OPEN SOURCE FORMS. Expanding Skinner Releasing Technique

with Layton Lachman

25.–29.07.22, 18:00–20:00

Improvisation Experience

Fee: 85/70€ Early Bird (until June 20st)



This improvisational workshop will be a daily 2-hour exploration based in Open Source Forms. Open Source Forms is a pedagogical method deeply rooted in and fluidly expanded from Skinner Releasing Technique. Through the use of non-anatomical images for moving, consensual touch and contact, and rigorous play between energetic states, the workshop will lead toward unruly, vibrating, multidirectional dances. This sequence of classes is based in improvisation and movement research, and functions as a journey together that asks for attunement, rigor, and care towards both the self and the collective.  As well as moving, during the week we will spend time writing and reflecting on our experiences together so please bring paper and pen.

Layton Lachman is a choreographer and teacher working primarily in Berlin and San Francisco/Oakland California. They create performances rooted in somatics, channeling experiential practices into immersive, sensorially complex worlds. Layton is committed to dance practice centered on group study, expanding ‘the commons’, and collective authorship — with the understanding that we are always collaborating with those who come before, after, and with us. After receiving a BFA in choreography from Ohio University, Layton moved to San Francisco where they began collaborating with Abby Crain, Mara Poliak, Margit Galanter, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Sara Shelton Mann, and SALTA, among others. For the past five years Layton has been based in Berlin, working primarily with T.E.N.T. collective, creating a research studio, sprawling events, parties, and epic shows in Berlin, Dresden, Stockholm and vacant farm lands. Layton’s latest work — DOOM — will premiere at tanztage in Berlin, winter 2022. In 2019, Layton finished their teacher training in Open Source Forms — Stephanie Skura’s pedagogical vision, which expands upon Skinner Releasing Technique. Layton draws from Open Source Forms in their teaching, proposing physical experiments that are imagistic, improvisational and play with transformation through embodiment.