This 4000 sq. ft. creative location accommodates a studio, gallery, green room, study, and fully equipped kitchen. With its launch comes a spectrum of programmes to engage with: The Room One membership scheme, residency programme, and training in the Yat Method. All components expressed by Founder Madhi Yahya and Managing Director and Director of Room One Productions James Kemp hold a multi-functional purpose, allowing artists and intellectuals the freedom to feed their talents while building networks in a collaborative environment.
The studio is the core space for artistic development and training. It is an area where those studying the Yat Method can rehearse, learn, experiment, and discuss in an exclusive setting. The gallery is an area transformable for fashion shows, exhibitions, seminars, and events. With beaming natural light, it offers the most versatile approach to Room One. The study is the pivotal creative development space, a devotional area where artists can focus on their projects while drawing upon the knowledge and skills of residents.
The Room One Membership Scheme offers a chance to become a vital part of a cultural community, interact with artists, and reap the benefits over a 12-month period. There are different scales of membership: Guest, Friend and Creator, all with perks including priority and reduced rate bookings of the gallery and studio, entry to the workspace, and advance notice regarding classes and training.
The Residency programme is unique to central London. Artists from all disciplines are brought together to nurture talent while exploring new ideas and expanding existing ones. Room One’s networks can build an esteemed international creative centre. Successful applicants will have access to the full range of Yat Method classes and Room One workshops. The limitless benefits allow creatives to emerge themselves in the expertises and support of the founders of Room One.
My Light is your Light is an example of work displayed by a Room One resident artist Alaa Minawi. Minawi’s new installation premièred at Amsterdam’s Light Festival and ran from November 2014 to January 2015. My Light is your Light composes six fragile human-scale statues radiating a soft light which reflects the uncertainty of existence faced by refugees worldwide. Minawi, a third-generation Palestinian refugee met and worked with over 1000 Syrian refugees to draw upon the recognition of traits held by refugees. Their eyes, walks, and manner in which they softly carried themselves became a common factor across the board. Minawi’s demonstration of thousands of displaced people around the world was a temporary feature produced in partnership with Room One.
The Yat Method is a training programme based on the work of Yat Malmgren and Rudolf Laban, pioneers of 20th-century performance research. Onus is placed on the construction of character through internal motivation and external expression. Room One became the permanent home of the Yat Method as of 2014 with James Kemp as Malmgren’s successor. Notable student of Kemp’s are Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, and Michael Fassbender – to name but a few. The head of the Yat Method passed comment on the delivery of the Yat Method programme.
“At the heart of the work is the concept that we think with our bodies. That our bodies are revelatory to our inner workings, our psyche, of our thoughts and feelings.”
With the launch of Room One, London continues to uphold its creative stance. Room One’s specialised hub adds to the progression of the arts in a rare form. For more information go to Room One.
Room One, 12-14 Berry Street, London, +44 20 3701 2869
Danielle has a fascination with living a life full of creativity. She is the founder of A Life in a Season blog and contributes to Huffington Post UK. When not writing her next blog post or snapping photographs, she can be found emerged in the latest film and theatre performances while discovering the newest trends hitting our streets.