OPENLAB – with Abi Wright and Fuensanta Zambrana Ruiz

21 July 2017
Facilitators: Abi Wright and Fuensanta Zambrana Ruiz
Theme: What is performing? Exploring touch as a psychophysical contact

Research Studio | 10am-1pm | £7 suggested donation

This session will explore the nature of performing and its relationship with touch. How can the way you touch deepen the way you perform?

Through playing with habits, reactions and stimulus we will be inviting the participants to challenge their understanding of different aspects of touch. This open, creative and self-exploratory process will encourage them to strip back their performance and to broaden the way they listen and express.

First half of the lab will focus on exploring `touch’ through textures, qualities, pressures, images, sounds. Each participant is encouraged to bring a short game, activity or idea where touch is explored.

Second half of the lab will offer an open exploration and observation of touch with a psychophysical presence. This will give an opportunity to bring an awareness of the body, mind and emotions at a conscious level. By discovering through psychophysical contact are you ready to go where the performance unfolds?

About the facilitators: 

Abi Wright and Fuensanta Zambrana Ruiz are teachers of the Alexander Technique and have combined careers in both acting and music performance.

Both of them are passionate about sharing the Alexander Technique in new and creative ways. Their ethos is built on the question ‘What is Performing?’ and through that they have developed courses and workshops for different theatres, festivals and institutions. Included in these are BE Festival, The Albany Theatre, Royal College of Music and The London Centre of Alexander Technique and Training.

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).