A Home for Grief - research workshops

Houses of Decay: Workshops

> DIY14 Houses of Decay:An Intervention

Let's explore together the potential for connection and humanity by creating new rituals to deal with death

Houses of Decay: An Intervention is an attempt to place rituals of grief, loss and decay into public spaces. A series of workshops and performances for 10 intergenerational women. We sang laments, made maps of our bodies and grief, washed the hands of passers-by, and had open discussion about death. We explored how we relate, experience and respond to loss, decay and grief; and created new rituals bespoke by us, for us, to deal with it all. Aiming to reclaim the role of women as a conduit for communal mourning and expression.

In the current political climate where, more often than not, division is promoted over community, I feel it is important to address and experience a creative language where the role of communal action brings people together. Through an exploration of these universal and inevitable themes a sense of belonging can be experienced. 

For more information please go to LADA's DIY14 call out, here.

> Houses of Decay: MAS Production Residency

This intergenerational workshop  focused on our bodies, grief, and belonging; and was open to artists and general public. We explored how we relate, experience and respond to loss, decay and grief; and together with participants we did ritualistic tasks that later became part of the performance work A Home for Grief.

This workshop combined physical training and creative tasks, both as a group and individually.

For more information please go to MAS Productions' website, here.

Image: Fabiola Santana

This DIY was commissioned by LADA. Supported by Live Art Bistro, and funded through Live Art UK's Diverse Actions initiative.

Image: Helen Cox

> Dying Matters Awareness Week 2017

Creating Narratives through Movement & Dance with Fabiola Santana - an exploration of the transformative use of grief, loss and bereavement as physical inspiration and healing process.

In this movement workshop we explore embodied memories, loss, bereavement, care, vulnerability, empathy and death. This approach promotes giving care and replenishing as a cyclical creative interaction. When we experience grief, deal with our own mortality or care for another, our bodies store all the emotional reactions and impulses associated with how we feel about these experiences; creating a blueprint of our emotional-physical life.

When caring for others we tend to use quite practical ways of touching and using our bodies. By using sensitivity through touch we access these unspoken and involuntarily impulses, allowing us to have a deeper understanding.

Very simple movement work will allow each individual to make them as simple or complex as needed, the key is to connect the imagination and let it transform our bodies and movement. I am looking for sensitivity rather than extreme movement. Touch will be approached as a tool to uncover sensitivity and communication. Visualisation work will connect us to our memories and imagination. We will warm-up, dance, massage, hold hands and gently manipulate someone else's body to connect with the parasympathetic nervous system and create more sensitivity.