OPENLAB’s season 8 – Autumn 2019
The OPENLAB sessions are back for their 8th season at Chisenhale Dance Space.
OPENLAB’s Autumn Term 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.
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: [email protected]
Antonio is a London-based choreographer and performer with a background in physiotherapy and Pilates. Antonio took their first Klein Technique™ workshop with Susan Klein in 2010 and since then they have studied regularly with her. In March 2016, Antonio joined the fourth Klein Technique™ Teacher Certification Program, taking place between New York and Europe.
Antonio has been influenced by this work since their first encounter with it. They have applied the concepts and principles of Klein Technique to his own practice and to teaching dance. Since the summer of 2018, Antonio can teach regularly Stretch and Placement classes in London.
For questions about these classes, please email [email protected]