OPENLAB’s Season 8 – Autumn Term 2019.

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OPENLAB‘s is back for a new season and we’ve got the dates for the Autumn Term sessions at Chisenhale Dance Space.

OPENLAB’s Season 8 will kick off with a ‘White Canvas session on Friday 13 September, followed by a programme alternating both ‘White Canvas’ and ‘Facilitated OL sessions until Friday 29 November.

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

Friday 13 September – A ‘White Canvas from 10 am to 12 pm.
Friday 27 September – A ‘Facilitated OL with Anja Borowicz from 10 am to 1 pm.
Friday 4 October – A ‘White Canvas from 10 am to 12 pm.
Friday 18 October – A ‘Facilitated OL with Sara Ruddock from 10 am to 1 pm.
Friday 1 November – A ‘Facilitated OL with Dominique Baron-Bonarjee from 10 am to 1 pm.
Friday 15 November – A ‘White Canvas’ from 10 am to 12 pm.
Friday 29 November – A ‘Facilitated OL with Niya B from 10 am to 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 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).

Sessions can be facilitated by any participant of OPENLAB and we are looking for proposals for facilitated sessions during the Spring and Summer Terms 2020. If you’d like to facilitate one of these sessions in the future send an email to Antonio de la Fe: antonio.delafeguedes@gmail.com

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

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

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

 

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

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

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


Remember:

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

The facilitators of OPENLAB are also participants “in” the session and participants can propose their ideas for a future session. We are looking for proposals for facilitated sessions during the Spring and Summer Terms 2020. If you’d like to facilitate one of these sessions in the future come to one of our sessions to find out more or email Antonio de la Fe.

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

The sessions function on a pay-what-you-can contribution basis to cover expenses and as an incentive for the facilitator of the session. We suggest a contribution of £7 for the 3-hour long sessions (‘Facilitated OL sessions) and of £5 for the 2-hour long ones (‘White Canvas’). Cash only.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Remember:

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

The facilitators of OPENLAB are also participants “in” the session and participants can propose their ideas for a future session. We are looking for proposals for facilitated sessions during the Spring and Summer Terms 2020. If you’d like to facilitate one of these sessions in the future come to one of our sessions to find out more or email Antonio de la Fe.

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

The sessions function on a pay-what-you-can contribution basis to cover expenses and as an incentive for the facilitator of the session. We suggest a contribution of £7 for the 3-hour long sessions (‘Facilitated OL sessions) and of £5 for the 2-hour long ones (‘White Canvas’). Cash only.

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

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

The OPENLAB sessions continue this autumn with:

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

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

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

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


Remember:

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

The facilitators of OPENLAB are also participants “in” the session and participants can propose their ideas for a future session. We are looking for proposals for facilitated sessions during the Spring and Summer Terms 2020. If you’d like to facilitate one of these sessions in the future come to one of our sessions to find out more or email Antonio de la Fe.

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

The sessions function on a pay-what-you-can contribution basis to cover expenses and as an incentive for the facilitator of the session. We suggest a contribution of £7 for the 3-hour long sessions (‘Facilitated OL sessions) and of £5 for the 2-hour long ones (‘White Canvas’). Cash only.

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

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

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

BODYWORKS or WORK IN THE HEAD
with Anja Borowicz.

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

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

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

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


Remember:

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

The facilitators of OPENLAB are also participants “in” the session and participants can propose their ideas for a future session. We are looking for proposals for facilitated sessions during the Spring and Summer Terms 2020. If you’d like to facilitate one of these sessions in the future come to one of our sessions to find out more or email Antonio de la Fe.

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

The sessions function on a pay-what-you-can contribution basis to cover expenses and as an incentive for the facilitator of the session. We suggest a contribution of £7 for the 3-hour long sessions (‘Facilitated OL sessions) and of £5 for the 2-hour long ones (‘White Canvas’). Cash only.

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

Season 8 – Sessions 1, 3 and 6: ‘White Canvas’ Sessions Autumn 2020.

The ‘White Canvas’ sessions this Autumn term will take place on Friday 13 September, Friday 4 October and Friday 15 November 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. We are looking for proposals for facilitated sessions during the Spring and Summer Terms 2020. If you’d like to facilitate one of these sessions in the future come to one of our sessions to find out more or email Antonio de la Fe: antonio.delafeguedes@gmail.com

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

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.