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 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

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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

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.

 

Season 7 – Sessions 1, 3, 5 and 7: ‘White Canvas’ Sessions.

Photo credit: Cynthia Post Hunt – OPENLAB Autumn 2018

Photo credit: Cynthia Post Hunt

This Autumn Term OPENLAB will kick off with a ‘White Canvas’ Session.

This term these sessions will fall on Fridays 7 September, 5 October, 2 November and 30 November 2018. The will always take place from 10 am to 12 pm in Chisenhale Dance Space’s Research Studio.

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 7 September, Robert Vesty 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 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 2-hour long sessions (‘White Canvas’ sessions) and £7 contribution for the 3-hour long sessions (‘Facilitated OL sessions).

OPENLAB’s Season 7 is coming – Autumn Sessions.

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OPENLAB 18:19 Autumn

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 Stewartfrom 10 am-1 pm:
MIRROR / / WINDOW / / RIFT.

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:
Play and Performance
.

Friday 2 November – A White Canvas’ from 10 am-12 pm.

Friday 16 November – A ‘Facilitated OL’ with Marina White Rave from 10 am-1 pm:
The Cosmic Body: Moving Toward Stillness.

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:
movement tracking (& the bear in the stadium).

* 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.

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