Season 6, Sessions 21: “Explorations on the Suspicious Body” – a ‘Facilitated OL’ with Mira Hirtz.

OPENLAB‘s 6th edition will close this July with a ‘Facilitated OL.

This session – Explorations on the Suspicious Body – will be facilitated by Mira Hirtz on Friday 6 July, 10 am-1 pm at Chisenhale Dance Space:


Nowadays in public space and transport we are often encouraged to look for suspicious events. I ask myself: what is a suspicious body? What does it look like, what does it behave like, how does it derive from the norm in a way that one could recognise it? I wonder if this rather terrifying and excluding manner of being together in publicity can be turned into a reflective state towards rules and norms. Could we as movers turn it into both reflective and playful observations, curiosities, hidings and further practices? How can imaginations become explicit, stigmatisations obscene, and derivations sensually motivated?

I will propose somatic and movement explorations as well as discussions and writing exercises in order to investigate these questions. And then, let’s jam!

Mira Hirtz is a mover and somatic practitioner currently studying the MFA Creative Practice at Trinity and Laban Conservatoire and Independent Dance. Before moving to London she finished her Masters in art theory on the topic of audience participation in performance art and worked as an art mediator for documenta14 in Germany. Mira is curious about somatic knowledge and exploring formats such as Jams in Contact Improvisation, and eager to mingle disciplines to question terms and concepts both theoretically and dancing.



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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