‘This is OPENLAB’ by Amaara Raheem.

This is Open Lab.

This is Open Lab.

This is Open Lab.


This Lab is Open.


Never been to this Park before. Expectant. Awake.

Good Friday.


Wetlands and marshes. A canal runs through

us. Duck feathers fall through Olympic


This is Open Lab.


One Ring to rule them all,

One Ring to find them,

One Ring to bring them all,

And in the darkness bind them.


suddenly walking. Not knowing

a way, just following


This is Open Lab.

This is Open Lab.

This Lab is Open.


Hooray, hooray, it’s a Holy-holiday.


she lies for a long time on the benches,

while the rest of them peer through

holes in the concrete


climbs the wall in her delicate shoes, spider

webs cling to her long, black hair.


This is Open Lab. This.

Is open.


Is half a reflection caught

in a mirror ball


his head swallowed up in constellations of glass


There’s a place I know where we should go


Won’ t you take me there your lady fair


There’s a brook near-by the grass grows high


Where we both can hide side by side



This Lab is Open.


is hidden and then again, not.

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About Antonio de la Fe

Antonio is a Spanish choreographer and performer based in London with a background in physiotherapy and Pilates. After coming relatively late to dance and initially studying it in Madrid, they came to London in 2006 where they completed a Performance MA at The Place, writing on The Creation of Solo Choreography Through Deep Engagement with The Application of Mental Imagery Specific Processes for his thesis. Since then, the has danced for Florence Peake, Matthias Sperling, Jonathan Lunn, Eva Recacha, Carla Onni, Annie Lok, Melita Spahic and Riccardo Buscarini and his choreographed works include the Place Prize finalist piece (2011) Cameo, an open OPENLAB: a hybrid, Va por Vds., and A void. They are also a co-founder of the performance collective anthologyofamess. Antonio was a recipient of the BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellowship, with support from Independent Dance, in 2015. During this fellowship, they worked on researching and developing their Unrehearsed Series (Crocodile, Make Me Cool, A Piece for Two: Lovers) in collaboration with producer Martine Painter. Currently, they are expanding on the idea of the Unrehearsed Series and developing a set of choreographic practices under the name Speculative Choreographies.

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