Metamorphosis: connection, resilience and inspiration

Arts for Social Change

Metamorphosis: connection, resilience and inspiration

Metamorphosis: connection, resilience and inspiration

Image credit: Eugene Golovesov

24th March - 29th October, London

A series of in-person encounters looking at ways of overcoming the challenges of our times. We are creating spaces and offering tools for participants to ignite and harness a sense of inspiration, connection and resilience through practice. These encounters will involve a combo of creative co-labs, public classes and performance sharing hubs where artistits, thinkers and makers will have the opportunity to engage the public with new ideas, practices and art.

These encounters are about:

- Rekindling ourselves collectively

- Critical inquiry about what moves us

- Finding together a sense of belonging

- Philosophical reflections on what provides us with a sense of trust, connection and flow

Intercultural Roots is resourcing these encounters and your potential participation through funding it has received from the National Lottery Community Fund as part of 'Roots to Better Health'.

If you are an creative or performing artist or (eco)somatic practitioner interested in expanding your artistic investigations, exploring new artistic languages and gifting supportive, non-judgemental feedback with peers please apply to join the Metamorphosis Creative Labs via our Google Form

Six Thematic Encounters and Creative Co-Labs

The six themes are reflective critical subjects of our times to be approached through different artistic and philosophic lenses. We are interested in how a diversity of approaches can converse and create connections towards circumstances that are important to our social realities in the current times.

For each of the six themes activities will take place in Southwark and Hackney, London on the last weekend of the month from March till October (skipping June and August).

We are inviting artists, practitioners and scholars from diverse fields and backgrounds to share their experiences around the following central themes:


1. Strangeness, 24-27 March - already happened, see below for next encounters...

Looking at "Strangeness" as a theme allows us to put in perspective positive and negative aspects of what it is to be a stranger in our lives. Interesting inspirations or research questions might contemplate how to overcome the barrier of strange-ness, the effect of strangeness, and how it may allow a complex perception of reality - therefore inviting an active political participation and transformation of social contexts.

“Talking with strangers” - “What is it to be a stranger”.  How do we deal with strangeness in our daily life?

The positive political sense of Brecht’s estrangement effect / Verfremdungseffekt (V-Effekt)

*Thu 24 Mar 'Creative Lab' 6pm - 8pm, Siobhan Davies Studios - applications via our Google Form NOW FULLY BOOKED Contact us to be added to the waiting list
*Fri 25 Mar 'Bartenieff-Laban Qigong Dance' workshop with Andrea Maciel and Alex Boyd 6.30pm - 8.30pm, Siobhan Davies Studios
*Sun 27 Mar 'Forum Theatre and Body Voice Paradox' Workshop 4pm - 6pm with Almiro Andrade and Gabriela Flarys , Open House Hackney
*Sun 27 Mar 'Strangeness - Performance Sharing Evening' with Andréa Maciel, Gabriela Flarys, Alice Motta, Lizzy Tan & Maya Williams, Julia Testa & Hannah Nichols 6pm - 7pm (Setup), Doors Open 7pm, Performances 7.30pm - 9.00pm - party until late (please note that the 'Workshop + Performances' ticket includes both events on Sunday from 4pm - 6pm and 7pm until Late + after party plus one drink (glass of beer, wine or soft drink). Performance Sharing Evening contains adult themes - Over 18's only. Open House Hackney.

2. Landing, 28 April -1 May - CLICK LINKS BELOW TO REGISTER

An unveiling of the land without borders. Realising a sense of connection to earth as a living soil. Renouncing from a sense of identity related to the ownership of territory and pointing towards recognising that we are earth.

Thu 28 Apr 'Creative Lab' 6pm - 8pm, applications via our Google Form
Fri 29 Apr 'Bartenieff-Laban Qigong Dance' workshop with Andrea Maciel and Alex Boyd 6pm - 8pm
Sun 1 May International Guest Teacher Workshops 'Body as earth / Earth as body' with Julia Pond and Andrés Montes Zuluaga' 4pm - 6pm
Sun 1 May 'Performance Sharings' 6pm - 7pm (Setup), Doors Open 7pm, Performances 7.30pm - 9.00pm - party until late. Featuring: * Trinacria by Irene Fiordilino * Nabba or the falls by Andrés Montes Zuluaga * “Not a Problem” by Julia Pond * MODAK by Purnima

3. Rewilding, 26-28 May

Connecting with the wild within as opposed to seeing ourselves as separate to nature. Rebelling against the codifying restraints of domestication and institutionalisation. Exercising a sense of recognition and connection with our innate self, instincts and animal spirit - our ancient self within.

Thu 26 May 'Creative Lab' 6.15pm - 8.15pm, applications via our Google Form
- Although fully subscribed, a few places may become available, please Contact us with your details to be added to the waiting list.

Fri 27 May 'Bartenieff-Laban Qigong Dance' workshop with Andrea Maciel and Alex Boyd 6pm - 8pm
Sat 28 May 'Guest Teacher(s) Workshop WILD BODY with Fernanda Mandagara and Julia Testas' 4pm - 6pm
Sat 28 May 'Performance Sharings' - Rewilding Performance Sharing with Kyara Orlando, Ernesto Sarezale, Christina Lovely and Anna-Maria Amato - 6.15pm - 7.20pm (Setup), Doors Open 7.20pm, Performances 7.30pm - 9.00pm - party until late

4. Aqua Carriers, 28-30 July

Water bearers for perspectives of flow in our life. What are the waters that can feed our dreams? Hope igniting dreams.  Water as an inspirational element - artists working, moving or performing with or as water. Who and what are the images or agents that represents the new aqua carriers at this moment?

In this theme we interested in overcoming Bauman's notion of 'liquid society' while highlighting a sense of collective, horizontal connectivity that the element of water may bring to us.

Thu 28 Jul 'Creative Lab' 6pm - 8pm, applications via our Google Form
- Although fully subscribed, a few places may become available, please Contact us with your details to be added to the waiting list.
29 Jul 'Bartenieff-Laban Qigong Dance' workshop with Andrea Maciel and Alex Boyd 6pm - 8pm
Sat 30 Jul 'Guest Teacher(s) Workshop' 4pm - 6pm Wild Body - Dance and Drama Workshop with Fernanda Mandagara and Julia Testas.
Sat 30 Jul 'Performance Sharings' 6pm - 7pm (Setup), Doors Open 7pm, Performances 7.30pm - 9.00pm - party until late

5. Difference, 22-24 September

Difference embraces diversity, and appreciates the positive aspects of learning with and living together with our particularities. Difference gives light to the significance of dialogue rather than rejection, seeing difference as a catalyst for attraction and curiosity.

A multiplicity of possibilities, an exuberance of polifonic interactions and relations.

Thu 22 Sep'Creative Lab' 6pm - 8pm, applications via our Google Form
- Although fully subscribed, a few places may become available, please Contact us with your details to be added to the waiting list.Fri 22 Sep 'Bartenieff-Laban Qigong Dance' workshop with Andrea Maciel and Alex Boyd 6pm - 8pm
Sat 24 Sep 'Guest Teacher(s) Workshop' 4pm - 6pm
Sat 24 Sep 'Performance Sharings' 6pm - 7pm (Setup), Doors Open 7pm, Performances 7.30pm - 9.00pm - party until late

6. Metamorphoses, 27-29 October within the 2022 Health & WELLth Festival

The alchemic rainbow. Transitioning towards ways of being that sustain life, are fulfilling, just and equitable. Being resilient and courageous to become our beliefs and dreams, unafraid to continually question, challenge and emerge renewed. Creator rather than consumer.

Thu 27 Oct 'Creative Lab' 6pm - 8pm, applications via our Google Form
- Although fully subscribed, a few places may become available, please Contact us with your details to be added to the waiting list.Fri 28 Oct 'Bartenieff-Laban Qigong Dance' workshop with Andrea Maciel and Alex Boyd 6pm - 8pm
Sat 29 Oct 'Guest Teacher(s) Workshop' 4pm - 6pm
Sat 29 Oct 'Performance Sharings' 6pm - 7pm (Setup), Doors Open 7pm, Performances 7.30pm - 9.00pm - party until late

Image credit: Solo Raiz

Engagement as a Creative or Performing Artist

We are welcoming applications for our series of interrelated Creative Labs and Performance Sharing. While there is no charge for attendance there is an expectation of commitment to attend all 12 meetings and support the organisation and production of the Performance Sharings. We are committed to providing a percentage of income from the public Performance Sharing events with the participating artists.

Creative Labs, Thursdays, 6pm-8pm

24th March - Siobhan Davies Studios
28th April - Siobhan Davies Studios
26th May - The Place, Studio 9, 17 Duke's Road, London, WC1H 9PY [6.15 - 8.15pm]
28th July - Siobhan Davies Studios, Roof Studio
22nd September - venue TBC
27th October - venue TBC

Performance Sharings, 6pm-9pm / late

Guest Teacher Workshops will be from 4pm-6pm

Sunday, 27th March - at Open House Hackney
Sunday, 1st May - at Open House Hackney
Saturday, 28th May - at Open House Hackney
Saturday, 30th July - at Open House Hackney
Saturday, 24th September - at Open House Hackney
Saturday, Sat 29th October - at Open House Hackney

Please apply using our Google Form

- Although fully subscribed, a few places may become available, please Contact us with your details to be added to the waiting list.


Funded as part of 'Roots to Better Health' by the National Lottery Community Fund.