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Archiving Gestures : a lab with Farah Saleh

Farah Saleh, photo Amy Sinead-Moran.

Farah Saleh (PS/SC) will share her ongoing artistic research The Archive of Gestures, investigating how individuals can contribute to change through exploring social and political memories, using bodily gestures as the main source and form of archive.

Participants will be invited to experiment with ways of archiving personal and alternative narratives, through reenacting, transforming and deforming the gestures present in these narratives in different creative ways. To begin with, Farah will invite participants to dig into their unique narratives, gestures and embodied knowledge through a series of group tasks, smaller group work and individual exercises. Then Farah and the participants will work together to develop this material into a collective choreography that can be performed in front of an audience, in the form of a living archive that opens its doors during the performance and closes them right after.

This lab is open to all, those with and those without dance experience and/or training.

Four free bursary places are available to those with an asylum seeker and/or refugee background and those with experience of migration. You can register interest by emailing info@independentdance.co.uk. If more than four individuals register interest, the bursaries places will be offered via a lottery rather than by any form of selection process. The deadline for registering interest is 19 April.

This lab is in partnership with and supported by The Mosaic Rooms, and we invite ID audiences to explore their current exhibition which brings together archival materials, existing and newly commissioned works that connect peripheral geographies, here.