Expanded Dance & Public Space Workshop – Lab II

Expanded Dance & Public Space Lab - in the lab, working with the Measuring Room & Lean-To structures. CiCi Blumstein 2011.

Expanded Dance & Public Space Lab – in the lab, working with the Measuring Room & Lean-To structures. CiCi Blumstein 2011. [video screen-grab]

Coming up this Saturday 30th July: Expanded Dance Space Workshop – Lab II
With Alan Thompson, CiCi Blumstein & guests @ BLANK Studios & Gallery

Bookings & further info: email cici@ciciblumstein.com [pre-booking is essential, as spaces are limited and we will be out & about on field trips during the Lab]

The Expanded Dance Space program takes Contact Improvisation and related forms of movement as an approach to the built environment and its design. In this in-depth 2-day workshop, we will examine the relationship between choreography & architecture, movement arts & urban planning, and how these diverse fields could work together to directly impact on the development and shaping of both public and dance space. The program aims to open up a dialogue between architects, urban planners and movement artists, including performers and artists with an interest in site-specific art and the built environment. We will explore these questions through presentations, talks & discussions, practical movement & design exercises, as well as construction & installation. 

The labs will take place in BLANK’s large, flexible project/gallery space and we will also have access to a movement studio, kitchen, projector & other working materials, all set within the strange and wonderful, semi-industrial/urban/harbour/edge of the downs landscape that is Portslade.

Day one of the workshop will focus on how dance space and urban/public space is currently defined and how it could be expanded.

Day two will focus on creating a temporary dance space to reflect and incorporate the findings of the workshops and week-long residency at BLANK Gallery. The day will end with a public showing / inhabiting of the temporary dance space in action.

Alan Thompson is an architect, Senior Design Review Advisor at CABE / The Design Council, and the Chairman of Art & Architecture – http://artandarchitecture/. co.uk/

CiCi Blumstein is a choreographer, filmmaker, installation & performance artist –
https://ciciblumstein.wordpress.com/ [current projects]
http://www.ciciblumstein.com/ [archive 1989-2009]

Labs I & II can be attended separately.
Cost: £30, or £50 for both labs. Lunch included.
Students / unwaged: 50% off = £15 per lab day.
Bookings & further info: email cici@ciciblumstein.com

Times: Sat 23 & Sat 30 July, 11:00am – 5:00pm
Venue: BLANK Studios & Gallery, 108 North St, Portslade, BN41 1DG.
Map: http://www.blankstudios.org/contact.php

BLANK is located in Portslade, just 15 mins from Brighton centre and very easy to reach by frequent bus services [no. 1, 49, 700] or by train directly to Portslade station.