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Ground Work

Photo credit:  MēTAFōRA

Ground Work with Improvisation Laboratory MēTAFōRA, Monday, 20th March, 6pm-9pm

 Let us know if you are coming by registering for the event: click here

The MēTAFōRA lab 
 (ongoing since 2016, TripSpaceProjects, London) is a project between dance artist Georgia Paizi & musician Thodoris Ziarkas (both currently training as Alexander Technique teachers), inspired by the poetic literalism of the human body. Mapping the overlapping landscapes of movement & music improvisation, this session will involve an improvisation practice guided through anatomical imagery and Alexander Technique principles, hands-on work in partners, and a witnessing score for responsive choreographic practice.

MēTAFōRA will be kindly asking for donations to support bringing their work to Coventry (this one accommodates travel expenses).  Many thanks!

Georgia Paizi is a dance artist & teacher, working on metaphor, notation and site-responsive practice. Georgia is currently studying with the Independent Dance as a post-graduate (MACP-DPP, TrinityLaban), while training as an Alexander Technique teacher. Georgia studied spatial theory & scenography in Greece, while practicing AT, SRT, BMC, CI, choreography & somatics since 2005. She shares a cross-discipline research practice with musicians and visual artists in London and Athens.

Thodoris Ziarkas is a double bassist and composer, currently training as an Alexander Technique teacher. Thodoris is mainly involved in improvisation, jazz and folk music projects. Co-leader of band Valia Calda, and solo bass performer, Thodoris is also a collaborator of the London Improvisers Orchestra, Michalis Kouloumis trio, Bonnendis and Esquivo, while currently co-curating the Clapton Sessions with Tasos Stamou.

More about Ground Work! 


Facilitated by Decoda, Ground Work is an open space for dance artists to explore and experiment with other artists. 

Free monthly workshops led by dance artists wanting to try out something new/old/different within their making/practice. We also welcome those working within interdisciplinary practices and not necessarily pure dance forms.

"Ground Work is a valuable space for experimentation and the exchange of ideas - a rare opportunity to explore and appreciate dance and movement as a raw form of expression and communication of information, not just as a physical performance of technique." Ground Work Participant 


An offshoot from the Making Space 3 week artists residencies- with these regular sessions we hope to allow space for dance artists research and develop their work with no-strings attached. 


Ground Work normally takes place on the third Monday of the month 18:00-21:00 unless otherwise stated.

What will it involve?

For the most part each session will be focused on one or more artists particular ideas/questions they want to bring and try out with the rest of the group. 

We will sometimes begin with introductions and a general warm up and then its over to you, or them, or it. The artists will lead the group though an exploration based around their practice or a piece they are developing and then there will be time for discussion. 

There will also be time for each participant to talk about their own practice and ideas and or something they want to propose for another session. 

Can I come?

The sessions are aimed towards graduates, emerging artists, established artists, individuals, duos, groups and everyone else in between. 


Ground Work sessions will take place at The Ellen Terry Building, Coventry University, CV1 5RW click here for a map

How do I join?

If you are interested in attending and or leading a session please contact Lily at for more information and to book a place.
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