OPENLAB is a model for professional self-development for performers devised by Antonio de la Fe.

Its frame of work 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 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.

OPENLAB will be back form September 2017 for its sixth season at Chisenhale Dance Space!

A call out for new Facilitators for the seventh season of OPENLAB is up now. Deadline is 1 December. 

The season will be opening on Friday, 15 September with a ‘White Canvas’ session and it will continue with a programme that will alternate both ‘White Canvas’ and ‘Facilitated OL‘ sessions. Watch this space for more information about the specificities for the facilitated sessions. This autumn we will see in the studio sessions proposed by dance artists such as Charlie Ashwell and Sara Ruddock, among others.

September – December 2017

Friday 15 September, 10am-12pm: ‘White Canvas

Friday 22 September, 10am-1pm: ‘Facilitated OL’- Sara Ruddock

Sunday 15 October, 10am-1pm,: ‘Facilitated OL’- Susanna Recchia

Friday 27 October, 10-12pm: ‘White Canvas’

Friday 10 November, 10-12pm: ‘White Canvas’

Friday 24 November 10am-1pm ‘Facilitated OL’ – Charlie Ashwell

Friday 8 December 10am-1pm ‘Facilitated OL’ – Misha Horacek

Previous Facilitated Sessions by Term:

April – July 2017

Natalie Wearden and Katie Dale-Everett

Hannah Buckley

Paola Napolitano

Abi Clancey and Fuensanta Zambrana Ruiz

January -April 2017 

Paul Hughes and Rohanne Udall

Malik Nashad Sharpe

Rebecca D’Andrea and Vanessa Michielon:

Thom Wootton

Sessions can be facilitated by any participant of OPENLAB. If you’d like to facilitate one of these session send an e-mail to

Check out OPENLAB’s blog and Facebook page.