Season 6, Sessions 17 & 18: “Companions and Strangers” – a ‘Facilitated OL’ with Carolyn Roy & ‘White Canvas.’

OPENLAB‘s 2018 Summer Term continues with two more sessions in May.

On Friday 11 May, 10 am-1 pm, we will have Companions and Strangers – a ‘Facilitated OL’ with Carolyn Roy:

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Companions, Composers and Comrades,

Arriving, being (present) with – the floor, the space, our memories or other dancers – is the foundation of dancing together, so we will start from there. Gathering with others the proposal is to see what happens when we start simply from the mix of our bodies, the space and the invisible baggage we bring.

Sharing proximity and distance. This is an invitation to explore composition through companionship and being a companion as an invitation to dance. What does it mean and what does it take to open up and accept the offer of companionship as we dance? This is a quietly political commitment. We matter.

Companionship is a dance practice that is also a practice of being in the world, attuning to a mutual state of being-with as a score, allowing rather than directing movement to emerge and relationships to form.

I propose dancing together with somatic sensitivity in the spirit of listening and being listened to, witnessing and being witnessed. There will be a warm up, a couple of long improvisations and time. No hierarchy. Not call and response. There might be conversation. Is it possible to truly dance together, and what would that dance be? Anything is possible and it doesn’t have to mean slow.

Carolyn Roy is a dancer, writer and teacher, interested in what happens as the body meets the world through improvising and walking and the movement that emerges in this encounter. She is currently exploring practices of attention – listening, touch, curiosity, stillness, witnessing ourselves, others and the space that we co-create(between). Formative influences of Skinner Releasing Technique and Body Weather continue to inform her practice.  In addition to her own projects, (recently Celebrate and  Demonstrate, London May Day, The Telling, What Remains, ID, Reeling, Wilkinson Gallery,  London) she has performed with Gaby Agis, Pacitti Company, Graeme Miller, Tino Sehgal, Florence Peake, and Lizzy Le Quesne, and is a PhD practitioner researcher at Roehampton University.


On Friday 25 May, 10 am-12 pm, we will continue with a ‘White Canvas.’



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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