Season 5, Session 12: “NIU BLK MVMT” – Facilitated OL w/ Malik Nashad Sharpe.


On Friday 24 February 2017 Malik Nashad Sharpe will facilitate NIU BLCK MVMT for OPENLAB at Chisenhale Dance Space – Research Studio,  10 AM – 1 PM.
This is a ‘Facilitated OL’ that will look at dance as a praxis for continuance and perpetuity. In the advent-up consistent political crisis, anxiety, and mania, dancing can be a resistant political force in an of itself, often without really trying. This session will be immensely physical, and will look at the physicalization of politics within particular dance forms, namely contemporary Hip-Hop, Butoh, and other Live practices, in order to explore the necessity of continuance viscerally.  Backdropped by a poetic arrangement of art-rap post-2008, trap, and vaporwave, above all the OPENLAB session seeks to be LIT – our consciousness is at stake. In particular, the session will involve a collective and robust group warm-up, followed by the gifting of physical information, individual and community physical exploration, and a coming-together-to-end. This lab is open to everyone. No racism, queerphobia, or sexism permitted.
Please have a look at Malik’s website for any information, and extra documentation:

OPENLAB sessions are open to any performers: dancers, musicians, actors and anyone interested in presence and awareness in performance.

The facilitators of OPENLAB are also participants “in” the session and participants can propose their ideas for a future session. If you’d like to know more about this, come to one of our sessions or e-mail Antonio de la Fe (

The sessions function in a pay-what-you-can contribution basis to cover expenses and as an incentive for the facilitator of the session. We suggest a £7 contribution for the 3-hour long sessions (‘Facilitated OL’ sessions).

Chisenhale Dance Space
64-84 Chisenhale Road
E3 5QZ

Season 5, Session 10: “Staying Loose and Warmed Up” – Facilitated OL w/ Paul Hughes and Rohanne Udall.


On Friday 27 January 2017 Paul Hughes and Rohanne Udall (Tempura Batter) will facilitate Staying Loose and Warmed Up for OPENLAB at Chisenhale Dance Space – Research Studio,  10AM – 1PM.

They introduce themselves and the session’s subject:

Hi there,

We’re interested in warm-ups, and watching people warm up. At this OPENLAB, we’re going to be thinking about warm-ups – through discussion, movement and playing about – and you’re very welcome to join in, or do your own thinking in the same space.

Some questions we have:

– Why that warm up? What are you warming up for? What kind of movement or actions might emerge from this kind of warm up instead?
– How can a warm up be written in language? Can we understand this as a translation? What other translations are possible?
– What’s the relationship between warm-ups and relaxation? What are the technologies, or efforts, of effortlessness?
– How are contemporary somatic practices complicit in histories of Western appropriation? How might this be challenged or addressed? What is the politics of your warm up?
– Can you copy what someone warming up is doing? What if you copied them? Is it now a warm up for you? What happens if we all copy someone’s totally internal, personal somatic exploration? Can the gestures of sensation be mimicked? How is sensation performed or exaggerated?
– When does a warm up become a dance… or a choreography? Is this an interesting enquiry?
– If someone we’re watching is totally absorbed in what they’re doing (e.g., thinking very closely about balance/their skeleton/their downward dog), what happens if their attention shifts and they return our gaze to us?

You can bring other questions too. We probably won’t cover all of these or even directly engage with them. But we think they might be useful to articulate before we play around. We might suggest some things to think about or do, but you’re very welcome to approach this topic however suits you. We’re don’t expect to teach you anything, or to make any performance, during this session. Rather, this is something that we think about a lot and are interested if what other people are thinking too.

No experience necessary. Option dress code: beachwear, thermals, leotards, loungewear.

Let us know if you have any questions,
Paul and Rohanne

Tempura Batter’s playful and critical work considers meaning and meaninglessness through oblique gestures. The collaborative practice of Rohanne Udall and Paul Hughes, it takes place across choreographic, performance and visual arts contexts. The work is born out of, and speaks to, a culture that is saturated in content and subject to endless streams of reference and possibility; we are attracted to forms of sidestepping such as fidgeting, shifting, distraction and emulation.

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After “Staying Loose and Warmed Up” ‘Facilitated OL’ w/ Paul Hughes and Rohanne Udall: A Map of Conversations by Antonio de la Fe.

OPENLAB: Spring Term – Season 5

Happy New Year to you all,

Here it is the longed-for 2017 and I hope this will be a catalyst year that will bring about radical change.

Each of us can only do their own part and as part of this, I would like to invite to continue working on your own skills and abilities as a performer, or simply practising performing by being present and making presence. I hope you find the time and the headspace to do this.

You may also need some physical space, but this is where OPENLAB would like to offer a helping hand.


From left to right: Laura Doehler, Antonio de la Fe, Leah Marojević and Laura Glaser.

For this Spring Term, the OPENLAB will offer again an array of both ‘White Canvases’ and ‘Facilitated OL‘ sessions. Giving the space to work on your thing with others but also offering some concepts and subjects to work with as inspiration.

The OPENLAB dates for the Spring Term are:

  • Friday 13 January, ‘White Canvas’ (10 am – noon)
  • Friday 27 January, ‘Facilitated OL’ with Paul Hughes and Rohanne Udall: Staying Loose and Warmed Up (10 am – 1 pm)
  • Friday 10 February, ‘White Canvas’ (10 am – noon)
  • Friday 24 February, ‘Facilitated OL’ with Malik Nashad Sharpe: NEW BLACK MVMT (10 am – 1 pm)
  • Friday 10 March, ‘White Canvas’ (10 am – noon)
  • Friday 24 March, ‘Facilitated OL’ with Rebecca D’Andrea and Vanessa Michielon: Embodied traces – Retrieving and Creating Archives of Moving Memories (10 am – 1 pm)
  • Friday 7 April, ‘Facilitated OL’ with Thom Wootton: On Gender Conventions in Dance (10 am – 1 pm)



Sessions are open to any performers: dancers, musicians, actors and anyone interested in presence and awareness in performance.

Sessions can be facilitated by any participant of OPENLAB. If you’d like to facilitate one of these sessions in the future send an email to Antonio de la Fe:

The sessions function in a pay-what-you-can contribution basis to cover expenses and as an incentive for the facilitator of the session. We recommend a £5 contribution for the 2-hour long sessions (‘White Canvas’ sessions) and £7 contribution for the 3-hour long sessions (‘Facilitated OL’ sessions).