the lab

Performers Julia Duray and Zach Nicol in an extended physical improv in director Isabella Mehiel's bedroom

We use experimental, improvisation based exercises to create as our freest selves within charged environments, allowing our memories, dreams, and fears to take us on unexpected journies. Through our search for content, we created our own approach to performance. A technique based on the relentless pursuit of sensation.

The labs are a breeding ground for ideas, sounds, gestures, movements, stories, moments, discussions. The creativity and openness of our process bleeds out into our everyday lives, making us more accountable, observant, supple people.  Because of the space we cultivate, in which our imaginations can roam free and we can act on every impulse, I am even more excited to be in the world, and bring the world into the labs. We do many more labs and create much more content than we could ever perform, so our work is more a dedication to the process of creation than just a simple rehearsal. 

- Jacobi Alvarez, Performer and Co-Creator

Early lab sessions with full ensemble and sound designer and composer, Stephen Antonoplis

WHAT MAKES WORK RELEVANT? VITAL? PULSING? MAGNETIC? 

 

HOW CAN WE CULTIVATE PRESENCE IN A WORLD MEDIATED BY SCREENS?

 

HOW CAN WE MINIMIZE THE GAP BETWEEN THE PERFORMER AND AUDIENCE TO REVEAL THE RAW INTIMATE TRUTH OF OURSELVES? 

 

HOW DO WE PERFORM ALONGSIDE MULTIPLE SCREENS? HOW DO WE RELATE TO THEM? HOW DO WE STAY INTERESTING? 

Performers Julia Duray, Jacinda Ratcliffe (soloist) and Zach Nicol in a movement improv

During labs, we use note cards to record thoughts. After labs, performers record their thoughts in a group Google doc like the one shown above. Some of the reflections were expanded into larger performance art pieces that were performed during  ENTRAINMENT.