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Vanessa Kang, Anna Borini, Winifred Burnet-Smith can be seen sitting and on all fours on the floor. They wear matching turquoise boiler suits and the two sitting gaze at the dancer on all fours.

Patricia Okenwa’s Stabat Mater. Photographer: Stephen Wright. Performers: Vanessa Kang, Anna Borini, Winifred Burnet-Smith.

From taking care and churning | Patricia Okenwa in residency  Fri 8 Sep 2023, 4pm - 5pm

A residency and sharing, with Patricia Okenwa and collaborators, supported by Percolate 2020

Patricia has invited dancers, a composer and a fine artist to spend time in the studio with her; people she holds dear, those whose practices inspire. They are going to try and work out how to create together. 

Patricia will be revisiting a past work, trying it on after many years, exploring what is now and what could follow. She has established that she still loves to dance. She still needs to dance. She wants to share the creative moment. To learn, and churn, and chisel. This residency began with the feeling that there was too much to tackle, too much to even start. But, through sharing, being together and caring, it becomes clear that in the doing there is something valuable that needs to be recognised. The clouds part. The engine is running.  

This residency will close with a relaxed sharing on Friday 8 September. You are invited to see ideas in progress. Patricia – and those working alongside her – will share morsels of experiences gathered over their time together. 

In the Roof Studio




Patricia Okenwa is a London based choreographer, movement director and teacher. She trained at John Neumeier School of Hamburg Ballet and the Rambert School. She was a dancer for Rambert Dance Company for 12 years and choreographed for the company in 2016. Patricia has directed and choreographed for stage, screen and digital stages – exploring the possibilities of pairing performance and digital art. Patricia is a founding member of New Movement Collective focused on interdisciplinary, site-specific work. patriciaokenwa.com

Stephanie Forrest is an artist working across drawing, painting and print. Rooted in observational drawing, her work responds to the flow and unfolding of the world around her. Working predominantly in sumi ink on handmade papers, her practice is evolving through an exchange with dance, choreography and calligraphy; exploring the place where movement and mark meet. Recent series investigate the translation of performance and the bacchanal as a theme throughout art history. stephanieforrest.com

Born in Barcelona, Estela Merlos is an independent performer, teacher, rehearsal director, choreographer and Feldenkrais practitioner based in London. Working across dance, film, theatre and opera, she has worked with: Shobana Jeyasingh, Marcos Morau, Boris Charmatz, Merce Cunningham Trust and New Movement Collective. Drawing from her interests in internal martial arts, somatic learning and improvisation, her research is based on promoting movement awareness to cultivate health and sustainable practice. estelamerlos.com

Quinta is a London-based music-maker and multi-instrumentalist. Part of a new movement of independently-minded experimental female cross-over artists making work at the intersection of art/new music, electronics, the DIY, visual/video art and pop, Quinta is particularly interested in improvisation, electronic interfacing and new instruments. She met Trish during her time as Music Fellow at Rambert in2015 and the two have explored shared interests ever since. quintamakes.com


Siobhan Davies Studios is mostly accessible, with lifts to all floors. There are two accessible parking spaces available on site which can be booked in advance. Blue Badge parking is also available nearby on West Square and Garden Row (for a full map visit the Southwark Council website). Our main door is power assisted.

Amenities include: 

  • Changing facilities* 
  • Communal showers* 
  • Lockers
  • Toilets / wheelchair accessible toilets 
  • Kitchen: tea and coffee making, fridge, and microwave

* Our changing facilities and showers are not fully accessible. Our closest publicly available and fully accessible changing facility is at The Castle Centre, a leisure centre 0.3 miles away from the studios. You can find full details of their features here.