleanor Sikorski, he co-runs Roadhouse, a regular, nomadic night of improvised performance. Lewys is currently touring a double bill of solos he created Phrases and Footnotes and beginning a research project about ensemble improvisation.