After the Winter Break OPENLAB will be back for a packed Spring Term.
The term will kick off on Friday 5 January with a ‘White Canvas’ session and it will continue with a programme alternating both ‘White Canvas’ and ‘Facilitated OL‘ sessions.
The final dates with the line-out for the Spring Term sessions will be announced in early January. For now, we are glad to announce that the spring OL Facilitators will be:
Valeria Caboi, who will bring her EYE LIE research.
Joe Stevens, and his Game of Utopia paper games.
Emma Zangs, who will facilitate Bodies and Machines.
Until then, OPENLAB will be taking a break during the Winter and New Year’s Festivities. We hope you too will have a restorative and cosy break.
OPENLAB is a model for professional self-development for performers devised Antonio de la Fe. It hosts open sessions for anyone interested in a shared space for performance practice. In this way, OPENLAB could be understood as a co-working space for performers. At the same time, OPENLAB proposes a frame of work that revolves around a basic question: what does ‘to perform’ entail?
OPENLAB’s model is fluid: always changing, always open to dialogue within the group. OPENLAB sessions are developed by a constantly changing group of people. Any person can join the group at any time according to the personal needs and circumstances. Each member of the group may use these sessions the best way they suit them. Generally, the members of the group are artists interested in performance, movement, the body and in the actions the body can deploy as an artistic medium.
What’s the difference between ‘White Canvas’ and ‘Facilitated OL‘ sessions?
In the Spring Term, OPENLAB will continue alternating between ‘White Canvas’ sessions and ‘Facilitated OL‘ sessions.
‘White Canvas’ sessions don’t have an outspoken facilitator or pre-decided theme. However, for this term we will aim to have a participant in the studio that will serve as an anchor for other participants who may feel they need it. Participants may still be responsible for their own time in the studio but this time they’ll have not only the support from doing it with others but also the support from the anchor person. The possibility for ad lib exchange within the group is also always there. ‘White Canvas’ sessions are 2-hour long. For our first ‘White Canvas’ after the New Year Antonio de la Fe will be in the studio as anchor.
‘Facilitated OL‘ are sessions with a theme and a facilitator guiding the group throughout.