OPENLAB’s Season 7 is coming – Autumn Sessions.

OPENLAB 18:19 Autumn

In this image, Anne-Gaëlle Thiriot during last season’s ‘Facilitated OLsession with Joe Stevens.

We have passed half-way the summer; so, it is time to get an update about what’s happening with OPENLAB this coming autumn.

OPENLAB‘s Season 7 will kick off on Friday 7 September at Chisenhale Dance Space. The season will start with a ‘White Canvas’ session and it will continue with a programme alternating both ‘White Canvas’ and ‘Facilitated OL sessions.

Here it the Autumn Term’s line-up for your diaries:

Friday 7 September – A ‘White Canvas’ from 10 am-12 pm.

Friday 14 September – A ‘Facilitated OL’ with Shannon Stewartfrom 10 am-1 pm:

Friday 5 October – A ‘White Canvas’ from 10 am-12 pm.

Friday 19 October – A ‘Facilitated OL’ with Butch Merigoni from 10 am-1 pm:
Play and Performance

Friday 2 November – A White Canvas’ from 10 am-12 pm.

Friday 16 November – A ‘Facilitated OL’ with Marina White Rave from 10 am-1 pm:
The Cosmic Body: Moving Toward Stillness.

Friday 30 November – A ‘White Canvas’ from 10 am-12 pm.

Friday 7 December – A ‘Facilitated OL’ with Katharina Joy from 10 am-1 pm:
movement tracking (& the bear in the stadium).

* Shannon Stewart is a New Orleans-based artist invited to the UK by Christopher Matthews as part of a 2-day event of curated dance classes and talks at Chisenhale Dance Space. Shannon will be teaching two classes: PERMISSION TO DANCE – QUEERNIQUE and WHAT DOES THIS BODY MAKE? on Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 September. OPENLAB is collaborating with Christopher Matthews and Janine Harrington to further introduce Shannon Stewart and her work within the context of a ‘Facilitated OL session on Friday 14 September.


OPENLAB is a model for professional self-development for performers devised by 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. 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.

‘Facilitated OL are sessions with a theme and a facilitator guiding the group throughout.

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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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