OPENLAB’s season 7 – Summer 2019

From a photo by Steve Johnson on Unsplash.


OPENLAB‘s Summer Term sessions are now programmed at Chisenhale Dance Space.

OPENLAB’s Season 7 will continue after the Easter Break starting with a ‘Facilitated OL session on Friday 26 April, followed by a programme alternating both ‘White Canvas’ and ‘Facilitated OL sessions until July.

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

Friday 26 April – A ‘Facilitated OL with Pepa Ubera from 10 am-1 pm.
Friday 10 May – A ‘White Canvas’ from 10 am-12 pm.
Friday 24 May – A ‘Facilitated OL with Charlotte Law from 10 am-1 pm.
Friday 7 June – A ‘Facilitated OL with Petra Söör from 10 am-1 pm.
Friday 21 June – A ‘White Canvas’ from 10 am-12 pm.
Friday 5 July – A ‘Facilitated OL with Maria da Luz Ghoumrassi from 10 am-1 pm.
Friday 19 July – A ‘White Canvas’ from 10 am-12 pm.

(More information about each session to be announced soon.)


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 of 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).