OPENLAB Season 8 – Spring Term 2020.


OPENLAB is taking a break in December. The sessions will be back in January with a new line-up of facilitators for the Spring Term at Chisenhale Dance Space from Friday 10 January to Friday 27 March.

This term the sessions will alternate between three sessions with a common theme: OPENLAB with anthologyofamess, and three Facilitated OPENLAB sessions, each one by a different artist and with a different theme.

This is the Spring Term’s line-up for your diaries:

Friday 10 January – An OPENLAB with anthologyofamess from 10 am to 12 pm:
General Waste I.
Friday 31 January – A Facilitated OPENLAB with Tania Soubry from 10 am to 1 pm:
sounding the body-landscape.
Friday 14 Febrero – An OPENLAB with anthologyofamess from 10 am to 1 pm:
General Waste II.
Friday 28 Febrero – A Facilitated OPENLAB with Lola Maury from 10 am to 1 pm:
Tuning Journeys and Organ-isms.
Friday 13 March – A OPENLAB with anthologyofamess from 10 am to 1 pm:
General Waste III.
Friday 27 March – A Facilitated OPENLAB with Nikita de Martin from 10 am to 1 pm:
Body Area Code.

(Please, note that the Facilitated OPENLAB session on Friday 27 March is now cancelled. The sessions “Stop Trying to Smooth the Folds, Bumps and Creases in Performance Practice – These Trip Hazards Are Where the Magic Lives” with Katye Coe and “Body Area Code” by Nikita de Martin will be postponed, and they will be hopefully re-programmed for the Summer Term. New dates tbc.)


OPENLAB is a model for professional self-development for performers devised by Antonio de la Fe. It hosts open sessions for anyone interested in a shared space for performance practice. In this way, OPENLAB could be understood as a co-working space for performers. At the same time, OPENLAB proposes a frame of work that revolves around a basic question: what does ‘to perform’ entail?

OPENLAB’s model is fluid: always changing, always open to dialogue within the group. OPENLAB sessions are developed by a constantly changing group of people. Any person can join the group at any time according to their personal needs and circumstances. Each member of the group may use these sessions the best way they suit them. Generally, the members of the group are artists interested in performance, movement, the body and in the actions the body can deploy as an artistic medium.

All sessions take place at Chisenhale Dance Space and are pay-what-you-can (recommended donation £7).

Sessions can be facilitated by any participant of OPENLAB and we are looking for proposals for facilitated sessions during Summer Terms 2020. If you’d like to facilitate one of these sessions in the future send an email to Antonio de la Fe:

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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.

4 thoughts on “OPENLAB Season 8 – Spring Term 2020.

  1. Pingback: Season 8 – Sessions 8, 10 & 12: “General Waste” – OPENLAB sessions with ‘anthologyofamess.’ | OPENLAB's Archive

  2. Pingback: Season 8 – Sessions 9: “sounding the body-landscape” – a ‘Facilitated OPENLAB’ with Tania Soubry. | OPENLAB's Archive

  3. Pingback: Season 8 – Sessions 11: “Tuning Journeys and Organ-isms” – a ‘Facilitated OPENLAB’ with Lola Maury. | OPENLAB's Archive

  4. Pingback: Season 8 – Session 13: “Stop Trying to Iron out the Creases. That’s Where Magic Lives.”– a ‘Facilitated OPENLAB’ with Katye Coe. | OPENLAB's Archive

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