OPENLAB – with Malik Nashad Sharpe


24 February, 10am-1pm

Facilitator: Malik Nashad Sharpe

This is an OPENLAB session that will look at dance as a praxis of continuance and perpetuity. In the advent of political crisis and anxiety, dancing can be a resistant force in and of itself. We will primarily look at art-rap post-2008, Butoh, and contemporary Black movement.


This is a ‘Facilitated OL’ that will look at dance as a praxis for continuance and perpetuity.

In the advent-up consistent political crisis, anxiety, and mania, dancing can be a resistant political force in an of itself, often without really trying. This session will be immensely physical, and will look at the physicalization of politics within particular dance forms, namely contemporary Hip-Hop, Butoh, and other Live practices, in order to explore the necessity of continuance viscerally.  Backdropped by a poetic arrangement of art-rap post-2008, trap, and vaporwave, above all the OPENLAB session seeks to be LIT – our consciousness is at stake. In particular, the session will involve a collective and robust group warm-up, followed by the gifting of physical information, individual and community physical exploration, and a coming-together-to-end. This lab is open to everyone.

No racism, queerphobia, or sexism permitted.

Please have a look at Malik’s website for any information, and extra documentation:   |

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.


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:

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).