OPENLAB: Facilitated by Katharina Joy

movement tracking (& the bear in the stadium)
Facilitated by Katharina Joy

7th December | 10am – 1pm | £7 suggested donation


The viewer responds to the kinetic quality of the radiant words by following their movement–and their arrested patterns – with her eyes. (Carrie Noland, 2002. “Digital Gestures.”)

– these tiny movements of attention we will work to make tangible in the session.

It is an open-ended, playful literary analysis, attempted through movement – tracking reactions to text, (written, spoken, heard) and building on these responses. I bring recordings, of noise or speech, I offer text to read aloud; and I offer text in different two-and three-dimensional formats, or compositions, to encounter via movement.

Beginning with exercises to sharpen reaction to words and garnering energy, we will then try to reach a state of concentration-confusion-immersion in language-being in one’s own head – comparable to states of mind in works of fiction like Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce, or Anne Carson’s poetry, or E.E. Cummings’s. We look at textual analysis as a physical experience in real time – by paying attention to punctuation, whitespace, associations with certain words or rhythms, and the other people in the room. Free writing and silence/listening will also be part of the session.

The aim is to create an envelopment in material, an environment that keeps generating – both for the individual mover and the group.



OPENLAB sessions are open to any performers: dancers, musicians, actors and anyone interested in presence and awareness in performance.

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 (

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 OL sessions) and of £5 for the 2-hour long ones (‘White Canvas’).

Chisenhale Dance Space
64-84 Chisenhale Road
E3 5QZ


About the Artist:

I am a choreographer, performer and writer working in extended choreography and performative writing, based in Berlin. I have a degree in performance from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. I have a recent feeling of optimistic future-romanticism – which probably comes from reading a lot of Kurt Vonnegut. And from collaborating more with my partner on virtual landscapes, which stretches my field of vision into thinking about expanses. On a smaller scale, I’ve always wondered if things getting stuck in my skin all the time is somehow symbolic of how I think.