Season 7, Session 4: “Play and Performance” – a ‘Facilitated OPENLAB’ with Butch Merigoni.

October’s ‘Facilitated OPENLAB will be:

Play and Performance
with Butch Merigoni

W:P 7

Photo credit: Cynthia Post Hunt.

This session will take place on Friday 19 October, 10 am-1 pm at Chisenhale Dance Space’s Research Studio.

Trusting in the unpredictable nature of art-making can be tough. Especially when the road we’re on isn’t paved. But if viewed through the lens of play, our work can become less heavy. In this laboratory, we’ll use playground games and purposeless activities to explore the elusive nature of collaborative performance making.

We’ll start with games like ‘tag’ and ‘capture the flag’. These activities will ground us in the present moment, help us manage uncertainty and encourage risk-taking. Following this will be purposeless tasks like ‘stack/climb/drag’ and ‘repeat that sequence’. These activities are a place from which unplanned happenings can emerge.

This lab encourages a flexible and inquisitive approach to collaborative performance making. It asks that we dive into those grey areas between intention and unplanned outcome with a centred and courageous mindset.


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

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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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