OPENLAB – with Paola Napolitano

30 June 2017
Facilitator: Paola Napolitano
Theme: Playfulness, Listening & Moulding

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

When and where is perception considered subjective or/and objective? Is it both? What is the construct of objective reality built upon? Do the parameters of ‘rightness’ and ‘wrongness’ draw on a personal or/and collective experience? Are our decisions deliberately made vs. massively embedded in our senses?

To further discuss these questions I would like to invite thinking bodies to join in a inquisitive yet friendly conversation unlocking individual, kinesthetic and social points of views. The invite is to focus on the subjectivity of our experiences as movers, actors, managers, neighbours, daughters, parents, humans and to re-assess the idea we have on ordinary activity.

This OPENLAB session is divided into three distinct moments, although they all have an interconnected nature. These are invitations to Playfulness, Listening & Moulding.

Playfulness: Two but not two

Two sides of a coin may appear totally different but still form the same coin. Using group interactions and ‘sensorial illusion’ games, participants will find room to dismantle logical assumptions on ‘rightness’ and be able to generously create space to uncertainty. Two points of view may be considered right for the context or perhaps erroneous if analyzed singularly.

Listening: Body-mind connectivity, as part of the whole

A guided movement improvisation based on the notions of foregroundedness and backgroundedness, emptiness and fullness will enable attendees to open an inner dialogue with prominent and invisible body components and project these primary and secondary voices to the outer space, together with others. The theme of care and touch is explored from the perspective of such decisions. This part is informed by BESS elements from LBMS (Laban/Bartenieff Movement System).

Moulding: Subjective reality

Zooming into their personal views, participants will be offered props and practical tools such as drawing, voice recording, pics, video recording to creatively investigate in and represent their clearer subjective reality. Free of any overbuilt layers, attendees will now translate their perceptions into a selected medium and encouraged to navigate others’ newly formed realities. A dynamic game between stronger and gentler creative tones unravels while players keep open sensoriality to the big picture.


The session will be a fertile ground to discussion, exchange, personal and group insight, as well as a springboard to generate new creative ideas. Participants are welcome to bring their own laptop to present any virtual reality proposal.

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: Maja Katarzyna Molska