Season 7, Session 12: “Circlusion and the Sounding Body” – a ‘Facilitated OPENLAB’ with Laura Burns.

February’s ‘Facilitated OPENLAB will be:

Circlusions and the Sounding Body
with Laura Burns.


This session will take place on Friday 15 February, 10 am-1 pm at Chisenhale Dance Space’s Research Studio.

We will work with sound as a material that reads the world. As touch, as direction, as proximity and distance, as the vibration of the material out of which my body, your body, our body e/merges. Sound as an activation of self through relation; as an attendance to matter.

We will explore sound in and through the figure of the hag – a sheila-na-gig type entity and archetypal presence who ingests, digests and swallows the world in an act of circlusion – not passive, but calling forth and dragging in, in order to alchemise, transform, dissolve. We work with the notion of stewardship not ownership; what moves moves through and only be/longs in this constantly shifting ushering in of which we are a small part. We move with the hag as a maker of the world not through production and generation, but as a site for digesting and transforming, swallowing the material back into the immaterial and moving from there.

All levels of experience welcome.


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

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’). Cash only.

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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