OPENLAB’s season 8 – Autumn 2019

The OPENLAB sessions are back for their 8th season at Chisenhale Dance Space.

OPENLAB’s Autumn Term will kick off with a ‘White Canvas session on Friday 13 September, followed by a programme alternating both ‘White Canvas’ and ‘Facilitated OL sessions until Friday 29 November.

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

Friday 13 September – A ‘White Canvas’ from 10 am to 12 pm.
Friday 27 September – A ‘Facilitated OL with Anja Borowicz from 10 am to 1 pm.
Friday 4 October – A ‘White Canvas’ from 10 am to 12 pm.
Friday 18 October – A ‘Facilitated OL with Sara Ruddock from 10 am to 1 pm.
Friday 1 November – A ‘Facilitated OL with Dominique Baron-Bonarjee from 10 am to 1 pm.
Friday 15 November – A ‘White Canvas’ from 10 am to 12 pm.
Friday 29 November – A ‘Facilitated OL with Niya B from 10 am to 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 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).

Sessions can be facilitated by any participant of OPENLAB and we are looking for proposals for facilitated sessions during the Spring and Summer Terms 2020. If you’d like to facilitate one of these sessions in the future send an email to Antonio de la Fe: