OPENLAB Facilitator Callout

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OPENLAB (OL) is seeking performers interested in facilitating one of OL studio sessions at Chisenhale Dance Space (CDS) this coming autumn.

What’s OL?

OL hosts open sessions for anyone interested in a shared space for performance practice. In this way, OL could be understood as a co-working space for performers. At the same time OL proposes a frame of work around the question: what does ‘to perform’ entail? //

OL sessions for Autumn 2016

This autumn OL will alternate between White Canvas sessions and Facilitated OL sessions.

The White Canvas sessions don’t have outspoken facilitator or pre-decided theme. Participants are responsible for their own time in the studio but have the support from doing it with others. The possibility for ad lib exchange within the group is always there. White Canvas sessions are 2-hour long (10am-12pm).

The Facilitated OL sessions are with a theme and a facilitator guiding the group throughout. OL is looking for proposals from performers who would like to put forward a theme and facilitate a 3-hour long session (10am-1pm).

What would make a good OL proposal

The theme for a Facilitated OL session could be anything related to performance and performing. This theme should be, however, an open question for the facilitators themselves.

Facilitators will propose ways of exploring the theme and the other participants will be encourage to follow those propositions as they see fit. Participants may follow proposals (or not), they may ‘tamper with’ those proposals (or not), using the facilitator’s guidance the best way it suits them. Facilitators are invited to act as participants and follow their own exploration.

Potential facilitators may consider putting forward proposals related to the themes CDS focuses on:

Gender,   Childhood,   Care   and   Touch.


Proposals can be put forward by individuals or groups. Only one proposal per person/group will be considered. OL aims to continue with this format so if you have more than one idea save the others for the future.

E-mail your proposal to, stating ‘Facilitated OL Session Proposal’ on the subject line.

The deadline to submit your proposal is on Monday 12 September, midday.

The Facilitated OL sessions will run on a pay-what-you-can basis but with a suggested contribution of £7. This contribution will be used to cover the expenses for the studio hire as well as to aim for an incentive for the facilitator of the session.

Do not hesitate to contact Antonio with any questions you may have feel free share this call-out with others you think may be interested.

OL Autumn Dates

    Friday 9 September: White Canvas (10am-noon)

    Thursday 22 September: Facilitated OL (10am-1pm)

    Friday 7 October: White Canvas (10am-noon)

    Friday 21 October: Facilitated OL (10am-1pm)

    Friday 11 November: White Canvas (10am-noon)

    Friday 25 November: Facilitated OL (10am-1pm)

    Friday 9 December: White Canvas (10am-noon)

Chisenhale Dance Space is a home for experimentation in dance and performance based in East London.   |


Photo credit: Ricardo Correia / Pistacho Photography  |  Performers (from left clockwise): Laura Doehler, Antonio de la Fe, Laura Glaser and Leah  Marojević


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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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