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>>> Shared Practice <<<
>>> Moving On: dancing in the gap<<<
>>> Inquiry: contact improvisation <<<
>>> Creative Contemporary <<<
>>> Shared Practice
Wednesdays 1.30-3.30 at The Green Community Centre
picture by Jason Brooks with Lorea Burge, Lina Jungergad and Laura Doehler
Apply your curiosity to move and dance as you like by doing it. How would you do it? Does your curiosity rest in presence, style, technique, movement analysis or the tracking of attention? Whatever you bring is welcome as long as your own practice gives space for the co-existence of other inquiries. What we share is the opportunity to expand our creative practice and engage with fellow practitioners whose inquiries might just inform yours too. If you would like to join click here and get back to us.
>>> Moving On: dancing in the gap
An article by Sofie Narbed in Cultural Geographies
picture by Laura Doehler with Sofie Narbed
This article reflects on an audio-movement project produced during the Covid-19 pandemic by London-based performance collective Exit Map. It explores how the physicality of somatic experience might be translated and expanded through the medium of sound, and what movement improvisation might offer as a practice for inhabiting uncertainty and meeting the unknown.
To read it, click here
>>> inquiry: contact improvisation
picture by Alexandre Tessier with Laura Doehler and Brandon Gonzales
Do you want to know how Contact Improvisation teachers continue learning? This year, the Freiburg CI festival had their comeback after a few years post Covid closure and part of the festival marks a CI research for practitioners from across the world to exchange ideas, news and to progress together. To document some of the learning, interviews were recorded that reflected labs and researches which are now available online. Click here to watch them
>>> Creative Contemporary
picture by SDS
Every Wednesday 6.30-8.30pm at Siobhan Davies Studios
The last classes for this term with Laura Doehler: open level and regular opportunity for adults to develop their dance and choreography skills. Participants develop their skills and confidence with movement, further embodied intelligence, kinaesthetic awareness, and curiosity through movement
exploration and phrases and opportunities for individual and collective creative decision making.
Some connections make you fly and at other times the disconnect will free you!
>>> expanded park practices <<<
>>> CI in July <<<
>>> Secular Rituals in June <<<
>>> expanded park practices :
weeks commencing 26th of June + 10th and 17th of July
Mondays and Wednesdays: 11am -1pm in Hilly Fields
A led movement practice by Laura Doehler to enable a fluid and wholesome connectivity within body and body to space followed by a self led practice.
donations welcome from 'bring yourself' to 'water melon' to 'hard currency'.
Saturdays or Sundays: any time any park in SE London via Openly Spaced Out
This is our platform for people to say when and where they want to meet and move. An embodied socializing score, we suspend ourselves between conversations and moving as we feel on the day. It usually sits on a Sunday but now we move it to Sat or Sunday. If you are not yet on the group, email us your phone number and reference 'Openly Spaced Out' to be added to our WhatsApp group.
>>> CI in July:
21st til 23rd of July
As many of you are CI- lovers we want to draw you close to what is happening at Goldsmiths University in SE London. Besides regular classes https://www.cigoldsmiths.com/ there is this 3-day mini-festival with a choice of three CI intensives and six afternoon classes including bodywork, jamming and installations. Don't miss out and book soon. This is the booking link.
>>> Secular Rituals in June
17. +18.06.2023 in Ponderosa, Germany
As part of 'Changing Climates' a curated program on sustainability at Ponderosa, Laura D. (co-director of Exit Map) shares her work on collective somatic movement practices (secular rituals) that create pathways towards social and environmental connectivity. Looking at the fabric of cultural organizations like Ponderosa, an expanded choreography reframes product, purpose and identity to foster sustainable collaboration models. This event tails and expands our 'Architectures of Togetherness' project which began at Ponderosa as residency 'Radical Inclusion' and brought up conversations that culminated in our zine (Jan 2023) and the 'Dinner of Doing Things' (May 2023).
In the coming months we may repeat the 'Dinner of Doing Things', meaning a time to meet at your or someone else's home where, whoever hosts, speaks about their personal or home needs that others are there to support. It is a practice of opening doors, meeting more intimately and of unholding space by allowing others to support you. During those hours, at some point, in some way, we will share food. If you would like to be involved send us an email ref 'Dinner of Doing Things'.
Practices, Archive and Online Library
>>>Zine and Dinner of Doing Things<<<
Architecture of Togetherness
Wednesdays 1.30pm- 3.30pm, at The Green in Nunhead SE London
Open to movement practitioners and those with peripheral practices.
Next set of dates you can sign up for:
Feb: 22.02.2023 and March 01/08/15/22/29.03.2023 @ 13.30- 15.30pm
Openly Spaced Out
Sunday mornings and, in addition, whenever someone calls it, in Hilly Fields Park or other local parks SE London. Open to all.
This meetup serves a reconnecting to nature as we move outdoors and enjoy socialising at the same time. It tunes a togetherness that is bodily aware, integrating a way of socialising that is mobile, can breathe and pause. It's up to you if you want to speak much or little, move or rest. What matters is the open negotiation of it and to become increasingly more relaxed to move as we feel like and need to in this social and public sphere that has nature as witness and support. We hope to inspire a regularity to shape new habits and expand into a bodily aware togetherness.
Peripheral Practices (local)
Fridays 2.30pm- 4.30pm in New Cross, Open to experienced practitioners. If interested please contact Monica @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturdays our Goldsmiths Contact class and jam is about to come back. Different teachers will be invited, special offers for Goldsmiths students as usual. More information to come.
Wednesdays 6.30-8.30pm at Siobhan Davies Studios with Laura Doehler. Open to all. A class to integrate coordination and learn basic phrasing by exploring developmental patterns and choreographic scores in improvisation and at times partner work.
Town Square Studio
Siobhan Davies Studios are inviting dance artists to use their studios for movement practice and artistic research. Low-cost and easy to book, Town Square Studio offers a fortnightly space for spontaneous and creative encounters.
Purple Ladies class and lab
Tuesdays in Peckham, the Purple Ladies offer a morning class open to all to integrate mobility and warm up to then enter a research phase in the afternoon where dance artists can lab and explore individual and shared performance ideas. For more information please email: email@example.com
Moving On Archive
Still live and going strong, a creative online space to discover the philosophy and timeline of Moving On, including some of the audio guides for you to try out for free.
Online audio library
For more audios that were created by 11 UK based somatic dance practitioners and performance artists. As it is subscripiton based, we recommend to sign up for a month, cancel right away and enjoy exploring the various audios for the period of a month.
>>>Zine and Dinner of Doing Things
C. Vasilikou and L. Doehler initiated a research called Architecture of Togetherness that stems from residencies at the arts and community space Ponderosa and works towards the development of their site and vision as well as other communities in London and abroad. The question we ask is how somatic practices shape a togetherness which would impact our views on identity and values and consequently informs the way we inhabit, interact and therefore build (or dismantle) our environment. We invited our Exit Map community to take part because these questions concern us all and many are interested to exchange and share the process of vision making towards a more socially, bodily aware and environmentally connected way of life. Our processes (dinners and meetups where we speak and move) brought forth this gorgeous and rich Zine you can view here.
They also initiated more project proposals and the Dinner of Doing Things will mark the next step of this shared pathway. It is an opportunity to meet a small group of people (incl yourself) at their home where we can share what we need help with to build or fix our space or simply manage home life. We figured that this way we can co-author our home spaces and dismantle some of the walls that separate us while enjoying bodily conversations as we work together. It is an age old format that we pick up to commit to being present with one another and the spaces that extend away and back into us. If you are interested get in touch until 05.02.2023 outlining
- which day/ hour of the week you can meet on a regular basis for about a month for a couple of hours each.
- which area you live in.
Based on that information we will create groups of up to four people that will meet once a week for a month.
With so much going on we figured we would like to employ someone to help us with our organisation once a week. If you are or know someone who loves project management and who is curious to explore unconventional social entrepreneurship with us, get in touch. Ideally you are based in SE London because much of our work concerns the community around here and being able to actually share space once in a while is the way we work. If interested and for more information please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
These are performance events from artists that practice and work with us
Will Lang will perform at the Live Art Club in Deptford
50 Resolution Way SE8 4AL
Vibrant Matter will be at Bloomsbury Theatre with 'DJ Whimsy or what will the climate be like'
In case you haven't seen our trailer from the past Moving On events (which we hope to bring back soon) have a look!
>>>Archive Online and Live <<<
>>>Shared Practice Open Call<<<
>>>Audio Guides for Sunday Meetup<<<
If you like to read on yet feel the screen tiredness numbing your body and consequently mind, we recommend wiggling and shaking as you read. Breathe deeply and if you like, loudly - that way your neighbours are reminded to breathe too, wiggle and shake and have a laugh.
The archive can also be visited as part of an exhibition at Goldsmiths University, London this Saturday 5th of November. The exhibition, curated by Jiaying Goa, presents and contemplates the various ways through which we archive dance. Click here for more information
Both platforms offer plenty of media and material to engage with and are free to access.
We hope you enjoy the archive and that it brings back great memories as it does for us! Many thanks go to the directors of Exit Map A. Thiriot, T. Soubry and L. Doehler as well as collaborator A. Labant for tracing and shaping the archive.
>>>Shared Practice Open Call
We are reopening our Shared Practice and warmly invite you to join. Until the end of the year there are 5 slots you can sign up for (Wednesdays 1.30pm - 3.30pm) and the deadline to do so is this Saturday 5th of November. For more information check here.
>>>Audio Guides for Sunday Practice
For a time out in your local park or nature why not use our audios to connect body to sensory perception and nature more thoroughly? The online archive link offers via the timeline various audios to engage with. A wider collection of audios is also available via our Spotify portal that features 25 audios of dance and sound artists who facilitated Moving On. They are 20 min + audio guides that you can play via your phone and headphones when you want to move outdoors. The guides encompass meditative and contemplative modes as well as dynamic ones that get you warm and moving. You can use them anytime or join us as we go out every Sunday in our local SE London park or wherever you are. To organise ourselves (where and when) we have a WhatsApp group you can join. More information here.
If you came to our Moving On events you might find yourself right in it, if you didn't this trailer should give you a taste of what it was and what is going to come as we are looking to create more events. Currently however we are enjoying past audios via the archive and Spotify to create an independent practice where people can choose which audio they want to move to depending on what they need on the day.
- 5th of November Avant Premiere of DJ Whimsy in Annonay, France by Exit Map co-director Tania Sourby. The production will afterwards premiere in Luxembourg in December and comes to Bloomsbury Theatre, London 24th of April. It's a hilarious and tragic rave musical comedy on climate change with performers Pepa Ubera, Laura Doehler, Tania Soubry and Henrique Furtado.
- 26th and 27th of November @Goldsmiths University, a weekend of Contact Improvisation will take place, hosted by Robert Anderson, Simonetta Alessandri and Mark Rietema as well as many co-facilitators such as L. Doehler, M. Chabert and Magda Radlowska. The weekend celebrates 50 years of Contact Improvisation and features, workshops, discussions and installations. For more information contact us or the organisers via Facebook London Contact Improvisation.
- Architecture of Togetherness. A project by Laura Doehler and Carolina Vasilikou that has been evolving over the recent past at Ponderosa, Germany.
We continue the research how dance and the collective inhabiting and building of spaces can create a progressive model of togetherness and we would love to hear from you if you would like to meet up to exchange about ideas. Why? Because the conception of what we imagine has to come from many not one or two. If you dance and have an interest in rethinking societal structures through other media, interests or professions why not write an noncommittal email to email@example.com?
>>>Shared Practice is Openly Spaced Out<<<
>>>Audio Guide Library<<<
>>>Post Walk + Talk + Cake<<<
Our past three events and some of the workshops we did inspired this little trailer. You might find yourself right in it: Click here to view our new trailer
>>>Shared Practice is Openly Spaced Out
We have created a regular practice outdoors in our locals parks (Hilly Fields, Mountsfield Park or Ladywell Fields) on a Sunday morning. We will announce who will be there on our Openly Spaced Out WhatsApp group that you can join. The practice consist of rocking up at a described location and time, and enjoy moving in whichever way you want. Dancing, laying in the tall grass, chasing balls like dogs, chatting to whoever else turned up or listening to an episode of our audio library (underneath).
If you want to join us you can
1) join the WhatsApp group Openly Spaced Out by sending us an email with your name and number, ref Openly Spaced Out
2) directly get back to us within a week and let us know which day suits you more as we are looking to create a regular practice rather than switching days each weekend. Whichever day gets more votes will become the meet up day.
For more information as to what this practice is go and visit here.
>>>Audio Guide Library
And here it is, our first tentative step towards an audio guide library where you can find the audios we have created and shared over the past couple of years. Made by various UK based dance and sound artists, this is only a 1st selection of 25 audios and many more are to come but please bear with us. It is featured on Spotify via Anchor where you can subscribe to it and where the income generated goes back to the artists and Exit Map as it manages the platform. It is there to support your personal outdoor practice that you can use anytime anywhere, say a lunch break or an early evening stroll but of course also for our Openly Spaced Out meetup that will happen on weekends.
>>>Post Walk + Talk + Cake
It was wonderful. Moving, sunny, lovely, with clothes finding new bodies and cakes being shared en masse. Thank you all for coming and hopefully soon more!
This is a preview of our Moving On archive coming up ... very soon!
Digital Archive: Moving On - Siobhan Davies Archive
"We wanted to make sure that we, the local SE London collective of humans, were OK because people all around us suffered from the effects of being socially distanced and from immobility by always being at home. Progressively various aspects naturally grew and opened our perceptions to how we make sense of nature, how language and collectivity lay the foundation for personal, professional and social development and how dance is being reassigned new meaning when we move with nature; the one outside of us and the one inside of us becoming increasingly inseparable. We found ourselves connected to the more-than-human and by engaging with it every week, like a ritual, it changed us, gave us strength and an outlook for a future where life and matter are more organically linked.”