Something from nothing: performance composition workshop


something from nothing:
a live performance composition workshop with an emphasis on collaborative methods
5 & 6 July, 10am – 2pm*
£50 – Tickets available here
led by: Karen Christopher & Sophie Grodin

A walk in silence, a performance directive, a devising process, material created collaboratively to share with fellow participants.

This two-part workshop will be a swift journey through the first steps of idea and realisation. The workshop involves crisp actions toward making without initially engaging too much thought. This direct approach is followed by reflection, response, and development.  Group collaboration strategies are employed to inspire individual breakthrough. Trading, stealing, and imitating the work of fellow participants blurs boundaries of authorship while stimulating new individual directions. Finding ways to access both conscious and unconscious methods of creating work, participants exercise their own ability to turn off the inner critic and simply present what comes, as well as practicing creative methods to employ critical faculties once new material emerges.

The workshop is appropriate for any experience, ability, or age level and accommodates multiple disciplines.

Participants should be prepared to move but only to the level of their own comfort and ability.

Notebooks or other writing/recording devices essential.

Queries welcome: or 020 8981 6617

About the Workshop Leaders:

Karen Christopher is a collaborative performance maker, performer, and teacher. Her London-based company, Haranczak/Navarre Performance Projects, is devoted to collaborative processes. She was with Chicago-based Goat Island performance group for 20 years until the group disbanded in 2009. Karen is an Associate Research Fellow in the School of Arts, Birkbeck College and Honorary Fellow of Falmouth University.

Sophie Grodin is a Danish performance maker working in London and Copenhagen.  She graduated in Performance Arts from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (BA, 2013). She is a co-creator of ROOM (2012), and has worked with Karen Christopher’s Haranczak/Navarre Performance Projects since 2011.

*Participants should note that the workshop is progressive over two days. The first three hours are facilitator-lead, the final hour is for shared studio use.

Photo Credit: Jemima Yong