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.

‘Facilitated OPENLAB’ session on Friday 27 March 2020 CANCELLED

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The last session of the Spring Term is cancelled because of the COVID-19 outbreak in the UK.

For now, the plan is to go ahead and continue with the OPENLAB sessions in the Summer Term. However, we will need to see how the crisis progresses. It is very likely that the eventual shape of the term will be confirmed only last minute and we may even have to confirm one session at the time.

If you’d like to stay tuned and be informed about when the next sessions are coming up, please follow the OPENLAB Facebook Page or sign up to the newsletters.

POSTPONED: “Stop Trying to Smooth the Folds, Bumps and Creases in Performance Practice – These Trip Hazards Are Where the Magic Lives”– a ‘Facilitated OPENLAB’ with Katye Coe.

‘Facilitated OPENLAB’ with Katye Coe
Date TBC.

Stop Trying to Smooth the Folds, Bumps and Creases in Performance Practice – These Trip Hazards Are Where the Magic Lives.

Research Studio | 10 am-1 pm | £7 suggested donation

Katye Coe performing in Keira Greene’s wolf ecologies

Photo credit: Katye Coe performing in Keira Greene’s wolf ecologies.

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Remember:

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. We are looking for proposals for facilitated sessions during the Summer Terms 2020. If you’d like to facilitate one of these sessions in the future come to one of our sessions to find out more or email Antonio de la Fe.

The OPENLAB sessions alternate between different facilitators. You can see the full programme for the Spring Term 2020 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 each session. Cash only.

Chisenhale Dance Space
64-84 Chisenhale Road
London
E3 5QZ

Season 8 – Sessions 11: “Tuning Journeys and Organ-isms” – a ‘Facilitated OPENLAB’ with Lola Maury.

‘Facilitated OPENLAB’ with Lola Maury
Fridays 28 February

Tuning Journeys and Ogan-isms

Research Studio | 10 am-1 pm | £7 suggested donation

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To describe my most recent work BROUHAHA, I often find myself saying that ‘three performers, not bound by touch or sight but by a common sense of presence and listening, migrate together in space endlessly. They glide around each other and drift, connecting through sighs, whimpers and chants.’

I am interested in discussing this act of ‘connecting’ or ‘tuning-in’ with other performers.

How do we practice it? What are we trying to reach with it?

I propose to explore the idea of being one complex organism, using body and voice to reach different energetic levels and play with physical or sonic intensities.

Does the act of tuning-in make us necessarily harmonious? Can we be chaotic yet connected?


Remember:

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. We are looking for proposals for facilitated sessions during the Summer Terms 2020. If you’d like to facilitate one of these sessions in the future come to one of our sessions to find out more or email Antonio de la Fe.

The OPENLAB sessions alternate between different facilitators. You can see the full programme for the Spring Term 2020 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 each session. Cash only.

Chisenhale Dance Space
64-84 Chisenhale Road
London
E3 5QZ

Season 8 – Session 9: “sounding the body-landscape” – a ‘Facilitated OPENLAB’ with Tania Soubry.

‘Facilitated OPENLAB’ with Tania Soubry
Friday 31 January

sounding the body-landscape

Research Studio | 10 am-1 pm | £7 suggested donation

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My initiative to suggest this OPENLAB was in response to Sara Ruddock’s session: LAB of Vibrational Practices – Moving, Sounding and Listening Bodies.

“Sounding the body-landscape relational dance” is a practice I initiated in my Artists’ Support Program residency at the Conway Hall (2014-2016) and further explored and developed in the research and creation of soul-scapes with collaborator Catherine Elsen, approaching breath, voice, movement, sensation and imagination as one interactive whole. A a soul-sound-body-archeological-imaginational-landscapes-states-relational-exploration.

Starting lying on one’s back, yawning, opening spaces, melting the body into the floor, into gravity, fully releasing, focusing on one’s breath, gradually letting the weight of the body and the head fall deeper into the floor and the skull roll on an out-breath very slowly to one side, feeling every millimetre of the contact with the floor and the relation to the spine and the rest of the body, and when arriving to the maximum the movement will like a coil reverse itself to the other side, creating an infinite figure eight like movement. Once the movement flow is established, a hum is added on an out-breath when turning the head to one side, then an open sound, eventually rolling the whole body to one side and to the other. Once this is established, the movement can start to unfold, slowly rolling, spiralling and unfurling in multiple directions, following the inner flow of movement while breathing and sounding the body landscape. Another use of imagery is rolling and unfolding around the spine and the vocal and respiratory system. This develops into moving around and in relation to the breath and sound, starting with long vowels, sensing and imagining the sounds as a vibrational aura/cloud. A relational dance emerges where a sound invites a movement, a bodily sensation from a movement, a position and/or the contact with the floor and gravity suggest an inner image, that impression suggests a sound and the vibrations and sensations from that sound suggest another texture which again invites a bodily response.

Within this, I recommend honing an awareness of where one is sending the sound, which body parts one is sounding, how the body responds to that sound, what affect and effect that creates, etc. By digging into the soul-sound-body matter where one’s own and a collective story is stored, can come archaic or imaginal landscapes and states, letting material surface, such as free, visceral and unruly vocal and bodily movements. This practice can be used as a tuning-into whatever is flowing and singing beneath and beyond our skin, a letting-go, a creative letting-be, letting things happen, warming-up the body/voice/senses, as well as for sensitising and resourcing.


Remember:

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. We are looking for proposals for facilitated sessions during the Summer Terms 2020. If you’d like to facilitate one of these sessions in the future come to one of our sessions to find out more or email Antonio de la Fe.

The OPENLAB sessions alternate between different facilitators. You can see the full programme for the Spring Term 2020 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 each session. Cash only.

Chisenhale Dance Space
64-84 Chisenhale Road
London
E3 5QZ

Season 8 – Sessions 8, 10 & 12: “General Waste I, II & III” – OPENLAB sessions with ‘anthologyofamess.’

OPENLAB sessions with anthologyofamess
Fridays 10 January, 14 February and 13 March 2020

General Waste I, II & III

Research Studio | 10 am-1 pm | £7 suggested donation

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The anthologyofamess collective comes together to develop, and share with others in the studio, concepts and ideas that form part of their current performance exploration for General Waste (work-in-progress). At a time when a collective awareness of climate collapse, political crises and the distinct possibility of society’s final disintegration has finally arisen, they will gather and lay down their fears and wishes about this manifestly uncertain future.

anthologyofamess would like to invite others to investigate with them notions of present, future and post-future worlds.

In the three OPENLAB sessions run throughout the Spring Term by anthologyofamess, they will aim to explore the following concepts:

  • Meaningless privileges which die hard
  • Nature only subsisting in digital form
  • Phantasmagoric memories being rendered over and over again
  • “Home” as the last suitable habitats.
  • Poetry, sensibility and unconditional love as a solution to the subjugating forces of self-imposed automatised systems of human control.
  • The collective and co-independency – standing for ourselves together even in the midst of all our differences and misunderstandings.

Remember:

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. We are looking for proposals for facilitated sessions during the Summer Terms 2020. If you’d like to facilitate one of these sessions in the future come to one of our sessions to find out more or email Antonio de la Fe.

The OPENLAB sessions alternate between different facilitators. You can see the full programme for the Spring Term 2020 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 each session. Cash only.

Chisenhale Dance Space
64-84 Chisenhale Road
London
E3 5QZ

OPENLAB Season 8 – Spring Term 2020.

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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.)


What’s OPENLAB?

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: antonio.delafeguedes@gmail.com

Season 8 – Session 7: “The Ear-Body: Navigating Through Soundscapes” – a ‘Facilitated OPENLAB’ with Niya B.

The second ‘Facilitated OPENLAB session this November will be also the last OPENLAB session of this term:

The Ear-Body: Navigating Through Soundscapes
with Niya B.

 

This session will take place on Friday 29 November, 10 am-1 pm at Chisenhale Dance Space’s Research Studio.

In my performance work, I use soundscapes as environments where I explore movement and exercise presence through abstraction and transgression of the personal towards the collective, in order to deconstruct the hierarchies of performance space and weave a negotiated network of interconnectivity between performer-audience and audience with each other. I perceive soundscapes as flexible nets thrown onto physical spaces to alter the context within which a work is prepared, performed and perceived.

In this session, we will experience a variety of soundscapes and will take each other on a journey of: Listening with and through our whole body. Imagining scenarios. Counteracting time using sound repetition as a tool. Becoming responsive bodies. Exercising presence as a form of movement. Synchronising to vibrations. Positioning ourselves within emotional landscapes. Blending the internal with the external. Navigating through immersive environments. Departing from the prepared leading towards the improvised.


Remember:

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. We are looking for proposals for facilitated sessions during the Spring and Summer Terms 2020. If you’d like to facilitate one of these sessions in the future come to one of our sessions to find out more or email Antonio de la Fe.

The OPENLAB sessions alternate between ‘White Canvas’ and ‘Facilitated OL sessions. You can see the full programme for the Autumn 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
London
E3 5QZ

Season 8 – Session 5: “What Do We Know About Free Time?” – a ‘Facilitated OPENLAB’ with Dominique Baron-Bonarjee.

This November there will be two ‘Facilitated OPENLAB sessions. The first of these will be:

What Do We Know About Free Time?
with Dominique Baron-Bonarjee.

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

When time and space are scarce the emphasis is too often on production and the process is curtailed. In this session, we explore temporality and how the rhythms of daily routines, impact on thought and the creative process. I’m interested in developing an embodied sense of time, thinking of the body material as a time container.

Imagining different notions of time, Gilles Deleuze names two of them Chronos and Aeon (The Logic of Sense). The first, Chronos, is measured regular time which belongs to the world of the social, the second, Aeon, is circular expansive and encompasses deep time – it’s a temporality that can be encountered in solitude as well as altered states of consciousness such as the flow state: a state of effortlessness and timelessness associated with being involved in a work or leisure activity.

When we come into the studio how can we move between these temporalities the one that demands that we work, be productive, create outcomes and the other that requires surrender, intuition, inspiration, a beginner’s mind that goes beyond thinking? By drawing on Eastern philosophy and performance practices, (Butoh, Noh theatre, Tai Chi) this session proposes methods, tasks, improvisations, and discussions that address will and flow, personal agency, activity and passivity and dynamics and how these relate to experiences of embodied time.


Remember:

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. We are looking for proposals for facilitated sessions during the Spring and Summer Terms 2020. If you’d like to facilitate one of these sessions in the future come to one of our sessions to find out more or email Antonio de la Fe.

The OPENLAB sessions alternate between ‘White Canvas’ and ‘Facilitated OL sessions. You can see the full programme for the Autumn 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
London
E3 5QZ

Season 8 – Session 4: “LAB of Vibrational Practices: Moving, Sounding and Listening Bodies” – a ‘Facilitated OPENLAB’ with Sara Ruddock.

The OPENLAB sessions continue this autumn with:

LAB of Vibrational Practices: Moving, Sounding and Listening Bodies
with Sara Ruddock.

This session will take place on Friday 18 October, 10 am-1 pm at Chisenhale Dance Space’s Research Studio.

A space to explore and engage in vibrational practices with multimodal listening, sounding and moving. Experimenting with different ways of listening – listening as attention, listening as empathy and connection, listening as touch – playing with perception of sound, voice, rhythm and vibration. Engaging the inner and outer sounding voice, the audible / the inaudible / the barely audible, an individual and collective sounding, multiplicity of voices / voices of multiplicity.

This LAB is based on Sara’s continuous research and artistic practice of movement/voice, bodies in a mode of listening, vibration as connection, potential and embodied experience, perception and activation of sound/the sounding voice, rhythm and groove, irregularities and resistance.


Remember:

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. We are looking for proposals for facilitated sessions during the Spring and Summer Terms 2020. If you’d like to facilitate one of these sessions in the future come to one of our sessions to find out more or email Antonio de la Fe.

The OPENLAB sessions alternate between ‘White Canvas’ and ‘Facilitated OL sessions. You can see the full programme for the Autumn 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
London
E3 5QZ

Season 8 – Session 2: “BODYWORKS” or “WORK IN THE HEAD” – a ‘Facilitated OPENLAB’ with Anja Borowicz.

Our first ‘Facilitated OPENLAB’ session of this 8th season will be:

BODYWORKS or WORK IN THE HEAD
with Anja Borowicz.

This session will take place on Friday 27 September, 10 am-1 pm at Chisenhale Dance Space’s Research Studio.

From notes on a hairdresser: a self-choreographed dancer performing with unruly matter, an aesthetician in a social contract of trust, a creative cutter in search of beauty. An unmoving and unmovable model reduced just to a head. Extended gaze and smiling effort. Heat, disinfectants and deadly-sharp objects.

This OPENLAB session draws on my research of everyday working gestures as an artistic proposition. A moment of engagement with another materiality, with an object (human or non-human, a massaged body or a building scaffold) becomes a space of material resonances and poetic metaphors. I call this moment object-gesture.

I will extract from the material of recorded gestures, dissected phrases of instructions and echoes of physical impacts. I propose we take a journey across these networks of material, emotional and metaphoric overlays. What will occur if we traverse physically, poetically and askew: mirroring, enacting and imagining? Can this working gesture inspired thinking lead us to new universal meanings and imaginary choreographies?


Remember:

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. We are looking for proposals for facilitated sessions during the Spring and Summer Terms 2020. If you’d like to facilitate one of these sessions in the future come to one of our sessions to find out more or email Antonio de la Fe.

The OPENLAB sessions alternate between ‘White Canvas’ and ‘Facilitated OL sessions. You can see the full programme for the Autumn 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
London
E3 5QZ