Season 7, Session 15: “Performing Anger” – a ‘Facilitated OPENLAB’ with Catherine Duquette.

The last ‘Facilitated OPENLAB of the Spring Term 2019 will be:

Performing Anger
with Catherine Duquette.

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This session will take place on Friday 5 April, 10 am-1 pm at Chisenhale Dance Space’s Research Studio.

Times are uncertain. People are angry. This OPENLAB session is a call to arms.

Anger has taken center stage over the last two years, spurring support for and opposition against dramatic political shifts and social movements in the UK and beyond, generating what some call the Age of Anger. In this OPENLAB session, we will dive into our current emotional climate and revel in a participatory ode to anger.

We will explore anger under the influence of play to encourage risk-taking and to bring joy to a potentially heavy subject. Open to performers and non-performers alike, we’ll start with interactive games and improvisational exercises, move into persona and status play, experiment with creative ranting, and conclude with partnered observation and mirroring. We will practice and dissect familiar exchanges, scores, and movements in the media and in our everyday lives.

What makes you angry? How do you express it? Please be prepared to share your own experiences. We will map out our observations and explore how we perform anger, how we deny it, and most importantly, how we move through it to galvanise and uplift ourselves and others.


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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