The workshops we offer can last from ½ day to 2 weeks and with exercises
covering: Site-based research and analysis through microgeographies; Exploring
social behaviour and non-verbal communication as generative performance
tools; Identity in the social context; Collaborative communication; One-on-one
consultations, tutorials; and, appropriate strategies for documentation.
offer arts organisations, educational institutions and interested
individuals, education projects derived from our microperformance
methodology. Workshops, lectures and one-on-ones can be offered
as a part of, or independent from, the creation of an artwork,
for non-artists, beginners, graduate and postgraduate levels.
geared towards sensitising participants to interact within social
environments in creative and performative ways. Providing skills
in transformation of everyday movement and a practice-led discussion
of the making of context-driven live art, how work is viewed, audience,
site and collaboration.
Workshop in progress at Fiasco's Cafe & Cue, in preparation for MicroTampa
These can be combined to create a longer project such as the 2007 Microperformance
& Site Winter
School, or potentially work towards a public presentation. MicroTampa,
an example of such a project, worked with local, non-art performers, postgraduate
art students and artists to explore the cultural sophistication of a Pool
Bar in Tampa, Florida, a place normally considered to be a cultural backwater.
Lectures: are on offer
about our work, its process and practice, and can be combined with a prior
workshop to make them 'microperformative', like, for example
We also offer a Professional Development talk - originally
presented at Everything...,
Queen Mary University, London, 1 Oct 2005
- covering strategies for feeling a 'part of
it', getting in touch with other artists, programmers and venues, and
how to help sustain a long term arts practice.
One-on-Ones: as part
of a longer microperformance project or as for individual tutorials for
art, theatre or dance practitioners and students.
Our experience: Over
the last ten years, we've made over a dozen new Live Art projects emerging from
site-based research and combining creative workshops with core constituencies,
leading to public presentation. We have also run education projects at
Exeter University, Chisenhale
Dance Space, La Bellone - Brussels, University of South Florida, University of Leeds,
Wimbledon School of Art, University of Winchester, a
School for New Moves International and a Microperformance Lab at the
Royal Scottish Academy
of Music & Drama (RSAMD), Glasgow. In addition, we've fulfilled
lecturing and mentoring invitations from Coventry School of Art & Design, Queen Mary Univeristy - London,
Brunel University, Sheffield Hallam University, Oxford Brookes University's
School of the Built Environment and University of Brighton's School of
Architecture and Design.
Upcoming talks, lectures, workshops:
Public lecture, and workshop/project with the graduate students
University of South Florida
29 March - 2 April 2010, Tampa, Florida, USA
Upcoming opportunities to participate:
Were You Here The Last Time?
20 March - Glasgow, NRLA
Quotes from workshop participants
"It was inspiring to know that people are working
at such a high level"
"A challenging workshop that was very well executed"
"The ideas that spring from such work (the responsibility
of an actor, the different 'levels' of acting etc...) were skilfully approached
in a fun and engaging way, which avoided the coldness of a classroom."
"[It] was a rare experience and one I will always
remember. It has changed the way I interact in social situations"
"I had a fantastic time and the experience rejuvenated
my imagination, so the weeks after I had a flood of ideas"
Quotes from event attendees
"The evening operated on a conceptual level,
providing a context or frame to view and interact with"
"The event gave me licence to act beyond 'normal'
* passivity turning to pro-activity and sociability"
"Since attending the event, I have become eerily
aware of microperformances unfolding before me on a daily basis"
Quotes from press
"It's a perfect bit of interactive art, a twist
on the age-old rituals that occur around the world."
"This was people watching and social interaction