OPENLAB’s season 7 – Spring 2019

OPENLAB’s Spring Term 2019

This image for “OPENLAB’s Spring Term 2019” is a derivative of an image by Phillip, used under CC BY-SA 2.0. This image is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 by Antonio de la Fe.


We have a new series of OPENLAB sessions programmed for the Spring Term at Chisenhale Dance Space.

OPENLAB’s Season 7 will continue in 2019 starting with a ‘White Canvas’ session on Friday 11 January, followed by a programme alternating both ‘White Canvas’ and ‘Facilitated OL sessions.

Here it is the Spring Term’s line-up for your diaries:

Friday 11 January – A ‘White Canvas’ from 10 am-12 pm.
Friday 25 January – A ‘Facilitated OL with Antonio de la Fe from 10 am-1 pm.
Friday 1 February – A ‘White Canvas’ from 10 am-12 pm.
Friday 15 February – A ‘Facilitated OL with Laura Burns from 10 am-1 pm.
Friday 8 March – A ‘White Canvas’ from 10 am-12 pm.
Friday 22 March – A ‘Facilitated OL with Irene Cena from 10 am-1 pm.
Friday 5 April – A ‘Facilitated OL with Catherine Duquette from 10 am-1 pm.


OPENLAB is a model for professional self-development for performers devised by 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 their 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.

What’s the difference between ‘White Canvas’ and ‘Facilitated OL sessions?

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. 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 this time they’ll have not only the support from doing it with others but 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-hour long.

‘Facilitated OL are sessions with a theme and a facilitator guiding the group throughout. ‘Facilitated OL sessions are 3-hour long.

All sessions take place at Chisenhale Dance Space and are pay-what-you-can (recommended donation £5 for the ‘White Canvas’ and £7 for the ‘Facilitated OL sessions).