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SOUL#2 engaging the performers

Jerome Meyer

Voltaire, the great enlightenment writer and philosopher, once said, “Nobody thinks of giving an immortal soul to a flea.” Now, nearly 300 years later, the mass of accumulated scientific evidence suggests we may have to. – Robert Lanza, M.D.

Creative hubs exchange:
23 June 19:00-21:00

SOUL#2  PERORMERs
Premiere April 2018 Den Haag Korzo theater

With the start of this project we are engaging a dialogue between an actor and a dancer, between the action and the audience and ultimately between the audience among itself. The project aims to provoke an esthetical dance experience, inspire and stimulate intellectual reflection about audience’s freedom and free will and raise question about identity and the act of engaging or not engaging in the course of an action .

With Meyer’s statement – the audience as active co-creator- the initial starting point claims that the audience members needs perspectives and tools within its own creativity to challenge its cognitive perception as a group and as individual.

With the session with the group we would like to engage a conversation about expectation from the audience member point of view and how the audience member would like to be engaged and challenged in a performance. We would like to formulate question like “Is the presence of the audience already sufficient to be a co-creator?” How as audience member I deal with my desire and fear during a performance? What makes ultimately a remarkable performance? This will be a very small moment of our research towards the production of this project but we are looking forwards to design this session in three phases: a small showing of material, engage interactive physicality with the group and conduct a conversation with the aim to gather ideas that could eventually be develop later in the process.

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: www.axissyllabus.org

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.

Presentation | 3X3Generations | June 10

CLOUD is proud to present the edition  of 3X3Generations #3
on June 10th at 20:00.
Please check our: Facebook event

Nine performers, three from each generation, from advanced amateurs to professional dancers are creating an open composition
This blind-date encounter start in the afternoon with a workshop.

LINE-UP: Elena Sgarbi, Josse Vessies, Fazle Shairmahomed, Bahar Farshchi, Jozef Sloots, Johan Wijlage, Elena Iachininoto, Rachel de Wolff and Alina Fejzo.

Moderator: Eline van Ark.

Doors open at 19:30 at DCR
Start at 20:00
Entrance fee € 5

Many thanks to Dansdrift and CLOUD/Danslab
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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.

Workshop

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: mreigtorres@gmail.com

 

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)
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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.

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

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.

ABOUT SURAYA HILAL
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.

REGISTRATION:

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: lmdegaspari@gmail.com
Subject title: Registration Hilal Dance Workshop

CANCELLATION POLICY
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

*OPEN LEVEL*
ABOUT SPIRAAL course

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.

REGISTRATION
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 cloud.danslab@gmail.com and you will receive the invoice with payment details.

ABOUT VALENTINA LACMANOVIC
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.
www.valentinalacmanovic.com

ABOUT FAZLE SHAIRMAHOMED
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.

Residency|Secret Fiction Lab| Aron Birtalan

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Secret Fiction Lab | Winter 2017

a series of 2-3 hours sessions

between 27th Jan and 4th Feb 2017 – CLOUD/Danslab, Den Haag

info, schedule and signup – secretfiction.eu

Starting from 2017, Secret Fiction Lab is inviting participants to engage in sessions, where get to explore different realities, fictional scenarios and situations in a safe and playful environment, that is created by us and exists only for us.
Elements of performing arts, movement practices, games and role playing are implemented in the everyday, and through that, transforming its reality.
We play games, try out exercises, play out small rituals. After the session we collect, and share our experiences with each other.
Each session is tailored to accommodate newcomers, so you can join anytime you like!

If you like playing, moving around in a room with others, and/or interested in a largely unexplored territory between rituals, art and the everyday, this is the place for you!

Schedule, Sign Up an F.A.Q. on secretfiction.eu
RSVP via: www.facebook.com/events/112511509247583

Workshop | March 2 | Tactile Enunciations. Rhythm and Reading | Emilie Gallier, Teoma Naccarato

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Workshop, Thursday March 2, 5pm 7pm
Suggested contribution €10, everyone welcome, register
The workshop is a moment of sharing within the residency of Emilie Gallier and Teoma Naccaroto.

Two rivers spill into each other. Each body of water has a unique rhythm, temperature, and composition, so the process of mixing is gradual and dynamic. Confluence involves collision, resistance, and mediation – in context.  We explore confluences across analog and digital materialities, through tactile gazing and listening between partners, and with objects. Using stethoscopes and transducers, we play with how sounds from the body and environment can be (re)materialized and (re)distributed as haptic feedback in the surfaces of paper and skin.  We share practices that involve breathing and sensorial exercises as a way to tune the act of reading into  a tactile activity.  As we listen and read, the channels of confluence multiply and overflow, leading us to examine moments of dissonance and interruption within collective practice and creation.

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Teoma J. Naccarato (Montréal, Canada / London, UK) is a choreographer and interdisciplinary arts researcher. Through her collaborative creations for stage and installation, she explores the appropriation of surveillance and biomedical technologies in contemporary dance and performance. Her work proposes promiscuous encounters between participants, human and nonhuman, to provoke intimacy, vulnerability, and uncertainty. She has shared choreography internationally, with recent presentations of Experience #1167, Synchronism, and X. Naccarato has an MFA in Dance from the Ohio State University, and is presently pursuing a practice-based PhD at the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) at Coventry University. http://www.naccarato.org/dance

Emilie Gallier is a French choreographer ( PØST Cie) and a researcher (C-DaRE Coventry University) living in Leiden (NL). Her work shows recurring subjects of imagination, sensation and thought. She uses the writing of movement and the movement of reading (scores and choreographic objects) to research relation within theatre, probing exchanges between spectators. Her dance performances on stage and on paper, her lectures and workshops are presented in The Netherlands and Europe. Since 2016, PhD Candidate in Coventry, she graduated in 2012 from the Master of Choreography at ArtEZ (Arnhem). Before that she attended the program Transforme with Myriam Gourfink and learned Laban kinetography at the Conservatoire de Paris. As part of her practice, Emilie Gallier writes, edits, teaches, performs, collaborates (Rosie Heinrich, Tilman Andris, Clémence Coconnier), works as a mentor, a lecturer, member of the artists-run cultural space CLOUD in The Hague. Current projects include Trouble Wit and Read. Move. Implicated. http://www.post-cie.com

Residency| Confluences: Experiments in Rhythms and Reading | Emilie Gallier, Teoma Naccarato

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Residency from February 27 – March 5 + Workshop on Thursday March 2, 5pm 7pm

Two rivers spill into each other. Each body of water has a unique rhythm, temperature, and composition, so the process of mixing is gradual and dynamic. Confluence involves collision, resistance, and mediation – in context.  During our residency at Cloud, we will explore confluences across analog and digital materialities, through tactile gazing and listening between partners, and with objects. Using stethoscopes and transducers, we will play with how sounds from the body and environment can be (re)materialized and (re)distributed as haptic feedback in the surfaces of paper and skin.  We share practices that involve breathing and sensorial exercises as a way to tune the act of reading into  a tactile activity.  Additionally, we engage in experiential modes of writing (sensorial writing, the text as body, the sensing body reading, drawing, and writing), and experimental reading (play with visual range, reading to each other, reading and dreaming). As we listen and read, the channels of confluence multiply and overflow, leading us to examine moments of dissonance and interruption within collective practice and creation.

Key interests: Rhythm, Attending the imagination of others, Listening, Reading, Dreaming, Materialities, Analog-Digital.

Bios

Teoma J. Naccarato (Montréal, Canada / London, UK) is a choreographer and interdisciplinary arts researcher. Through her collaborative creations for stage and installation, she explores the appropriation of surveillance and biomedical technologies in contemporary dance and performance. Her work proposes promiscuous encounters between participants, human and nonhuman, to provoke intimacy, vulnerability, and uncertainty. She has shared choreography internationally, with recent presentations of Experience #1167, Synchronism, and X. Naccarato has an MFA in Dance from the Ohio State University, and is presently pursuing a practice-based PhD at the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) at Coventry University. www.naccarato.org/dance

Emilie Gallier is a French choreographer ( PØST Cie) and a researcher (C-DaRE Coventry University) living in Leiden (NL). Her work shows recurring subjects of imagination, sensation and thought. She uses the writing of movement and the movement of reading (scores and choreographic objects) to research relation within theater, probing exchanges between spectators. Her dance performances on stage and on paper, her lectures and workshops are presented in The Netherlands and Europe. Since 2016, PhD Candidate in Coventry, she graduated in 2012 from the Master of Choreography at ArtEZ (Arnhem). Before that she attended the program Transforme with Myriam Gourfink and learned Laban kinetography at the Conservatoire de Paris. As part of her practice, Emilie Gallier writes, edits, teaches, performs, collaborates (Rosie Heinrich, Tilman Andris, Clémence Coconnier), works as a mentor, a lecturer, member of the artists-run cultural space CLOUD in The Hague. Current projects include Trouble Wit and Read. Move. Implicated. www.post-cie.com

Workshop | Relational Listening, with the Heart | Naccarato & MacCallum

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Workshop: February 26, 2017 from 2pm to 5pm
Suggested contribution €20
Register by email.
The workshop is a moment of sharing within the residency of Teoma Naccaroto and John MacCallum. Read more here.

This workshop explores listening techniques between performers, in scenarios mediated by biosensors and biofeedback. Together, we will investigate a seemingly simple task: listening to and relating with a click-track.  At times the click track will be generated by computer software, while in other moments the pulse will be derived in real-time from an electrocardiogram, worn by a dancer. As performers your challenge is not to follow, nor to anticipate the pulse. Instead, we ask that you attend to your unstable temporal relationship with the click track, such that you have agency to assemble and adapt the rhythmic textures that emerge between your actions and the media. This training process is highly structured and repetitive, and involves breathing, shifting weight, and eventually performing choreographic and musical scores in relation with the variable click track.

Bios

Teoma J. Naccarato (Montréal, Canada / London, UK) is a choreographer and interdisciplinary arts researcher. Through her collaborative creations for stage and installation, she explores the appropriation of surveillance and biomedical technologies in contemporary dance and performance. Her work proposes promiscuous encounters between participants, human and nonhuman, to provoke intimacy, vulnerability, and uncertainty. She has shared choreography internationally, with recent presentations of Experience #1167, Synchronism, and X.  Naccarato has an MFA in Dance from the Ohio State University, and is presently pursuing a practice-based PhD at the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) at Coventry University. www.naccarato.org/dance

John MacCallum (Oakland, USA / Paris, France) is a composer based, since 2004, in Oakland, California. His work is heavily reliant on technology both as a compositional tool and as an integral aspect of performance. His works often employ carefully constrained algorithms that are allowed to evolve differently and yet predictably each time they are performed. MacCallum studied at the University of the Pacific (B.M.), McGill University (M.M.), and UC Berkeley (Ph.D., Music Composition), following which he was awarded a postdoc for several years at the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT). Currently, MacCallum is a postdoctoral researcher with the Extreme Interaction (EX-SITU) research team at Inria Saclay/Université Paris-Sud/CNRS. Visit: john-maccallum.com