Season 7 – Sessions 9, 11 and 13: ‘White Canvas’ Sessions.

This image for “OPENLAB’s Spring Term 2019” is a derivative of “DSC_0014” by Phillip, used under CC BY-SA 2.0. This image is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 by Antonio de la Fe.

This image for “OPENLAB’s Spring Term 2019” is a derivative of “DSC_0014” by Phillip, used under CC BY-SA 2.0. This image is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 by Antonio de la Fe.

This image for “OPENLAB’s Spring Term 2019” is a derivative of “DSC_0014” by Phillip, used under CC BY-SA 2.0. This image is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 by Antonio de la Fe.

In the Spring Term the ‘White Canvas’ sessions will fall on Fridays 11 January, 1 February and 8 March 2019. These will always take place from 10 am to 12 pm in the Research Studio at Chisenhale Dance Space.

At the ‘White Canvas’ sessions, there are no outspoken facilitators. This means that each person is responsible and free for their own facilitation. The idea is: “don’t be shy and do your own thing, put in practice your own performing and let your idiosyncrasy dictate your own work… or not.” In each session, there will be a regular openlabber participating in the session and at the same time, they will act as “an anchor” for those in the room needing support and/or guidance.

At the OPENLAB’s ‘White Canvas’ sessions there are no rights or wrongs, just the joy of coming to the room and sharing the space with others, both influenced and yet unaffected by them… or is that impossible?

On Friday 11 January, Antonio de la Fe will be the anchor for the session. Other anchors for the all other ‘White Canvas’ sessions in the autumn to be confirmed.


Sessions are open to any performers: dancers, musicians, actors and anyone interested in presence and awareness in performance.

Sessions can be facilitated by any participant of OPENLAB. If you’d like to facilitate one of these sessions in the future send an email to Antonio de la Fe:

The OPENLAB sessions alternate between ‘White Canvas’ and ‘Facilated OPENLAB’ sessions. You can see the full programme for the Spring Term 2019 here.

The sessions function in a pay-what-you-can contribution basis to cover expenses and as an incentive for the facilitator of the session. We recommend a £5 contribution for the ‘White Canvas’ Sessions. Cash only.

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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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