OPENLAB Facilitator Call-out

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OPENLAB (OL) is seeking performers interested in facilitating one of OL studio sessions at Chisenhale Dance Space (CDS) this coming spring. Proposals should have a theme that can be explored in a 3-hour long session from 10 am to 1 pm on one of the following days:

  • Friday 19 January
  • Friday 9 February
  • Friday 2 March

The theme for this OL session could be anything related to performance and performing although they should be an open question for the facilitators themselves. To see themes that have been explored in the past, check the other posts in this OL’s Archive.

Proposals can be put forward by individuals only. Just one proposal per person will be considered.

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

The deadline to submit proposals is on Friday 1 December, 1 pm GMT.

For further information about the call-out and the OL sessions, download the file attached by clicking on the following link: OL Facilitator Call-out Spring 2018

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

The 2018 OPENLAB sessions are supported by CDS Allotment Fund.

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Season 6, Session 6: “WITCHDANCE” – a ‘Facilitated OL’ with Charlie Ashwell.


November is almost here and OPENLAB continues.

The next OPENLAB will be a ‘White Canvas’ session and this will be on Friday 10 November, 10 AM-12 PM at Chisenhale Dance Space’s Research Studio

The next ‘Facilitated OL’ session will take place on Friday 24 November 2017 and it will be run by Charlie Ashwell:  WITCHDANCE, a three-hour long OPENLAB, 10 AM-1 PM.


Charlie is a dance witch. For her OPENLAB session, she would like to do some dance-witching. With you. For you.

Dance-witching or witch-dancing is about doing something with dance, for witch the outcome, we’ll agree for now, is always the best possible outcome. Dance-witching or witch-dancing is a process of acting in and upon the world, witch is not interested in the production of stuff witch can fail or succeed, but witch is more interested in the blind hope and thrill of doing stuff witch rocks our collective boat. I call this approach magic. Witch-dancing, or dance-witching, wants to increase 1000-fold the possibilities of relating to one another, to our desires, to what remains of our flesh and our decomposing-recomposing cyborg-spirit-brains and, ultimately, to the whole world (urgent!), in a way entirely committed to the possibility that all possible outcomes will become the best possible outcome, through collective effort.

Bring your hang-ups and your hopes; your heavy baggage and utopic notions. Bring the chips on your shoulders and the urges in your gut; bring your subversive femininities (wherever you buried them), the itches in your index fingers and the dances in your arse(nal)s. We’re gonna WITCH.


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 email 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