Season 6, Sessions 19 & 20: “The Primal Body” – a ‘Facilitated OL’ with Galit Criden & ‘White Canvas.’

There will be two OPENLAB sessions in June.

On Friday 8 June, 10 am-1 pm, we will have The Primal Body – a ‘Facilitated OL’ with Galit Criden:


How unusual it is nowadays to wander, to let oneself be taken by an experience and to truly observe within one’s reality. In this session, we will experiment wondering in our urban reality in a sensory tour throughout the topography of the city.

Walking through observation is the act of wondering accompanied by all sensations. This combined performance experiment will emphasis on the nomadic state in which people are situated these days. We will practice leaving the studio and working outside, letting the conditions affect our bodies. We will explore what actions such as walking and listening can do to our understanding of culture and how the body serves as an interpretative experiential tool. Within the busiest, loudest context, I invite us all to check together the most basic aspects of primal body: What do we want? How to start moving? When to stop? How far can we go? How much do we let ourselves drift?


The participants will gather in the studio, where they will be guided through a short preparation for the walk, and from there, they would leave two by two to wonder, triggering observation and play between the streets. Through a simple and automatic action such as walking, I wish to touch one’s habits through one’s barest foundation and by exploring their function to learn something about the relation between the individual and their relation to the environment around them.

We’ll practice something like what comes before it becomes dance, the formation of dance – the primal body. To experience being in the body in space, we will try to practice being visible and present, to identify the situation as it is. (in-studio and out). Freeing the body and finding the logic at that moment. Here and now.

Galit Criden is choreographer and movement teacher. She holds a BEd and a graduate of the School of Visual Theater and a graduate of the David Yellin Academic college of Education. She is a co-founder of ‘ New-Stuff’ group: A theater, performance, plastic art group. She performed in various places around Israel and abroad. Her performances include: ‘Observation Room’, ‘Work Big’, ‘Singular’, ‘Phase II’ and BodySpeak’ and more. She received in 2017 Rabinovitz a prize for excellence in dance. Currently, she is an artist in the Fest’Fectory compound, Bat-Yam, Israel.


On Friday 22 June, 10 am-12 pm, we will continue with a ‘White Canvas’ with Flora Wellesley Wesley 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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