“In doing it, it gives me clarification.”
The Shared Practice was developed by a group of dance artists in SE London in 2012 (Laura Doehler, Anne-Gaelle Thiriot, Tania Soubry and Fernanda Munoz-Newsome) to make space and time to explore movement on a regular practice. It is not a technique training/ class but has in some ways replaced professional morning classes for many practitioners because attending to our inquiries is a training in its own right where we visit and revisit curiosities to develop personal styles, techniques and purpose, becoming increasingly conscious of what we install in our bodies. We start to understand what moves us not by absorbing other teachings but by digesting and shifting material we have previously received. We expand material into a new body of work as we make sense through moving, observing, rearranging and conversations.
That journey is personal yet stands in exchange with others and therefore provides context. Together we create a bigger picture not only of and for our personal practice but of other practices, styles, ideas and intensions. It is up to the individual to give time before and after to talk and get to know why and how we do what we do.
The format itself describes an arc of arriving (not doing anything but listening, a state of meditation and undoing) that allows for movement to emerge and surface from a state of presence. Gradually movement inquiries can unfold, physical needs can be met and over the duration of two hours both mental and physical explorations manifest which is supported by the energy of others in space yet also often redirected and questioned as others in space become influence and provide context.
Similarly to the Contemplative Dance Practice by Barbara Dilley the attention shifts gradually from a personal inquiry towards anticipating influences and exchanges by what surrounds you. One anticipates the shifts of attention, the presence of movement and aliveness in the space as others move alongside you. Their movement inevitably becomes part of your work and challenges personal ambitions yet provides an in depth understanding how movement itself is influence, is energy and transformative.
DEADLINE FOR PARTICIPATION:
Please read on underneath the video for information on how to join. If you would like to join for November 2021 email firstname.lastname@example.org before beginning of the month to check if spaces are available. It is first come, first serve!
Here an excerpt when we opened the practice to the public at the Green in 2018:
Facilitators: Tania Soubry, Laura Doehler
Signing up for the month means you commit to a one off payment of £20/ month to secure a space every Monday 13.45- 15.45pm for this specific month alongside other dance/ movement artists. You don’t need to be a professional but you do need to be able to look after your own practice. If you miss a session the amount is not refundable but we do offer you to come in another month when you are not signed up to come in for free. This offer stands for two missed practices only.
A couple of ground rules:
please come on time. It makes a difference starting together and having time to arrive. Ideally aim for 13.30pm as we always talk and take time to settle.
there is a facilitator (Laura or Tania) to hold the space and guide the stages and inform you how to be in line with our Covid protocol. Currently we do not have masks but open doors for ventilation.
it is a silent space where the sounds of breath and to some extend sounding are welcome but … sound can be very distracting and if you do use sound please keep in mind that others are right beside you sharing it and it will influence their work. At the same time being free to sound as you move also matters so effectively we ask you to make wise choices and to speak your mind if something becomes too much for you to manage your own explorations.
for the last 40 min we make use of music to benefit from the energy it gives us. Presently we have one musician with us who is taking care of music via live mixing but if not we take care of the music together.
every beginning and end we get together, clarify questions for new comers, acknowledge whatever needs to be acknowledged. Closing at the end gives space to articulate findings and share processes.
there are kitchen and toilet facilities, the studio is ground floor and wheel chair accessible
if you would like to join the next month you can do so at the end of this month
This is the space: The Green Community Centre – 5 Nunhead Green SE15 3QQ, London