OPENLAB – with Natalie Wearden & Katie Dale-Everett

12 May 2017
Facilitators: Natalie Wearden & Katie Dale-Everett
Theme: Authenticity of Action

Research Studio, 10 AM-1 PM
£7 suggested donation

The main questions that will drive Katie and Natalie’s facilitation are:

  • To what extent is performance present in everyday interaction?
  • In what ways are those performances restricted by the conventions of our circumstances?
  • How are unconscious performances different to those that are rehearsed, instructed or intentional?

‘All the world’s a stage and all these men and women really players’ As You Like It – William Shakespeare

In his 1967 book The Presentation of the Self in Everyday Life, Erving Goffman draws a comparison between the theatre and the performativity of everyday interaction. Goffman argues that all human interaction is a performance, seeking to elicit a particular response or interpretation of the other/s. In a digital age we are able to perform even greater sections of our lives for a constantly available audience, whenever, wherever and however we desire.

In this OPENLAB Natalie and Katie will embrace the slips in performances, the mistakes and interruptions. They will question their awareness of performance in everyday life and the space between rehearsed and unintentional performativity. They also wish to question how might a performance or choreographic practice be organised similarly to our everyday presentation of self?

If a dancer makes a mistake, could it be similar to muddling up words, awkward silences, misunderstandings or inappropriate laughter? They will play in the space between rehearsal, performance and everyday interaction asking what constitutes an audience, a performance or an authentic action.

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).

Photo Credit: Luke LeBihan