CLOUD/Danslab is an open, self-organized group. New and old members work in an organic process. Here is an overview of everybody currently involved in CLOUD/Danslab.
Jérôme Meyer is choreographer and artistic leader of Meyer-Chaffaud, a production and artistic platform for artists of different disciplines. In 2003, he co-founded Luca Foundation, known as Maakhaven, a 32 artists group established in an ancient factory in Laakhaven in The Hague. He initiated the movement No Culture-No Future with the white cross that spread widely in 2011 in Holland and in Europe.
Under Meyer-Chaffaud, Jérôme works with Korzo as co-producer and is also involved with companies such as Introdans, Dance Works Rotterdam, Scapino Ballet and schools like NBA, Codarts and ArtEZ, ZHdk. His work was performed in Europe, Asia, Africa and the United States.
His latest works are
• With love from Russia Open Look festival production 2014
• W(o)men (Arts printing house/Korzo production) in 2013.
• Le jeune homme et la mort residence studio CCN Biarritz and Zurich Tanzhaus, Korzo producties
He is holding a Master in Choreography (2006) and a MBA (2009).
Jérôme Meyer has been awarded as a choreographer and performer.
Visual artist working with movement, film, video and installation. She has a physical theatre/movement/circus education which eventually led her to mixed media and installations, always with the element of movement as a center point.
Body/image(video)/sound/space/time, working by improvisation, trying to mold that into a score/edit/object and then try to reverse this/break it up… always with a strong sense of rhythm.
Jut is also learning more and more about film (16mm/super8), specifically directed towards animation (stop motion/pinhole).
Fazle Shairmahomed is an interdisciplinary artist-researcher, performer, performance maker, and anthropologist. His work evolves in challenging understandings of inter-sensoriality, the relation between environment, performance, spectatorship, and society, and the ability to learn and train particularly in dance. Fazle studied (MA) Cultural and Social Anthropology (2012) and (BA) Arabic/Middle Eastern Studies (2010) at the University of Amsterdam, University of Leiden, and NVIC in Cairo, Egypt. After ethnographic research in Bosnia-Herzegovina since 2009 about counter-discursive practices in the context of everyday social and cultural life among activist youngsters, Fazle has reshaped his interests in processes of perception, interpretation, and sensation through physical movement and dance practices. Currently in the process of applying for a PhD position in ethnographic practice as artistic-research on inter-sensoriality in dance among children and spectators. He collaborates with Emilie Gallier and Astarti Athanasiadou on choreographic objects and spectatorship, Ludmila Rodrigues on installations to choreograph the public, Valentina Lacmanovic on contemporary whirling dance practice, and sound artist/sonologist Måri Mákó on immersive sound and movement in technology. Furthermore he is an active practitioner in the Axis Syllabus research group of Ilse van Haastrecht, and one of the organizers of a research platform for movement and performance art CLOUD/Danslab. In dance performance he has collaborated with Ana Leonor Ladas, in improvisation organized by Oorsprong Curators. Besides he is experienced in different contemporary dance practices, (contact-)improvisation, Butoh, Body Weather, Biodanza, Palestinian folklore, shamanic dance rituals, and yoga.
Thomas is working on the edges of contemporary “Western” dance culture towards a more comprehensive and globally responsive approach which is based on the sensorial experience of dance/movement. He does this in Rotterdam, as well as New York, Berlin, and Budapest, and other parts of the planet.
Institutionally, Thomas is connected as an external (guide) teacher to ArtEZ Dance Academy Arnhem, a member of the Dutch Association for Dance Research in the Netherlands, and as a Certified Master Teacher to the Kinetic Awareness® Center. His work has been supported by the Rotterdam Arts Council, the Burough Council of Delfshaven, European Cultural Foundation, Kinetic Arts & Sciences, and Fleur Groenendijk Foundation. His ongoing involvement with CLOUD at Danslab is that of an observer, critical advisor, but also teacher, guide and “outside eye”, in Den Haag and internationally. http://realdancecompany.org
Isabelle was born in 1975 in Paris, France. She completed her dance education at the Conservatoire de Tours and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Lyon. She spent large part of her dance career with engagements with the Ballet du Grand theatre de Genève, de Batsheva Dance Company and the Nederlands Danstheater I.
Isabelle leads together with Jérôme Meyer the collective MCDance Meyer-Chaffaud, based in the Netherlands. Since 2009 they have explored the dialogue between physical language and other disciplines. They are choreographing or re-staging pieces for international companies such as Introdans, Scapino Ballet Rotterdam and Geneva Ballet. Their creations are performed nationally and internationally. In 2012, Introdans toured Master of Puppets during the STEPS festival CH.
MCDance Meyer-Chaffaud is a dance ambassador in festivals of other disciplines such as: E-pulse (digital art), Off Center Amsterdam and TodaysArt (contemporary art). They present site-specific creations including the Kamerdans project performed in 72 houses in South Africa, USA and the Netherlands. Meyer and Chaffaud teach throughout the Netherlands and abroad. They choreograph pieces for students of dance universities in the Netherlands (Codarts, ArtEZ, National Ballet Academy, AHK) and have given workshops and classes in the USA, South Africa, Italy, Portugal and Switzerland. meyer-chaffaud.com
Growing up in a family of teachers, academic excellence was the main focus of Damani – a bright young boy with a big smile, ready to take on anything from mathematics to debating global warming with anyone who would listen. Luckily, his family was as eclectic as he was and introduced him to art. Storytelling, painting, playing percussion, the flute and trumpet were things he loved to do, but using his voice to tell stories has always been his first love.
Damani’s unique yet versatile voice is one that always leaves a mark, making him a sought after vocalist who’s worked for artists like Cinnamon Brown, Robin Brock and Bombilate. His voice is complemented by the ability to put every feeling and emotion to words, making him a songwriter who can write anything from Pop ballads to experimental Jazz.
Performing on stage has truly become a second nature that can’t be limited to vocal performance. Trained in contemporary modern and African-based dance, Damani has danced in various productions and teaches contemporary African dance classes.
Ludmila is an interdisciplinary artist with a background in Architecture. She creates spaces, situations and devices to choreograph the audience. Originally from Rio de Janeiro, where she graduated in Architecture & Urban Planning in 2006, she came to The Hague for a second degree in the ArtScience Interfaculty, at the Royal Academy of Arts, in The Hague (KABL). It was in this period that she started a research on the body of the audience. There she developed strategies for activating the audience, enhancing collaborative, physical and multi sensory experience.
Ludmila also works as graphic, set and costume designer freelancer, collaborating with a range of artists and art initiatives in The Hague. She has exhibited and performed in several occasions, such as in TodaysArt 2013, in the ‘Winter Anti Depression Show’ at Marres House for Contemporary Culture (Maastricht, 2014) and the ‘Deepest Sense’ Symposium at the Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam, 2014).
From 2007 to 2009 she was a lecturer and artistic coordinator at NGO Galpão Aplauso, in Rio de Janeiro. There Ludmila was teaching Art History and Computer Graphics for young artists from Rio’s outskirts. www.tinamustao.com
Emilie Gallier (France, 1984) is choreographer, artist researcher, teacher and director of the PØST Cie. Her work probes ways to expand boundaries. It shows recurring subjects of imagination, sensation and thought; and of relation between spectator and performer.
In 2012, she graduated from the Master in Choreography of ArtEZ (Arnhem). In this frame she initiated her research on choreographic writings, spectatorship, and the philosophical lens of Dorsality (considering the back, unseen, tactile). Before that, she studied pedagogy in Paris (RIDC), History of Arts at the University of Rennes, Laban-cinetography at the Conservatoire, and choreography at the PRCC directed by Myriam Gourfink.
Since her first piece (Ambiance, 2004), she adopted an expanded understanding of choreography. Her dance performances, installations, scores, books, lectures, and workshops have been presented in contexts such as the ICK choreographic arts center, Dansmakers, Generale Oost, Wintertuin literature festival, Scheltema, ArtEZ Dansacademie, Uferstudios, Paris 8, Sogn-of Fjordane Theatre.
Ilse van Haastrecht is a dancer, dance teacher and movement coach based in Den Haag. She arrived in the city at age 13 to learn more about dance and hasn’t left since then. After graduating at Codarts in 2009 Ilse specialized in dance improvisation and instant composition in performance. She also teaches dance improvisation classes.
In 2011 Ilse met Frey Faust, dancer, teacher and initiator of the Axis Syllabus compendium. She traveled throughout Europe to study with various AS teachers and became a member of the Axis Syllabus International Research Community in 2013 as a candidate-teacher.
In her work as a movement coach Ilse uses tools like Uzazu and Spiral Dynamics to help people experience more of their body and helps them use this knowledge in their daily lives.
Already in 2008 Ilse was working in Danslab (the predecessor of CLOUD), when Uzazu founder and co-initiator of Danslab Dylan Newcomb invited her to join his research project ‘Dancing Science’. Ilse is excited to be part of CLOUD and has the impulse to connect from the platform with the people and art organisations in the neighbourhood.
Mediation/contextualization Network for Choreography & Related Arts
Jette Schneider was the artistic and business coordinator, as well co-initiator of Danslab. Nowadays she works as a concept developer and initiator of content driven and dynamic work models for practicing artists. She concentrates on the realization of the Network for Choreography & Related Arts.
Together with the artists she initiated this flexible work surrounding that support artistic development in relation to divers fields. By using strategies of new institutionalism, network creation and new leadership she brings together a multitude of actors for the creative entrepreneur and for an upcoming generation.
Jette Schneider has been living, studying and working in Rotterdam since 1997. She holds a degree of the Dance Academy Rotterdam and of the University of Utrecht in Art Policy & Management. In the past Jette worked as assistant artistic director for Danslateliers.
Friends and past CLOUD/Danslab members: Theo van Loon, Fernando Bittencourt Hersan, Bram Vreeswijk, Jack Gallagher, Sabine Linz, Carmen Popoviciu, Matteo Graziano, Lina Fregeres, Doron Hirsch, Vincent van den Bijllaardt, Lukas van Buuren, Marta Torres, Eline van Ark, Fransien van der Putt
Weʼre open to enthusiastic people who are willing to share and support, although we donʼt have a ready-made job/task for people who’d like to join in.
We are open for individual or group initiatives related to the body and movement, encouraging them to pursue their qualities. So if youʼre interested in helping us, learning from us or if youʼre really good at organizing or communicating, join us!
We donʼt work in a fixed structure like you might be used to, from production houses or companies. Since our organization is made of volunteers, and it’s constantly morphing, organically changing, we keep things open to what is needed. This process brings on the one hand great freedom to the creativity of our individuals, and on the other hand it’s also a bit chaotic sometimes. But this is okay as long as we keep communicating about our responsibilities.
If you’d like to join our group, please come to one of our open activities (classes, research presentations, workshops, get-together’s), or just mail: firstname.lastname@example.org