Season 7, Session 14: “Alone Together” – a ‘Facilitated OPENLAB’ with Irene Cena.

March’s ‘Facilitated OPENLAB will be:

Alone Together
with Irene Cena.


This session will take place on Friday 22 March, 10 am-1 pm at Chisenhale Dance Space’s Research Studio.

How to create a space in which people can self-regulate, self-direct, interact with self-environment-others without being told what to do? What are the norms that emerge in such a space, what games and rules come into being and dissolve?

Can aspects of our biology support our self-acceptance and collaboration?

Where can I place my attention to support an open structure to emerge?

The background idea for this workshops emerges from an embodied reflection on an element of our immune system: the Major Histocompatibility Complex. This marker protein is essentially a mechanism for self recognition, as well as playing part in the identification of threatening organisms, and is therefore a place of discernment.
My interest is how the embodiment of this sub-cellular structure can support relationship with self and other.

As a workshop facilitator my intention is to provide a space in which people can find their inner guiding force, instead of looking outside themselves to be ‘lead’. After an introduction to help us come into contact with a deeper concentration the emphasis will be on following our inner intuition and be open to what emerges.

Together we will create a space for the unknown to manifest, through non-doing, non-directing, silence, being.

As needed I will offer some touch and somatisation techniques, combined with rudiments of anatomy and physiology to support our entry into the exploratory mind. As the exploration takes off some materials will be available for expression through other media.


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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