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  • Invisible Festival | Exit Map

    Invisible Festival from a community for a community Our Exit Map community of people and artists creates new and progressive ways of being together with others and our environment. The invisible festival offers the many skills we have as dance and performance artists, sound artists, story tellers, food mak ers, therapists and architects to create an experience for the wider London community to grow meaningful connections inside one of our urban natural environments. Why invisible? Joining this festival means joining a time out by not taking a phone inside. We offer a return to being in the world without distraction. We share ways of listening and attuning to what surrounds us to co-inhabit a space that is inclusive of all people and the more-than human. We experience the magic of loosing clock time to find flow and ease to alter or return to an intuitive togetherness. Once inside, you won't have to be at a certain time at a certain place. You will simply be and let sounds, movement and performances emerge. Without phone, photographs and uploads this festival will leave no material, proof or traces simultaneously or afterwards. This festival only exists there and then. Once past, there will only be memories to give space for new things yet again to emerge. If you want to join, you need to come. To be invisible beyond the actual event shows that truly seeing each other and being together emerges by attending, listening and attuning through our senses and bodies. As we spread our wings and become part of the world around us we return to the simple and deep magic of life itself. Our ambition is that when you leave you've grown as a person, grown as a community from and back into the place you inhabited there and then which too has grown with you.

  • Moving On Dialouges | Exit Map

    Moving on by creating dialogues with local residents Olan Homes Olan Homes Exit Map connects to you and organizations that support communities and social housing residents in Lewisham London, Manchester and Leeds to create a fabric of social cohesion. Together we thread networks to keep people safe, supported and free to expand their of home by making the wider neighbourhood to be an integrated part of what we call our own and by renewing our relationships with people and places. ​ ​ WORKSHOP/ GET TOGETHER - offer - 2.5 hour workshop by artists who create Moving On installations - to facilitate a journey to get you out into your local green spaces with your neighbours - to connect to people and places in new ways with plenty of time to exchange and meet. ~We offer an embodiment - a state of togetherness that is at core physical, active and regenerative. Based on Moving On , we turn to our local environment, with housing co-operatives, associations as well as community centres as hosts as they support their residents and/ or local community to imagine a shared future where we move on together as a collective body - where all are welcome and where nature forms an extension of all of us.~ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Workshop with Olan Homes Lewisham, London ​ ​ Workshop with Sanford Co-op Lewisham, London ​ 07/05/2022 11.30am - 2pm Open to residents of Sanford Housing Co-op and locals Facilitator: Laura Doehler and Dan Nicholls 07/05/2022 3pm - 6pm Open to Olan Homes residents Facilitator: Laura Doehler Read on who, where and for whom we offer FREE workshops. Listings will be updated with new hosts throughout the coming months. And underneath more information if you want to host one! 2 Workshops with Besson Street Community Garden Lewisham, London to book a FREE ticket click on the date 29/05/2022 11.30am - 2pm Open to local residents Facilitator: Sara Ruddock 26/06/2022 11.30am - 2pm Open local residents Workshop with Nettleton Co-op Lewisham, London 28/05/2022 11.30am - 2pm Open to residents of Nettleton housing Co-op, and local residents Facilitator: Tania Soubry Post event talk at Boggart Hole Clough, Lake Side Cafe , Manchester 19/06/2022 after the audio (around 1.30) until 3pm Open to residents and community members from and around Boggart Hole Clough Park Facilitator: Amy Voris Workshop at Meanwood Valley Urban Farm, Leeds 19/06/2022 11.00am - 1.30pm Open to residents and community members from and around Meanwood Valley Farm Facilitator: Vanessa Grasse Workshop at The Albany, London 25/06/2022 4pm - 6.30pm Open to Three Borough co-op residents and community members from and around the Albany. As part of the workshop we will walk to Deptford beach! ​ Workshop at The Green, London 26/06/2022 11am - 1.30pm Open to community members from and around the Green. As part of the workshop we will walk to Nunhead Cemetry. Do you want to bring a workshop to your own Lewisham/ Leeds or Manchester community? If you are a group of people who form part of a local community or if you have a space like a community centre or housing initiative and you want to offer this opportunity to your group and/ or local community just email us: info.exitmap@gmail.com There is nothing that you need but the enthusiasm to make it happen! ​ ​ ​ ​ ​

  • Code Of Conduct | Exit Map

    Code Of Conduct The Duty of Members Each Member has a duty to protect the health and well-being of all people and members of Exit Map who engage with activities and events of Exit Map in every circumstance. Each Member must make sure that s/he behaves with integrity and honesty. The Member shall demonstrate Ethical Awareness Respect the rights and dignity of all individuals Comply with the laws and regulations governing the practice of his/her profession or responsibilities Carry out duties in a professional and ethical way Ensure that any advertising is truthful, accurate, not misleading and complies with any relevant legislation Undertake research ethically Keep professional knowledge and skills up to date Act within the limits of the Member’s knowledge, skills and experience and, if necessary, refer on to another professional Maintain proper and effective communications with members and service users. You must communicate properly and effectively Assist and advise other members as set out. Effectively supervise tasks appropriately delegated that you have asked other people to carry out. Obtain informed consent to carry classes or interventions Keep accurate records Deal safely with risks Limit work or stop practising if the Member’s performance or judgement is affected by health issues. Each Member has a duty to take action if health issues could be harming his/her fitness to practise Act in the best interests of service users and members Respect the confidentiality of service users and members Maintain high standards of personal conduct. You must behave with honesty and integrity and make sure that your behaviour does not damage the public’s confidence in your profession and Exit Map Get informed consent when using touch or what might be perceived intimate with the pubic When actively participating in the running of events you must adhere to risk assessment Complaints or concern should go directly to Exit Map directors Deal fairly and safely with the risks of infection ​ Respect the rights and dignity of all individuals ​ Each Member must show through their practice and conduct a respect for the rights and dignity of all individuals regardless of  gender  family status  marital status  age  disability  sexual orientation  religion  race  ethnicity, including membership of the Traveller Community  nationality ​ Members should be capable of working across different cultural groups. Members’ behaviour, attitudes and policies need to support effective work in cross-cultural situations. Members should be aware of dynamics that can come from differences in culture and study and develop their practice and services to better serve service users’ needs. ​ Undertake research ethically Proposed research projects should be submitted to the appropriate authority for approval prior to commencing research. Research should not proceed under any circumstances without the necessary ethical approval. Such approval should be identified in the research documentation e.g. participation, recruitment, communication. Members must abide by any research and publication laws, regulations, ethics and professional standards. Prior informed consent must be obtained and recorded if service users are to be involved in any form of research. The aims and methods of the proposed research, together with any potential hazards or discomfort and information about how their details will be used should be explained to the potential participant. Members must respect the dignity and protect the welfare of research participants. ​ Act within the limits of professional knowledge, skills and experience and, if necessary, refer on to another professional Members are expected to work within their scope of practice, treating and advising in areas in which they are competent, determined by their education, training and experience. When working at the edges of their experience and cross-disciplinary, Members are expected to undertake extra supervision or consultation with relevant professionals.

  • Laura Doehler | Exit Map

    Laura Doehler co-director of Exit Map Dance and performance ar tist, teacher and choreographer Laura initiates collective processes via Exit Map that install a fluid and sensitive connectivity between self and other. Together with Exit Map she produces work and events that people can participate in and witness. The shedding of boundaries of self and other and the integration of performance and practice as part of everyday life are recurring themes. Projects are brought to life in close dialogue with other people and artists to realize collective ownership defined by processes and embodied dialogues. photo Patrick Beelaert (BE/UK) "Being mindfully and playfully alive while in direct negotiation with what is around me, weaving the trouble with the beautiful. ​ I attend regularly to what moves me with the Shared Practice and Openly Spaced Out . I call them shared secular rituals that foster conversation and collaboration with other people and artists. I want to make sense how movement serves as vehicle for life or aliveness. The findings are shared and shape a community of people and environment. ​ To me the virtuosity of dance is a matter of awareness and articulation that manifests because we regularly attend to it and share it. ​ It is presence that shapes the future. ​ Physically and verbally, technique manifests because we inquire, revisit and affirm. I suspend myself between the experiential and the objective. " ​ work in progress @ the Green Performance and teaching history Fall in CI workshop, Turkey ​ Staging Ages , h2dance Say Something by h2dance Cyr meets CI CI movement research at NCCA ​ ​ ​ 2003 ‘moving, moved, you move me’ choreography and performance by L. Doehler NOR 2003 ‘Rites de Passage’ by Sonic word and dance communitas, DE 2005 ‘På Gränsen’ by h2dance, touring SWE and NOR 2005 ‘Entertain Yourself’ participatory solo by and with L. Doehler @ Stranger Than Fiction, UK and @ Ponderosa, DE 2005 ‘Hive/ Silencer’, by Naomi Levebvre Sell, UK >> 2006 North East Youth Dance Meeting, teaching contemporary and devising @Perform(d)ance, DE 2007 ‘To Die For’ by h2dance, touring UK, SWE, NOR 2007 ‘Unknown’ duet created by L. Doehler and performed by L. Doehler and Leila Huwiler @ Leipziger Tanztheater 40 year Jubilee, DE >> 2008 ‘Word Game Workshop’ performance coordination for Kinetika Art International, UK 2009 Kings Cross by Pedro Pires, performer and rehearsal director, touring Portugal >> 2010 teaching professional class at GDA, UK >> 2010 ‘Moondog’ teaching and choreographing at Perform(d)ance, DE 2010 ‘And so to bed, by Shane Shambu, UK 2010 ‘Apologetics', by Michael Picknett, UK 2011 ‘Say Something’ by h2dance, performer, UK touring UK, SWE and NOR 2011 Solo ‘Selbstvergessen’ created and performed Laura Doehler @ Perform(d)ance Jubilee, DE 2012 Improvisation with Leopard Ladies @ Chisenhale Agony Art, UK >> 2012 ‘Mein Name ist Mensch’ teaching and choreographing at Perform(d)ance, DE >> 2012 - ongoing Shared Practice, independent training and movement research facilitation >> 2013 ‘Mein Name ist Mensch’ co-choreographer and dancer as part of an intercultural youth outreach project, DE >> 2012 - ongoing teaching movement in HE, practice and research, at the National Centre of Circus Arts London, UK >> 2013/14 ‘Fremd’ teaching and choreographing at Perform(d)ance, DE 2015 ‘Redux Project’ by Richard DeDomenici and BBC, UK 2015 ‘Staging Ages’ by h2dance, touring SWE, UK 2016 ‘Kronos’ by Marina Collard @ Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, UK 2017 ‘My Turf’ duet by L. Doehler performer by L. Doehler and Monsur Ali @ Leipziger Tanztheater, DE 2018- 2023 performer and collaborator for ‘Anthropo+ screen- by-products’ by Mary Pearson, UK 2018 ‘Bad Faith’ by Tara D’ Arquien, UK and BE *** 2014- 2018 Teaching Contact Improvisation @Tripspace and London Contact Improvisation, London UK​ 2017/18 ‘Say Something’ by h2dance, UK, SWE and NOR *** 2017 guest teacher for contact improvisation at Freiburg Festival, DE *** 2017 teaching CI workshops at GIRNE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY, Cyprus *** 2017 teacher at the Paris New Years Jam, FR *** 2018 ‘Cyr seeks CI’, movement research led and taught by L.Doehler, collaboration between NCCA and LSCD, UK *** 2018 teaching CI workshops @ Conservatório de Dança do Vale do Sousa, PRT *** 2018 teaching CI workshops at Fall in CI, Turkey *** 2018 CI and improvisation research at Au Brana, FR 2018 ‘Stone Draggers’ by Laura Wilson, UK >> 2018 - ongoing teaching contemporary and improvisation at Siobhan Davies Studios, UK >> 2018/19/20 guest lecturer ‘Devising scenography with somatics’ @ Central School of Speech and Drama, UK *** 2019 teaching CI workshop at LOFFT theatre, Leipzig DE *** 2019 ‘Cyr seeks CI’ article publication with Contact Quarterly, Contact Improvisation Newsletter *** 2019 teaching CI intensive at Netherlands Contact Improvisation Festival, NL *** 2019 teaching at Freiburg CI festival, DE 2019/2020 ‘LOUD OBJECT’, performer and collaborator, by Maria Zemlinsky and Robson Barreto, UK 2019/2020 ‘Cloudmeeting’, improvised movement sound installation in collaboration with Louise Walleneit and Olli Holland, DE 2020 ‘Deep, Deepen, Deepening’ by Laura Wilson, UK 2020 Who Is John Wick? by and with Laura Doehler @ The Green, UK >> 2020 teaching prof class @ Independent Dance, UK >> 2021 teaching Contemporary Dance on Graduate Certificate in Dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance, UK *** 2021 teaching CI as intensive teacher at Letanec CI festival, CZ >> 2022 ‘The Ultimate Storyboard’ choreographic guidance for colab at Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance, UK 2022/23 ‘Dj Whimsy or What the Climate will be Like’ by Vibrant Matter, LUX 2023 Improvisations with paintings, performer for Catherine Long, UK 2023 ‘Charco’, by Pepa Ubera, UK 2023 ‘Through Sensuous Landscapes’ by Vibrant Matter, LUX *** 2023 teaching CI workshops at Goldsmith CI and CI Minifest, London UK 2024 'A Dance of Becoming' by Lizzy Le Quesne, UK >> 2024 Teaching Improvisation @ The Place, UK >> 2024 Teaching 'Collective Movements' with Exit Map artists, UK Performance and Teaching Contact Improvisation Performance Making

  • Elisa Vassena | Exit Map

    Elisa Vassena painting by Elisa Vassena Elisa is co-facilitating Collective Movements and joins/ supports the Shared Practice with Exit Map. Elisa is a performer and movement artist with a self-taught visual art practice spanning drawing, cyanotype printing, paper-making, and photography. She holds a BA (First Class Hons) Dance Theatre from LABAN, receiving the Marion North Award for Outstanding Performance for her final year(2011-12). Since then she has worked freelance in a wide range of contexts, from gallery and theatre settings to outdoors and site responsive works. She has performed for and collaborated with various artists, including Tilted Productions (Maresa von Stockert), DKHP, J Neve Harrington, Irina Baldini, Kasia Witek, Pablo Bronstein, Tino Sehgal, Ingvild Isaksen, Anders Duckworth, amongst others. Since 2013 she collaborates with Stella Papi in the duo SALSAROSA, making interactive and durational experiences. Alongside working with others, Elisa follows her own creative desires, bridging her movement and visual art practices into hybrid landscapes, and allowing learning to build, spill and translate across contexts.

  • Towards a Regenerative Culture | Exit Map

    Towards a Regenerative Culture, Together We Are Towards a Regenerative Culture, Together We Are, took place 29.02.2020, a couple of weeks before Covid changed everything. Our Exit Map artists who regularly come together via the Shared Practice, proposed new ways to meet movement and dance, adding a taste of political activism to further a social and environmental integration for our local community and dance hub. Performances, interventions, classes, talks, think tanks, clothes swap and games filled a whole day offering an entertaining yet thoughtful palette that brought people together by activating their minds and bodies to physically experience and share political, social and gender agendas. With left over food provided by local businesses and an audio station that shared interviews with locals we created a landscape that saw everyone involved, affirming the need to speak up and be heard while carefully carving the skills to welcome differences so as to meet togetherness like a blank canvas where a true picture of who we are and what we are living is only ever true when we allow all colours and shapes to paint it. Contributing artists: Laura Doehler Tania Soubry Anne-Gaelle Thiriot Jay Jule Lucy Thane ​ Volunteers: Sebastian Ruiz Alexandra Baybutt Helena Webb Femke Baumann We connect and stand in life with our bodies as medium that hold infinite potentials. ​ Movement and voice, the visual and the audio, the thinking and the sensing body. ​ Awareness through witnessing and participation. ​ We invite you to collectively design and shape the world around. We seek growth by taking an honest and critical stance and present the ideas we have and ask how others understand themselves as part of culture(s) we need to realise and claim. Performances Who is John Wick, work in progress by and with Laura Doehler supported by T. Soubry and A. Thiriot John Wick is a man who kills and gets killed over and over again. He exists as fiction alive in minds, readily obscuring reality. What is it to live in multiple realities, what are the hiding places and what is it we reveal of ourselves when we wear other people’s masks? This work describes a split identity wherein multiple personalities point at isolation and a search to find and make a connect to others. Brave (K)New Rave by and with Tania Soubry This work was in residency at Berlin Ufer Studios until 14.09.2020 ​ A participative performance ​ Let’s rave regenerative stories. How can we live together without beating each other up? How can we dance our way out of crisis? When did you last cry at the news? When did you last dance until sweat dripped down your face? Lie down if you want to, get up when you want. I invite you to listen, to reflect, to dance alone, with me, with us. Octopussies by Anne-Gaelle Thiriot and Jay Yule Performers: Anne-Gaelle Thiriot and Laura Doehler, duet ​ This piece was born out of a desire to explore the female relationship to sexuality and penetration. Drawing on their own individual research, Anne-Gaelle’s physical practice around softness in relationship to tension and desire, meeting Jay’s research into female pleasure and the societal representation of the vulva. Octopussies has been drawing on various cultural approaches to this topic, human and animal. Aiming to evoke and question, they hope to encourage viewers to think about their own sexualities, environments and influences that mould or unmould them. Workshops + Engagements Story Dance by Lucy Thane ​ A “StoryDance” workshop, inspiring people to find movement from a small story that compiles into a group dance linking each small movement and story together. It may become a procession if we wish, it may become what we want it to be. ​ Contact Improvisation Facilitated by A. Thiriot and Laura Doehler ​ Clothes Swap Facilitated by Venice, the whole community brings clothes and takes home new old pieces to enjoy. ​ Reading and Moving Together A workshop by T. Soubry where texts meet embodied and social spaces, creating a new intimacy where words and body intertwine. ​ Making the Green Green A thinktank how to get more plants and community events going to make the community centre more Green ​ Round Table Passing the mic around we gather thoughts and opinions how we feel, act and make life work in Ladywell.

  • News | Exit Map

    News If you scroll from top to bottom you can read our latest to our most outdated newsletter. Enjoy ​ 1st of May 2024 >>> Moving On No Man's Land <<< >>> Moving On Urban Gardens <<< >>> Shared Practice <<< >>> Openly Spaced Out <<< >>> Expression of Interest/ Commission <<< >>>Hubannouncements<<< >> Moving On No Man's Land 2nd of June - booking link here At Garthorne Nature Reserve , from late morning into the afternoon, we let time slip gently down the slopes that caress this tucked away nature reserve. Moving On events fine tune your attention to sensory input in nature. Feel and reconnect to your own body through audio guides, where sounds build imagery to ease movement and find dances inspired by what you see and sense. Let nature move you and connect to land and all that grows from it. The installation is part radio installation and partly transmitted through headphones. >> Moving On Urban Gardens 12th and 19th of May - booking link here We are joining the Glengall Wharf Garden Community in Peckham in May to propose Moving On as an additional movement practice, this time via headphones only. We add our outdoor 'move as you like practice' that we cultivate, to the gardening practice. You can stay on for talks, tea and coffee and join conversations with the volunteers about what and how they do their magic! >>> Shared Practice Our practice in a new place and time! Info and booking here Telegraph Hill Centre on Fridays 11.15am - 1.15pm If you are interested in developing an independent movement practice (contemporary dance, improvisation, somatics) by sharing a studio (which means you are working alongside others and co-create a landscape of explorations and energies), join us. Working independently but together, is a study of co-existence as you are neither alone or working solely together. It sits between the cracks and is one of it's kind. >>> Openly Spaced Out New dates and times! Info and booking here. We are moving over to Sat 11-12noon but you still find us in Hilly Fields or nearby. It's pretty much free and a joyous way to be together and connect to nature more! >>> Expression of Interest/ Commission A commission by The Place to make sense of movement as tool to catalyse collective action. Laura Doehler for and with the volunteers of Glengall Wharf Garden and Ba dance students, creates 10 sessions in the community gardens Glengall Wharf to explore how body and nature provide us with insights and needs that may inform how we run an organisation for the fabric of place, people and environment to heal and grow. Should you want to join 1 or 2 sessions in May ...09/05 ... 13/05 ...16/05/ ... 17/05 ... 20/05 ... 23/05 ... 24/05 ... get in touch. We have a few more spaces open and invite participation from our Exit Map community to get to know the work. Just email: info.exitmap@gmail.com >>>Hubannouncements Check out what our community of artists and practitioners are up to: Performance Performance 10205/24 at 7pm It’s only the world by William Lang feat. Lorea Burge SET Social, Peckham. 55a Nigel Rd, London SE15 4NP A part of Lettuce Perform - goodbye performance party for the Big Think Library. Featuring performances from Aimee Lyon, Cambell McConnell and Fauve Alice Classes and Workshops, London Every Wed. Share and Exchange Community with Purple Ladies 10-11am movement (ladies only), 11-12.30pm Wellbeing, 1-3pm community lunch and skill exchange. Free of charge. Peckham. To join call Dagmara: 07715577276 Every Wed. Creative Contemporary Dance classes, Laura Doehler at Siobhan Davies Studios, Elephant and Castle https://www.siobhandavies.com/classes/creative-contemporary/ Classes and Workshops beyond London CI workshops with Laura Doehler: Info and booking Contact Improvisation Workshop Bristol 25 May Info and Booking Moving Connections Camp, North of London 7/8/9 June Info and Booking Emerging Hearts CI Dance Camp, Somerset 26/27/28/29/30/01st of July Info and booking Buddhafield, Somerset 17/18/19/20/21 July Info and Booking here Dance Makers Lab, Liverpool May An invitation by Mary Pearson to join dance and performance making labs by a range of great artist! May 2/3 Elvan Tekin & Nathaniel Parchment May 9/10 Pavle Heidler May 16/17 Lewys Holt May 23/24 Laura Edwards May 30/31 Sarah Gottlieb W eblink and Booking Play As You Are summer retreat, Amsterdam 5/6/7 July For musicians and movers to explore the relationship between sound and movement with workshops, discussions and performances. Hosted by Maya Felixbrodt, Alexandra Baybutt and Alex Welch Zhenya Kazlou is looking for collaborators to experiment with how perfume scents connect with emotional memory. Suitable for artists, coaches, therapists and those interested in mixing therapeutic modalities. Check here for more information and how to get in touch. March 5th 2024 >>> Openly Spaced Out <<< >>> Shared Practice <<< >>> Collective Movements <<< >>> Moving On <<< >>> Hubannouncements <<< >>> Openly Spaced Out Our outdoor Sunday meetup Openly Spaced Out is having a revamp! For the coming 4 weeks, 10am - 11am in Hilly Fields, we welcome newcomers to join us for 9.30am to receive an introduction to meet the curiosity of newcomers by making time to exchange how it works and get to know each other. We created a booking link which does include a £1 donation to keep it affordable and committed. Of course, by all means, that donation can be more if you love it which will help us organising it. >>> Shared Practice Thursdays: 16.00 - 18.00 drop in £8 at the Green in Nunhead SE15 Move and dance as you feel like. Interested in presence, style, technique, movement analysis or the tracking of attention? Whatever you bring is welcome and will co-exist with other inquiries, creating a landscape of explorations, energies and shapes that influence each other and expand our practices. >>> Collective Movements Thurs 6.30-8.30pm at the Green in Nunhead We started our Collective Movements series which you can still join via drop in bookings . There are a few places available every week. This week Elisa Vassena is going to share her practice between dancing and mark-making/drawing. Elisa's classes will invite us to cultivate curiosity towards different materialities in motion. We will allow our attention to sharpen, shift and drift while engaging with the dynamic plurality of our bodies in relation to others. Imagination, imagery, and object work will be woven into the sessions as sparks for open exploration. >>> Moving On Saturday 23th of March at Glengall Wharf Community Garden in Peckham, we will set up our sound installation Moving On for you to move and dance with. These are spoken audio guides of somatic practices accompanied by sound compositions of local SE London artists. It's a free event to celebrate the Spring Equinox and a wonderful place that you should definitely encounter at some point. Plus!! there will be a sauna firing away (which is not free) but a recent and wonderful addition not to miss out on. >>> Hubannouncements Classes and Workshops Every Wed. Share and Exchange Community with Purple Ladies 10-11am movement (ladies only), 11-12.30pm Wellbeing, 1-3pm community lunch and skill exchange. Free of charge. Peckham. To join call Dagmara: 07715577276 Every Wed. Creative Contemporary, Laura Doehler at Siobhan Davies Studios, Elephant and Castle https://www.siobhandavies.com/classes/creative-contemporary/ 16 March - Contact Improvisation with co-director of Exit Map Anne-Gaelle Thiriot , Goldsmiths University, New Cross https://www.cigoldsmiths.com/ 18 Mar - Monday Night Improvisation with Ali Baybutt, Independent Dance, Elephant & Castle https://www.siobhandavies.com/classes/id-improvisation/ 24 Mar - CI at the Telegraph Hill Festival with Laura Doehler, Monica Giacomin and Mike Doolan. Class and performance jam. 5/6/7 July - Play As You Are summer retreat in Amsterdam for musicians and movers to exploring the relationship between sound and movement with workshops, discussions and performances. Hosted by Maya Felixbrodt, Alexandra Baybutt and Alex Welch Booking and weblink 8 March - Thirteen Moons durational Unperformance First immersion of thirteen moons running from 12pm- 5pm and 7pm-12am. Theme: Meeting What? It will distil and emerge through who is participating. For details: William Woolf 07908366369 31.01.2024 ​ >>> Exit Map Hub <<< >>> Shared Practice<<< >>> Collective Movements <<< >>> Hub announcements <<< >>> Exit Map Hub We started doing socials and you are welcome to join! It is a local meetup (SE London) to come back to an in-person contact where time can momentarily sink to the bottom of a tea pot. The spaces we find ourselves in are our homes where another level of trust can provide for things to be said, felt and shared that otherwise we guard and lock away because we cannot find the keys no more. One of these crystalized as a long durational 13 lunar cycles unperformance art project in Brixton that invites you to join. To find out more leave a voice note for CollectivAelchemy +44(0)7908366369 Curious. Characters. Energetic signatures. Juxtapositions. Compositions. Choreographies. Content. Voices ringing true enough and less than true. Reactions catalysing actions playing hollowed out lines of mimicries, marooned somehow. Typecastings. Caricature. Reverence. Irreverence. Textures. Cloyings. Blockings. Ghostings. Provokings. Clearings. Trueings. Press Play. >>> Shared Practice Thursdays: 16.00 - 18.00 drop in £8 at the Green in Nunhead SE15 Move and dance as you feel like or want to explore. Does your curiosity rest in presence, style, technique, movement analysis or the tracking of attention? Whatever you bring is welcome and will co-exist with other inquiries, creating a landscape of explorations, energies and shapes that cross-influence each other and expand creative practices. ​ ​ >>> Collective Movements Start: 22.02.2024 every Thur 18.30 - 20.30 at the Green in Nunhead SE15 Early bird booking here until 03.02.2024 Drop in booking here Our aim is to find greater freedom in our dances that emerges by understanding and coordinating our movement and the fine tuning of our attention on how movement transcends our personal body into shared rhythms, energies, breath and where gravity and space nurture a dynamic togetherness. 3 practitioners offer their distinct and interdisciplinary approaches: Elisa Vassena (IT/ UK) Playfully moving between dancing and mark-making/drawing, Elisa's classes will invite us to cultivate curiosity towards different materialities in motion. We will allow our attention to sharpen, shift and drift while engaging with the dynamic plurality of our bodies in relation to others. Imagination, imagery, and object work will be woven into the sessions as sparks for open exploration. Sara Ruddock (SWE/UK) The sessions with Sara invite listening through the body, as a relational and multi-sensory practice, playing with viscerality of voice, sound, rhythm and vibration, being with potentials and many moving parts. Tending to what might open if I listen through the in-betweens and edges of my perception, and how the way I listen might change my experience. You are invited to be with questions that the practice generates for you, as well as co-creating scores/loose frames for improvising together. Laura Doehler (DE/UK) Laura’s classes will enable us to openly and respectfully meet the perceptive field of territories and boundaries that we bring into the shared space through our bodies and histories. We will work with, pull and stretch our entanglements with these fluid, alien and intimate identities we own to viscerally explore collective sense making through gentle contact work, bodily listening and tuning practices for a new shared imagination to emerge. >>> Hub announcements Every Sunday - Exit Map: local SE London park to move and talk. Free of charge. What and how: https://www.exitmap.org/openly-spaced-out 09 Jan - Every Tues. Improvisation with Laura Doehler, term enrolment only at The Place, Euston https://theplace.org.uk/classes-courses/c-c-sp24-improvisation-drop-in 10 Jan - every Wed. Share and Exchange Community with Purple Ladies 10-11am movement (ladies only), 11-12.30pm Wellbeing, 1-3pm community lunch and skill exchange. Free of charge. Peckham. To join call Dagmara: 07715577276 10 Jan - every Wed. Creative Contemporary, Laura Doehler at Siobhan Davies Studios, Elephant and Castle https://www.siobhandavies.com/classes/creative-contemporary/ 3 & 4 Feb - Introduction to the Laban/Bartenieff Movement System of analysis and somatic practice, Brockley https://alexandrabaybutt.co.uk/education/intensive-workshop-info-registration/ 18 Feb - Contact Improvisation with Laura Doehler, Goldsmiths University, New Cross https://www.cigoldsmiths.com/ 18 Mar - Monday Night Improvisation with Ali Baybutt, Independent Dance, Elephant & Castle https://www.siobhandavies.com/classes/id-improvisation/ ​ 24 Mar - CI at the Telegraph Hill Festival with Laura Doehler, Monica Giacomin and Mike Doolan. Class and performance jam. Watch this space for more information Reading Moving On Dancing in the Gap by Sofie Narbed with Exit Map 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 Equity in Working Conditions in Dance by Alexandra Baybutt Fresh from the digital press, EDN has released the research publication mapping equitable practices in the European contemporary dance sector by Dr. Alexandra Baybutt. We invite you to dive in and take your time to explore the multitudes of knowledge, insights and examples. The publication offers tools for reflection and tools for practice to help us rethink and redesign the way we do things together. Access the publication here 03.01.2024 ​ >>> Exit Map Hub <<< >>> Shared Practice <<< >>> Collective Movements <<< >>> Hubannouncements <<< >>> Exit Map Hub In the past year we explored what makes a functioning collective. We looked at architectures of togetherness and the movement within and amongst us through collective practices. With residencies, conversations and dances we realised that at heart authorship, ownership as well as a shared sense of responsibility have to be integrated and nurtured. 2024 for Exit Map means going forward by proactively involving and representing the people more who participate and share our ethos by highlighting our diverse approaches and solutions that articulate how movement impacts our way of life. Now our Shared Practice is stronger co-facilitated and our initiative Collective Movements , is a sharing of practices towards embodied connectivity for people to dance together and develop a personal voice in movement alongside a renewed sense of togetherness. Hubannouncements will feature classes, performances, recommendations and thoughts to bring together a range of voices that indicate the directions we choose and invite you to join. If you would like to join the hub, come to our classes and/ or become a member ! >>> Shared Practice NEW TIMES! Thursdays: 16.00 - 18.00 Early Bird Booking here until 07.01.2024 Move and dance as you feel like or want to explore. Does your curiosity rest in presence, style, technique, movement analysis or the tracking of attention? Whatever you bring is welcome and will co-exist with other inquiries, creating a landscape of explorations, energies and shapes that cross-influence each other and expand creative practices. ​ >>> Collective Movements ​ Start: 22.02. 2024, for 6 sessions, every Thursday 18.30 - 20.30 Early bird booking here until 03.02.2024 An adult mixed level class that offers explorations of improvisation scores, instant ccomposition and ensemble thinking. 3 multidisciplinary established dance artists share how our bodies can tune in to one another and relate in harmony as well as disonance in movement. Their distinct approaches utilize techniques of touch, sensation, imagery, drawing, sounding and embodied listening to invite curiousity and receptivity towards the movement and energies we own and those that surround us. It is a journey into a sense making of the moving body and its pathway into interconnectivity. Our aim is to find greater freedom in our dances that emerges by understanding and coordinating our movement with greater skill and by fine tuning our attention on how movement transcends our personal body into shared rhythms, energies, breath and where gravity and space nurture a dynamic togetherness. ​ ​ >>> Hubannouncement s Performance 09 Jan - Research Sharing 'A Dance of Becoming' by Lizzy Le Quesne (material: Improvisation and Skinner Release), limited availability, Bishops Gate. If interested email info.exitmap@gmail.com Classes Every Sunday - Exit Map: local SE London park to move and talk. Free of charge. What and how: https://www.exitmap.org/openly-spaced-out 09 Jan - Every Tues. Improvisation with Laura Doehler, term enrolment only at The Place, Euston https://theplace.org.uk/classes-courses/c-c-sp24-improvisation-drop-in 10 Jan - every Wed. Share and Exchange Community with Purple Ladies 10-11am movement (ladies only), 11-12.30pm Wellbeing, 1-3pm community lunch and skill exchange. Free of charge. Peckham. To join call Dagmara: 07715577276 10 Jan - every Wed. Creative Contemporary, Laura Doehler at Siobhan Davies Studios, Elephant and Castle https://www.siobhandavies.com/classes/creative-contemporary/ 25 Jan - Wilding your Inner Wolf, Ali Baybutt & Wendy Windle, Peckham http://loveyogapeckham.com/book-now#tmup=/p/323873-love-yoga-peckham/login/ 3 & 4 Feb - Introduction to the Laban/Bartenieff Movement System of analysis and somatic practice, Brockley https://alexandrabaybutt.co.uk/education/intensive-workshop-info-registration/ 18 Feb - Contact Improvisation with Laura Doehler, Goldsmiths University, New Cross https://www.cigoldsmiths.com 18 Mar - Monday Night Improvisation with Ali Baybutt, Independent Dance, Elephant & Castle https://www.siobhandavies.com/classes/id-improvisation/ Reading Moving On Dancing in the Gap by Sofie Narbed with Exit Map 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 Equity in Working Conditions in Dance by Alexandra Baybutt Fresh from the digital press, EDN has released the research publication mapping equitable practices in the European contemporary dance sector by Dr. Alexandra Baybutt. We invite you to dive in and take your time to explore the multitudes of knowledge, insights and examples. The publication offers tools for reflection and tools for practice to help us rethink and redesign the way we do things together. Access the publication here ​ ​ ​ 08/11/2023 ​ >>> 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. Booking: https://www.siobhandavies.com/classes/creative-contemporary/ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ 15/06/2023 Some connections make you fly and at other times the disconnect will free you! What's New >>> 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'. ​ 30. 01.2023 ​ >>>Cu rrent<<< Practices, Archive and Online Library + >>>Zine and Dinner of Doing Things<<< Architecture of Togetherness + >>>Call Out<<< PA + ​ >>>Performances<<< >>>Current Shared Practice 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 deadline: 19.02.2023 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) Contact Improvisation Fridays 2.30pm- 4.30pm in New Cross, Open to experienced practitioners. If interested please contact Monica @ centredmind@gmail.com 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. Creative Contemporary 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: info@thepurpleleadies.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. >>>Call Out 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: info.exitmap@gmail.com >>>Performances These are performance events from artists that practice and work with us 01.03.2023 Will Lang will perform at the Live Art Club in Deptford 50 Resolution Way SE8 4AL 24.04.2023 Vibrant Matter will be at Bloomsbury Theatre with 'DJ Whimsy or what will the climate be like' Ongoing In case you haven't seen our trailer from the past Moving On events (which we hope to bring back soon) have a look! PREVIOUS NEWSLETTERS Date: 06.11.2022 >>>Archive Online and Live <<< + >>>Shared Practice Open Call<<< + >>>Audio Guides for Sunday Meetup<<< + ​ >>>Trailer<<< + >>>Miscellaneous<<< 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. >>>Archive Online and Live A double bill to celebrate our Moving On archive that it is now live and open for you to enter here , thanks to the support of Siobhan Davies Studio , London. 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 . >>>Trailer 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. >>>Miscellaneous - 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 info.exitmap@gmail.com ? date: 01.09.2022 >>>Trailer<<< + >>>Shared Practice is Openly Spaced Out<<< + >>>Audio Guide Library<<< + >>>Post Walk + Talk + Cake<<< ​ + ​ >>>Archive<<< >>>Trailer 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! ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ >>>Archive 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.” ​ AND ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Becoming a member is easy and means you can attend all our events including Moving On on donation basis. Follow the link to find out more! Member Do you want to subscribe to our email send out? Just email info.exitmap@gmail.com

  • Collective Movements | Exit Map

    Collective Movements photo by Patrick Beelaert, Freiburg Festival 2024 22.02. + 29.02. + 07.03. + 14.03. + 21.03. + 28.03.2024 Booking here for the whole series Booking here for single sessions ​ An adult mixed level evening class that offers explorations of improvisation scores, instant composition and ensemble thinking. 3 multidisciplinary established dance artists share how our bodies can tune in to one another and relate in harmony as well as dissonance in movement. Their distinct approaches utilize techniques of touch, sensation, imagery, drawing, sounding and embodied listening to invite couriousity and receptivity towards the movement and energies we own and those that surround us. It is a journey into a sense making of the moving body and its pathway into interconnectivity. ​ We invite all cultures, genders and abilities to join in to create a space of inclusivity to expand our collective story. We want people to encounter dances to foster a togetherness based on equality and openness that is respectful of our boundaries. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ The dance artists: ​ Elisa Vassena Playfully moving between dancing and mark-making/drawing, Elisa's classes will invite us to cultivate curiosity towards different materialities in motion. We will allow our attention to sharpen, shift and drift while engaging with the dynamic plurality of our bodies in relation to others. Imagination, imagery, and object work will be woven into the sessions as sparks for open exploration. ​ Laura Doehler Laura’s classes will enable us to openly and respectfully meet the perceptive field of territories and boundaries that we bring into the shared space through our bodies and histories. We will work with, pull and stretch our entanglements with these fluid, alien and intimate identities we own to viscerally explore collective sense making through gentle contact work, bodily listening and tuning practices for a new shared imagination to emerge. ​ Sara Ruddock The sessions with Sara invite listening through the body, as a relational and multi-sensory practice, playing with viscerality of voice, sound, rhythm and vibration, being with potentials and many moving parts. Tending to what might open if I listen through the in-betweens and edges of my perception, and how the way I listen might change my experience. You are invited to be with questions that the practice generates for you, as well as co-creating scores/loose frames for improvising together. Where: The Green Community Centre Nunhead SE 15 3QQ ​ When: 6.30-8.30pm 22.02. + 29.02. + 07.03. + 14.03. + 21.03. + 28.03.2024

  • Radical Inclusion | Exit Map

    Radical Inclusion Visioning A curation to connect Ponderosa to its surroundings. Part 1 = Mapping place and needs. by Carolina Vasilikou and Laura Doehler at Ponderosa Tanzland in October 2021 Personal borders - collective thresholds - hard lines, soft cushions, warm smells, work and fun, awareness and inward investigations. What are the deeper-rooted meanings coming out from mappings of people with different root lengths in the place? ​ ​ To shed light on connections between land and people we invited those who live, stay and visit Ponderosa to draw maps individually, in conversation and during performances. Ponderosa is a place for living and creation. Residents and participants cultivate the becoming of a society via creative practices that foster acceptance and inclusion by exploring liminality. The longer one stays the stronger the embodiment of proposals. Innovative and regenerative approaches to rebuild society as functioning collective become the tools to shape one's home. It is a generous openness of shared ownership that makes Ponderosa a constantly evolving site-scape where sensibilities of space and people continue to evolve as people create with one another. The personal and collective ownership of place and actions resonates deeply and, like water seeping through the cracks, change our nature unconditionally. ​ It trickles softly into body and land, self aware and probing. The direction of flow is outwards. Collective, fluid and permeable bodies empathetically engaged replace commonly drawn boundaries and affirm an openness that is no longer a vision but a physical state. Collaborative creative processes, the art of generous listening and unafraid responses, form a sparkly magic spell that weaves our central nervous system with rhizomes under and above ground. This coexistence is not about concessions but healing. It serves the wider community as people come and go, changed or ready to change. Yet, affirming this calling and reflecting on the worldwide need to nurture collective regeneration - how does what Ponderosa offers, sit beyond its own borders to allow people and land beyond its doors to thrive upon such connectivity? ​ Roots reach. ​ Workshop participants or event visitors from Berlin walk and swim to find entertaining leisure outside the creative arts hub hustle. When new to the land, they quickly return to seek comfort in Ponderosa's established home base and like minded otherness. Their drawings of Ponderosa are filled with special experiences and dances but reflect little of its surroundings. ​ Those who stay, gradually spread their wings outside the Gut. Space to expand, natural habitat, privacy and a culture older than projects is attractive matter; with time the wider context becomes important and roots entangle with other even older roots. Those who stay and then stay a little longer look outside the Gut to settle. ​ ​ The sister project 'Betonnest', a village further down, in Stolpe is a landscape of concrete. We stand on stacked up concrete tubes overlooking the canal and woods, becoming witness to a time and place of crossroads. Impressive landscapes stand in stark contrast yet together. People of a new kind, dreamers with a backbone born from and shaped through a collective consciousness that Ponderosa has brought forth, now enter Stolpe. They are stepping into and onto German soil and history. They meet a culture not far from concrete; strong, dense, with a spirit of defiance and impenetrability. In Stolpe, roots of new depths may entwine. Fresh shoots meet old knarly roots with stories to tell. Where do our bodies end? What lies beyond perceived boundaries, boundaries that may ultimately connect us to a wider body? We grow from a place of belonging and with healing and wellbeing we can let it radiate outwards. We find new homes that emerge momentarily, casually or with investment and even risk. ​ How can the trickle become a free flowing? Affirming existing relationships ​ What if visitors and visiting practices took to disseminating the spirit and work via walks and talks outside of Ponderosa's borders? What if we shared new findings not by inviting in but making it available outside? On the camping site, next to the river or deep in the secret woods? There, on common land we can meet as equals, casually encountering together the enjoyment of nature as a home without walls and delineations. ​ While nature may not offer the comfort and ease we associate with home, the challenges we experience such as walking through a swamp as the trail gets lost, prompts us to reflect on the inherent community we meet with every step as we discover tracks and listen to the sounds in the canopy or under the bark. It prompts us to reflect on the community we want to see meeting and coming together, dreaming of how a curation of nature and people may remind us how fundamental nature truly is and the power it holds. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ What if villagers could encounter events or talks in someone else's home? 'Outside' homes of those who work at Ponderosa or Taubenblau which is an extended residency and retreat space in Stolzenhagen as outside yet indoor places may foster a homeliness and trust that can lessen a threshold to enter. The familiarity of an event, like a birthday party for example can provide an effortless togetherness where exotic beings or unusual looks aren't questioned like they would be out on the road. Here they can become part of the family. ​ Ponderosa's singing and cooking, fires and talks also stem from the desire to connect to roots, traditions or rituals that can be found in the countryside too. What would happen if we brought them together? ​ The direction of flow is outwards as is the trust we nurture. It radiates three-dimensionally. Differences ​ It matters to protect and affirm Ponderosa as a place of experimentation and avoid the downfall of becoming what many escape from by focussing solely on inviting the outside in. Yes, its doors are open but taking events and actions beyond Ponderosa's borders or simply encouraging an outward looking perspective may inspire those who are on the outside to unravel old fashioned protocols, reconsider values and definitions and eventually swim, against the main stream, into the Gut. Giving time for change to grow, let us not expect those who visit Ponderosa as haven of otherness to go out when they need support themselves. Yet to install a freedom to be as you are, out in the open, those who feel free to wander shall wander. To meet without expectations, become confident and skilled in meeting differences and the unknown may be an art we need to nurture if the larger society we live in cultivates safety and comfort behind closed doors so as to find courage to be different but together. ​ ​ Written by Laura Doehler ​ Photographs by Ludger Storcks www.ludgerstorcks.com "The Living Map experience, in the autumn of 2021, revealed that at the centre of Ponderosa’s visioning is people-centred storytelling with future-framed lenses on. Ponderosa’s people, processes and spaces form an active, empathetic community of practice. Keeping in mind natural timelines, radical inclusion visioning orients the community of practice around narratives that build the stepping stones for new conversations starting, debates that become more meaningful and focused, guided shortterm decisions, personal practice development and bringing diverse participation in the making and regeneration of place." Carolina Vasilikou Back to Archive

  • Sara Ruddock | Exit Map

    Sara Ruddock Sara is co-facilitating Collective Movements and has contributed to Moving On and joins as well as supports the Shared Practice. Website: https://sararuddock.com/ Swedish dance artist and choreographer based in London, working in performance, research and education, with movement, voice and listening – engaging with dance and choreography as vibrational and relational practices, inviting multi-dimensional ways of being-with bodies and their relations, with the edges and in-betweens. Professionally active within dance and choreography since 2002, performing and touring as dancer in Scandinavia and internationally, working in collaborative projects with other artists and creating a number of solo works. Over the years developing an ever-unfolding artistic practice of research and experimentation in and through dance and choreography. Currently spending time with singing and vibration, sonic, rhythmic and listening bodies, resonance and resistance. ​ ​

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