Dr. Alkis Raftis, President of the International Dance Council at UNESCO, visited CLOUD on October 10th. This was part of a major visit to The Netherlands, he performed, between 09-13 October, to obtain a picture of the dance scenario in the country and to propose international cooperation.
Everyone was invited and many people took the opportunity to represent dance in Holland.
The visit of Dr. Alkis Raftis was organized by Laura Maria De Gaspari, Member of the International Dance Council (CID), the official umbrella organization for all forms of dance in all countries of the world. CID is recognized by UNESCO, national and local governments, international organizations and institutions. It brings together the most important international, national and local organizations, as well as select individuals active in dance. It is a non-governmental organization founded in 1973 within the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, where it is based.
Too often we ignore dreams. As if our awake reality would completely delete what happened during the dream state. Why does it have to be over when we wake up?
We invite you to a day where our main focus are dreams. We will explore them and make music with them and with your help. If you are a dreamer, either during the day or during the night, this is the right place to be. Read more.
Cloud@danslab, The Hague
De Constant Rebecqueplein 20b,
Once a month, you have the chance to move and groove at CLOUD Studio! It’s show time. It’s work out. It’s the best hang out in town! It’s CLOUD Club!
Come on show off your dance skills!
The forth edition (on September 20th) was hosted by the awesomeDamaniLeidsman, who gave a warm-up of 45 minutes, a journey through many faces of Africa, driving flow, communication, rhythm, grounding, and most of all, a lot of fun!
We continued the evening vibrating freely on varied music styles.
Het latijnse woord ‘persona’ betekent masker. het woord ‘persoon’ is hiervan afgeleid en betreft de totale bepaling van het zelf ten aanzien van de andere. in dat licht zo zou je kunnen zeggen: dat wat je van iemand ziet, is datgene wat hem ook in weze verbergt. dit dilemma leidt mij tot de essentiele en wellicht beladen vraag: wie is zichtbaar? wie is verborgen?
mijn fascinatie om te tonen en te verbergen wil ik vorm geven in een korte solo.
de zichtbaarheid van de ‘persoon’ wil ik onderzoeken door ermee te spelen. om dit te kunnen wil ik ook het ‘kijken’ te onderzoeken. de performance spreekt op een intrinsieke manier het kijken aan met de vraag hoe je eigenlijk kijkt naar de ander. want de vraag wie ben ik? kun je op talloze manieren vragen. wie vraagt? en in de context van performance: wie kijkt?
Het performen aan zich levert voor mij een interessante vraag op. omdat er iemand is die iets toont en de hoedanigheid van degene die performt allesbepalend is. de vorm van DAT lichaam, de uitdrukkig op DIT gezicht. het vertelt het verhaal. is dus medium en inhoud tegelijk. toen ik 10 jaar was voelde mijn lichaam als een soort gevangenis: de hoedagigheid hoe ik nou precies eruit zie, mijn stem, mijn gezicht: ik weet nog precies mijn gewaarwoording: zo woord je gezien. zo word je geïnterpreteerd en zo word je ook in een hokje geplaatst…nu ik bijna 40 ben is mijn perceptie over mezelf minder nauw, omdat ik niet meer op dezelfde urgente manier hecht aan mijn uiterlijk vertoon, mijn ‘persoon’. ik identificeer mij niet meer uitsluitend met mijn lichaam of persoon. dit hechten aan het zelfbeeld en onthechten ervan vind ik een zeer interessant gegeven.
Anja Reinhardt vormt samen met Yuri Bongers het makersduo Vloeistof.
Hun werk geeft je als toeschouwer net een andere invalshoek op wat je ziet. Met een frisse blik brengen ze dans-concepten waarin de beleving een essentiële rol speelt. Je kijkt niet naar een vooraf geconstrueerd eindproduct, jouw ervaring en kijkgedrag creëren tevens de inhoud van de voorstelling.
*Made in Holland*
Jack Gallagher and Eline van Ark are working on a solo. It is about dismantling all the shoulds in dance making and instead activating the performative pallet that they both bring with them every day into every process.
This Sunday they present the result of phase II:
6 pieces of music, 6 different genres, 18 pillows and a black suit.
Sunday 13 April, 18:30 CLOUD studio
Come and see refreshing combinations of dance stuff that doesn’t belong together. Not as a hodge podge, but as a fusion and an evolution.
Of course we’re looking for quality here, so we made some rules:
> No original steps
> No original production designs
> No illusions of Grandeur about the piece and it’s future
> No nudity
> No seduction of the audience
> No selling of sex
> No suspending disbelief
> No pretentions about a special crowd with a special gaze
> Art as crowd pleaser but in ways they least expect it…
> It will be intellectual accidentally
> Play the situation from inside out
> Gender is not performed but embedded in the gaze of the audience
Because in the end, that’s what CLOUD is for, to try weird things :)
We’re setting up a research sharing in CLOUD, on the 2nd of March, at 18:00.
Together we want to dive into our current interests: what keeps us dance/performance/movement-makers and researchers of today awake? What interests us? What are we looking for and what strategies do we find to get there?
Departing from our individual projects and interests, we seek a common ground – and with that a good basis to share and exchange about our explorations, discoveries and methods.
For this gathering we’ll keep it open and personal, depending on the direction that our discussion takes, we could experiment in the studio, make some charts and word clouds, watch a video or just keep on talking :)
If you’re interested in coming, bring some food to share, so together we can make a nice meal and let the cooking be a preparation of thoughts as well.
Let us know if you come, and as a preparation send us a topic you are interested in, together with a (preferable short) video that illustrates the problem/journey/quest/theme you’re busy with.
Every week we have open classes offered by practitioners and choreographers from diverse techniques.
6, 13, 20, 27 March these classes will be taught by Marta Reig Torres
***Attention!! From now on our Wednesday morning class will happen on Thursday morning!! Same time as you are used to, 10:30-12:00***
The class will start by bringing the attention into the body awareness, offering tools and guidance in order to engage with oneself and from the place where movement is originated. We will explore the dancing body as a physical, thoughtful, intelligent, perceptive, emotional, playful, imaginative body.
In the second part of the class all these experiences will be taken into a clear context and the compositional aspects of space and time.
Marta Reig Torres is a choreographer, dancer and teacher who has been living and working in The Netherlands since 1988. She has a Master’s Degree in Choreography and Techniques in Dance Interpretation from the Conservatorio Superior de Danza de Valencia, Spain. She has danced as a freelancer 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).
Marta is following for many years the teachings of Julyen Hamilton and integrates his approach and knowledge with her own experiences in a personal way.
She is a guest choreographer and teacher at Codarts, Rotterdamse Dansacademie and she teach companies classes in Scapino Ballet and Conny Janssen Danst in Rotterdam. In addition, she is coaching the final year students at ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Arnhem.
At present she is working as a choreographer. Her independent 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 as one of the most outstanding choreographies of the dance season in The Netherlands and it was chosen for the Dansclick, the Serie Nieuwe Theatermakers, and in Spain by the “Red de Teatros Alternativos” with extended tours.
From 10:30 – 12:00
€7,- per class
Open for dance lovers who have some movement experience
CLOUD@Danslab, De Constant Rebecqueplein 20b, Den Haag
Sharing of the research: Thursday 27 feb. @ 6:30 pm
by Idan Sharabi & Dancers
Choreography & Soundtrack: Idan Sharabi
Music: Byetone, Joni Mitchell, F. Chopin, Interviews by Sharabi.
Dancers: Rachel Patrice Fallon, Dor Mamalia, Ema Yuasa & Idan Sharabi.
For the past three years I have been exploring the concept of home in my choreographic work.
This word has always had deep emotional connotations for me. Recently, I was curious to find out more about other people’s views, so I started interviewing some friends of mine. The interview began with the questions: What is home for you? Where are you from? Where do you live? Do you feel at home now? All interviews interpreted home as different things, creating opportunities to discuss broad concepts such as origin, identity, society, body and more. It became clear to me that people perceived themselves as the reflection of their homes; their language, family, occupation, possession, injuries, love, etc. Eventually, when starting my creation process with Dor, Ema and Rachel, I felt the need to find a new home for all four of us.
“Makom” in Hebrew means a place.
We started by looking for a common place and we ended up here, today.
a little preview of their research work in CLOUD:
Idan Sharabi & Dancers was founded by Sharabi in fall 2012.
In Aug. 10′, Sharabi created “Home”, which was the first step in getting the group together. Two years later, he created “Joni Solos Series” which was immediately invited by ilDance to tour Sweden. Then the group was invited to perform a full evening “3Works”, in Suzanne Dellal Center, Tel aviv, in April 13′. The following August the group was invited to perform it again in The Macholohet Summer Dance Festival 13′. Following these shows, they were invited by The Danish Dance Theater to perform “Adar” in The Copenhagen Summer Dance Festival, Denmark. The next fall Sharabi & Dancers were supported by The Israel Festival and Israel Ministry of Culture to premier “Nishbar” as a part of Curtain Up in Suzanne Dellal, Tel Aviv and right after were chosen to participate in The International Exposure Festival 13′.
Idan Sharabi was born in Israel, 1984. He graduated Thelma Yellin and The Juilliard School before he danced in Netherlands Dans Theater and Batsheva Dance Company. He was chosen to create for NDT Upcoming Choreographers 10′ and has won The Zeraspe Award 06′, Copenhagen International Choreography Competition 12′, and The Mahol Shalem International Competition 13′. Between 2011-13 he created for “TheProject” of The Israeli Opera House, KCDC, The Israel Ballet, Ballet Junior de Geneve, NND, ZDT, and EBBC. Last season, Sharabi was chosen to be one of the 9 promising young artists of Israel by American Express and founded his group ‘Idan Sharabi & Dancers’ in Sep. 12′.
Idan Sharabi has been supported by American Express TYP Project, The Ministry of Culture, The Israel Festival, Suzanne Dellal, Bikurey Ha-Itim, The AICF, The Israeli Opera House, The Juilliard School Donors and a donor of The Dance Library of Israel Organization
Dor Mamlia was born in Israel, 1985.
Dor is the 2013 Israeli Minister of Culture Prize winner for ‘Best Cast Performance’, and the winner of ZOA scholarship for young artists in 2006. He started his training in The KCDC Workshop Institute, before joining KCDC. After he joined Fresko Dance Company and ‘TheProject’ of The Israeli Opera House. There he danced pieces by William Forsythe , Jacopo Godani, Emanuel Gat and Idan Sharabi. Then he joined Vertigo Dance Company and freelanced with Sharabi. A year later, he joined ‘Idan Sharabi & Dancers’, and ever since he has been performing with the group and teaching Sharabi Workshops in Europe. Dor has also worked with Barak Marshel, Saar Magal ,Karl Schreiner and Keren Rosenberg.
Ema Yuasa was born in Japan, 1983.
Ema started dancing in Ikemoto Ballet School, in Hiroshima, before she entered The ‘Académie de Danse Classique – Princesse Grace’, in Monaco. Upon her graduation, she joined Dresden Ballet and later joined Ballet de l’Opéra de Nice. After she joined Nederlands Dans Theater where she met Sharabi. In 10′, She joined ‘Idan Sharabi & Dancers’, dancing ‘Home’ in Suzanne Dellal Center, Tel aviv, Israel.
Rachel P. Fallon was born in the U.S, 1990. Post graduation from the Lines Ballet Training Program, she went on to dance for companies such as Tiny Pistol, Sidra Bell Dance New York and Zhukov Dance Theater. She is currently freelancing with Loni Landon Dance Projects, Bryan Arias and Idan Sharabi and Dancers.
We’d like to thank The CLOUD Den Haag, Tami Weiss, and Mary Louise Albert for granting us the opportunity and making this possible.
Sharing of the research: Sunday 9 February at 18:00
Voor het dans onderzoek naar gelijkheid op de werkvloer heeft Joop Oonk, Mathilde Dirkzwager uitgenodigd om een twee weken samen te dansen.
Mathilde is 16, houdt ontzettend veel van dansen en heeft Down Syndroom. Door verschil in geestelijk vermogen en danstraining ontstaat er al snel ongelijkheid,
maar hoe kan deze ongelijkheid voorkomen worden. Hoe gaan we beginnen?
Mathilde en Joop zijn de afgelopen week druk bezig geweest met het verkennen van de ruimte, het lichaam en elkaars lichaam. Voor Mathilde is dit werkproces compleet nieuw. Ze heeft wel op dansles gezeten en klassiek ballet, maar daar ging de les vaak over het kopieren van de juf en meedoen. Nu wordt er verwacht dat ze zelf mee denkt en ook dingen onthoudt. Het is moeilijk en vergt veel energie, maar er is niets dat ze niet kan.
Gestructureerde improvisatie opdrachten en controle geven tot nu toe de basis van de choreografie. Vanuit interesse gebieden en herkenbare thema’s zoals ‘de zee’, ‘de wind’ en ‘spiegelen’ zijn we in verschillende bewegingen en bewegings dynamieken gekropen. Door elke dag een klein stapje verder te gaan durven Mathilde en ik samen steeds meer.
Next two weeks from the 21 January – 1 February Aïda Guirro is doing a research process in CLOUD. She is happy to be accompanied by the dancers Michael Wälti and Inbal Abir and the musician Arvind Ganga. During this week they will be teaching dance and movement in Cloud studio in the afternoons and welcome people to join their classes and explore with them. Michael Wälti teaches martial arts- impro class. Inbal Abir and Aïda Guirro contemporary.
In the world of the wisher, he will meet his God and his mind
When we think about wishes, we tend to relate them to fairy tales, kids matters or naive subjects.
I look for ways to recognize our behavior in relation to wishing and having goals. How do we achieve a wish? How do we act when we really want something or not?
Goals, there are different kinds depending on society, personal development, culture influence, etc. Depending on the situation we are in, specific wishes will be brought to light.
Either way, they are there waiting for us to be heard.
We researched into questions like:
How can we know about our wishes?
What is listening to them?
How intense can wishing become?
Is there a separation between thoughts and the wishing person?
Do thoughts relate in conflict or with harmony?
During two weeks we have dived into the wishes world. That was just the beginning of a research which has the potential to develop in many different directions. I am glad I can research along my daily life about it, that’s what is about.
Outcome PRESENTATION 31/1, of their two weeks research at 19:00 in CLOUD. You are welcome to watch and feedback us!!