OPENLAB – with Rebecca D’Andrea & Vanessa Michielon


24 March, 10am-1pm

Facilitators: Rebecca D’Andrea & Vanessa Michielon
Theme: Embodied traces: Retrieving and creating archives of moving memories

Through our dancing body engaged in a somatic process of reorienting archives of memories, we can access a transformational place of understanding that can shift our embodiment of the present moment. What’s the relevance of this re-patterning of relationships to space and time as part of a wider system of coordination?

When generating memories, encoding happens by creating meaningful connections to existing implicit and explicit knowledge. What is the nature of the representation of movement in memory that integrates visual, auditory, spatial, temporal and kinaesthetic features?

The lab will be an ‘embodied’ conversation between Vanessa and Rebecca’s practical approach to the proposed topics.

Rebecca:   “I am interested in the way in which the quality of our ‘attentive state’, towards our environment changes our way of engaging with it, affecting the quality of our communication. Our attention towards space is intertwined with the history and the archive of information that is carried and carries our body, shaping our perspective about space. How does a different embodiment of space (as in our body, but also as in the physical surroundings, as well as in our mental space) change the way we relate to it?”

Rebecca will question this by offering an open score based on felt sense as a way to allow kinaesthetic images to emerge, to move from and as a filter of perspective to revisit space. She will bring drawing materials to explore this idea further through a synesthetic approach grasping how ‘felt-meaning’ translates through our senses.

Vanessa:   “Information received by the senses arranges itself on the basis of previously stored memory. The brain analyses this information for structures to fit over some existing patterns and then creates additional constructs to fill the gaps. I am fascinated by the way everyone employs, more or less consciously, different strategies to create memories of movement and I wonder how aware are we of these habits. When learning, which associations do you use, how do we try and “make sense” of new movements, how is verbal language involved?”

Vanessa will offer simple tasks in couples to explore the participant’s habitual mnemonic patterns and facilitate a discussion about knowledge in motion.

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).