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Art lab: your collective movement (work in progress)

What: a sensorial exercise for a small group of people in complete darkness
For who: open call for test audience, free entry
By who: Aisha Pagnes 


“The defensive and unfocused gaze of our time, burdened by sensory overload, may eventually open up new realms of vision and thought, freed of the implicit desire of the eye for control and power.” Juhani Pallasmaa
And perhaps by relying on our sensorial capacity and perceptual ability we can fertilise the grounds of these new realms through artistic experiences, so that we may reclaim the gaze of our whole being.

How does a darkened safe space influence the way we perceive ourselves, our environment and one another?
Over the course of one week, CLOUD/Danslab will become a completely darkened environment.

During this period, I will gently guide you through daily sessions that work toward our sense of presence, sensorial awareness and felt connection.

What does it look like:
We will move delicately in the dark through a sequence of simple movements. Each person is equipped with two light dots* for visual reference.
*(Light-dot: a 6mm magnetised dot that clips on clothing. In darkness it glows white. The glow dims naturally over time).

What will be practically explored:
– When our senses of proprioception, hearing and vision are fully activated in a darkened space, how is our perception of self and of the other influenced?

– How emergent movement is experienced meaningfully in an unconventional environment.

– How verbal variations of the same instructions influence audience participation.

– How can we effectively compose such experience? (one that is repeatable, has a clear beginning, entry, exit and quality).

What can you expect:
– To be an active part of the creative collective process, aimed at finalising a time-based perceptual composition that lends itself to a broader audience as a participatory experience.

We will brainstorm together, go through iterations of movement and sensorial exercises to improve concentration and a sense of togetherness. Your input and feedback as a creative being will shape the week’s progress.

– A warm and friendly environment, with tea, coffee and snacks. In this, a chance to experience this same environment in an expanded and evocative way.

When:
based on your availability, open from Monday 7th to Sunday 13th of May. Times to be decided.

This practice week is part of a work in progress which focuses on audience participation and interaction, whereby simple means such as absence of light and basic movements are the elements driving the poetic experience. Below an excerpt of the sequence:

Situation Body: Participants wear a light-dot on the chest (above clothing) and on the back. The room is completely dark.

Begin by standing upright and still.
As if you were a singly entity,
arrive in unison with the others to a comfortable walking pace.

[…]

Profile: Currently studying at the ArtScience Interfaculty, I set up interactive installations where audience participation is the primary concern, as a result, test audiences are key influences in the various stages of development. Non-verbal communication and sensory awareness is a recurrent theme in what I look for. http://cargocollective.com/arp

If you would like to participate or want to know more please get in touch: ryannon.aisha@gmail.com

Presentation | Residency of Alegia P.

Residency : 12- 25 march 2018
Presentation : 14 april 2018  | 7:30pm until 9:00pm
I am an emerging media scenographer and visual artist. I am based in The Hague (Netherlands) but working between The Netherlands, London, Athens as well as other cities in Europe. My background is in Design (BA Interior design / Vakalo College of Arts & Design Athens, University of Derby UK) and I hold a master’s degree (MA Scenography from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London). Currently I am undertaking my second master’s degree MA ArtScience in The Artscience Interfaculty (Royal Academy of Arts – Royal Conservatory – The Hague NL).
I work mainly in set and costume design for performance, theatre and installations. My work involves video, photography, lighting, projection mapping, sound editing, electronics hacking, scenic art, sculpture and any other technical support suiting the project.

In March 2018, I had a two weeks residency in The Cloud DansLab, in The Hague. During this residency, I started working with the idea of perception, body, movement and vision.

Key words: perceiving, touch, smell, see, feel, movement, formless.

People perceive differently the world around them due to many factors such as nationality, age, gender etc. According to Freud, the infant starts to perceive the world through his/ hers body.

Perception allows behaviour to be generally appropriate to non-sensed object characteristics. For example, we respond to certain objects as though they are doors even though we can only see a long narrow rectangle as the door is ajar.

I am using the vision (present or absent) to change (the condition) of people’s perspectives. I whilst to question the visible via sensations (hear, touch, smell, movement). And to “force” someone to experience simple very basic actions such as walking (with the eyes shut) by feeling not thinking.

The basic questions that need to be answered are:
What do you see?
How do you feel?
What do you hear?

(I can hear a smell or the silence. There is a sense of touch in seeing and a sense of seeing in touch etc.)

Someone needs to lose control in order to perceive differently.

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

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

Workshop SPIRAAL |Contemporary whirling | Valentina Lacmanovic

5 February | 13:00 – 20:00 | Early bird €85,-
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SPIRAAL is an original, contemporary approach to whirling movements. This approach was developed by Valentina Lacmanović, based on art, science research and practice.

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. It is a powerful instrument that leads towards harmonizing our physical, mental, emotional and energy bodies.

SPIRAAL workshop 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 is inspired by techniques of breathing, internal martial arts and organic approach to body and mind motion. An introduction to ritualistic elements in contemporary performance is given through structured improvisations.

*Suitable for anyone engaged in corporal practice (dancers, performers, actors, martial arts or yoga practitioners… both amateurs and professionals). OPEN LEVEL!

Registration
Early Bird till 14th of January €85,-
Regular price after 14th of January €100,-

Registration via email: cloud.danslab@gmail.com

Visit: www.valentinalacmanovic.com

Action Dance Workshop | Sandra Kramerova

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ACTION DANCE WORKSHOP

Date: January 7th 2017
Time: 2-4 pm

Price:
early bird (till 24th Dec) €10
after 24th Dec: €15 

registration via email: sandy006@gmail.com

Action dance workshop with Sandra Kramerova is geared towards exploration of technicality, dynamic modalities and aesthetics of athleticism. Participants investigate explosive potential of movement, tap their imagination through action based improvisations and transform everyday material into choreography. The focus is on energy flow, impulse driven functional motion, risk taking, contact, creative decision making, expressivity and artistry.

Sandra Kramerová is Slovak born and Israel/New York crafted dancer and choreographer. She is immersed in practices of contemporary dance, physical theater, improvisation and somatics. Before her Dance MFA studies in NY Sandra participated in Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company’s International Program in Israel. Sandra performed and choreographed works presented internationally at BAM Fisher, Danspace Project, Dixon Place (NYC, USA), Zichri Theater (Israel) and at other venues in Slovakia and abroad.

https://vimeo.com/kramerova

Workshop SPIRAAL | contemporary whirling | Valentina Lacmanovic

29 October | 11:00 – 18:00 | Early bird €85,-
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SPIRAAL is an original, contemporary approach to whirling movements. This approach was developped by Valentina Lacmanović, based on art, science research and practice.

Spiralling movement is at the core of our galaxy, our DNA, it is the force of nature in hurricanes and vortices. Spiralling patterns can be found in the shape of our fingerprint and the form of Time. It is a powerful instrument that leads towards harmonizing our physical, mental, emotional and energy bodies.

SPIRAAL workshop 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 is inspired by techniques of breathing, internal martial arts and organic approach to body and mind motion. An introduction to ritualistic elements in contemporary performance is given through structured improvisations.

*Suitable for anyone engaged in corporal practice (dancers, performers, actors, martial arts or yoga practitioners… both amateurs and professionals). OPEN LEVEL!

Registration
Early Bird till 14th of October €85,-
Regular price after 14th of October €100,-

Registration via email: cloud.danslab@gmail.com

About Valentina Lacmanovic
Valentina Lacmanović is a performance artist with background in acting (studied at CNSAD (French National Academy of Dramatic Arts) and dance (studied classical and contemporary techniques in Croatia, France, Spain, Turkey, India, and the Netherlands). She also possesses a Master degree in Philosophy (Université Paris VIII).
 
Valentina was always attracted to a variety of cultures and has been introduced to Arab-Berber, North Indian music and dance, as well as practiced martial arts. She works and lives between Amsterdam and Paris. Her main focus is the creation of contemporary performances and video installations inspired by philosophical reflection on ritual practices and transformative performance acts. She continues her research (“From Trance to Performance”) on convergences and divergences between contemporary visions of performance and enacting of ancient rituals.
 

Workshop | How to tell a story? | Tal Garmiza

Photo by: Eli Shiri
Photo by: Eli Shiri

Creativity workshop – How do I tell a story?

22 – 26 August
Presentation | Saturday 27 August | Check Facebook page
Creativity workshop | Tuesday – Friday 13:00-15:00  €7 | Check Facebook page

What makes dance the unique form of art that it is and not just a series of movements? One thing more than anything else – telling a story.
When we create, how do we tell this story through our dance? How do we tell it without using words?
What character do I choose to be and how can a character help me tell my story? Or what happens when the character starts to tell a story of its own?

Dreams I have Dreamt in the Studio” is a solo piece, that tells something using different characters, different emotions.
Learning some combintaions from the piece would be a place for us to start, and we will take it from there into trying different things that will help us find our creating characters, using movement, emotion, story and music.
We will spend our time together trying to find our own voice within the creation and our creativity.

About Tal Garmiza
Tal is an Israeli dancer currently based in Tel Aviv. She created and produced a project called “A Door to a Room” that brings dancers and musicians together. The project believes in taking the dance and the music into the world because everyone is entitled to it. Among other things, they created a show that explored the meaning of a place and how to create within it.
Today Tal is working on a solo piece called “Dreams I have Dreamt in the Studio” to the music of Roee Ben Binyamin and Itay Ashkenazy. The piece explores the connection between women, music and nature. She also works on and a short duet called “Desert”.
Tal will take part and present her work in Residencies in Dance City, Newcastle, UK (Creative Summer) and in CLOUD in The Hague, NL, this coming summer.
Tal is also involved in building a new center for dancers at the Arab-Jewish community center in Jaffa.

Butoh workshop | Natsu Nakajima | September 2016

Organized in collaboration with Butoh Channel Berlin

14 – 18 September | 10:00-14:00 | €180 early bird
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We are happy to announce the second 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 €180,- if registered before 14th of August
Late bird €200, if registered after 14th of August

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.

 

Workshop|Moving Music | Maya Felixbrodt

1243454_origA workshop for musicians: instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, electronic musicians, from any genre, practice and level (professionals and amateurs are welcome).

Generated from the research of Laban Movement Analysis | Efforts branch in music

Led by Maya Felixbrodt
www.pninax.com

30/05/2016, 20:00-22:00
Contribution: € 7

– You can bring your own instrument and/or use your voice
– Movement artists, dancers and general audience are welcome as well
– Please sign-up in advance and include your type of practice (workshop is limited to 10 participants)

Music is movement of sound in space. The prime manner of communication, preceding verbal communication, is the movement of our bodies. Body and mind are two parts constructing a whole. The mind is usually assigned as the motor behind inner intention, which portrays one’s movement. Inner intention in daily life, specifically in this case – in music, sound (its composition, production and experience), can be reached directly through a physical and movement approach.

We will explore new way of approaching music and sound from movement perspectives: our movement and the sound’s movement. Without using common verbal musical vocabulary each can discover a rich palate of new possibilities for composition, sound production, practicing routines, ensemble work and communication with the audience.

The workshop introduces and explores with composers and musicians (of any genre, practice and level) methods for use of Laban Movement Analysis in composition and music. Alongside the theoretical knowledge, in order to explore direct relation to sound, practical exercises are applied, both with instrumentalists and musical materials of the participating composers.

This workshop focuses on the Efforts branch of LMA – Time, Flow, Space and Weight, and their combinations – States and Drives.

Workshop | Egyptian dance with Arabic music ensemble | Laura Maria de Gaspari

with Laura Maria De Gaspari and Live music
29 May, From 14:00 to 18:00

Under the name Egyptian dance, we mean the foundation movement that characterizes the rich classical and folk dance heritage of Egypt. The workshop is accompanied by a Classical Arab music ensemble.

The aim is to have an experience with the essence of the dance and music, an inner, meditative moment of joy and freedom. An experience with the richness and beauty of traditional dance both for Egyptian dancers and contemporary dancers.

Register via: lmdegaspari@gmail.com
About Egyptian Dance: http://lmdegaspari3.wix.com/egyptiandance
Find the event on Facebook.

Prices
Very Early bird (before April 15th): € 50
Early Bird (before May 1st): € 60
May price: € 70

The participation fee is half reimbursed (50% of the paid amount) in case of illness and with a medical certificate.

Butoh Workshop| CHORE O’GRAFFITI | Yuko Kaseki

20 – 24 April
From 10:00 – 15:00 | 200
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After the success of the first Butoh workshop at CLOUD/Danslab,  lead by butoh master Natsu Nakajima, we organize the second butoh intensive week, now with 2nd generation butoh artist Yuko Kaseki.

About the workshop CHORE O’GRAFFITI
Dance is an odd job and graffiti is sprayed fast, erased and painted over and over in urban space. What is choreography? What is improvisation? What is life? Breaking the border of systems and accidents that feed each other to find their own way of creation. Take risk in the process for progress, to print on a new surface.

Participants are asked to bring their own theme for a performance, develop and demonstrate it. The intention of the workshop is to expose oneself to the possibilities and challenges of damage, and re-creation. Furthermore we will establish original movements through improvisation with image, gesture, space, and relationships and thus increase body awareness.

The physical training will be based on Noguchi gymnastics, elements of Tai-Chi, and Butoh methodology. We practice the whole body to make it permeable for the awakening and the deepening of our layers of sensitivity. We will attempt to explore how we associate the variations of our inner body in relation to the outer by listening honestly.

About Yuko Kaseki
Yuko Kaseki lives and works as a freelance dancer, choreographer and teacher in Berlin since 1995. She studied Butoh dance and Performing Art in HBK Braunschweig with Anzu Furukawa and danced in her company Dance Butter Tokio and Verwandlungsamt in 1989-2000.

Yuko Kaseki and Marc Ates founded the dance company cokaseki in 1995. She has been involved in various projects with musicians and visual artists.

Solo and ensemble performances, improvisations are performed throughout Europe, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Canada, Mexico, Uruguay, Argentina, Australia, Russia and the USA. These works are physical performance that incorporates Butoh, contemporary dance, object design, texts, and soundscapes. Yuko Kaseki performs and organizes improvisation series “AMMO-NITE GIG” (Vol.1 – 48 and on going) with international performers and musicians since 2004.

Collaboration with inkBoat (San Francisco) since 2001, CAVE (New York), Isak Immanuel/Tableau Stations(San Francisco), Theater Thikwa (Berlin), improvisation duo with Antonis Anissegos(Berlin) and others.

cargocollective.com/yukocokaseki

Registration and payment
Registration for 5-day Butoh workshop by Yuko Kaseki with an intensive training of 5 hours per day. The number of places is limited.

Early bird €200,- if registered before 18th of March
Late bird €220,- if registered after 18th of March
Drop-in registraton per day: €44,- (note that cancellation policy does not apply for drop-in)

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.

Cancellation policy
If you unfortunately have to cancel this workshop by any reasons, these are the conditions:

  • Before 18 March,   €20,- for administration expenses will be deducted
  • After 18 March, the cancellation has a fee of 30% of the total amount: early bird €60,- or late bird €66,-
  • After 1 April, the cancellation has a fee of 50% of the total amount: early bird €100,- or late bird €110,-

Previous Butoh workshops at CLOUD/Danslab

Natsu Nakajima from 18 – 21 August 2015