OPENLAB: ‘White Canvas’ Sessions

‘White Canvas’ Sessions

Fridays: 11th January, 1st February and 8th March 2018
10am-12pm | Research Studio | £5 suggested donation


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 a constantly changing group of people. Any person can join the group at any time according to personal needs and circumstances. Each member of the group may use these sessions the best way they see them suit. 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.

At the ‘White Canvas’ sessions, there are no outspoken facilitators. This means that each person is responsible and free for their own facilitation. The idea is: “don’t be shy and do your own thing, put in practice your own performing and let your idiosyncrasy dictate your own work… or not.” In each session, there will be a regular openlabber participating in the session and at the same time they will act as “an anchor” for those in the room needing support and/or guidance.

In any case, at the OPENLAB’s ‘White Canvas’ sessions there are no rights or wrongs, just the joy of coming to the room and sharing the space with others, both influenced and yet unaffected by them… or is that impossible?

On Friday 11th January, Antonio de la Fe will be the anchor for the session. Other anchors for the other ‘White Canvas’ sessions this spring are to be confirmed.


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 OPENLAB sessions alternate between ‘White Canvas’ and ‘Facilated OPENLAB’ sessions. You can see the full programme for the Spring Term 2019 here.

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 OPENLAB’ sessions).