Season 6, Sessions 15 & 16: “Mine, Yours, Theirs: Exchanging Movements” – a ‘Facilitated OL’ with Danai Pappa & ‘White Canvas.’

OPENLAB‘s 2018 Summer Term kicks off with two sessions this coming April.

On Friday 6 April, 10 am-1pm, we commence the term with Mine, Yours, Theirs: Exchanging Movements, a ‘Facilitated OL’ with Danai Pappa:


During this lab, we will explore ways to produce, exchange and reproduce movement. Expressing either something visual or conceptual, we will go through a series of playful tasks such as being the same, being different, copying, and mimicking. By being present and conscious we will keep a constant dialogue between the members of the group while we will still act as individuals.

I believe that choreography is inspired by dancers. Exchanging dances and building bridges between the participants, we will challenge clichés and personal habits in order to expand choreographic possibilities by sharing movement preferences and idiosyncrasies. The theme focuses on subjectivity and raises fundamental issues such as originality, authorship, inspiration and interpretation.

This session is open to adults with minimum two years dance experience.

Danai Pappa:

I am a dance artist, choreographer and movement teacher. I have studied ballet, archaeology, contemporary dance, social anthropology, choreography, museum studies, and pilates. I have worked in all these sectors. Above all, I am a human. I work with people, I work with bodies, I share ideas, I am inspired, and I aspire to be a source of inspiration. I am interested in connecting and building relationships with others in order to find my distinctive voice.


On Friday 20 April, 10 am-12 pm, we will continue with a ‘White Canvas’ with Antonio de la Fe as an anchor (if one is needed by anyone).



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

Chisenhale Dance Space
64-84 Chisenhale Road
E3 5QZ

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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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