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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: 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!

   

CREATIVE HUBS EXCHANGE

Usually, people come, watch something and then they leave.But in the 21st century they no longer want to watch something, they want to be part of something, make an experience.
Marina Abramović, 2016

 

Creative hubs exchange:
Do 14 September    18:15-20:00
Di  3 oktober               18:15-20:00  with Meyer-Chaffaud
Wo 11 Oktober          14:30-17:00 with Fazle Shairmahomed, Sophia Bulgakova, Aish Pagnes,
Vr  27 oktober            18:15-19:45 with Meyer-Chaffaud, Teun Vonk, Aron Birtalan and Natela Lemondhava

Do you want to be part of this exiting creative process?
sign up via
creative.hubs.exchange@gmail.com

With the start of this project we are engaging a dialogue  between the action and the audience and ultimately between the audience among itself. The project aims to provoke an esthetical art 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.

We 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.

HUBS IMMERSIVE festival
3 en 4 November 2017

www.hubsfestival.com

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!

Moving Lanscape | Presentation Ronald Bal

Uitnodiging | Invitation | Moving Landscape: presentation at Cloud/Danslab

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Moving Landscape

Datum: vrijdag 25 augustus 2017
Tijdstip: 20:00 uur
Locatie: Cloud/Danslab
DCR – De Constant Rebecqueplein 20b
2518 RA Den Haag

U bent van harte uitgenodigd bij de studio-presentatie Moving Landscape op vrijdag 25 augustus 2017, om 20:00 uur bij Cloud/Danslab.

Moving Landscape ontvouwt zich als multidisciplinair onderzoek naar het concept landschap in performance kunst. Kunstenaar Ronald Bal transformeert Cloud Danslab tot een hybride plek, waar performers uit verschillende disciplines (dans, circus en beeldende kunst), middels het lichaam antwoord zoeken rondom de verbeelding van het concept landschap. Het resultaat is een performance-installatie met sculpturale en abstracte dans die relaties aangaan met de schilderijen van Mondriaan.

In Moving Landscape zet Bal de relatie tussen de schilder- en performance kunst, figuratief en abstract, manipulatie en natuur op scherp. Door de zintuiglijke en denkbeeldige condities van de schilder Mondriaan voorop te stellen, ontstaat een speelruimte voor ontmoeting met verschillende artistieke disciplines.

De presentatie Moving Landscape is het eerste resultaat van Bal’s onderzoek naar het concept landschap en wordt in de komende maanden verder ontwikkeld als performance-installatie.

Performers en co-choreografie: Ralph Öllinger en Jorga Lok (circus artist), 黃祥昀 (hsiang-yun), Larysa Bauge (performance artist), Sonia Zini (danser) en James Hewitt (muzikant)

Kostuums: Aliki van der Kruijs
Filmmakers: Gemma Groot en Dorien Pfauth

Met dank aan: Hans Janssen, Judith Kadee, Jérôme Meyer, Fazle Shairmahomed


English version

You are cordially invited to the studio presentation Moving Landscape, on August 25, 2017 at 8 pm at Cloud/Danslab.

Moving landscape unfolds as a multidisciplinary research on the concept of landscape in performance art. Artist Ronald Bal transforms Cloud Danslab into a hybrid place, where performers from different disciplines (dance, circus, and visual arts), explore embodied responses to the imagination of the concept landscape. This results in a performance installation with a sculptural and abstract dance that relate to the paintings of Mondrian.

In Moving Landscape, Bal sharpens the relationship between painting and performance art, the figurative and the abstract, manipulation and nature. By emphasizing the sensory and imaginary conditions of the painter Mondrian, a playing field arises for an encounter between different artistic disciplines.

The presentation of Moving Landscape is the first result of Bal’s research on the concept of landscape and will be developed further in the coming months into a performance-installation.

Performers: Ralph Öllinger and Jorga Lok (circus artist), 黃祥昀 (hsiang-yun), Larysa Bauge (performance artist), Sonia Zini (dancer) and James Hewitt (musician)

Costumes: Aliki van der Kruijs
Filmmaker: Gemma Groot and Dorien Pfauth

Thanks to: Hans Janssen, Judith Kadee, Jérôme Meyer, Fazle Shairmahomed

Ronald Bal

www.ronaldbal.com

Moving Lanscape made possible by the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

Workshop Body Weather | Frank vd Ven & Astarti Athanasiadou

THIS WORKSHOP IS UNFORTUNATELY CANCELLED, BUT PLEASE CHECK OUT ANOTHER BODY WEATHER WORKSHOP END OF SEPTEMBER IN AMSTERDAM
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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 www.bodyweatheramsterdam.blogspot.com

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 http://astarti-athanasiadou.com/

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)gmail.com

BUTOH WORKSHOP NATSU NAKAJIMA | OCTOBER 2017

Organized in collaboration with Butoh Channel Berlin

18 – 22 October | 10:00-14:00 | €190 early bird
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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
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 cloud.danslab@gmail.com
With Subject Title: Registration Butoh Workshop
Payment details will be provided and registration confirmed when payment received on CLOUD/Danslab bank account.

Residence | Luis Odriozola | 16-29 July

Movement labs | 20 & 27 July 10:00 till 11:30 ( doors open 9:45) |5€

Presentation | 29 July | 20:30 ( doors open 20:15)

‘Johnny Horne’

Is a work that touches the Man’s smallness in the middle of the immensity, in the middle of the infinite possibilities of this world. It is solitude. It is an attempt to communicate and searching for answers that never come. It’s the need/impossibility to understand the world and make the world understand “you”. It’s the “pre” and “post” of the sonority. The before, the between and the after of the expression.

Using limits, impotence and frustration as generators of energy and starting points towards states. Thinking What a body and a voice are and what happens in them before they can articulate movements or words.

Asking what makes people unable to communicate normally? What are the facts that block our body and voice and don’t allow us to express ourselves freely.

How can we ensure that our education, culture, society and religion don’t influence any more our expressive and communicative barriers?

This performative/dance work has another layer that I am explaining below:

“Johnny Horne” is a solo creation in process emerged in the context of PEPCC 2015/16 (Forum Dança), Lisbon.

It has been assisted for now by Loic Touze, Vania Rovisco, Miguel Pereira, Paula Caspão and Britta Pudelko among others. But is in a new phase of restructuring and opening up new visions of inclusion of other elements (other artists, choreographic elements, etc.).

“So for me the project is at a new beginning where time becomes relative regarding to the date and place of premiere. It is in a moment of focus more in the process so as not to lose it due to the idea of show, as it happened before.”

“There is an interest for me in the process of understanding the questions explained in the previous short description of the project, and looking for answers through work/training and physical and vocal research. A process of removing layers and negations to find essences (authentic and natural movements and sounds), to work with them in the composition and transmission through performance or performative presence. It is a process in which working with the subconscious can become very important.”

About the artist:

Luis Odriozola graduated in Dramatic Art in the specialty of textual interpretation in the Higher School of Dramatic Art (ESAD) of Cordoba, having also studied Social Education at the University of Granada.

During 2015 he assisted as an external student to the technique classes in the CAD (Andalusian Center of Dance) in classical, modern and contemporary dance.
He completed the formation of PEPCC, Forum Dança in 2015-2016 and currently participates in the formation of PEPCC-C 2017.

With experience in folk dances of Europe and traditional dances of the world, he learns as well clown techniques, improvisation and African and corporal percussion. He has an interest in photography.

Movement Labs: 

A warming up focussed on the physical and voice practice Luis uses as a base in  ‘Johnny Horne’ . It will be lead according to the necessities of the rehearsal  of that day and the interest of the participants.

Klein technique, yoga, contemporary dance and traditional songs of different peoples of the world are part of the easy going training that searches to awake the body and place it in a different state of presence to work in creation and composition.

Residence | Performance artist Ronald Bal | 2 – 9 July

From 2 – 9 July at CLOUD Danslab

Ronald Bal graduated as a visual artist at ArtEZ Zwolle (the Netherlands) and was awarded with the ‘Best of graduates 2010’ exhibition at Gallery Ron Mandos in Amsterdam. His work is shown at diverse museums and project spaces, including museum CODA in Apeldoorn (2104-2015) 21 Rozendaal in Enschede  (2010), National Palace of Culture in Sofia (2016) and the Grimmuseum in Berlin (2013). In addition, Ronald Bal participated in various festivals and academic conferences, such as PAO 2015 in Oslo, Creature Live Art in Kaunas (2014), Venice International Performance Art Week in Venice (2016) and the academic conference ‘The politics of Performance and Play. Feminist Matters (Leiden University, 2016). From 2010 – 2016 Gallery Zerp in Rotterdam represented his work and showed his work in various exhibitions and art fairs. Ronald Bal also taught performance art at Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam and during PAS 2014 (Performance Art Studies) in Kaunas, Lithuania.

Characteristic for Ronald Bal is a multidisciplinary practice that integrates visual- and performance art through various methods of translation, such as choreography, sculpture, video and storytelling. In doing so he explores the language of movement, creates spaces to expose and elude systems of representation and mechanisms of subjectification, and aims to reformulate the relationship between the object and the subject.

www.ronaldbal.com

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

CLOUDPROMO

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]tilmanandris.com

Residence Natela Lemondzhava, Ingrid Lee, Nico Urban, Natali Blugerman, Ludmila Rodrigues, Ludic Collective

A group of Hague’s artists loosely related to the ArtScience Interfaculty, KABK, sketch a series of experiments at CLOUD Danslab this week.

During eight days, (25th May – 1st June), Natela Lemondzhava, Ingrid Lee, Nico Urban, Ludmila Rodrigues, Natali Blugerman, Ludic Collective will be working together for the first time.