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 21: “Enchanted Roots” – a ‘Facilitated OPENLAB’ with Maria da Luz Ghoumrassi.

The last ‘Facilitated OPENLAB’ session of the Summer Term 2019 will be:

Enchanted Roots
with Maria da Luz Ghoumrassi.

 

This session will take place on Friday 5 July, 10 am-1 pm at Chisenhale Dance Space’s Research Studio.

“Oh, what a catastrophe, what a maiming of love when it was made personal, merely personal feeling. This is what is the matter with us: we are bleeding at the roots because we are cut off from the earth and sun and stars. Love has become a grinning mockery because, poor blossom, we plucked it from its stem on the Tree of Life and expected it to keep on blooming in our civilised vase on the table.”

― D.H. Lawrence

We all have heard stories of Enchanted forests with trees that walk and talk.
In fact, trees use their many senses to communicate, share food, care for and warn each other of danger. They do this because they need each other. Like us, they are social beings.

As a young person, I loved drawing trees and being surrounded by them, as I felt they were beautiful just as they are. After all, trees provide us with oxygen, food, mark the seasons, prevent soil erosion among many other important roles. I have been inspired by the metaphor of trees as humans ever since.

In this lab, we will have an opportunity to slow down, breathe deep, tuning in through our senses and explore our sense of belonging on this Earth. We will draw inspiration from a range of techniques and disciplines including movement, voice, storytelling, writing, drawing and object theatre. The aim is to search for a deeper connection within ourselves, with each other searching for a balance and harmony in the way we relate to our world.

This is part of an ongoing research performance practice, as I have been working with professional dancers and actors and diverse community groups. Part of my continuous professional development, I have been working with various multidisciplinary artists including Jacky Lansley, Peta Lily, Sharon Ama Wray, Urban Bush Women, Draw to Perform and many more.


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 ‘Facilitated OL sessions. You can see the full programme for the Summer 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 19: “Intimacies” – a ‘Facilitated OPENLAB’ with Petra Söör.

The third ‘Facilitated OPENLAB’ session of the Summer Term 2019 will be:

Intimacies
with Petra Söör.

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

In this session, I would like to suggest an exploration, through my current interests in relation to the subject of intimacies. I would like to propose different states of attention and different ways of engaging in witnessing and knowing ourselves and one another by focusing on body, movement, breath and touch.

Is it possible to experience a sense of intimacy in witnessing the very aliveness of another being and its unique expression; including animal and plant life, water and soil – life that is often assumed as inanimate?

In exploring together what is present in the very moment that we meet, we can also consider and explore intimacy in relation to events, occurrences and bodies we might perceive as being detached from or far away or at a distance.

Can different forms of intimate relationships speak to our empathic body and act as a counterpoint to sense of detachment, isolation, stagnation, automated and mechanised relationships and behaviour?

Maybe from this place, different layers of intimate connection and relationships of exchange can be perceived, a recognition of already existing in intimate reciprocity through our place in the living matrix of life and as part of dynamic, energetic and self-organising systems with a possibility consider our role in how they transform.

Within the propositions of this OPENLAB session please be welcome to meander, wander, wonder, ponder…

This session will be followed by a facilitated night walk – meeting point at 9.30 pm in Hampstead Heath Overground Station, lasting approximately 1.5-2 hours. Feel free to join this walk even if you can’t make the morning session or come to both.


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 ‘Facilitated OL sessions. You can see the full programme for the Summer 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 18: “Voyages in Vibrant Matter” – a ‘Facilitated OPENLAB’ with Charlotte Law.

The second ‘Facilitated OPENLAB of the Summer Term 2019 will be:

Voyages in Vibrant Matter
with Charlotte Law.

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This session will take place on Friday 24 May, 10 am-1 pm at Chisenhale Dance Space’s Research Studio.

My white electric guitar, and the way she is played, stands in for a series of out-of-body experiences had in the Icelandic Highlands. A place in which I walked, day after day, searching for a black field once glimpsed, then lost amid the glacial tundras. Finally arriving, I burnt the shirt from my back as an offering to that wild, willful, yet tender place…

This time reverberates through the sounds of the guitar and seems like all time.

Played with found objects gathered from remote environments, from Iceland to Joshua Tree, and city back streets, from Hollywood to Hackney. The slightest shifts in motion across the strings are fed and amplified through a peddle; echoing, reflecting and expanding their presence on the exhumed body-landscape of a sublime beauty caught in rapture at her own continual disintegration.

Held within the textures of these assembled objects rests the subtlety of the material world, and our shared encounter with its fragility and duration. If there is an essence here, it lies within that and the subtle interplay of ecology. This is what I invite the OPENLAB participants to sink into and share; to journey together and explore our own individual practices through a dense soundscape alive with potential.

This work when performed in a live context is, at times, accompanied by spoken word.

Participants and interested parties can listen to a recording here www.charlottewendylaw.net/LIES.html


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 ‘Facilitated OL sessions. You can see the full programme for the Summer 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 17, 20 and 22: ‘White Canvas’ Sessions.

From a photo by Steve Johnson (https://unsplash.com/@steve_j) on Unsplash (https://unsplash.com)

From a photo by Steve Johnson on Unsplash.

In the Summer Term the ‘White Canvas’ sessions will fall on Fridays 10 May, 21 June and 19 July 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?

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.

Season 7, Session 16: “Charco – A Call for Care” – a ‘Facilitated OPENLAB’ with Pepa Ubera.

The first session of the Summer Term 2019 will be a ‘Facilitated OPENLAB:

Charco – A Call for Care 
with Pepa Ubera.

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This session will take place on Friday 26 April, 10 am-1 pm at Chisenhale Dance Space’s Research Studio.

In this session, I would like to share some of the questions and choreographic scores I have been developing in a residency I undertook at the beginning of the year in Australia.

Charco is a call for care in order to deal with the anthropogenic changes that WE, humans have caused on Earth. I have been searching and designing choreographies that challenge places of stagnation in society (charcos) and the behaviours that stop us from thinking of life as a space of wonder and experimentation. Socio-political choreographic practices have the potential to empower people by asking them to trust their caring and intellectual capacities. This research embraces choreography as the capacity to read the body of society in an anthropological way, to recognise what is currently at stake, to see which problems need attention and how social constraints are supported by the 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.

The OPENLAB sessions alternate between ‘White Canvas’ and ‘Facilitated OL sessions. You can see the full programme for the Summer 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

OPENLAB’s Season 7 – Summer Term 2019.

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From a photo by Steve Johnson on Unsplash.

OPENLAB‘s Summer Term sessions are now programmed at Chisenhale Dance Space.

OPENLAB’s Season 7 will continue after the Easter Break starting with a ‘Facilitated OL session on Friday 26 April, followed by a programme alternating both ‘White Canvas’ and ‘Facilitated OL sessions until July.

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

Friday 26 April – A Facilitated OL with Pepa Ubera from 10 am-1 pm.
Friday 10 May – A ‘White Canvas’ from 10 am-12 pm.
Friday 24 May – A ‘Facilitated OL with Charlotte Law from 10 am-1 pm.
Friday 7 June – A ‘Facilitated OL with Petra Söör from 10 am-1 pm.
Friday 21 June – A ‘White Canvas’ from 10 am-12 pm.
Friday 5 July – A ‘Facilitated OL with Maria da Luz Ghoumrassi from 10 am-1 pm.
Friday 19 July – A ‘White Canvas’ from 10 am-12 pm.

(Information about each individual session to be announced soon.)


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 of 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 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

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