Season 5, Session 17: “Authenticity of Action” – Facilitated OL with Katie Dale-Everett and Natalie Wearden.

Katie DAle-Everett and Natalie Wearden Lab Photo_Photography by Luke LeBihan, Credit Katie Dale-Everett Dance, 2017

On Friday 12 May 2017 Natalie Wearden and Katie Dale-Everett will facilitate Authenticity of Action for OPENLAB at Chisenhale Dance Space – Research Studio, 10 AM-1 PM.

The main questions that will drive Katie and Natalie’s facilitation are:

  • To what extent is performance present in everyday interaction?
  • In what ways are those performances restricted by the conventions of our circumstances?
  • How are unconscious performances different to those that are rehearsed, instructed or intentional?

‘All the world’s a stage and all these men and women really players’ As You Like It – William Shakespeare

In his 1967 book The Presentation of the Self in Everyday Life, Erving Goffman draws a comparison between the theatre and the performativity of everyday interaction. Goffman argues that all human interaction is a performance, seeking to elicit a particular response or interpretation of the other/s. In a digital age we are able to perform even greater sections of our lives for a constantly available audience, whenever, wherever and however we desire.

In this OPENLAB Natalie and Katie will embrace the slips in performances, the mistakes and interruptions. They will question their awareness of performance in everyday life and the space between rehearsed and unintentional performativity. They also wish to question how might a performance or choreographic practice be organised similarly to our everyday presentation of self?

If a dancer makes a mistake, could it be similar to muddling up words, awkward silences, misunderstandings or inappropriate laughter? They will play in the space between rehearsal, performance and everyday interaction asking what constitutes an audience, a performance or an authentic action.

OPENLAB Season Five: Summer Term

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The spring is here and, after the break, OPENLAB will be back to end the season with an exciting Summer Term.

OPENLAB will continue with the format alternating ‘White Canvas’ and ‘Facilitated OL’ sessions.

In the ‘White Canvas’ sessions, all performers are invited to come together to the studio and follow their own practice, benefiting from the closeness to others giving access to the possibility of helping one another.

On the other hand, the ‘Facilitated OL’ sessions will be hosted by different performing artists wanting to explore and propose certain questions as subjects for the session. Their facilitation will frame the parameters of the session yet all performers are invited to use the session as guidance but not as instruction. Participants are encouraged to continue with their own exploration, using the facilitation (or not) as best it suits them.

OPENLAB would like to continue offering a space for performers to find a shared space for practising performing whatever “to perform” means to each one of them.

The OPENLAB session for the Summer Term are:

  • Friday 28th April, 10 am – 12 pm: ‘White Canvas.’
  • Friday 12th May, 10 am – 1 pm: ‘Facilitated OL’ with Natalie Wearden and Katie Dale-Everett
  • Friday 19th May, 10 am – 12 pm: ‘White Canvas.’
  • Saturday 27th May, 1 – 4 pm: ‘Facilitated OL’ with Hannah Buckley.
  • Friday 9th June, 10 am – 12 pm: ‘White Canvas.’
  • Friday 30th June, 10 am-1 pm: ‘Facilitated OL’ with Paola Napolitano.
  • Friday 7th July, 10 am – 12 pm: ‘White Canvas.’
  • Friday 21st July, 10 am – 1 pm: ‘Facilitated OL’ with Abi Clancey and Fuensanta Zambrana Ruiz.


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).