financial support, performance opportunities, and artist networking
OPENLAB is a model for professional self-development for performers devised Antonio de la Fe. It hosts open sessions for anyone interested in a shared space for performance practice. In this way, OPENLAB could be understood as a co-working space for performers. At the same time, OPENLAB proposes a frame of work that 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 a 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.
In the Spring Term, OPENLAB will continue alternating between ‘White Canvas’ sessions and ‘Facilitated OL‘ sessions.
‘White Canvas’ sessions don’t have an outspoken facilitator or pre-decided theme. However, we will aim to have a participant in the studio that will serve as an anchor for other participants who may feel they need it. Participants may still be responsible for their own time in the studio but they’ll have support from doing it with others and also the support from the anchor person. The possibility for ad lib exchange within the group is also always there. ‘White Canvas’ sessions are 2-hours long.
‘Facilitated OL‘ are sessions with a theme and a facilitator guiding the group throughout.
Friday 23 March, 10am-12pm: A ‘White Canvas’
Friday 6 April, 10am-1pm – A ‘Facilitated OL’ with Danai Pappa: Mine, Yours, Theirs: Exchanging Movements
Friday 20 April, 10am-12pm – A ‘White Canvas‘
Friday 11 May, 10am-1pm – A ‘Facilitated OL’ with Carolyn Roy: Companions and Strangers
Friday 25 May, 10am-12pm – A ‘White Canvas‘
Friday 8 June, 10am-1pm – A ‘Facilitated OL’ with Galit Criden: The Primal Body
Friday 22 June, 10am-12pm – A ‘White Canvas‘
Friday 6 July, 10am-1pm – A ‘Facilitated OL‘ with Mira Hirtz: Explorations on the Suspicious Body
September – December 2017
April – July 2017
January -April 2017
Sessions can be facilitated by any participant of OPENLAB. If you’d like to facilitate one of these session send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org