Exercise Workshops for Performance across four Saturdays from 9 February - 2 March in Victoria Park
Across four Saturdays from 9 February - 2 March Cara Tolmie, the Chisenhale Gallery Neighbourhood Residency artist presented a series of workshops in the Hub Building, Victoria Park. Experimenting with using our bodies performatively, the sessions used simple exercises to explore the fundamental elements of performance: gesture, movement, voice and the use of props. These workshops offered an open space to experiment, paying attention to the way we already use our bodies day-to-day. Basic exercises encouraged participants to think about how our bodies perform alone, alongside and in dialogue with one other.
These workshops form the starting point towards a live performance by Cara Tolmie in Victoria Park on the weekend of 26/ 27 July 2013.
All workshops took place at The Hub Building, Victoria Park. Each session included a morning workshop and an afternoon film or performance.
Saturday 9 February, 11am-4pm: Gesture and Repetition Exercises at this session will experiment with the way we interpret our physical gestures. By repeating these gestures a number of times in exaggerated, quiet or strange ways is it possible to give them different meanings?
Saturday 16 February, 11am-4pm: Movement This session will be an opportunity to experiment with new ways of moving our own bodies, finding imaginative ways of thinking about our movements and how they communicate.
Saturday 23 February, 11am-4pm: Voice During this workshop we will only use our voices. We will spend this time discovering other ways to make noise with our voices, finding out how far we can push the sounds we make both alone and as a group. * Please note that the venue for this workshop has changed to The V&A Building and Playground, located near to the Grove Road/ Gore Road entrance to Victoria Park.
Saturday 2 March, 11am-4pm: Using Props Each person should bring an object with them to this session. This object can be anything but must be no bigger than yourself. We will spend this workshop playing with different ways of performing with this object - using it to make us move in different ways, help us communicate with others, tell a story etc.