Rachel Krishe - The Swimmer (c) Chris Nash


Friday Firsts #29: Sketch 1 - The Live Masterclass - Feb 2015 (c) Sara Teresa

Peggy Olislaegers live workshopping with Grace Surman at Friday Firsts #29: Sketch 1 - The Live Masterclass

Sketch Observers programme

Mon 12 Oct 2015, Thu 14 & Fri 15 Jan 2016
£120, concessions £80
(you must be available for all three dates)

As part of Sketch we are opening up the studio to a number of observers who wish to develop their knowledge of dance dramaturgy. Peggy Olislaegers will offer a toolbox of skills for artists to use when making work, and for producers giving feedback on work. This three-day intensive training will help you to look at what is your desired process when making work, and what to look for when giving feedback to others.

Places are strictly limited. To register your interest please contact Kirsty Redhead


Kirstie Simson & Charlie MorrisseyKirstie Simson & Charlie Morrissey
Move, Touch & Be Moved
a workshop

Thu 17 – Sat 19 Dec, 10.00am – 5.00pm

Box Office 0113 243 8765
Or book securely online here
£120 full price, £90 concessions

What moves us and why?

There is deep inspiration and rigor in a practice of improvisation that posits vulnerability at its heart. Developing the skills to care for, engage, respect and respond to that state of vulnerability gives life to improvisation that is powerful and transformative.

Kirstie Simson and Charlie Morrissey will be combining their extensive experience of dance improvisation in this workshop. They will be sharing what has kept them inspired in their practices for the last three decades. The workshop will include practical explorations of movement and attention; active listening in the body applied to the activity of moving.

The work will be a combination of facilitated exercises, open time for play and exploration, movement scores, observations and discussion. Much of the work will be experienced through partnering and connection with others, balanced with solo time for processing and reflection.

The workshop will tap into the dancer’s inherent kinesthetic awareness, and provide structures that offer the dancers own physical intelligence and range an open ground for exploration and integration.

Kirstie draws from her knowledge of contact improvisation, dance techniques, the Alexander technique, aikido, meditation and her extensive experience of improvisation in performance. Her work explores the huge potential of the body’s response to the primal urge to move, inspired by the energy released through human interaction, physical challenge and a daring to go beyond inherent ideas of limitation.

Charlie’s teaching is informed by long term working relationships with Steve Paxton and Lisa Nelson amongst others, by his own ongoing practice in the field of movement and performance, and by his ongoing interest in evolution, anatomy, and neurological and consciousness studies.