Sunday sessions (formally Thursday sessions) was created in 2014 in relationship to the MD301 series curated by Manuela Tessi at the OT301, Amsterdam. MD301 aims to gather artists to create work in confrontation with public with an experiment that focuses on the relationship between improvisation and composition.
Placed in the same building, the Sunday session is a platform for dancers, actors, vocalist, musicians and text artist who wish to gather and share their practice. The sessions are aimed for performance artists and musicians who have an articulate study in their field, who are in need of a platform for placing their ideas into a practice, who have an aim to do performances in either the MD301 series or similar situations, who are living in Amsterdam or are traveling through the city and wish to meet fellow artist groups. It is not a workshop but rather a place for artist to gather, discuss and practice. Amsterdam has several series aimed towards experimental, improvisation performance; Monday Match , Oorsprong Curator Series, Experimental music events OT301, Impro Jam, Instant Music Day, Silencio, no hay banda and in Utrecht Dansimprovisatie. Sunday session is a platform to celebrate the continuing effort by organizations in Amsterdam and the Netherlands who support the performance arts to experiment and to grow.
The sessions are chaired by Katie Duck and/or Manuela Tessi. They ask the participants to find a common question to discuss related to their practices involved with collaboration, composition and performance. The participants conduct a one hour improvisation based on the discussion with discourse in the finale 15 minutes.
The sessions are held in the bodlabot space in the OT301 building 18:30 to 20:30. This space has a new wood floor but it is small, limited to 5 to 8 dancers, 3 to 5 musicians (any mix / max 13).
Katie or Manuela send an email reminder on the Tuesday of each week to everyone who is on the Sunday session mailing list. If you wish to receive an email reminder every Tuesday, go to Katie (email@example.com) and ask to be placed on the Sunday session mailing list. If you do not wish to be on the Sunday session mailing list, go to Katie (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let her know you plan to attend. You can show up if you have not informed Katie or Manuela and we will see if there is space. If musicians will need an amplifier please let us know in advance and we will try to arrange this for you with the OT301 facilities. Please be clear that these sessions are not workshops, jams or therapy sessions. These sessions are for artists who have an aim to perform in confrontation with public’s. Anyone can come and watch the session.
Costs is €5 per person towards studio rent and administration. The remaining funds go towards the MD OT301 events held in the OT301 main space through out the year.
Overtoom 301 Amsterdam, OT301 (first floor) Bodlabot OT301 every Sunday at 18:30 to 20:30
April 2 Katie Duck (located at Home of Art Van Baerlestraat 39H this day only), April 9 Miri Lee, April 16 Katie Duck, April 23 no session (Miri Lee workshop), April 30 no session (Manuela Tessi workshop), May 7 ManuelaTessi, May 14 Katie Duck, May 21 Katie Duck, May 28 no session (Charlie Morrissey workshop), June 4 Katie Duck, June 11 Manuela Tessi, June 18 Katie Duck, June 25 Katie Duck, July 2 Mir Lee.
Sunday sessions are on break July 15 until September 3 and December 21 until after the New Year.
OT301 building and space regulations:
Participators should park their bikes outside the OT301 building and not in the front of the windows of our neighbors. It is possible to have a meal at the OT301 building after the sessions. You can eat diner at de peper restaurant if you make a reservation as you pass it before the session.