Contemporary Cuban dance is big, rhythmical, powerful, flexible and full of passion. Undulating movements from Cuban folklore are combined with flow, grounding and conscious use of breath. This creates a Modern style in which Afro-Cuban hip and back movements are fused with flowing turns and powerful jumps.
The workshop by Faizah Grootens was on Sunday, 30th November, from 14:00-16:00.
Faizah studied at the Amsterdam School of the Arts, and went to Havana’s University of Arts to specialize in Cuban Contemporary dance. She also trained with the internationally renowned dance company “Havana Rakatan.” Faizah has worked as a dance teacher at the Amsterdam School of the Arts, the Arts and Entertainment College Amsterdam, University of the Arts in Havana, Cuba and various schools in the Netherlands and abroad. Faizah has performed as an actor and dancer in a variety of projects and companies including Laleget Danza (Mexico), ISADANZA (Cuba), Harlekijn Danstheater with Herman van Veen for “Man Go,” “Cremat,” and “Blackout.”
In the Contemporary Cuban dance workshop you will learn how to use your full range of motion while still remaining strong and in control of your body. You’ll feel the energy and dance with your whole body: Hips, butt, arms, back, head…. EVERYTHING MOVES!!
Workshop: Contemporary Cuban Dance Location: CLOUD, De Constant Rebecqueplein 20b, The Hague Date and time: Sunday 30 November from 14:00 – 16:00 Price: €15
In November we will host Kenneth Flak and Külli Roosna among others from Korzo Productions. They will be developing: The Wild Places, a trilogy performance on humanity’s relationship to an environment in a deep crisis. They will be working with a Lithuanian dancer Petras Lisauskas, the Swedish light designer Thomas Dotzler and English composer Joseph Hyde. Embodying chaos, complexity and interdependent systems, using cutting-edge performance technologies. The first part ‘Mountain’ will be premiered in the CaDance festival 6-7 February 2015.
The works are inspired by Norwegian philosopher Arne Næss’ deep ecology as well as James Lovelock’s Gaia hypothesis, a theoretical framework that is investigated, questioned and translated into artistic praxis in three different performances: Mountain, City and Body. The pieces will premiere in the period 2015-2017,
According to Næss and Lovelock we can no longer consider the world a bottomless resource we can freely tap without consequences. The survival of all parts of an ecosystem depends on the overall health of the whole. Humanity has, due to its intelligence and capacity for planning and reflections, a special responsibility to take care of nature. Næss believed that this responsibility is not necessarily limiting, but will lead to individuals identifying themselves with the environment and all living beings. From a small, limited ego grows a large, inclusive self. According to Næss this leads to a richer life: If I identify with others and the nature surrounding me, I partake directly in the greatness of nature.
It seems, unfortunately, very difficult for humanity to take this responsibility, or even to agree that there is a problem. This suggests that the issue is very complex, with few clear-cut and simple answers. These complexities are taken into account when creating performance spaces that function as ecosystems in their own right, where light, sound, video, movement and audience interact and influence each other, giving the audience direct experiences of collaboration, competition, parasitism and all the other elements that make up our weird and wonderful world.
Wild Places : : MOUNTAIN
The first performance of the trilogy is Wild Places : : MOUNTAIN. During an extended rehearsal period in the Norwegian mountains, the three performers and the light designer immerse themselves in the highlands, using the experiences of a wild, often brutal nature to inform the work. The piece brings an echo of the mountain to the stage: an extreme no-mans land, a place of harsh beauty and desolation where a human being is completely at the mercy of the forces of nature. This is realized through a complex system of interdependent choreography, music, visuals and light. The interactive technology to make this possible is designed by composer Joseph Hyde in close collaboration with the choreographers and light designer Thomas Dotzler.
Supported by The Norwegian Arts Council, Fund for Sound and Image (Norway), Dutch Ministry of Culture and Education.
Produced by Korzo productions, co-produced by Sõltumatu Tantsu Ühendus.
Based on the physical system developed and created by choreographer Edan Gorlicki and the dancer Mayke van Kruchten, the ‘Body Language’ workshop leads up to the creation of performance-installation ‘Body Language’.
Location: CLOUD Studio, Den Haag When: 15/11/2014 from 12:00 to 16:30 (with a 30 minute lunch break) Costs:€ 35
The ‘Body Language’ physical system is the second part of an ongoing study on power and control. The goal while creating the system was to try to give the body full control of what the body does and then to discover the bodies choices. To find this out, Edan, together with Mayke, searched for a way to minimize or even eliminate mental judgement, choices and creativity from the movement vocabulary; giving power to the body. This way everything the body does would come from the body itself and not from a mental command; An impossible task perhaps, none the less, an interesting one.
This workshop will take you through the steps of this physical system and lead you through a path of letting go mentally, discovering your body’s physicality.
How do we do that:
First we will limit our physical possibilities to a very minimal range, challenging your mind to the maximum. Once we have practiced that and become more comfortable with the limitations, we will start to delayer the rules; opening up the possibilities within the structure. Eventually, giving the body full freedom of moving possibilities but maintaining the concentration level of listening and discovering as things happen.
Finally, you will experience a very active physical experience of movement fully choreographed by your own body, taking you on a fascinating journey and leading you to places and situations you would otherwise not bring yourself to.
About Edan Gorlicki Born in Haifa, Israel, Edan Gorlicki is a choreographer, teacher and movement research artist based between Heidelberg, Germany and Groningen, the Netherlands. Edan has performed the works of may choreographers such as: Ohad Naharin, Itzik Galili, Guy Weizman & Roni Haver (Club Guy and Roni) and many more.
In 2007 Edan co-founded Random Collision, Groningen – a platform developing and bridging between young makers and their audiences. There he also initiated the first movement classes in the Netherlands, which inspired Dansateliers (Rotterdam) and Korzo (the Hague) to follow this formula that develops a bridge between makers and their audience.
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.