research

One Final Act

2017

In January 2017, Rajni Shah Projects shared its remaining company funds equally between 19 individuals, who had responded to a call for proposals. This was the final act of the company, which will formally close on March 31, 2017.

We are capable of so much more: experiments in listening (London)

Sat, 17 Jan 2015, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Rajni Shah and Chris Goode will be at Jerwood Space for a week in January 2015. They will dialogue, from the space of friendship. On Saturday 17th January, they will open up the studio for those who wish to share the final moments of their dialogue.

with support from Jerwood Space.

Lying Fallow

2014 - 2015

Lying Fallow was a series of gatherings for 30 people exploring the notion of 'lying fallow' - curated and produced by Mary Paterson, Rajni Shah, Susan Sheddan and Tiffany Charrington.

It's the idea of 'research' that links the Academy to performance

Thu, 31 May 2012, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

A public debate with Birkbeck Associate Artists Andrew Dickson, Bruno Roubicek, Rajni Shah, and Eliane Glaser, chaired by broadcaster and critic Christopher Cook.

32 Tavistock Square
London

How Does it Feel?

2010

Glorious image by Rajni ShahGlorious image by Rajni Shah
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How Does it Feel?
Open Workshop with Rajni Shah: Newcastle, November 10-12th 2010

Wooda

2010

From February 1st to March 15th 2010, Rajni was resident at Wooda Farm as the recipient of the Wooda Arts Award 2010. Below are a selection of blog entries and images from her research time.

Wooda Arts Award

Mon, 1 Feb 2010 (All day) - Mon, 15 Mar 2010 (All day)

Rajni is the recipient of the Wooda Arts Award 2010. She will spend six weeks during February and March 2010 working in a studio at Wooda Farm to develop her work as a writer.

Glorious! workshop opportunity - Lancaster

Sat, 26 Sep 2009, 11:00am - 4:00pm
Sun, 27 Sep 2009, 11:00am - 4:00pm

In late September 2009, Rajni Shah will be returning to Lancaster to run a weekend-long workshop on creating self portraits using performance.

Not Knowing workshop

2009

 

Not Knowing workshop promotional collage - from images by Rajni Shah, Helena Suarez and Manuel Vason with SPILL festivalNot Knowing workshop promotional collage - from images by Rajni Shah, Helena Suarez and Manuel Vason with SPILL festival

 

Rajni led this workshop as part of the DIY series of workshops in 2009. Please read on for a copy of the call for proposals and a link to the final report as a PDF.

Point and Place: Six years in conversation...

2008

This article was written for Dance Theatre Journal and exposes some of the processes involved in the making of the art book Point and Place which was awarded a Birgit Skiold Award of Excellence at the London Artists Book Fair 2007. Includes images and words by Julie Brixey-Williams, Camilla Brueton, Simon Kennedy, Theron U.Schmidt, Rajni Shah and Caroline Younger.

Clowning days

A private research and development tool, Rajni has established a solo practice called ‘clowning days’. Like writing with the wrong hand, or standing on one’s head, these days help Rajni to uncover new areas of her performative practice and create a deeper, lighter or darker understanding of herself.

Workshops

Rajni offers workshops in developing performative presence for adults, which can be booked alongside a performance or separately. Each session provides dedicated time for artists wishing to explore their own performative presence. Rajni creates a nurturing environment in which to challenge patterns and develop confidence through practical exercises and conversation.

small gifts: tea

2008

During 2008 Rajni ran a series of workshops exploring gifting for an NHS harm reduction service for women who sell sex from the streets of London. This was continuation of the research series small gifts in which Rajni explored the potential role of gifting in opening up new conversations and perspectives in society.

What's Missing: eating, talking, sharing challenge

2007

What’s missing – eating, talking, sharing challenge: regaining autonomy in performance training

This workshop was developed out of a desire for community, challenge and peer to peer support specifically amongst mid career solo and independent performance artists. Its aims were to facilitate training for a small group of artists who might come together and create spaces within which to explore different questions around working with the body in performance. The process began with a private blog for four artists - a virtual space in which to share thoughts, questions, images and experiences. After six months of blogging, three of the artists came together in London and each led a day's workshop concluding in a dinner.

Rajni worked with artists Sheila Ghelani, Sally Marie and Kira O'Reilly for this project.

small gifts

2006 - 2007

The initial small gifts intervention series took place throughout 2006 and 2007, exploring the role of gift and conversation in public spaces. This research was funded by the Live Art Development Agency through their One to One Bursary scheme, and supported by the Nuffield Theatre in Lancaster, the Colchester Arts Centre and Alternate ROOTS. Continuations of this research included a commission from the Nuffield Theatre in Lancaster in association with Futuresonic, and a commission from The Chelsea Theatre in London. Scroll to the bottom of the page for PDFs related to this research. Watch a slightly random section from small gifts: glasgow here (you need to register and login to this site).

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