OPENLAB – with Hannah Buckley

27 May
Facilitator: Hannah Buckley
Theme: We Are Now

Research Studio | 1pm-4pm | £7 suggested donation


For my OPENLAB session, I am interested in creating an intergenerational space where women can come together, move together and have fun together.

My main question for this session is how can we celebrate women and intergenerational exchange through movement and performance?

Other questions relating to this session are:

How can we create a space where adult / child and everything in between is equal? (ie. its not a workshop for children where adults can join in and visa versa).

How can we be clear and also let things emerge?

How do we care for everyone’s needs but move beyond social presumptions?

How do I care for everyone’s needs but also challenge / explore / stay true to my artistic practice?
The session will involve a movement practice inspired by the American choreographer Deborah Hay, creative movement, improvised tasks, relaxation exercises and discussion.

Who is this session for?

This OPENLAB session is a female identifying only space, although women are welcome to bring both female and male children / grandchildren / nephews / friends / etc. to the session

The session is open to women of all ages.

The session is open to any level of movement experience.

This OL session is part of research for my project We Are Now (WAN).

WAN is an ongoing video series and eventually an intergenerational live performance.

All elements of WAN celebrate intergenerational exchange and women.


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).

Image Credit: Sara Teresa