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BEING & BECOMING | RESIDENCY | OONA MINOO

6-19 June 2022

Presentation : Friday June 17, 2:30PM

How did we become what we are? What shapes us, what makes us decide to choose one way or the other? And is it possible to transform oneself into someone or something completely different?

Humans are developing and transforming themselves continuously. Like a never-ending micro evolution. Being & Becoming searches for the very first moments, movements, and thoughts in our lives – still so flexible and adaptable that we could almost go in every direction. It is also about the courage to leave what does not fit anymore and about trying something new.

Celebrating all the different kinds of transformation: smoothly, slowly, unconscious, controlled, explosive and never ending.

During this residency I will be further developing my piece, (re)searching for ways to embody transformation. Especially the ones, that surprise yourself.

Research questions will be:

Is it possible to create movements that you never done before? And if yes, how?

A special focus will also be brought to the relationship between movement and (live) music:

How does music influence movement improvisation?

What difference does it make if this music is played live?

What inspiration can movement offer for (live) music creation?

During the last days of this residency electronic composer and synth player Maria Solberger ( AT) will join me to experiment with ways of adaption, fusion and distinction between music and movement.

On our last day we would be happy to invite you for our presentation: Friday 17th June 14.30

About the artist: Una Wiplinger (AT/NL) is a choreographer/dancer and musician/composer. Under her artistic name OONA MINOO she creates interdisciplinary performances, that use dance and music as ways to connect to and communicate with the audience and go beyond genre borders.

www.oonaminoo.com

10th of May: Impro Dance performance in Koorenhuis

For the first time since the corona crisis Impro Dance The Hague presents on stage their skills and moves, in collaboration with the students of Pianostudio Stefan Petrovic.

Are you curious to know what improvised dance might look like? Would you like to hear pianostudents play beautiful repertoire in synergy with the dancers? Now is your chance to witness both art forms together on one stage!

Starting time: 19.30 till 21.00. Entrance is free, please let us know you are coming via: info@ilsevanhaastrecht.nl

The Impro Dance classes have been housed in the CLOUD studio since many years, and now, supported by Cultuurschakel, we are able to perform on a real stage in Koorenhuis, Den Haag.

CTRL+ALT+IDENTITY

Sinds november 2021 tot medio maart werkt Anima Jhagroe-Ruissen in CLOUD danslab aan de productie van haar nieuwste creatie. Met veel bewondering voor de gelaagdheid van dit project delen wij in deze post meer informatie over het project en de voorstellingen in maart.

CTRL+ALT+IDENTITY
Met hennaworkshops, talks, exposities, experimentele performances en voorstellingen verkent CTRL+ALT+IDENTITY gemarginaliseerde verhalen en posities van Vrouwen van Kleur in nederland. CTRL+ALT+IDENTITY laat hiermee zien dat deze verhalen niet individueel of incidenteel zijn, maar een patroon vormen dat doorbroken moet worden.
Meer informatie over het project

Danstheatervoorstelling
De danstheatervoorstelling CTRL+ALT+IDENTITY is een gezamenlijke verkenning naar de glitches waarin vrouwen van kleur leven. Glitches laten de scheuren zien in het dominante witte systeem. Het zijn andere dimensies waarin vrouwen van kleur strijden voor sociale rechtvaardigheid. Deze strijd wordt verteld met henna en dans. Beide kunstvormen brengen een hervonden verbinding tot leven, tussen vrouwen van kleur en Moeder Aarde. Een verbinding die verloren was geraakt in tijden van o.a. gedwongen contractarbeid van Surinaams-Hindostaanse arbeidsters.

Data: 11-13 maart 2022
Locatie: Theater Zuidplein, Rotterdam
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Exposities en Talks
Op 8 maart 2022 wordt in samenwerking met het Sarnamihuis een gesprek tussen twee generaties Hindostaanse vrouwen georganiseerd met o.a. de oprichtsters van het feministische blad Ashanti o.l.v. Pravini Baboeram. Van 11 maart t/m 13 maart zijn in het verlengde van dit gesprek de exposities When we grow up van Kevita Junior en Ashanti van het Sarnámihuis te bezichtigen.

Datum: 8 maart 2022
Locatie: Theater Zuidplein, Rotterdam
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CLOUD Talks: Decolonization & Dance #2

The short documentary series by Aqueene Wilson “WHERE ARE THE BLACK BODIES DANCING?” was launched in 2021 as part of a fellowship at Kunstinstituut Melly. Since then this profound documentary unfortunately received very little attention in the Netherlands, especially the dance world remained silent. In the second edition of CLOUD Talks we will reflect on the creation process of this documentary series for the maker, talk more about the spaces where black bodies dance and look more into the decolonial movements (not) happening in the arts. You can read more about the documentary and the maker below.

Date: 6 March 2022
Time: 20:00
Facebook live event

WHERE ARE THE BLACK BODIES DANCING is a two-part online series that should be seen as a research come to life. Through a visual collection of conversations, performances, and art we question the current racial landscape in contemporary dance, while actively creating space for black bodies. As we live in a time where activism is primal, oppressive structures in dance need to be highlighted. Therefore, we start the series by revealing complex truths like institutional norms, tokenism, and othering. This entire body of work can be seen as a form of counter storytelling, as extremely praised concepts like diversity and equality are contradicted by Christian Yav, Junadry Leocaria, Dalton Jansen, and Chanel Vyent. Through moments of vulnerability, we ask them what it means to be a black body in a white institute. More so, what are the issues behind contemporary diversity? And how do they actively create space for others or themselves?

Aqueene Wilson (Curacao, 1995) is curator, multidiscpilinair artist, autodidacte fotograaf en Caribisch kind. Met het menselijk lichaam als haar meest voorkomende onderwerp en haar achtergrond in dans,  staat ze voornamelijk bekend om het documenteren van het (gekleurde) lichaam door een kwetsbare lens.

About CLOUD TALKS: Decolonization & Dance
Damani Leidsman and Fazle Shairmahomed have conversations with different people from the dance world from a decolonial perspective. They will talk about taboos, hybrid dance, transgressive behavior, the value of categorizing dance in boxes such as ‘amateur and professional’, ‘contemporary and urban’, from underground dance to dance in theaters, museums and beyond… How does dance move now, then, and very soon?The language in which they will speak and move will be a surprise each time, but it will be hybrid in particular! Let’s discover together how we can keep having dialogues!
Read more about CLOUD Talks

BRIDGING | RESIDENCY | IVAN COOK

06-19 December 2021

Presentation

18 December 13:00 – 13:30 & 15:00 – 15:30

A look at the thin line walked between stability and utter insanity.

How the mind and body copes with forced timeouts, everyday living and the need for purpose.

Bridging plays with memorizing forms of music performed by Nikos Charalambous , dancer Ivan Cook explores the depth of extreme physicality and mental despair, through theater and acrobatic dance.

Donation based. Reservation & Covid pass required.

Reservations via: www.cookmovementpractice.online/event

SHOW OFF

After many months of restriction due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Karine Guizzo felt a strong urge to play again – to create and explore new forms and styles of theater.Especially aimed at an adult audience, this tragicomic dance experiment plays with hints of burlesque eroticism and contemporary dance .It is freely inspired by the story of Ovid’s Metamorphoses.Narcissus is represented by two dancers, Lorenzo Capodieci and Paolo Yao. Echo, portrayed by Christie Lou Partelow, is in love with Narcissus but is rejected by him.
The project consists of a few weeks of research in the Cloud@Danslab and 5 presentations for a limited number of audience.
The duration of this studio presentation is less than one hour.
We hope you will come to share this fun and one-off experience with us ! 
Infos and (compulsory) seats  reservations:https://show-off.me/

COSMIC CATERPILLARS

Lecture Performance by Lili Ullrich

Sunday 21 November 2021 at 16:00

In this lecture performance Lili Ullrich will share her research on the Knowing Body, institutional trauma and the Collective Unconscious. During her residency at CLOUD she worked on the performance Kosmische Raupe, in which she translated these topics into a collage of acting, physical theatre, contemporary poetry & sound. You can expect a magical journey into the subconscious mind and mystery of the body. 

We are looking forward to see you then, the space will be open 15 minutes in advance.

picture by Pilar Mata Dupont with a costume by Dragadina and Rico Dyks

New Class: Restorative Pilates

Unfortunately due to too few sign ups this class has been canceled for now .

We’re super excited to have Sophie joining our amazing teacher’s team.

Restorative Pilates
Mondays 18:30-19:30

“In this class I believe it is important to give you the freedom to explore the movement potential of your body. My classes are based on the Pilates method with influences from other movement practices built in to keep it fun, creative and to explore the possibilities of taking your joints through different ranges of motion. 

My focus is on addressing everyday aches and pains. By working together, we can hopefully facilitate more freedom of movement.”
– Sophie Gills

Classes will be in English. Please bring your own mat and head cushion or towel.

Introduction classes 16th and 30th August, 6th and 13th September.

Terms of classes start on October 11th 2021.

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Prices

Single class €13

Block bookings (typically 5 weeks) €12 per class

Please pre-register for class – I will send out an enrollment form asking for a brief medical history so I can target the exercises to you and your needs as best I can.

Private sessions are also available from 60 euros.  Please contact Sophie for availability.

Antenatal class coming soon.

Please contact Sophie to register your interest: sophierigge@hotmail.com

co-existence residency | Bushra Arbawi & Joana Cuiko

ONLINE Presentation Tuesday, 26 January 2021, 15:00 – 17:00.
See also the Facebook event

In the first two weeks of the year, Bushra Arbawi and Joana Cuiko have been working at CLOUD/danslab studio. We are looking forward to welcoming you on our first (online) presentation of 2021.

We are exploring our relations to interconnectivity, questioning who we are as a matter and how our surrounding re/shapes us.
How do we connect with each other?
Western culture raises us with an ideal of independent individuals that can choose to be who we want to be.

How do we approach this ideal of such a culture in an inherently interdependent environment? 

The walk is a continuous fall into a space that is held by gravity.

We are busy, trying to get under each other’s skin. Is this our craving for connection or our hunger for power and control? What do we try to control?

Ideologies and images that are created as we interact hold us in a web that is imagined and at the same time is real.
This web is visible in a dance.
What drives our connectedness? What connects us can separate us as well.

“Is there something behind these gossamer-threads?
What does the body in space teaches us about these mechanisms? 


STEP OUT OF THE STORY residency | Eva Bergerová

Residency Dance/Movement Theater in CLOUD/Danslab

Call for performers, dancers and actors

by Eva Bergerová

This is a call to professional/student dancers, performers or actors, who are open to an experiment and are capable of conscious alteration of emotion and most importantly who are willing to venture on the journey into their own body and mind. An important part is also the ability to improvise.

“For me, the most important in art is the personal message and expression, authenticity and the willingness to dig deeper in yourself and bring that out.”

There is a ´theater method called STEP OUT OF THE STORY and I am very much looking forward to develop this method with other inspiring artists together.

* RESIDENCY HAS TWO PARTS

~ First part: Workshop introduction the theater method ´Step out of the Story´. In this part, there is no commitment needed to continue. It is also possible to be present for a part of the time.

~ Second part: we continue with artists who fit the project and create a work in progress performance with the END SHOW on the 25th of July. The title of the performance is ´Mystery´, inspired by ancient Eleusinian Mysteries, there, where archaeologists say, European theater was born.

This residency is the first step to create a continuously working professional theater group.

Residency consist of the following: < First part: Introduction of the method ´Step out of the Story´

18, 19 July

< Second part: Creating work in progress performance – ´Mystery´

20., 21., 22., 23., 24, 25. July Time will be flexible. Around 5 hours per day.

Performance: 25th of July

About ´Step out of the Story´ method: Our resources are: < Theater/drama techniques (Grotowski, Stanislavski), < Conscious Dance techniques like 5Rhythms (search for an authentic emotion), Open Floor (building dramatic situation),

Movement Medicine (work with the energetic field of the partner and audience), Chinese Martial Arts (wushu – physical exercises). Rituals, searching for the roots of the theater. Personal dance or acting technique of every artist (contemporary dance, ballet, drama actor, performer)

We mix the unique techniques of performers into the blend of the story of performance. We will train you in some techniques according to the method ‘Step out of the Story’, but your own professionality will be the basis for your expression. S.O.S. is developing individual creativity and personal technique. We follow your qualities.

We work with personal engagement as well as the personal development of the performer/dancer/actor. In the performance, I direct, I do not choreograph. After we created the performance story, a part of the scenes are always improvised, but the structure of the performance story is fixed.

More about S.O.S.:
evabergerova.eu/who-am-i/step-out-of-the-story

Cost of the project is 40 €,- for the whole week

Eva’s website: www.evabergerova.eu

About Eva Bergerová

Eva is TheaterMaker from the Czech Republic. She is director, regisseur, dramaturgy, dancer/performer and translator.

Her background is in Drama theatre. She created and worked in two theatre companies in Ostrava. One is Divadlo Company.cz, which has its residency in Strašnické Divadlo and Divadlo Komedie in Prague. As the director, she directed Drama like Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, dramatizations of The Bee Valley and Sand Scythe, novel by Vladimír Körner Korner or Gustav Meyrink’s Golem. Eva also studied and worked in Poland. In Prague National Theatre she directed The Gray Mouse Opera by Petr Komár Soudek as a part of the cycle Banging at the Iron Curtain. 

Her last project in Prague was creating an experimental group called ‘Studio‘ Non-Comfortable Zone. This was a movement, dance and theatre project. In a period of two years the performance and a theater method was born, called ‘Step out of the Story’.

Eva is practicing martial arts, conscious dance, different meditation forms and self-development techniques for more than 20 years.

In the Netherlands, Eva is working as a freelance director, dancer and teacher (Delftse Maakweken – Calling of elements, Mooie Weer Spelen, Home Impro Performances), teaching martial arts and giving theatre and dance workshops. She teaches her weekly classes of embodied dance/meditation called Pure Dance and Ecstatic Dance.

On the theatre ground, Eva created and danced these performances f.e.: Warrior of the DanceKairos (Improvisation Ritual theatre) and Home Impro Stock. With amateurs, she directed these performances: Phoenix from the FireStardust, Flamingo Spirit and I am Paradise.  She also uses to work with live musicians.

Now, the longing for the next step and built professional continuously working theatre dance group is coming into reality and she is recently working on the performance Threemotions in Wolk Rotterdam.

Residency Charlene Galea

Short bio

“My work is aimed at creating a world in which I wish to live in. It reflects images and experiences through my everyday encounter of life and simple moments that we often forgot how beautiful existing is”. The most fundamental motivation is a desire for unity, simplicity and a sense of community. ‘Body, Society and Identity’ are my most common researched subjects and through the medium of photography, performance and human conversations I aim to create spaces of play and reflective thoughts in a world dominated by technology and mass media.

Project

We are living in a digital era where female flesh is more visible than ever. The online world of apps has given the opportunity for any woman to expose herself. It is not about celebrity culture anymore as anyone can become a star for a short moment. But does this mean that we are becoming more seen but less heard than ever before? Have we just become speechless bodies stuck inside an Instagram grid? Throughout 2019 I have disguised myself online in various Sexy personalities. My aim has not been to showcase my body but to address what being ‘Female’ is in a globalised digital world such as Instagram.

Images of sex appeal are present more than ever, whether it is someone drinking a smoothie or someone walking the dog or someone doing yoga there are constant sexy poses. We believe that we are liberated just because of our recognition in society and equal rights as women have moved forward and that sexual freedom in images are a sign for celebrating empowerment. Reality is that we have become more repressed, constantly thinking about our self-image, to modify, to clone, to appear as a decoration in the online world.

The meaning of being sexy has lost its aura, if ten years ago it was about going to work or meeting with friends or for a date with a partner and one was celebrating looking sexy as a special occasion, these days we are obsessed caught up in an image covered by filters and body modifying apps which very often completely alter the real us into a celebrity or influencer clone.

Workshop name ‘Living Dolls’

Question:
Who are we when no one is looking at us on social media?

Are we becoming more than ever alienated from our own sex inside the Instagram grid?

Can play, everyday objects and improvised actions help to recreate the staged sexy pose which is often cloned in advertising and social media?

When

1st February anytime from 15:00 to 20:00
2d February anytime from 13:00 to 18:00
8th February anytime from 13:00 to 20:00
9th February anytime from 13:00 to 18:00

At CLOUD danslab

Automatism and oceanic feeling | Dominique Baron-bonarjee

The title refers to Ocean Mudra Samadhi, the deepest level of collective consciousness according Buddhist philosopher Dogen Zenji (13th Ce.). This installation is the choreographic chapter following 18 months of research which began as participatory workshops with freelancers asking the question ‘ What do we know about free time?’. Thinking of activity, work and measure, I used wearable tech like fitness monitors, and commercial EEG headbands to measure to the point of absurdity and then to reflect on how the numbers correlate to the experience . During the residency I will be working with a DIY ‘wearable’ made of crocheted conductive thread alongside a commercial EEG headband. Small sensors pick up micro-movements of the body and relay them to a sound interface> Through these sensors I will create a ‘flow space’ where the sound composition can alter the viewer’s brain state as well. I will be developing choreography based on the movement research I did in the free time workshops as well as movement practices that work from the premise of non-intentional action. The concept of the work addresses: • Automatism in art history and how nonconscious modes of sense-making and inspiration are relevant to current developments in neurotechnology and science’s contemporary interest in consciousness due to advances in AI. • The commodification of inner and personal realms of experience in imperceptible processes of data extraction and manipulation through online shopping, social media, and ‘smart’ gadgets, what Shoshana Zuboff calls ‘surveillance capitalism’. • How the brain and bodily rhythms can be entrained through practices of meditation, contemplation and mindfulness, but also paradoxically through repetitive tasks that automate behaviour and responses: the flow state in psychology (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi). This is a state of effortlessness and timelessness while being involved in an activity. • The work takes some inspiration from carnival sound systems in creating a space for communal gathering where people can all move to a shared rhythm that has the potential to bring about group flow or trance.
I will test out structural elements that would allow the public to participate as dancers that create within the installation.
I wish to run a public-facing workshop to explore the choreography with local people, dancers and artists.

Presentation en research 23 November 2019 at 19:00 at CLOUD

Short bio

Dominique crafts an aquatic logic through embodied practices aimed at ‘swimming through’ the contemporary impasse. She borrows from Buddhist psychotechnologies for (re)awakening the sensorium to an expanded experience of the absolute present where bodies and things intermingle in a porous encounter of more-than-human eroticism. She works across choreography. installation, performance, film and writing to discover methods of sense-making as visceral and participatory rituals. Dominique is a research candidate in the Art Department at Goldsmiths University.Recent exhibitions and presentations: Chisenhale Dance Space (upcoming 09/2019); Tai Kwun Cultural Centre, Hong Kong;The Gallery, MARs Centre, Goldsmiths University; Tate Exchange.

www.dominiquebb.com

Photo credit: Still from ‘So Tired, the Sea …’ by Prof. Astrida Neimanis (made in collaboration with Dominique Baron-Bonarjee, Prof. Adriana Verges, and Siouxzi Connor). #bodiesofwater #liquidbodyworlds #wobbledynamics #exhausted #oceanicfeeling #hydrofeminism