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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:


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.


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


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:

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!

Workshop Body Weather | Frank vd Ven & Astarti Athanasiadou

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Saturday 23 September 10:00 – 16:00
Sunday 24 September 13:00 – 18:00
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Body Weather is a comprehensive approach to training and performance that investigates the intersections of bodies and their environments. Bodies are conceived not as fixed and separate entities but as constantly changing – just like the weather. Weather is seen as a complex system of forces and influences coursing through and beyond bodies and the world.The term and philosophical basis for Body Weather was founded in the early 1980’s by dancer Min Tanaka and further developed by Laboratories worldwide.

After a thorough training and work with a partner on breathing, stretching, alignment and the notion of ‘relaxation’ in the morning, we will delve into the particulars of improvisation in dance and movement. We’ll explore both physical and mental states of being and creating movement, improvise on non-existing scores, inspect prevalent habits and patterns and engage in Oulipian games.

As a training, Body Weather is of relevance to anyone interested in exploring the body and physical presence and this workshop is suited to dance, theatre and movement practitioners, and to artists of various backgrounds.

About Frank van de Ven
Frank van de Ven was a member of Tanaka’s Maijuku Performance Company in Japan, from 1983-1991. With Katerina Bakatsaki he leads Body Weather Amsterdam, a platform for training and performance. He has an ongoing commitment to the Body/Landscape projects conducted worldwide..
For more info on Body Weather A‘dam see

About Astarti Athanasiadou
Astarti Athanasiadou works as choreographer, performer and teacher. She studied dance, choreography and performance studies in Athens (GR), Lausanne (CH) and Malta, and holds a Master in Art Praxis from the Dutch Art Institute, Artez, NL. Astarti releases work under the aliases of bad royale and achaperformance. She has been practicing Body Weather since 2009 with Frank van de Ven, Katerina Bakatsaki and Hisako Horikawa. For more info see

Registration & Schedule

Saturday 23 September 10:00 – 16:00
Sunday 24 September 13:00 – 18:00

Workshop fee:
Regular € 110,-
Students €90,-

Registration and contact: cloud.danslab(at)


Organized in collaboration with Butoh Channel Berlin

18 – 22 October | 10:00-14:00 | €190 early bird

We are happy to announce the third European tour of Natsu Nakajima in Berlin, the Hague, and Barcelona. Natsu Nakajima (1943 Sakhalin, Japan) is one of the founding members of Butoh movement in Tokyo since the 1960s, and is one of its foremost pioneers abroad.

Workshop description
Combining Hijikata’s choreographic methods with the improvisation intelligence taught by Kazuo Ohno, as well as the long choreographic and performance expertise of Nakajima herself, this workshop will prepare you for sensitive improvisation work, choreographic aptitude, and performance integrity.  Natsu Nakajima will teach not only the physical techniques, but also the background of Butoh conceptions and ideas. Content:

  1. Physical Exercise 
    • General exercise
    • KATSUGEN activity (living vital force  activity) by Noguchi Method
    • body  &  vocalization
    • playing game
  2. Basic Butoh 
    • being nothing
    • walking
  3. Vocabulary (how to combine theatrical action & dancing movement)
    • rhythm (time) and space
  4. Various energy qualities
  5. Transformation
  6. Improvisation
  7. Butoh-fu  (Butoh Notation) from Hijikata’s work: how to use Butoh-fu and to combine with Hijikata’s method and Kazuo Ohno’s method.

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.

Ankoku Butoh (暗黒舞踏) – dance of darkness 
Hijikata Tatsumi, who passed away in 1986, is the originator of Ankoku Butoh; and Ohno Kazuo (1906-2010), an extraordinary and rare dancer, was his great collaborator. Hijikata was like Picasso; every season, he would change the style of his works like a chameleon. This partly explains why each of his disciples developed very different working styles. Natsu Nakajima was among the founding members of the Ankoku Butoh movement and belongs to the first generation.

Ankoku Butoh is a movement in the performing arts that was born riding on the wave of counter-culture in post-war Japan in 1950-1960s. Now in Europe, and some other countries, the term “Ankoku” has been dropped from “Ankoku Butoh”, and the term “Butoh” has become more closely associated with these countries. Losing “ankoku” has resulted in losing sight of the original ideology from when Ankoku Butoh was created and has given rise to many misunderstandings and misinterpretations.

Whatever you may call it, darkness, spirituality, or even something formless, something that cannot be put into words, or simply, the unconscious, the inexplicable, the destroyed and disappeared… …we are actually talking about something that cannot be seen. Something that Hijikata called “ankoku”. Hijikata liked to use the word “yami” (shadowy darkness). It gives the feeling of something that is full of contradiction and irrationality, somewhere like the “chaos of eternal beginning”… To deconstruct Ankoku Butoh with “language” is moving further and further away from the joy of early Ankoku Butoh’s integral quest for “the body as the scene of fulfilled life”.
(from the lecture of Natsu Nakajima)


Registration for 5-day Butoh workshop by Natsu Nakajima with an intensive training of 4 hours per day. The number of places is limited.

Early bird €190,- if registered before 1st of October
Late bird €210, if registered after 1st of October

Please register by mail to
With Subject Title: Registration Butoh Workshop
Payment details will be provided and registration confirmed when payment received on CLOUD/Danslab bank account.

Try-out ‘Papier Multiforme et Papier Comestible’ 30 June 2017


By Emilie Gallier, Tilman Andris, Jamillah Sungkar

‘Papier Multiforme et Papier Comestible’ is one performance inside of which two performances co-habit. Two performances take place on a same stage at the same time; next to each other as if in two neighbouring living rooms with invisible walls.

On one side, the performance of the ‘Papier Multiforme’ involves magic and choreography around a dinner table at which spectators sit. On the other side, the performance of the ‘Papier Comestible’ takes the form of a choreographed book club where spectators experience reading as a convivial act.
At times, the two performances spill into each other, influencing their respective rhythms.
As neighbours of a perceptible adjacent performance, spectators research the impertinent absence and exercise of ubiquity, of being elsewhere, where they are not.

50 minutes, English spoken
6 spectators at the table
12 in the book club
[We will close registration at 18 people.]

Please register in advance by sending an e-mail to Tilman Andris: tilman[you know what]

Axis Syllabus workshop with Bariş Mihçi | Sunday, June 4

Masses first – energy design and deployment

workshop on Sunday, 4th of June 2017, 13h till 17.30h

In this one day event we will experiment with abilities on how to deploy kinetic energy while exploring tools on lowering the resistance of inertia. Our segmental body offers many chances to interact with gravity if we recognise and understand how our body masses are interdependent. Questions like how to create Kinetic energy and recycle it to a maximum will be focus of our research. Proposed movement material and improvisation will be used to find efficient deals with the forces around us.

Contribution: sliding scale from €30 till €50

CLOUD is delighted to have Bariş Mihçi to come teach in Den Haag! This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know this great teacher with a wealth of experience in teaching the Axis Syllabus in various contexts and places across Europe. Bariş will give you a taste of how the tools & information compiled in the Axis Syllabus can enrich your dancing. Feel welcome to join us in the CLOUD studio!

More information about Axis Syllabus:

More about Bariş:

Bariş Mihçi was born 1976 in Wuppertal, Germany and is currently based between Turkey and Europe. He graduated with degrees in social pedagogy, German language, Sports and special education for physically disabled children at the University of Cologne. He completed his studies with a social-cultural research thesis referring to Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater and its artistic research about human relationships. Bariş then began his dancing life. His curiosity about the art of dancing was strongly influenced by following the work of Pina Bausch for over 14 years. Coming from an athletic background, movement was always a big interest to him. In 2001 he was introduced and immersed himself in the Axis Syllabus enabling. Bariş acquired a teacher’s certificate after 4 years and has been teaching regularly for dancers and non-dancers alike across Europe since. He has taught at Studio Hybrid, Dancetrumjette, Espace Catastrophe, the Nomadic College, DOCH, the Cullberg Ballet among many other professional dance training institutions. Bariş’ performance work is based in solo, site specific and improvisation. He has presented solos at Belgart Moment Festival, Festival tanzhautnah, RAC Festival (Brussels) among others. He has also collaborated extensively with Collectif en Transit, devoted to bringing dance to urban public spaces. Bariş is a key organizer of the Nomadic College since 2004 and a member of the Axis Syllabus member assessment panel. Since 2012 Bariş is teaching workshops world-wide in schools or festivals and lives between Turkey and Europe.

Residency & workshop | Rooted | Marta Reig Torres

8-20 May

How do we perceive, what we sense as home? Does it depend on how close or how distant we are to that point? Home is a physical and metaphoric place that offers protection and security. It is a vivid place that triggers our emotions. When we are nearby home we are rooted and calm but when we are far from it, it can become uncomfortable and sad. People long to be at home and we relate to it, as a place where we want to return to. Usually, the sense of home attenuates as one moves away from that point and at a certain moment is natural to want to leave it, in order to grow and evolve further.

Together with Fazle Shairmahomed and Alina Fejzo (dance) and Marien Okkerse (music), they will look at how proximal or distance we are from what we relate as home trigger self-reflection, thoughts about who someone is or used to be or who they might become. And they will question with it what they want to leave behind, what it remains and where they want to go not just as an individual but as a community and being part of the society we live in.


This workshop is about sharing the working process of Marta Reig Torres’ residency at CLOUD, which will take place from 8-21 of May. Together with participants of the workshop we further explore the meaning of ‘home’. The day will include a preparation of the body and the mind in order to get in touch to our own natural movement taking it further into making little improvisations. Some material, images and frames which are being used in Marta’s residency will be added to this Facebook event in the course of coming two weeks.

Participation fee: donation
Registration by mail to:


About Marta Reig Torres
Marta Reig Torres is a choreographer, dancer, teacher and coach based in Rotterdam. She has danced with Nicole Beutler, Conny Janssen Danst, Leine & Roebana and previously in companies like Gulbenkian Ballet in Lisbon, Portugal and The Dutch National Ballet (Het Nationale Ballet). Her choreographic work has been produced by Korzo Productions and co-produced by Dansateliers, DWA Danswerkplaats Amsterdam, Cadance Festival, De Doelen Rotterdam, Codarts and Meekers. It has been selected several times for the Nederlandse Dans Dagen, Dansclick, the Serie Nieuwe Theatermakers, and abroad in different festivals and venues. Her pieces have been performed all over the Netherlands, and in Spain, France, Italy and England. She is also a co-founder of Cloud/Danslab.

“In my work, I aim to reflect and re-look from different perspectives at what is happening to us and around us, and to share the outcomes with an audience. I use themes related to what I consider the essence of human experience, to dreams, ideals, desires and doubts, as well as to the absurdity of seemingly ordinary life stories. My choreographic work is characterized by the atmospheres and situations in which the audience enter the inner world and states of mind and being lived through by the dancers during the performance.”

Presentation | ErosThanatos | Tashi Iwaoka, Fazle Shairmahomed and Stefano Sgarbi

Sunday 30 April 2017 | 20:00
Check: Facebook event

Sexual obsession as a path to spiritual liberation.

In a society where many cultures strive to coexist, yet dominated by a few, many different sexualities are socially constrained. Where is the place for the two male dancers from different cultural backgrounds in this European context when it comes to spaces in between desire, obsession, sexuality and spirituality? Coloured with sounds controlling and directing this space, a metamorphosis which is ultimately about existentiality suggesting a certain kind of spiritual purification and blurring the tension between life and death as conceived in many recent Western ideologies.

A controversial vulgar sex and death scandal in Japan forms the inspiration for this performance. The story follows an erotic relationship of Sada Abe who eventually cuts off the penis and testicles of her lover Kichizo Ishida on May 18, 1936. Since then it has been interpreted by artists of different kinds.

This work has been developed independently in CLOUD/Danslab (The Hague) and OT301 (Amsterdam).

You are invited to the performance of this work-in-progress followed by a talk with the artists.

Doors open: 20.00
Start: 20:30
Entrance: Donation
There will be a bar hosted by CLOUD

About the artists 

Tashi Iwaoka
Tashi Iwaoka is a performance artist/mover. 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 practicing Budo, Japanese martial arts, and working on finding the nucleus of human expression and connection, in relation to the movement skills he has learned. 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 in Eastern wisdom in order to help us understand what it is to be a human.

Fazle Shairmahomed
Fazle Shairmahomed is a dancer, performer, improviser, performance maker, graduated in anthropology. 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. His work is in general concerned with his political body in processes of de-colonization closely related to his background as a Surinamese-Hindustani born in the Netherlands. During his studies he started with Modern dance, which brought him to Butoh, Body Weather, contemporary whirling, and other dance practices.

Stefano Sgarbi
A composer, performer and sound therapist based in the Netherlands. His interests, starting from a general attraction to art and particularly music, are now more specifically towards electronic music, algorithmic composition, improvisation and sound therapy. He studied at the Institute of Sonology in The Hague where he has found himself in a rather prolific and inspiring artistic environment. Many of his works are performed in his local scene and some have being selected and played in festivals around the world.

Workshop | Hilal Egyptian Dance | Suraya Hilal

13-14 May 13:00-17:00 |  €95,- (early registration till 14 April)
We are happy to receive Suraya Hilal at CLOUD/Danslab with a workshop based on the essence and roots of Arab/Egyptian/African peoples dances.


Hilal Dance® is a grounded, energetic, expansive form, expressing fluidity, line and rhythm. The dance is based on a strong holistic training, a system of bodywork that focuses on breath and works to achieve a centered, dynamic flow of energy. This kind of training is essential for exploring many powerful forms of expression through geometric line and musicality.

Hilal Dance® is a contemporary form encompassing a holistic breath-based training and system of movement concepts that allow full exploration of a wide range of expression through the music and rhythm. Hilal Dance is grounded, energetic and expansive. Working from a centred body, it expresses both fluidity and strong rhythm. The movements and training are lead by powerful concepts that embody ancient Eastern wisdom and knowledge. The dance is specifically related to the aesthetic that underlies Arab/Egyptian culture. This is reflected in the dramatic use of repetition and improvisation, the clear geometry of line, the importance of intricate movements that can expand outward into space, the emphasis on line both rhythmic and lyrical, and intricate details that create the whole in a language that is both abstract and emotional. The outstanding achievement of Hilal Dance is that it brings into view for the first time in the contemporary world a cultural based, progressive and universal dance form.

Egyptian born Suraya Hilal is a leading international dancer, teacher and choreographer. With years of creative work, research and teaching, Hilal has created and established a contemporary dance form, called Hilal Dance® which is based on the essence and roots of Arab /Egyptian/African people’s dances. Through extensive research and didactic work, drawing inspiration from her cultural heritage and informed by global contemporary dance practice, her art embodies a modern, progressive dance language which goes beyond geographical boundaries.


Number of places is limited
Early bird €95,- before 13th of April
Late bird €110,- after 13th of April

Registration confirmed when payment is received by organizer Laura de Gaspari. Details provided when registered by mail to:
Subject title: Registration Hilal Dance Workshop

If you unfortunately have to cancel this workshop by any reasons, these are the conditions:

By cancellation:
before 13 April – €20, for administration expenses will be deducted
after 13 April – 30% of the total amount (early bird – €28,50 or late bird – €33)
after 1 May – 50% of the total amount (early bird – €47,50 or late bird – €55)

SPIRAAL 3-month course | contemporary whirling | Valentina Lacmanovic & Fazle Shairmahomed

SPIRAAL IS AN ORIGINAL, CONTEMPORARY APPROACH TO SPIRALING AND WHIRLING MOVEMENT,  developed by Valentina Lacmanović, based on art and science research and practice

A 3 month course of 6 classes (3 hours per class, 18 hours in total)

The course is designed to deepen the contemporary whirling practice SPIRAAL, and to develop a strong technique which enables participants to tap into the creative flow by means of the sustained spiraling movement. Whirling is a strong instrument for performance practices, and for the harmonization of physical, mental, emotional body and teaches about the energy economy.

Sundays from 13:30 – 16:30
Dates: 5 March, 19 March, 2 April, 23 April, 30 April, 21 May (note Easter Day 16 April has been replaced by 23 April)
Location: CLOUD/Danslab, De Constant Rebecqueplein 20b, Den Haag


SPIRAAL proposes an intensive work on sustained spiraling movement technique, disorientation, listening and body/mind (dis)connection. In a safe environment participants travel through trance-like states and learn how to tap into the creative flow.

The build-up op the classes includes techniques of breathing, physical training, and ritualistic elements in contemporary performance through structured improvisations. The classes will be given by Valentina Lacmanovic and Fazle Shairmahomed, who will both bring in different techniques to build-up the whirling practice rooted in internal martial arts, Tai Chi, Noguchi gymnastics, Butoh methods, contemporary dance and yoga.

Spiraling movement is at the core of our galaxy, our DNA, it is the force of nature in hurricanes and vortices. Spiraling patterns can be found in the shape of our fingerprint and the form of Time. Practicing Spiraal connects us with forces of nature and helps us to explore our creative potential.

Early registration for full course (before 25 February) €194,- (incl. BTW)
Registration for full-course (after 25 February) €232 (incl. BTW)
Drop-in per class €40,- (incl. BTW)

Please register by mail to and you will receive the invoice with payment details.

Valentina Lacmanović is a performance artist. From 2001 onwards, her work has been focused on creating solo and collaborative performances inspired by rituals (as roots of performing arts), shamanic practices and trance-like states. Since 2008 she has been creating performances and video art that are presented internationally in museums and galleries. Valentina collaborates with musicians, steadicam operator, video-artists, sound-artists, filmmakers, dancers, and in dialogue with experts in anthropology, ethnology, and psychoanalysis.

Fazle Shairmahomed is an interdisciplinary artist-researcher, dancer/performer, improviser, 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. His artistic practice is generally concerned with explicating political bodies in processes of de-colonization closely related to his background as a Surinamese-Hindustani born in the Netherlands.