About Antonio de la Fe

Antonio is a Spanish choreographer and dancer based in London with a background in physiotherapy and Pilates. After coming relatively late to dance and initially studying it in Madrid, he came to London in 2006 where he 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 he has danced for 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. Current projects include: 1000, begun and continuing with Mariana Camiloti as part of a Choreodrome Self-directed Research at The Place; on Horseplay with the collective anthologyofamess, which is rooted in improvised engagement; and on the Unrehearsed Series, a group of live theatre pieces in collaboration with Martine Painter.

OPENLAB’s Season 7 is coming – Autumn Sessions.

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In this image, Anne-Gaëlle Thiriot during last season’s ‘Facilitated OLsession with Joe Stevens.

We have passed half-way the summer; so, it is time to get an update about what’s happening with OPENLAB this coming autumn.

OPENLAB‘s Season 7 will kick off on Friday 7 September at Chisenhale Dance Space. The season will start with a ‘White Canvas’ session and it will continue with a programme alternating both ‘White Canvas’ and ‘Facilitated OL sessions.

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

  • Friday 7 September – A ‘White Canvas’ from 10 am-12 pm.
  • Friday 14 September – A ‘Facilitated OL’ with Shannon Stewart* from 10 am-1 pm.
  • Friday 5 October – A ‘White Canvas’ from 10 am-12 pm.
  • Friday 19 October – A ‘Facilitated OL’ with Butch Merigoni from 10 am-1 pm.
  • Friday 2 November – A ‘White Canvas’ from 10 am-12 pm.
  • Friday 16 November – A ‘Facilitated OL’ with Marina Sossi from 10 am-1 pm.
  • Friday 30 November – A ‘White Canvas’ from 10 am-12 pm.
  • Friday 7 December – A ‘Facilitated OL’ with Katharina Joy from 10 am-1 pm.
* Shannon Stewart is a New Orleans-based artist invited to the UK by Christopher Matthews as part of a 2-day event of curated dance classes and talks at Chisenhale Dance Space. Shannon will be teaching two classes: PERMISSION TO DANCE – QUEERNIQUE and WHAT DOES THIS BODY MAKE? on Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 September. OPENLAB is collaborating with Christopher Matthews and Janine Harrington to further introduce Shannon Stewart and her work within the context of a ‘Facilitated OL session on Friday 14 September.

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 the 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?

In the Spring Term, 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.

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Season 6, Sessions 21: “Explorations on the Suspicious Body” – a ‘Facilitated OL’ with Mira Hirtz.

OPENLAB‘s 6th edition will close this July with a ‘Facilitated OL.

This session – Explorations on the Suspicious Body – will be facilitated by Mira Hirtz on Friday 6 July, 10 am-1 pm at Chisenhale Dance Space:

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Nowadays in public space and transport we are often encouraged to look for suspicious events. I ask myself: what is a suspicious body? What does it look like, what does it behave like, how does it derive from the norm in a way that one could recognise it? I wonder if this rather terrifying and excluding manner of being together in publicity can be turned into a reflective state towards rules and norms. Could we as movers turn it into both reflective and playful observations, curiosities, hidings and further practices? How can imaginations become explicit, stigmatisations obscene, and derivations sensually motivated?

I will propose somatic and movement explorations as well as discussions and writing exercises in order to investigate these questions. And then, let’s jam!

Mira Hirtz is a mover and somatic practitioner currently studying the MFA Creative Practice at Trinity and Laban Conservatoire and Independent Dance. Before moving to London she finished her Masters in art theory on the topic of audience participation in performance art and worked as an art mediator for documenta14 in Germany. Mira is curious about somatic knowledge and exploring formats such as Jams in Contact Improvisation, and eager to mingle disciplines to question terms and concepts both theoretically and dancing.

 


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

Season 6, Sessions 19 & 20: “The Primal Body” – a ‘Facilitated OL’ with Galit Criden & ‘White Canvas.’

There will be two OPENLAB sessions in June.

On Friday 8 June, 10 am-1 pm, we will have The Primal Body – a ‘Facilitated OL’ with Galit Criden:

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How unusual it is nowadays to wander, to let oneself be taken by an experience and to truly observe within one’s reality. In this session, we will experiment wondering in our urban reality in a sensory tour throughout the topography of the city.

Walking through observation is the act of wondering accompanied by all sensations. This combined performance experiment will emphasis on the nomadic state in which people are situated these days. We will practice leaving the studio and working outside, letting the conditions affect our bodies. We will explore what actions such as walking and listening can do to our understanding of culture and how the body serves as an interpretative experiential tool. Within the busiest, loudest context, I invite us all to check together the most basic aspects of primal body: What do we want? How to start moving? When to stop? How far can we go? How much do we let ourselves drift?

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT?

The participants will gather in the studio, where they will be guided through a short preparation for the walk, and from there, they would leave two by two to wonder, triggering observation and play between the streets. Through a simple and automatic action such as walking, I wish to touch one’s habits through one’s barest foundation and by exploring their function to learn something about the relation between the individual and their relation to the environment around them.

We’ll practice something like what comes before it becomes dance, the formation of dance – the primal body. To experience being in the body in space, we will try to practice being visible and present, to identify the situation as it is. (in-studio and out). Freeing the body and finding the logic at that moment. Here and now.

Galit Criden is choreographer and movement teacher. She holds a BEd and a graduate of the School of Visual Theater and a graduate of the David Yellin Academic college of Education. She is a co-founder of ‘ New-Stuff’ group: A theater, performance, plastic art group. She performed in various places around Israel and abroad. Her performances include: ‘Observation Room’, ‘Work Big’, ‘Singular’, ‘Phase II’ and BodySpeak’ and more. She received in 2017 Rabinovitz a prize for excellence in dance. Currently, she is an artist in the Fest’Fectory compound, Bat-Yam, Israel.

 

On Friday 22 June, 10 am-12 pm, we will continue with a ‘White Canvas’ with Flora Wellesley Wesley as an anchor (if one is needed by anyone).

 


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

Season 6, Sessions 17 & 18: “Companions and Strangers” – a ‘Facilitated OL’ with Carolyn Roy & ‘White Canvas.’

OPENLAB‘s 2018 Summer Term continues with two more sessions in May.

On Friday 11 May, 10 am-1 pm, we will have Companions and Strangers – a ‘Facilitated OL’ with Carolyn Roy:

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Companions, Composers and Comrades,

Arriving, being (present) with – the floor, the space, our memories or other dancers – is the foundation of dancing together, so we will start from there. Gathering with others the proposal is to see what happens when we start simply from the mix of our bodies, the space and the invisible baggage we bring.

Sharing proximity and distance. This is an invitation to explore composition through companionship and being a companion as an invitation to dance. What does it mean and what does it take to open up and accept the offer of companionship as we dance? This is a quietly political commitment. We matter.

Companionship is a dance practice that is also a practice of being in the world, attuning to a mutual state of being-with as a score, allowing rather than directing movement to emerge and relationships to form.

I propose dancing together with somatic sensitivity in the spirit of listening and being listened to, witnessing and being witnessed. There will be a warm up, a couple of long improvisations and time. No hierarchy. Not call and response. There might be conversation. Is it possible to truly dance together, and what would that dance be? Anything is possible and it doesn’t have to mean slow.

Carolyn Roy is a dancer, writer and teacher, interested in what happens as the body meets the world through improvising and walking and the movement that emerges in this encounter. She is currently exploring practices of attention – listening, touch, curiosity, stillness, witnessing ourselves, others and the space that we co-create(between). Formative influences of Skinner Releasing Technique and Body Weather continue to inform her practice.  In addition to her own projects, (recently Celebrate and  Demonstrate, London May Day, The Telling, What Remains, ID, Reeling, Wilkinson Gallery,  London) she has performed with Gaby Agis, Pacitti Company, Graeme Miller, Tino Sehgal, Florence Peake, and Lizzy Le Quesne, and is a PhD practitioner researcher at Roehampton University.

 

On Friday 25 May, 10 am-12 pm, we will continue with a ‘White Canvas.’

 


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

Season 6, Sessions 15 & 16: “Mine, Yours, Theirs: Exchanging Movements” – a ‘Facilitated OL’ with Danai Pappa & ‘White Canvas.’

OPENLAB‘s 2018 Summer Term kicks off with two sessions this coming April.

On Friday 6 April, 10 am-1pm, we commence the term with Mine, Yours, Theirs: Exchanging Movements, a ‘Facilitated OL’ with Danai Pappa:

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During this lab, we will explore ways to produce, exchange and reproduce movement. Expressing either something visual or conceptual, we will go through a series of playful tasks such as being the same, being different, copying, and mimicking. By being present and conscious we will keep a constant dialogue between the members of the group while we will still act as individuals.

I believe that choreography is inspired by dancers. Exchanging dances and building bridges between the participants, we will challenge clichés and personal habits in order to expand choreographic possibilities by sharing movement preferences and idiosyncrasies. The theme focuses on subjectivity and raises fundamental issues such as originality, authorship, inspiration and interpretation.

This session is open to adults with minimum two years dance experience.

Danai Pappa:

I am a dance artist, choreographer and movement teacher. I have studied ballet, archaeology, contemporary dance, social anthropology, choreography, museum studies, and pilates. I have worked in all these sectors. Above all, I am a human. I work with people, I work with bodies, I share ideas, I am inspired, and I aspire to be a source of inspiration. I am interested in connecting and building relationships with others in order to find my distinctive voice.

 

On Friday 20 April, 10 am-12 pm, we will continue with a ‘White Canvas’ with Antonio de la Fe as an anchor (if one is needed by anyone).

 


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

OPENLAB sessions – Summer Term 2018

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After the spring comes the summer and for this coming Summer Term, we have a new lineup of OPENLAB sessions.

Here you are with the dates for your diary:

Friday 6 April, 10 am-1pm – A ‘Facilitated OL‘ with Danai Pappa: Mine, Yours, Theirs: Exchanging Movements
Friday 20 April, 10 am-12 pm – A ‘White Canvas’
Friday 11 May, 10 am-1 pm – A ‘Facilitated OL‘ with Carolyn Roy:
Companions and Strangers
Friday 25 May, 10 am-12 pm – A ‘White Canvas’
Friday 8 June, 10 am-1 pm – A ‘Facilitated OL‘ with Galit Criden: The Primal Body
Friday 22 June, 10 am-12 pm – A ‘White Canvas’
Friday 6 July, 10 am-1 pm – A ‘Facilitated OL‘ with Mira Hirtz: Explorations on the Suspicious Body


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

OPENLAB to take-away, anyone?

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Anne-Gaëlle Thiriot playing Being Buried on a Lawn by the Seaside at “Games of Utopia: Paper Games” – a Facilitated OL with Joe Stevens.

Our next session in the studio will be in three weeks. Three weeks!!!

That’s right; between our last session, Joe Stevens’s Facilitated OL pictured above, and our next session there will pass 21 days. In that time, daffodils will not just bloom all over the land; they will likely have withered away.

So what are you going to do until then?

Well, you could simply wait for the temperature at Chisenhale Dance Space’s studios to rise and meet me at the White Canvas on Friday, 23 March.

Or you could possibly follow the next set of instructions for an OPENLAB that you will take out of the studio. This is something we haven’t done for a while but you can read more about labs outside in here and here.

 

Set of instructions for a Take-away OPENLAB in March 2018:

  1. Take-away this OPENLAB session to Chisenhale Gallery’s current exhibition: Lydia Ourahmane, The you in us.
  2. If you have visited the exhibition already you can pretend that you haven’t visited yet (take it lightly – we both know you have been there so it is not that a big deal if you can’t forget all about it… just be cheeky).
  3. You can go on your own or organise it to go with others.
  4. Not everyone in your party has to do this take-away session, yet let them know in advance that you’ve planned to do it. You don’t need to give them a long explanation but just tell them enough to ensure they will let you follow up this set of instructions. If they don’t let you follow the session, in the end, don’t stress much about it; at least you saw an exhibition today.
  5. On your way there you can talk to the other people in your party (if you are alone you are welcome to talk to strangers in the street but I can’t be responsible to what it may happen… feel free to talk to the trees and birds instead – silence is also allowed).
  6. Once outside the gallery, you will all agree that for the next hour you will enter and stay in the gallery in absolute silence with yourselves and with the other members of your party (this is guerrilla session but there is no need to be all weird and suspicious – it is okay to blend socially within the gallery setting: say hello at the desk if they welcome you, answer other people’s questions if they ask you, use your common sense and talk if it is necessary – just stop your inner chatter and don’t seek conversation with others).
  7. Inside the gallery, the main activity you will undertake will simply be to be.
  8. Take your time to notice.
  9. Notice what you notice.
  10. And while you notice just be.
  11. During being just explore the following question: what does to perform entail?
  12. This is OPENLAB, remember.
  13. Where does performing start and where does it end?
  14. What embodiments does being take while performing?
  15. Don’t try to answer these questions in your head. Explore them with your actions and with the way you will interact with the pieces at the exhibition, within that context.
  16. Allow yourself to act/be differently to the way you would normally act/be in a setting like that one. At the same time keep it within a repertoire of actions belonging to any other person. Pedestrian but not quite pedestrian: quasi-pedestrian… think about it as being at the edges between in and out of context.
  17. After an hour, leave the gallery. Go for a coffee or for food somewhere. While you are doing this, take a few minutes to reflect upon the experience. You can talk to the other members of your party, you can take some notes or other ways of keeping a journal/documenting, you can do both (again, I’m not really recommending you to talk to strangers but I wouldn’t judge you if you did).

 

Remember: Take these instructions with a pinch of salt and use your common sense. There isn’t an agreement with Chisenhale Gallery about people coming to their space and follow these set of instructions. If you decide to do this at the end of the day you are solely responsible for your actions in this space. I encourage you to respect other visitors, the artwork and the people working at the gallery, even if you are there doing your own exploration. If you decide to go, have fun and if you collect any documentation or write anything about the experience share it with us all; for this get in touch with me here.