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Ground Work with Tempura Batter, Monday, 27th February 2017

Photo credit: Tempura Batter

Framed by a question, Open Platform invites participants into a conversation while moving through a loose series of physical prompts. For this Ground Work, we propose the following question: What are the gestures of sensation?

Open to people from a broad range of experiences, practices and disciplines, this workshop hosts observation, exchange and translation in a speculative and playful environment. We expect participants to carry with them their own enquiries and complaints; and to use this space as a chance to move, chat, moan or question, recognising the intertwined nature of conceptual and bodily exchange. Open Platform encourages an oblique discussion which can critique the apparently relaxed or accepting environment of the dance studio and somatic practice, which might be full of unspoken tensions and expectations.

Practical notes: We expect participants to be comfortable working with their body - rolling about, being on a yoga mat - or, if not, willing and interested to meet their discomfort.

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

Tempura Batter’s playful work considers meaning and meaninglessness through oblique gestures. The collaborative practice of Rohanne Udall and Paul Hughes, it takes place across choreographic, performance and visual arts contexts. The work is born out of, and speaks to, a culture that is saturated in content and subject to endless streams of reference and possibility; we are attracted to sidestepping, fidgeting, obliviousness, distraction and emulation.

The next few dates:

March- Monday 20th- with Improvisation Laboratory MēTAFōRA

April– Monday, 24th- Open for Proposal

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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