Season 7, Session 8: “movement tracking (& the bear in the stadium)” – a ‘Facilitated OPENLAB’ with Katharina Joy.

December’s ‘Facilitated OPENLAB will be:

movement tracking (& the bear in the stadium)
with Katharina Joy


This session will take place on Friday 7 December, 10 am-1 pm at Chisenhale Dance Space’s Research Studio.

“The viewer responds to the kinetic quality of the radiant words by following their movement–and their arrested patterns – with her eyes.”
(Carrie Noland, 2002. Digital Gestures.)

– these tiny movements of attention we will work to make tangible in the session.
It is an open-ended, playful literary analysis, attempted through movement – tracking reactions to text, (written, spoken, heard) and building on these responses.

I bring recordings, of noise or speech, I offer text to read aloud; and I offer text in different two- and three-dimensional formats, or compositions, to encounter via movement.

Beginning with exercises to sharpen reaction to words and garnering energy, we will then try to reach a state of concentration-confusion-immersion in language-being in one’s own head – comparable to states of mind in works of fiction like Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce, or Anne Carson’s poetry, or E.E. Cummings’s. We look at textual analysis as a physical experience in real time – by paying attention to punctuation, whitespace, associations with certain words or rhythms, and the other people in the room. Free writing and silence/listening will also be part of the session.

The aim is to create an envelopment in material, an environment that keeps generating – both for the individual mover and the group.


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.

2 thoughts on “Season 7, Session 8: “movement tracking (& the bear in the stadium)” – a ‘Facilitated OPENLAB’ with Katharina Joy.

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