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open call for participatory audience |Tatiana Kolganova

Please choose one or more days in which you will like to join

May 24, 28, 29, 31 | From 12.00-14.00.

 & contact | tanianak@gmail.com

Tatiana Kolganova is a multimedia artist and researcher. She explores human relationships with a natural environment. Mostly her art practice focuses on the intersection of language, imagination and human senses. Working with different media Tatiana is interested in creation of an art experience with active participation of an audience.

Currently she studies master program of Fine Art at HKU, University of Art, Utrecht NL.

During her residency at Cloud, artist Tatiana Kolganova will develop a participatory performance about imaginary contact with a natural landscape.

Everyone is invited to join in the process of work and explore the different aspects of collective and personal imagination.

We will experiment with:

-Representative elements of a landscape.

-The power of a ceremonial process

-Different layers of personal imagination.

-Collective creation of an imaginary natural environment

and others prepared and unexpected elements.

After each session we will have a short discussion about the process.

Art lab: your collective movement (work in progress)

What: a sensorial exercise for a small group of people in complete darkness
For who: open call for test audience, free entry
By who: Aisha Pagnes 


“The defensive and unfocused gaze of our time, burdened by sensory overload, may eventually open up new realms of vision and thought, freed of the implicit desire of the eye for control and power.” Juhani Pallasmaa
And perhaps by relying on our sensorial capacity and perceptual ability we can fertilise the grounds of these new realms through artistic experiences, so that we may reclaim the gaze of our whole being.

How does a darkened safe space influence the way we perceive ourselves, our environment and one another?
Over the course of one week, CLOUD/Danslab will become a completely darkened environment.

During this period, I will gently guide you through daily sessions that work toward our sense of presence, sensorial awareness and felt connection.

What does it look like:
We will move delicately in the dark through a sequence of simple movements. Each person is equipped with two light dots* for visual reference.
*(Light-dot: a 6mm magnetised dot that clips on clothing. In darkness it glows white. The glow dims naturally over time).

What will be practically explored:
– When our senses of proprioception, hearing and vision are fully activated in a darkened space, how is our perception of self and of the other influenced?

– How emergent movement is experienced meaningfully in an unconventional environment.

– How verbal variations of the same instructions influence audience participation.

– How can we effectively compose such experience? (one that is repeatable, has a clear beginning, entry, exit and quality).

What can you expect:
– To be an active part of the creative collective process, aimed at finalising a time-based perceptual composition that lends itself to a broader audience as a participatory experience.

We will brainstorm together, go through iterations of movement and sensorial exercises to improve concentration and a sense of togetherness. Your input and feedback as a creative being will shape the week’s progress.

– A warm and friendly environment, with tea, coffee and snacks. In this, a chance to experience this same environment in an expanded and evocative way.

When:
based on your availability, open from Monday 7th to Sunday 13th of May. Times to be decided.

This practice week is part of a work in progress which focuses on audience participation and interaction, whereby simple means such as absence of light and basic movements are the elements driving the poetic experience. Below an excerpt of the sequence:

Situation Body: Participants wear a light-dot on the chest (above clothing) and on the back. The room is completely dark.

Begin by standing upright and still.
As if you were a singly entity,
arrive in unison with the others to a comfortable walking pace.

[…]

Profile: Currently studying at the ArtScience Interfaculty, I set up interactive installations where audience participation is the primary concern, as a result, test audiences are key influences in the various stages of development. Non-verbal communication and sensory awareness is a recurrent theme in what I look for. http://cargocollective.com/arp

If you would like to participate or want to know more please get in touch: ryannon.aisha@gmail.com

May/June 2018 – Yin & Vinyasa Yoga by Arianna Berardi

In May & June 2018  every  wednesday at 6 pm Arianna Berardi will be teaching  Yin & Vinyasa Yoga !!!!!

Lab description:

In this Vinyasa & Yin lab we will explore two different worlds of yoga. Literally, Vinyasa means “to place something in a special way”. In a Vinyasa flow, which will be the style of half of the classes, we will coordinate breath and movement, moving into asanas (poses) in a flow-like way. In these classes, you will experience the dynamic and energetic nature of a Vinyasa flow, getting in touch with your body in a fun and challenging way. In the other half of the classes we will explore Yin yoga: a relatively recent style of yoga that combines knowledge from Traditional Chinese Medicine with the more traditional Indian asanas. During a yin yoga class, you will hold poses for 3 to 5 minutes, diving into a meditative state, letting go and releasing of any tension. By finding stillness in a pose for long, yin yoga aids the fluidity of our fascia, a deep sheet of connective tissue that surrounds our muscles and organs. Sounds intriguing, doesn’t it? The goal of this lab is to make yoga accessible and enjoyable to as many people as possible, no matter the age, physical condition or level of acquaintance with yoga. Everyone can join and enjoy! The classes are based on free donations, which means “give what you like/ what you can”.

The lab will start on May 2 , classes will be every Wednesday at 6 pm. Doors open at 5.45 pm. In the first class, we will begin exploring Yin yoga. Bring your own mat if you have one, there will be four mats available in case they are needed. Comfortable clothes are advised, together with a warm sweater or jumper for the final phase of the yoga practice. I am really excited to embark on this journey, and looking forward to meeting plenty of curious and passionate yogis!

Bio:

My name is Arianna Berardi, I discovered yoga five years ago, when I first moved to the Netherlands at the age of 18. For a good while, I found in yoga a great physical work out, and a way to put my busy mind on hold. It was only after a few years that I started experiencing a more meditative way of practicing yoga, slowly turning inward to get to know myself on different levels. I am currently following a Yoga Teacher Training, and if all goes well, I will be certified in a couple of months! And as you all can imagine, I am really excited to start practicing with teaching at Cloud. Besides my love for yoga, I am also very passionate about singing, expressive painting, art therapies, and some fields of Psychology. I am currently finishing a master in Child Psychology, and excited about exploring ways to combine art, yoga and children.

Presentation | Residency of Alegia P.

Residency : 12- 25 march 2018
Presentation : 14 april 2018  | 7:30pm until 9:00pm
I am an emerging media scenographer and visual artist. I am based in The Hague (Netherlands) but working between The Netherlands, London, Athens as well as other cities in Europe. My background is in Design (BA Interior design / Vakalo College of Arts & Design Athens, University of Derby UK) and I hold a master’s degree (MA Scenography from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London). Currently I am undertaking my second master’s degree MA ArtScience in The Artscience Interfaculty (Royal Academy of Arts – Royal Conservatory – The Hague NL).
I work mainly in set and costume design for performance, theatre and installations. My work involves video, photography, lighting, projection mapping, sound editing, electronics hacking, scenic art, sculpture and any other technical support suiting the project.

In March 2018, I had a two weeks residency in The Cloud DansLab, in The Hague. During this residency, I started working with the idea of perception, body, movement and vision.

Key words: perceiving, touch, smell, see, feel, movement, formless.

People perceive differently the world around them due to many factors such as nationality, age, gender etc. According to Freud, the infant starts to perceive the world through his/ hers body.

Perception allows behaviour to be generally appropriate to non-sensed object characteristics. For example, we respond to certain objects as though they are doors even though we can only see a long narrow rectangle as the door is ajar.

I am using the vision (present or absent) to change (the condition) of people’s perspectives. I whilst to question the visible via sensations (hear, touch, smell, movement). And to “force” someone to experience simple very basic actions such as walking (with the eyes shut) by feeling not thinking.

The basic questions that need to be answered are:
What do you see?
How do you feel?
What do you hear?

(I can hear a smell or the silence. There is a sense of touch in seeing and a sense of seeing in touch etc.)

Someone needs to lose control in order to perceive differently.

Residency Tashi Iwaoka | Mother

5 – 11 March
Presentation Saturday 10 March 21:00 (doors open 20.30)
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Tashi Iwaoka will be working on a new solo – Mother [working title] to be premiered in November 2018. During his residency he will explore the emotional and physical land scape connected to the recent event of his mother passing away. Investigating the personal and universal space in the event of death of a mother and giving them poetic forms to be expressed.

About Tashi Iwaoka
Tashi Iwaoka, an Amsterdam based performance artist/mover studied Contemporary Arts BA(Hons) at Nottingham Trent University (1997-2001 Nottingham UK), Dance and Choreography as a guest student at School for New Dance Development (2002-2003 Amsterdam NL) and Performance Research at DasArts (2004-2007 Amsterdam NL).

After his first Butoh experiences in 1997 with Kazuo Ohno and Kim Itoh in Japan, Iwaoka practiced Butoh based bodywork for over 10 years. Currently he is practising Budo, Japanese martial arts, and working on finding the nucleus of human expression and connection, in relation to the movement skills he has learnt. One of the central driving forces for this is the attempt to fuse his oriental roots and Western perspectives to form a more proper view on ‘being a human’ in this world. He wishes to disinter the universality of Eastern wisdom in order to help us understand what it is to be a human.

Iwaoka is one of the founders of Ehkä-production, an international collective of independent performance and dance makers, based in Turku, Finland, with which he is still closely associated.

https://www.tashiwaoka.org

Warrior of the Dance and Singing – whole day workshop

Dance, Martial arts & Theater: Eva Bergerová
Voice & Kora, Live music: Dymphi Peeters

Come and dive with us in the ocean of conscious creation!

“It is our mission to empower you to express yourself from the inside out in front of loving eyes by means of dance, theater, martial arts and voice improvisation. We believe that spirituality and creativity are connected”

SUMMARY:
Goal of the workshop: The opening of the creative energy in everybody by a combination of dance, (martial arts), voice improvisation and theater.

DESCRIPTION:
Do you want to express yourself? Feel to dance, use your voice and create? Do you want to live a creative and free life? Then come and taste it.

You will experience a short performance and after that, you are going to dive into the experience of expressing the creativity in your own dance and voice.

You will get a new concept of Ritual theater (Creation and Expression, Dance and Singing) called “Step out of the Story”. We use conscious Theatrical, Dance, Singing and Martial Arts techniques and Improvisation.

Who is a Warrior? It’s the part inside us, which is always in the present moment. Everybody has a Warrior inside! Through the Warrior we are learning to be conscious, we express the energy of life, of freedom, courage and authenticity.

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE WITH DANCE AND SINGING NO MUST
If you already gained experience in your life in dancing and singing and martial arts it is great, but no must. We believe everybody has an artist inside! This day is about expressing yourself from the inside out in front of loving eyes. We believe that is the greatest gift we can give ourselves and the other.

ABOUT EVA:
“When I was 37 I became a professional Dancer and Choreographer. Until this time, in the romantic city of Prague, I was leading a Drama theater company, where I used to direct performances, guide dramaturgy and keep the company going, growing and expanding. There was a time, we had two theater houses and around 50 people working there. Our performances were seen by around 200 000 people.
– I practice Chinese Martial arts for more than 20 years now and teach it for 5 years.
– I directed more than 20 performances. One of them went on for 12 years.
– I am a Dj and a Ceremony leader
– I love to perform Dance and I love to improvise on the stage and in life.”
More info: www.evabergerova.eu

ABOUT DYMPHI:
The Dutch Dymphi Peeters is a meditative world music voice artist, who accompanies herself on the African kora.
Her roots lay in the East European Folk music and she gained experience in flamenco, voice expression, improvised music and also opera. Originally Dymphi studied Educational Science and Technology which she is combining with her ongoing spiritual researches and experiences. But life took her on the path of music, where her heart truly lies. In general Dymphi loves to develop and expand her horizons. Dymphi is the kora player of the Mehmet Polat Trio and she performs relaxation concerts with kora and vocals and gives workshops voice improvisation. With her new band Dragonfly she improvises live music for a community of dancers of Ecstatic Dance Utrecht.
More info: www.dymphipeeters.nl

DATE: 14-4-2018
TIME: 10:30-17:00h (doors open 10:00h)

link to FB event

SPACE: CLOUD danslab: De Constant Rebecqueplein 20b, 2518RA Den Haag
PRICE: 85,- incl. btw (has to be paid in advance to reserve your place)
LUNCH: A simple lunch with soup and salad is included in the price. If you like to take extra things you are welcome to do so yourself.
LANGUAGE: English but can be translated into Dutch

RESERVATIONS: Please send a mail to: dymphi.peeters@gmail.com, or if you have any questions: 0644676082

 

 

Residency KXKXA | Malik Nashad Sharpe

15-22 December

KXKXA is emotion is internet is feminist is feelings is the city is economy is drastic is being emo is shady pink is salt in the wound is love is broken is adventurous is grotesque is dramatic is lost is empty is terrible is black is black is black is black is black is black is black is love is crass is horrific is happening is hopeful is dreaming maybe is terrorism is gun-happy is sad is father is mastery is cleansing is ritual is creating is deepening is destructive is destroying me is destroying is destroying every little thing and every large thing is concubine is mistress is deep is intangible is garbage

About Marikiscrycrycry a.k.a. Malik Nashad Sharpe
Marikiscrycrycry is the performance project of London-based choreographer and artist Malik Nashad Sharpe (b. 1992, New York). They make emotional choreographies that are less like descriptors of themes and more like worlds in themselves. Their work deals primarily with the social imprints and inflections left on the body, existentialism, the necessity to proliferate pro-Queer and pro-Black aesthetics under neoliberal hegemonies, choreography as an expanded formal proposition, and allostatic load. Originally making work in DIY contexts across New York City, their choreography considers aesthetic production and situational politics as radical forms of production. They consider choreography as a tool to suggest ulterior and subversive critiques of an otherwise phobic and unaccommodating world.

maliknashadsharpe.com

 

 

 

Workshop | Egyptian Dance with live music | Laura de Gaspari

14 January 2017
13:00 -17:00
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Workshop Egyptian/ Arabic dance with Laura De Gaspari and Sattar AlSaadi (Arabic Ney, Oud and percussion).

We will work on the principles grounding and fluidity in Egyptian dance supported by live rhythms and lyrical notes of the flute and lute.

Registration and payment 
Early bird 50 euros till 7th of January
After the 7th it will be 58 euros.

Registration and info: lmdegaspari@gmail.com

Butoh performance Master Natsu Nakajima + group improvisation

Natsu Nakajima, one of the oldest female Butoh dancers, Tatsumi Hijikata’s first female dancer, a founding member of Butoh movement in Tokyo, gives a series of workshops, butoh lectures and performances in Budapest, Barcelona, Berlin and Hague in September and October 2017.

We are very honored to have this unique short performance of Natsu Nakajima in CLOUD/danslab. Her performance will be followed by a group improvisation by some of the dancers of the Butoh workshop which takes place from 18-22 October in CLOUD/danslab.

“For me, Ankoku Butoh is not a school but a journey and a place where I learn about the invisible. At the moment of the birth of dance I experience the union of mind and body and transcend my tiny self to feel a great power, great love”.
Natsu Nakajima

Doors open 19:00
Entrance: 5 euro
Reservations by mail: cloud.danslab@gmail.com

 

ABOUT NATSU NAKAJIMA
Natsu Nakajima (b. 1943 Sakhalin, Japan) has been one of the most prominent figures in Butoh dance since its foundation in Tokyo in the 1960s, and one of its foremost pioneers abroad. Training under both Hijikata Tatsumi and Kazuo Ohno, Nakajima went on to establish her own dance company, Muteki-sha, in 1969, with whom she has been performing and choreographing internationally since the early 1980s. Her highly acclaimed performance of ‘Niwa’ at LIFT ‘83 (London) marked the beginning of this international touring career, and led to performances at festivals such as FIND (Montreal), the Nancy Festival, and the Sydney Biennale.
In addition to her performance and choreographic work, Nakajima has over thirty years of experience as a teacher, and has been one of the forerunners of dance for the disabled in Japan. www.geocities.jp/mutekisha/index1-e.html

Contact: cloud.danslab@gmail.com
www.cloudatdanslab.nl

Improved space: studio renovation

Over the past seven months the studio has been renovated with the support of Gemeente Den Haag and Fonds1818.  A brand new dance floor has been placed. Come and feel it, it’s a delight to dance on! Also new mirrors and an improved audio system have been installed. In collaboration with the DCR, we are making steps towards CLOUD’s visibility from the street side and soon we will be able to totally blind the space whenever needed (for specific presentations and video-projections that require darkness)

We welcome you to  have a look during one of the presentations or classes that take place in CLOUD, to experience what the space has to offer you!

With many thanks to Gemeente Den Haag and Fonds1818!

   

Resident Roberta Stepankova teaching at CLOUD

MOVEMENT / INTROVERSION / IMAGINATION OF THE BODY

Roberta offers 2 dance classes, on Tuesday evening of 19th and 26th of September from 18.00 to 19.30, contribution € 7. All movers are welcome!!

The dance class is a proposal to realize one´s individual dance while following the propriate bodily wisdom, the movement ensuing from one´s nature and intimacy. The outer perspective of the fundamental bodily principles is used as a tool to support learning from within. To work in this way means to let oneself be guided by the inner process while progressively building the alertness to the minor outer changes. At the same time, through this deep concentration and attunement to one´s self, the parallel unpronounceable pre-conscious processes can unfold and nurture our imagination, our dance. The inner is then continuously articulated and at any moment transformed by the outer. So the whole being takes care of its various levels of becoming.

for more information on Roberta’s work: please check her website: http://robertastepankova.com/

Action Dance by Sandra Kramerova

Join Sandra Kramerova at Cloud for Action Dance workshop every second Saturday of the month! Sept 9, Oct 14, Nov 18 and Dec 9 14:00-16:00 . Come explore athleticism and physical theater of effort though imagination and action based improvisations. Action Dance workshops focus on energy flow, functional motion, creative decision making and anatomical expressivity. The first workshop is happening on Saturday September 9th at 16:00 as part of DCR Festival. Come try it out for free!