‘White Canvas’ Sessions
Fridays: 13th September, 4th October and 15th November 2019
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?
Sessions are open to any performers: dancers, musicians, actors and anyone interested in presence and awareness in performance.
The facilitators of OPENLAB are also participants “in” the session and participants can propose their ideas for a future session. 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 come to one of our sessions to find out more or email Antonio de la Fe.
The OPENLAB sessions alternate between ‘White Canvas’ and ‘Facilitated OPENLAB’ sessions. You can see the full programme for the Autumn 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).