What is a B>lab?


B>Lab is the original and central tool used in the BIDE laboratories of movement.

The B>Lab's laboratories goal is to let creative ideas sprout and circulate in a bassin of diversity and inclusion, through a process of non hierarchical cross-exploration.

The B>lab's laboratories trigger connections through which participants engage themselves in the research and share their discoveries in order to feed the collective creation.

Each B>LAB has facilitators whose mission is to introduce the biannual theme, open questions and propose a dynamic structure for the working session, and provide a fertile field for participants to decide how to proceed.

· The B>Labs have a variable duration of between 3 and 6 hours.

· They are divided into three parts: an introduction by the facilitators to the biannual theme, collective development and a closing.

· The introduction. Every two years BIDE provides a transversal topic. The task of the facilitators is to propose an approach to it.

· Development. It is the magical part of the process that depending on the diversity of the participants and the dynamics between them, the creative sparks are appearing.

· The closure. At the end of each session the participants present the conclusions of the collective work in the form of an open score, work in progress or oral, visual presentations, etc. of no more than 10 minutes.

There are two types of B>Labs: Movement Labs and Thinking Labs.

The Movement B>Labs are:

- Introductory B>Lab
- Research B>Lab
- Performance B>Lab
- Site-specific B>Lab

The Thinking B>Lab is:

- Cultural Management B>Lab

Depending on the type of BIDE event, between 3 and 6 B>Labs per day are realized.

The 2018/2019 theme: The Hemispheres. 

The laboratories will have a duration of six hours, and during them, the goal is to write a score played from the dance, music, and drama that will be presented to the public at the end of the session. For this, the playwrights and musicians will rotate two times of laboratory (every two hours of the same) finding a new group of dancers and also with a score in progress, the composition is continued from the point it has ended by the group before. The immediacy of the proposal is in line with the transversal display of ideas of which we spoke earlier; therefore for our 10-years-anniversary we are planning to celebrate the inclusiveness of our project by a theme that gathers together different significances: The Hemispheres.

The Hemisphere is half of a sphere, a section of a geometrical form that we like to see as the focus on a specific part of the body, a fraction of a movement, a zoom in of a group dynamic, or, more widely, anything that is part of something bigger.

The Hemisphere is half of the Earth, it is the upside down of the other half,  a place where everything happens at the same time but in the other way around. It’s conceptually the possibility of synchrony in the difference.

The Hemisphere is one of the two parts of a brain, it is the physical expression of the dualism that leads our beings. The interconnection of two opposite parts that are essentially different and utterly necessary one to the other.

With the concept of the Hemisphere we want to push BIDE participants towards the reflection about the importance of union, solidarity and togetherness and in the creation of an artistic discourse in which connections with the opposite are the vital source for balance.

Starting from this theme here there are some related questions:

- Where are the differences? Where are the coincidences?

- What brings us closer? What drives us away?

- How do we live, inhabit and represent synchrony?

- How do we measure temporality?

- Which hemisphere do I inhabit? Which hemisphere represents me?

- Which hemisphere guides and defines me?

The possible answers to this or other questions can be the starting point for the developing of a B>Lab.

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