Extending Practice Sessions


Extending Practice Sessions are back

Tuesdays February 4th, March 10th and March 31st

10 .00am – 12.00pm

Studio on the Green, Selkirk

£4.00 per session payable on the day

All welcome 

We are an informal, friendly gathering of people from different artistic backgrounds interested in exploring ideas through movement improvisation. The two-hour sessions are facilitated by Claire Pencak but there is plenty of scope for individual exploration and experimentation.

Please arrive promptly so that we can all start together, bring any materials you might wish to use, paper, pens etc and wear loose comfortable clothing.

More dates will be announced after Easter. We usually aim to meet on the last Tuesday of the month but this varies from time  to time.

Questions ? email me at tabularasadance@btinternet.com

Deep Adaptations: How to live in a world governed by Climate Change and Ecological Catastrophe


Heron on Slitrig

Heron on Slitrig Water, Hawick


Saturday February 29th

10.00 am – 4.00 pm

Unit Four, The Cornucopia Room,

4 Towerdykeside, Hawick TD9 9EA

Entry is free.

Donations welcome on the door.


Deep Adaptation offers a framework for living in a time of climate catastrophe which starts from the understanding that societal collapse due to climate change and ecological derangement is inevitable and already happening in some places. How then might we choose to live in a time of uncertain futures? Continue reading

BATCH:2 Experiments in Making

BATCH:2 is the second annual season of Sunday afternoon performances throughout August at The Bakery Studio, Jedburgh.  This year the programme has expanded to include experimental studio performances, dance screenings and dance installations and  brings together many of Scotland’s most innovative and distinguished dance makers to perform works that push at the edges of contemporary dance. The thread running through the programme is an exploration of different ways of making, performing and presenting including movement scores, collaborative working and improvisational structures. Several of the performances include live music and audiences are invited to stay for post- performance conversations over tea and coffee, which opens the work up for discussion.

Artists include Tim Rubidge, Audicia Lynne Morley, In the Making, air field collective, Merav Israel and Dudendance.

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BATCH:1 A season of experimental dance and music performances.

Each Sunday in August The Bakery will host a different studio performance of new work.
All performances begin at 4 pm.
All welcome.
Entry is free and no booking is required.

Aug 5th         entr’actes     Merav Israel & Claire Pencak
Dancing between emergence and presence, this duet composes itself in real time
Aug 12th      In the Making: (iii)
Ten dancers navigate compositional scores. Live music by Peter Nelson & friends

Aug 19th    Double Bill   Merav Israel  |  James Wyness

Fields (extract)  Merav Israel    https://www.meravisrael.com/
A shifting arrangement of stones  
Breathing Space  James Wyness https://www.jameswyness.com/
A listening to ‘new work’ built around sound,space and performances
Aug 26th    Ripstock    Dudendance   https://www.facebook.com/Dudendance
A new solo performed by Paul Rous
Rear of 11A Exchange Street,
Look out for the chalk board at the top of the alley next to the Jed Chippy.
Free Parking in Abbey Car Park
We apologise that the Bakery Studio does not have disabled access.
It is on the second floor and access is only via stairs.
For further information please contact Claire Pencak by emailing tabularasadance@btinternet.com

Drawing by Brian Hartley

Thank you Brian

Entr’actes: Alternative Arrangements


Image by Felicity Bristow

Image by Felicity Bristow

Entr’actes: Alternative Arrangements is the title of a new collaboration with visual artist Felicity Bristow. We hope the first of a  series.

For this project our site of reference and reflection is the geological formation of Hutton’s Unconformity at Inchbonny, Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders.

The performance is part of a day long programme of artist led events in Jedburgh on November 19th 2017 as part of the wider ‘Mapping the Borders’ programme for the Being Human Festival .

‘We are not to look for nature in a quiescent state; matter itself must be in motion, and the scenes of life a continued or repeated series of agitations and events’

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Extending Practice: Update and Change of Date

20170210_161548-800x450The next Extending Practice Session will be on Tuesday February 21st.

Please note that this is one week earlier than originally advertised.

Otherwise same time, same place: 10am – 12pm, Studio on the Green, Selkirk.

More information about the sessions and a list of dates until the summer of 2017 can be downloaded here. extending-practice-group-programme-2016-2017

We are asking people to contribute £2.00 per session to help the group continue once our Live Borders funded sessions come to an end in July.

Look forward to seeing you in the coming months.

Extending Practice Group


We are an informal friendly gathering of professional creative practitioners from different art forms that meet once a month to share and extend our practice.

The sessions are led by choreographer Claire Pençak and commence from a body based, performative practice but are presented in a way that can be taken up and adapted to individual art forms. The group includes movement practitioners, visual artists and musicians. Writers would be most welcome to join!  Continue reading

Piloting Strategies: Arts and Land Use

Originally written by Kate Foster and myself for ecoartscotland the following blog gives an overview of work we have been doing around Land Use.

Kate Foster and Claire Pençak have written this article to highlight the ways that they as artists (visual and dance/choreographic), have been engaged with land use and in particular the development of Land Use Strategy for Scotland through the Borders Region Pilot.  The article specifically responds to a previous piece on ecoartscotland which asks “What can the arts contribute to a Land Use Strategy for Scotland?”

Some of the really central challenges for artists working with land use issues are highlighted by Kate Foster and Claire Pençak including the discipline and practice specific languages used by environmental scientists and land managers as well as the dominance of Geographical Information Systems technologies.  Kate Foster and Claire Pençak’s projects demonstrate some of the best approaches that can be learnt from the past 60 years of ecoart and the longer history of art.


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Dispatches from the Source: writings from improvisations

Working the Tweed

In June 2014 four of us went to look for the source of the Tweed.

Back in the studio  I was interested in exploring how we remember a place and what we remember about it through movement improvisation.

Below are a selection of short pieces of writing that came out of these improvisations.

The writings are illustrated by images made by Tim Rubidge at the source by pressing paper into the peat.

Imagine a path following along a curve.

The curve
The Tweed
And the imagining.

It was a green – veined white, its wings, tributaries of a river, flowing towards the source.


Who was the person to first put their hand into Tweed?
No, it wasn’t me.
One of the others.


And we listened
And we listened

What did you hear?


Trickling ?

Trickling underground.

You heard it even though you couldn’t see…

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Source Materials: A proposal

Working the Tweed

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In February we welcomed Christo Wallers, a film maker based in Northumberland, to the team of artists working on the Dispatches from the Source project.

This is Christo’s proposal for a 16mm film project in response to a conversation about the ideas we have been exploring so far around source materials. I had also recently discovered that the deep groundwater that feeds the source of Tweed also feeds the sources of Annan and Clyde.

This film project plays upon the shortcomings of primary source material. As you mentioned, the source of a river’s water is impossible to isolate, due to the plurality of sources of water that feed into a spot which is in itself only labelled as the ‘source’ because of a general agreement, as opposed to an empirically provable location.  The source of the river’s water becomes a mise en abyme, as each source has its own source, in…

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