14 - 15 October 2017

Weekender Lab: A Necessary Ecology

Simone Aughterlony  

Toynbee Studios
28 Commercial Street
E1 6AB

10am-5pm both days. £60. 

In this Weekender Lab, participants are invited to engage with materials, bodies and architectures through a series of improvisation sessions and discussions, which pay attention to states of being, becoming and decaying. Through improvisation, we will accumulate thought and action around dwelling, fixing, scaffolding and building. We will work with materials from the performance work Everything Fits in the Room such as rope, skins, fur, chains, a chair, a ladder, spices, bones, fruit – all of which are in dialogue with notions of decay or progress.

Each session will be followed by an exchange and layering of information that aims to foster a 'labour of care' as fundamental to being in the room.

This lab is open to all artists with an interest in choreographic thought and practice. No dance training is required. 

This Weekender Lab is presented by Artsadmin in partnership with Fierce Festival, Birmingham, where Simone's piece Everything Fits In The Room will be presented on 20 & 21 October.

About Simone

Simone Aughterlony is an independent artist based and supported in Zurich and Berlin, working predominantly in dance and performance contexts. For over a decade, Simone has been devising and producing choreographic works in collaboration with friends, visual artists, musicians, academics and dance artists. She has collaborated with makers such as Meg Stuart, Damaged Goods, Forced Entertainment, Jorge León and Phil Hayes.

Simone has most recently been thinking about and engaging with alternative forms of kinship. Through her process, new constellations of family emerge as possibilities for reconfiguring a culture of togetherness that foster both familiar and unknown quantities. Her works playfully incorporate ideas of representation and its saturation, seeping into and embracing the phenomenology of misrecognition and the absurd. Simone approaches the performance genre as a world building practice, navigating everyday contradictions and the dominance of desire.

Together with filmmaker Jorge León, Simone conceived, curated and directed an artistic project on the subject of domestic service that premiered at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts Brussels (2010). In 2015, Jorge and Simone joined again to devise the project «Uni * Form», which premiered at Zuercher Theater Spektakel and is currently touring in Europe. In the same year, she was awarded the Swiss dance award for outstanding female performer. Alongside this she has been touring Supernatural which is a collaboration with artists, Antonija Livingstone and Hahn Rowe as well as the The Biofiction Trilogy. She is currently touring the collaborative project with Jen Rosenblit, Everything Fits In The Room, a commission from HAU Hebbel am Ufer and Haus der Kulturen der Welt.


Photo by Nadja Krueger

Photo by Nadja Krueger

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