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.

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.


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. 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
London
E3 5QZ

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

March’s ‘Facilitated OPENLAB will be:

Alone Together
with Irene Cena.

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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.


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. 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
London
E3 5QZ

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.

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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.


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. 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
London
E3 5QZ

Season 7, Session 10: “Moveo Ergo Sum” – a ‘Facilitated OPENLAB’ with Antonio de la Fe.

The first ‘Facilitated OPENLAB of 2019 will be:

Moveo Ergo Sum
with Antonio de la Fe.

Antonio de la Fe in Still Life by Hamish MacPherson with Antonio de la Fe, Kimberley Harvey and Paul Hughes. SPILL Festival 2018, photo by Christa Holka.

Antonio de la Fe in Still Life by Hamish MacPherson with Antonio de la Fe, Kimberley Harvey and Paul Hughes. SPILL Festival 2018, photo by Christa Holka.

This session will take place on Friday 25 January, 10 am-1 pm at Chisenhale Dance Space’s Research Studio.

Moving is a kind of thinking and thinking is a kind of moving. They both happen in different combinations of simultaneity and quasi-simultaneity, combinations of sequentiality and possibly, even in instances of isolation. Always intertwined but with different patterns and yet always expressions of enactive ways of being and being present.

Antonio de la Fe will bring to the room their long-lasting interest in the performing state while dancing as an action of presence and some of the strategies they’ve been using for the last couple of years to achieve and work on this.

You can expect moving, being still, thinking, talking, writing and in different orders and combinations in time and space.


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. 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
London
E3 5QZ

Season 7 – Sessions 9, 11 and 13: ‘White Canvas’ Sessions.

This image for “OPENLAB’s Spring Term 2019” is a derivative of “DSC_0014” by Phillip, used under CC BY-SA 2.0. This image is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 by Antonio de la Fe.

This image for “OPENLAB’s Spring Term 2019” is a derivative of “DSC_0014” by Phillip, used under CC BY-SA 2.0. This image is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 by Antonio de la Fe.

This image for “OPENLAB’s Spring Term 2019” is a derivative of “DSC_0014” by Phillip, used under CC BY-SA 2.0. This image is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 by Antonio de la Fe.

In the Spring Term the ‘White Canvas’ sessions will fall on Fridays 11 January, 1 February and 8 March 2019. These will always take place from 10 am to 12 pm in the Research Studio at Chisenhale Dance Space.

At the ‘White Canvas’ sessions, there are no outspoken facilitators. This means that each person is responsible and free for their own facilitation. The idea is: “don’t be shy and do your own thing, put in practice your own performing and let your idiosyncrasy dictate your own work… or not.” In each session, there will be a regular openlabber participating in the session and at the same time, they will act as “an anchor” for those in the room needing support and/or guidance.

At the OPENLAB’s ‘White Canvas’ sessions there are no rights or wrongs, just the joy of coming to the room and sharing the space with others, both influenced and yet unaffected by them… or is that impossible?

On Friday 11 January, Antonio de la Fe will be the anchor for the session. Other anchors for the all other ‘White Canvas’ sessions in the autumn to be confirmed.

Remember:

Sessions are open to any performers: dancers, musicians, actors and anyone interested in presence and awareness in performance.

Sessions can be facilitated by any participant of OPENLAB. 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

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

The sessions function in a pay-what-you-can contribution basis to cover expenses and as an incentive for the facilitator of the session. We recommend a £5 contribution for the ‘White Canvas’ Sessions. Cash only.

OPENLAB’s Season 7 – Spring 2019 Sessions.

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Spring Term 2019

This image for “OPENLAB’s Spring Term 2019” is a derivative of “DSC_0014” by Phillip, used under CC BY-SA 2.0. This image is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 by Antonio de la Fe.

Our last OPENLAB session before the Winter Break is a ‘Facilitated OL’ with Katharina Joy Book. But, fear not! We have a new series of OPENLAB sessions programmed for the Spring Term at Chisenhale Dance Space.

OPENLAB’s Season 7 will continue in 2019 starting with a ‘White Canvas’ session on Friday 11 January, followed by a programme alternating both ‘White Canvas’ and ‘Facilitated OL sessions.

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

Friday 11 January – A ‘White Canvas’ from 10 am-12 pm.
Friday 25 January – A ‘Facilitated OL with Antonio de la Fe: Moveo Ergo Sum from 10 am-1 pm.
Friday 1 February – A ‘White Canvas’ from 10 am-12 pm.
Friday 15 February – A ‘Facilitated OL with Laura Burns: Circlusion and the Sounding Body from 10 am-1 pm.
Friday 8 March – A ‘White Canvas’ from 10 am-12 pm.
Friday 22 March – A ‘Facilitated OL with Irene Cena: Alone Together from 10 am-1 pm.
Friday 5 April – A ‘Facilitated OL with Catherine Duquette: Performing Anger from 10 am-1 pm.


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.

What’s the difference between ‘White Canvas’ and ‘Facilitated OL sessions?

OPENLAB will continue alternating between ‘White Canvas’ sessions and ‘Facilitated OL sessions.

‘White Canvas’ sessions don’t have an outspoken facilitator or pre-decided theme. We will aim to have a participant in the studio that will serve as an anchor for other participants who may feel they need it. Participants may still be responsible for their own time in the studio but this time they’ll have not only the support from doing it with others but also the support from the anchor person. The possibility for ad lib exchange within the group is also always there. ‘White Canvas’ sessions are 2-hour long.

‘Facilitated OL are sessions with a theme and a facilitator guiding the group throughout. ‘Facilitated OL sessions are 3-hour long.

All sessions take place at Chisenhale Dance Space and are pay-what-you-can (recommended donation £5 for the ‘White Canvas’ and £7 for the ‘Facilitated OL sessions).

Season 7, Session 8: “movement tracking (& the bear in the stadium)” – a ‘Facilitated OPENLAB’ with Katharina Joy.

December’s ‘Facilitated OPENLAB will be:

movement tracking (& the bear in the stadium)
with Katharina Joy

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This session will take place on Friday 7 December, 10 am-1 pm at Chisenhale Dance Space’s Research Studio.

“The viewer responds to the kinetic quality of the radiant words by following their movement–and their arrested patterns – with her eyes.”
(Carrie Noland, 2002. Digital Gestures.)

– these tiny movements of attention we will work to make tangible in the session.
It is an open-ended, playful literary analysis, attempted through movement – tracking reactions to text, (written, spoken, heard) and building on these responses.

I bring recordings, of noise or speech, I offer text to read aloud; and I offer text in different two- and three-dimensional formats, or compositions, to encounter via movement.

Beginning with exercises to sharpen reaction to words and garnering energy, we will then try to reach a state of concentration-confusion-immersion in language-being in one’s own head – comparable to states of mind in works of fiction like Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce, or Anne Carson’s poetry, or E.E. Cummings’s. We look at textual analysis as a physical experience in real time – by paying attention to punctuation, whitespace, associations with certain words or rhythms, and the other people in the room. Free writing and silence/listening will also be part of the session.

The aim is to create an envelopment in material, an environment that keeps generating – both for the individual mover and the group.


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. If you’d like to know more about this, come to one of our sessions or email Antonio de la Fe.

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’).

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

Season 7, Session 6: “The Cosmic Body: Moving Toward Stillness” – a ‘Facilitated OPENLAB’ with Marina White Raven.

November’s ‘Facilitated OPENLAB will be:

The Cosmic Body: Moving Toward Stillness
with Marina White Raven

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This session will take place on Friday 16 November, 10 am-1 pm at Chisenhale Dance Space’s Research Studio.

We move alone, at our own pace, in our own style and according to our current physical, mental and emotional state. We take time to arrive, watching and witnessing the breath, the body, other bodies. We notice where there is ease and where there is resistance; connecting and disconnecting, reaching out and reaching in, coming together and falling apart.

The focus of the session is to release tension, identify and move through resistance and explore and tune into finer frequencies and each other. There is an invitation to drop old patterns of thought and action and become open to new pathways for the body and mind.

Arrive at this OPENLAB ready to move, write, make marks, touch, feel, play, share, witness and be witnessed. Be prepared to expand, become and go beyond.


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. If you’d like to know more about this, come to one of our sessions or email Antonio de la Fe.

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’).

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

Season 7, Session 4: “Play and Performance” – a ‘Facilitated OPENLAB’ with Butch Merigoni.

October’s ‘Facilitated OPENLAB will be:

Play and Performance
with Butch Merigoni

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Photo credit: Cynthia Post Hunt.

This session will take place on Friday 19 October, 10 am-1 pm at Chisenhale Dance Space’s Research Studio.

Trusting in the unpredictable nature of art-making can be tough. Especially when the road we’re on isn’t paved. But if viewed through the lens of play, our work can become less heavy. In this laboratory, we’ll use playground games and purposeless activities to explore the elusive nature of collaborative performance making.

We’ll start with games like ‘tag’ and ‘capture the flag’. These activities will ground us in the present moment, help us manage uncertainty and encourage risk-taking. Following this will be purposeless tasks like ‘stack/climb/drag’ and ‘repeat that sequence’. These activities are a place from which unplanned happenings can emerge.

This lab encourages a flexible and inquisitive approach to collaborative performance making. It asks that we dive into those grey areas between intention and unplanned outcome with a centred and courageous mindset.


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. If you’d like to know more about this, come to one of our sessions or email Antonio de la Fe.

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’).

Chisenhale Dance Space
64-84 Chisenhale Road
London

Season 7, Session 2: “MIRROR / / WINDOW / / RIFT” – a ‘Facilitated OPENLAB’ with Shannon Stewart.

 OPENLAB’s first facilitated session this season will be:

 MIRROR / / WINDOW / / RIFT
with Shannon Stewart

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Photo Credit: Adam Sekuler

This session will take place on Friday 14 September, 10 am-1 pm at Chisenhale Dance Space’s Research Studio.

MIRROR / WINDOW / RIFT is a series of practices that bring attention to the experiences and implications of watching and being watched. How can we be in a mutually beneficial place of sensing and changing without inhibition? For OPENLAB, this is aimed at performers and watchers of performance. We will use tools/actions/scores that are familiar but slightly re-configured to look for rifts, illegible or unfamiliar spaces. Can we co-exist there?

MIRROR / / WINDOW / / RIFT is part of body-based theory practice*—an open source term I have proposed for putting improvisational and somatic practices and proposals in conversation with queer, feminist, crip and critical race theory. Within this framework, the threads of research are manifold so I will focus this session on one strand of inquiry that I’ve been busy with this year called watch her transform.

Here are some questions we will bring into the room:

What is looking at/watching/witnessing/observing?
How have we embodied very different stakes around watching/being watched based on POV?
How are we constantly changing? How do we experience and share the experience of non-fixity across lines of performer/watcher?
Do we need as much (re)training to see/watch/observe differently as we need training to undo movement patterns and problematic embodiments?
How do we share transformation without projecting onto another?


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. If you’d like to know more about this, come to one of our sessions or email Antonio de la Fe (antonio.delafeguedes@gmail.com).

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’).

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


* More on body-based theory practice:

Critical theorists from many disciplines propose that we formulate our identities through repeated quotations, embodied gestures and acts that circulate and reinforce one another. These things are understood as individual but enacted collectively and reinforce interlocking systems and modes of being that further systems of domination, exploitation and violence but also (maybe more hopefully) forms of resistance, disruption, reimagining.

As a dance artist, it is interesting to conceive and reconceive of bodily conditioning and training and discrepancies between conscious and unconscious, intentional and unintentional, complicit and coerced. This learned “repertoire of life” is part of everyday existence but is also the very practice of dance – repeated bodily motions, repeated hierarchies, repeated and reinforced trajectories. Queer theorists and gender theorists suggest ways in which we can reorient or subvert our embodied inclinations. Is/can dance be a hopeful intervention in the space between conscious and unconscious? And in what form? A workshop? A forum? A Performance? A protest?

In cross-pollinating queer theory with physical practice, it is my intent to propose that the practice is the theory itself and the theory is the practice –that it is in the doing/experiencing that the theory is manifest and activated.