SPIRAAL course contemporary whirling

SPIRAAL IS AN ORIGINAL, CONTEMPORARY APPROACH TO SPIRALLING 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 spiralling 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:  17 September, 1 October, 15 October, 29 October, 19 November, 26 November 2017
Location: CLOUD/Danslab, De Constant Rebecqueplein 20b, Den Haag


SPIRAAL proposes an intensive work on sustained spiralling 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.

Spiralling movement is at the core of our galaxy, our DNA, it is the force of nature in hurricanes and vortices. Spiralling pattern 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 exploit our creative potential.


Early registration for full course (before 4 September) €194,- (incl. BTW)
Registration for full-course (after 4 September) €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.

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.


Fazle Shairmahomed is a performance maker, dancer/performer, improviser, and graduated in anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies/Arabic. 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 decolonization. The way in which his body as a Dutch Surinamese-Hindustani Muslim gay guy intersects several problematics concerned with questions of race, gender, and sexuality, urge him to develop an artistic practice in which he uses his body as a political tool to explicate the images that evolve around his body, and those images which are often not seen. During his studies he started with contemporary dance and improvisation, which brought him to Butoh, Body Weather, contemporary whirling, and other dance practices.