CTRL+ALT+IDENTITY

Sinds november 2021 tot medio maart werkt Anima Jhagroe-Ruissen in CLOUD danslab aan de productie van haar nieuwste creatie. Met veel bewondering voor de gelaagdheid van dit project delen wij in deze post meer informatie over het project en de voorstellingen in maart.

CTRL+ALT+IDENTITY
Met hennaworkshops, talks, exposities, experimentele performances en voorstellingen verkent CTRL+ALT+IDENTITY gemarginaliseerde verhalen en posities van Vrouwen van Kleur in nederland. CTRL+ALT+IDENTITY laat hiermee zien dat deze verhalen niet individueel of incidenteel zijn, maar een patroon vormen dat doorbroken moet worden.
Meer informatie over het project

Danstheatervoorstelling
De danstheatervoorstelling CTRL+ALT+IDENTITY is een gezamenlijke verkenning naar de glitches waarin vrouwen van kleur leven. Glitches laten de scheuren zien in het dominante witte systeem. Het zijn andere dimensies waarin vrouwen van kleur strijden voor sociale rechtvaardigheid. Deze strijd wordt verteld met henna en dans. Beide kunstvormen brengen een hervonden verbinding tot leven, tussen vrouwen van kleur en Moeder Aarde. Een verbinding die verloren was geraakt in tijden van o.a. gedwongen contractarbeid van Surinaams-Hindostaanse arbeidsters.

Data: 11-13 maart 2022
Locatie: Theater Zuidplein, Rotterdam
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Exposities en Talks
Op 8 maart 2022 wordt in samenwerking met het Sarnamihuis een gesprek tussen twee generaties Hindostaanse vrouwen georganiseerd met o.a. de oprichtsters van het feministische blad Ashanti o.l.v. Pravini Baboeram. Van 11 maart t/m 13 maart zijn in het verlengde van dit gesprek de exposities When we grow up van Kevita Junior en Ashanti van het Sarnámihuis te bezichtigen.

Datum: 8 maart 2022
Locatie: Theater Zuidplein, Rotterdam
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CLOUD Talks: Decolonization & Dance #2

The short documentary series by Aqueene Wilson “WHERE ARE THE BLACK BODIES DANCING?” was launched in 2021 as part of a fellowship at Kunstinstituut Melly. Since then this profound documentary unfortunately received very little attention in the Netherlands, especially the dance world remained silent. In the second edition of CLOUD Talks we will reflect on the creation process of this documentary series for the maker, talk more about the spaces where black bodies dance and look more into the decolonial movements (not) happening in the arts. You can read more about the documentary and the maker below.

Date: 6 March 2022
Time: 20:00
Facebook live event

WHERE ARE THE BLACK BODIES DANCING is a two-part online series that should be seen as a research come to life. Through a visual collection of conversations, performances, and art we question the current racial landscape in contemporary dance, while actively creating space for black bodies. As we live in a time where activism is primal, oppressive structures in dance need to be highlighted. Therefore, we start the series by revealing complex truths like institutional norms, tokenism, and othering. This entire body of work can be seen as a form of counter storytelling, as extremely praised concepts like diversity and equality are contradicted by Christian Yav, Junadry Leocaria, Dalton Jansen, and Chanel Vyent. Through moments of vulnerability, we ask them what it means to be a black body in a white institute. More so, what are the issues behind contemporary diversity? And how do they actively create space for others or themselves?

Aqueene Wilson (Curacao, 1995) is curator, multidiscpilinair artist, autodidacte fotograaf en Caribisch kind. Met het menselijk lichaam als haar meest voorkomende onderwerp en haar achtergrond in dans,  staat ze voornamelijk bekend om het documenteren van het (gekleurde) lichaam door een kwetsbare lens.

About CLOUD TALKS: Decolonization & Dance
Damani Leidsman and Fazle Shairmahomed have conversations with different people from the dance world from a decolonial perspective. They will talk about taboos, hybrid dance, transgressive behavior, the value of categorizing dance in boxes such as ‘amateur and professional’, ‘contemporary and urban’, from underground dance to dance in theaters, museums and beyond… How does dance move now, then, and very soon?The language in which they will speak and move will be a surprise each time, but it will be hybrid in particular! Let’s discover together how we can keep having dialogues!
Read more about CLOUD Talks

SHOW OFF

After many months of restriction due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Karine Guizzo felt a strong urge to play again – to create and explore new forms and styles of theater.Especially aimed at an adult audience, this tragicomic dance experiment plays with hints of burlesque eroticism and contemporary dance .It is freely inspired by the story of Ovid’s Metamorphoses.Narcissus is represented by two dancers, Lorenzo Capodieci and Paolo Yao. Echo, portrayed by Christie Lou Partelow, is in love with Narcissus but is rejected by him.
The project consists of a few weeks of research in the Cloud@Danslab and 5 presentations for a limited number of audience.
The duration of this studio presentation is less than one hour.
We hope you will come to share this fun and one-off experience with us ! 
Infos and (compulsory) seats  reservations:https://show-off.me/

COSMIC CATERPILLARS

Lecture Performance by Lili Ullrich

Sunday 21 November 2021 at 16:00

In this lecture performance Lili Ullrich will share her research on the Knowing Body, institutional trauma and the Collective Unconscious. During her residency at CLOUD she worked on the performance Kosmische Raupe, in which she translated these topics into a collage of acting, physical theatre, contemporary poetry & sound. You can expect a magical journey into the subconscious mind and mystery of the body. 

We are looking forward to see you then, the space will be open 15 minutes in advance.

picture by Pilar Mata Dupont with a costume by Dragadina and Rico Dyks

BEING & BECOMING | RESIDENCY | OONA MINOO

6-19 June 2022

Presentation : Friday June 17, 7:30 PM

How did we become what we are? What shapes us, what makes us decide to choose one way or the other? And is it possible to transform oneself into someone or something completely different?

Humans are developing and transforming themselves continuously. Like a never-ending micro evolution. Being & Becoming searches for the very first moments, movements, and thoughts in our lives – still so flexible and adaptable that we could almost go in every direction. It is also about the courage to leave what does not fit anymore and about trying something new.

Celebrating all the different kinds of transformation: smoothly, slowly, unconscious, controlled, explosive and never ending.

During this residency I will be further developing my piece, (re)searching for ways to embody transformation. Especially the ones, that surprise yourself.

Research questions will be:

Is it possible to create movements that you never done before? And if yes, how?

A special focus will also be brought to the relationship between movement and (live) music:

How does music influence movement improvisation?

What difference does it make if this music is played live?

What inspiration can movement offer for (live) music creation?

During the last days of this residency electronic composer and synth player Maria Solberger ( AT) will join me to experiment with ways of adaption, fusion and distinction between music and movement.

On our last day we would be happy to invite you for our presentation: Friday 17th June 19:30

About the artist: Una Wiplinger (AT/NL) is a choreographer/dancer and musician/composer. Under her artistic name OONA MINOO she creates interdisciplinary performances, that use dance and music as ways to connect to and communicate with the audience and go beyond genre borders.

www.oonaminoo.com

RESIDENCY | RECONNECT | BODIES IN ACTION

11 – 15 April 2022

Open classes every morning 10:30 -11:15 AM

Showing Friday 15 April 19:30 – 21:30

Julian & Shira from Bodies In Action ~ enGendering Contemporary Dance from England will be starting a new Research in the Cloud studio.

We will look at what it is like to reconnect with something unfamiliar. This can be taken in an abstract or literal sense. It will be quite a personal residency, with opportunity to take things we are familiar with, throw them out the window, and discover new things both physically, emotionally, and mentally.

Some questions and ideas we have while playing with this new creation is: 

  1. How do unfamiliar bodies become familiar once again? How does the familiarity change?
  2. Does the reconnection of something that seems distant automatically reconnect or not?
  3. How does one/something smell, look, feel different? Can this happen with both a person and materialistic thing ?
  4. How do we transform the act of “re-meeting” into something abstract and visual? 
  5. How does the amount of time apart from someone/something affect the reconnection of this?

Through these questions and figuring out the answers, we will find ways to manifest the creative process through physical tasks in order to generate material. We will take inspiration from our own unique experience as well as gather other experiences from our individual selves to tackle the question of how we reconnect with estranged individuals. 

At the CLOUD/Danslab residency, we will invite people to come and take class in the morning.

Depending on what the space allows for, we will either guide a meditation/pilates/movement class or if professional dancers would like, we will host a ballet for contemporary dancers; otherwise, we will do a combination of both.

if you want more information about the classes please contact Julian: bodiesinactiondance@gmail.com

We will host a showing at the end of the week

to gather the immediate community to see what we have been up to. After this showing, there will be a discussion based on what people saw.

https://www.bodiesinaction.org/home

https://instagram.com/bodiesinactiondance

RESIDENCY | STONE NETWORK | Anna Bierler and Marit Mihklepp

8-12 March 2022

Stone Network is a knot of gatherings initiated by Anna Bierler and Marit Mihklepp. They begin weaving the network with a week-long residency-ritual – from March 8-12 – to connect the voices and bodies of the geologic and the human, as well as focus on modes of writing and reading as spaces for intimacy and collectivity. 

Each day an invited guest will be sharing their practice as an intensive learning and playing session:

Tuesday, 8.3. with Juliette Lizotte

Wednesday, 9.3. with Greta Facchinato

–Thursday, 10.3. with Cocky Eek

–Friday, 11.3. with Undead Matter

–Saturday, 12.3. with Comfort Ball

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From March 8–12 between 7pm–8pm the public is invited to join for interactive radio-experiments on Good Times Bad Times. Streaming live from CLOUD Danslab in The Hague, we’ll explore reading and writing as a collective practice while tending to stones and the stories they carry.

To participate, please enter the chatroom of Good Times Bad Times

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Every summer I gather a few stones from
the beach and keep them in a glass bowl.
Now and again I cover them with water,
and they drink. There’s no question about
this; I put tinfoil over the bowl, tightly,
yet the water disappears. This doesn’t
mean we ever have a conversation, or that
they have the kind of feelings we do, yet
it might mean something. Whatever the
stones are, they don’t lie in the water
and do nothing.
Some of my friends refuse to believe it
happens, even though they’ve seen it. But
a few others—I’ve seen them walking down
the beach holding a few stones, and they
look at them rather more closely now.
Once in a while, I swear, I’ve even heard
one or two of them saying “Hello.”
Which, I think, does no harm to anyone or
anything, does it?

Mary Oliver, Watering the Stones

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Let’s meet in the chatroom!

xoxo Stone Network

This project is made possible with the kind support of creative industries fund NL

BRIDGING | RESIDENCY | IVAN COOK

06-19 December 2021

Presentation

18 December 13:00 – 13:30 & 15:00 – 15:30

A look at the thin line walked between stability and utter insanity.

How the mind and body copes with forced timeouts, everyday living and the need for purpose.

Bridging plays with memorizing forms of music performed by Nikos Charalambous , dancer Ivan Cook explores the depth of extreme physicality and mental despair, through theater and acrobatic dance.

Donation based. Reservation & Covid pass required.

Reservations via: www.cookmovementpractice.online/event

New Class: Restorative Pilates

Unfortunately due to too few sign ups this class has been canceled for now .

We’re super excited to have Sophie joining our amazing teacher’s team.

Restorative Pilates
Mondays 18:30-19:30

“In this class I believe it is important to give you the freedom to explore the movement potential of your body. My classes are based on the Pilates method with influences from other movement practices built in to keep it fun, creative and to explore the possibilities of taking your joints through different ranges of motion. 

My focus is on addressing everyday aches and pains. By working together, we can hopefully facilitate more freedom of movement.”
– Sophie Gills

Classes will be in English. Please bring your own mat and head cushion or towel.

Introduction classes 16th and 30th August, 6th and 13th September.

Terms of classes start on October 11th 2021.

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Prices

Single class €13

Block bookings (typically 5 weeks) €12 per class

Please pre-register for class – I will send out an enrollment form asking for a brief medical history so I can target the exercises to you and your needs as best I can.

Private sessions are also available from 60 euros.  Please contact Sophie for availability.

Antenatal class coming soon.

Please contact Sophie to register your interest: sophierigge@hotmail.com

co-existence residency | Bushra Arbawi & Joana Cuiko

ONLINE Presentation Tuesday, 26 January 2021, 15:00 – 17:00.
See also the Facebook event

In the first two weeks of the year, Bushra Arbawi and Joana Cuiko have been working at CLOUD/danslab studio. We are looking forward to welcoming you on our first (online) presentation of 2021.

We are exploring our relations to interconnectivity, questioning who we are as a matter and how our surrounding re/shapes us.
How do we connect with each other?
Western culture raises us with an ideal of independent individuals that can choose to be who we want to be.

How do we approach this ideal of such a culture in an inherently interdependent environment? 

The walk is a continuous fall into a space that is held by gravity.

We are busy, trying to get under each other’s skin. Is this our craving for connection or our hunger for power and control? What do we try to control?

Ideologies and images that are created as we interact hold us in a web that is imagined and at the same time is real.
This web is visible in a dance.
What drives our connectedness? What connects us can separate us as well.

“Is there something behind these gossamer-threads?
What does the body in space teaches us about these mechanisms? 


STEP OUT OF THE STORY residency | Eva Bergerová

Residency Dance/Movement Theater in CLOUD/Danslab

Call for performers, dancers and actors

by Eva Bergerová

This is a call to professional/student dancers, performers or actors, who are open to an experiment and are capable of conscious alteration of emotion and most importantly who are willing to venture on the journey into their own body and mind. An important part is also the ability to improvise.

“For me, the most important in art is the personal message and expression, authenticity and the willingness to dig deeper in yourself and bring that out.”

There is a ´theater method called STEP OUT OF THE STORY and I am very much looking forward to develop this method with other inspiring artists together.

* RESIDENCY HAS TWO PARTS

~ First part: Workshop introduction the theater method ´Step out of the Story´. In this part, there is no commitment needed to continue. It is also possible to be present for a part of the time.

~ Second part: we continue with artists who fit the project and create a work in progress performance with the END SHOW on the 25th of July. The title of the performance is ´Mystery´, inspired by ancient Eleusinian Mysteries, there, where archaeologists say, European theater was born.

This residency is the first step to create a continuously working professional theater group.

Residency consist of the following: < First part: Introduction of the method ´Step out of the Story´

18, 19 July

< Second part: Creating work in progress performance – ´Mystery´

20., 21., 22., 23., 24, 25. July Time will be flexible. Around 5 hours per day.

Performance: 25th of July

About ´Step out of the Story´ method: Our resources are: < Theater/drama techniques (Grotowski, Stanislavski), < Conscious Dance techniques like 5Rhythms (search for an authentic emotion), Open Floor (building dramatic situation),

Movement Medicine (work with the energetic field of the partner and audience), Chinese Martial Arts (wushu – physical exercises). Rituals, searching for the roots of the theater. Personal dance or acting technique of every artist (contemporary dance, ballet, drama actor, performer)

We mix the unique techniques of performers into the blend of the story of performance. We will train you in some techniques according to the method ‘Step out of the Story’, but your own professionality will be the basis for your expression. S.O.S. is developing individual creativity and personal technique. We follow your qualities.

We work with personal engagement as well as the personal development of the performer/dancer/actor. In the performance, I direct, I do not choreograph. After we created the performance story, a part of the scenes are always improvised, but the structure of the performance story is fixed.

More about S.O.S.:
evabergerova.eu/who-am-i/step-out-of-the-story

Cost of the project is 40 €,- for the whole week

Eva’s website: www.evabergerova.eu

About Eva Bergerová

Eva is TheaterMaker from the Czech Republic. She is director, regisseur, dramaturgy, dancer/performer and translator.

Her background is in Drama theatre. She created and worked in two theatre companies in Ostrava. One is Divadlo Company.cz, which has its residency in Strašnické Divadlo and Divadlo Komedie in Prague. As the director, she directed Drama like Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, dramatizations of The Bee Valley and Sand Scythe, novel by Vladimír Körner Korner or Gustav Meyrink’s Golem. Eva also studied and worked in Poland. In Prague National Theatre she directed The Gray Mouse Opera by Petr Komár Soudek as a part of the cycle Banging at the Iron Curtain. 

Her last project in Prague was creating an experimental group called ‘Studio‘ Non-Comfortable Zone. This was a movement, dance and theatre project. In a period of two years the performance and a theater method was born, called ‘Step out of the Story’.

Eva is practicing martial arts, conscious dance, different meditation forms and self-development techniques for more than 20 years.

In the Netherlands, Eva is working as a freelance director, dancer and teacher (Delftse Maakweken – Calling of elements, Mooie Weer Spelen, Home Impro Performances), teaching martial arts and giving theatre and dance workshops. She teaches her weekly classes of embodied dance/meditation called Pure Dance and Ecstatic Dance.

On the theatre ground, Eva created and danced these performances f.e.: Warrior of the DanceKairos (Improvisation Ritual theatre) and Home Impro Stock. With amateurs, she directed these performances: Phoenix from the FireStardust, Flamingo Spirit and I am Paradise.  She also uses to work with live musicians.

Now, the longing for the next step and built professional continuously working theatre dance group is coming into reality and she is recently working on the performance Threemotions in Wolk Rotterdam.

Reconsider Walking & Running

“Zacht- en hardlopen”
Reconsider walking and running
3-delige workshop

Zaterdag 14 & 28 maart 9.30 – 12.30 uur . Zaterdag 18 april 9.30 – 12.30 uur at CLOUD/Danslab

De Constant Rebecqueplein 20b

WHY?
Do you want to experience more agility and suppleness in walking and running. Learn more about the coordination between ankles, knees and hip joints.
In what way are your head, shoulders, spine and pelvis involved in it?
What role can breathing play to improve your running?
Are you aware of the effect gravity has?

WAAROM?
Wil je met gemak lopen en meer beweeglijkheid en souplesse ervaren?
Wat is de coördinatie tussen enkels, knieën en heupen bij het (hard) lopen?
Hoe zijn hoofd, schouders, wervelkolom en bekken hierbij betrokken? Vergeten we de zwaartekracht en de adem niet?

PRIJZEN:
€ 90 voor drie workshops
€ 70 voor twee workshops
€ 40 voor een workshop

DOOR
Feldenkrais practitioners van Feldenkraiscentrum Den Haag

LANGUAGES
Workshop are taught in a mix of Dutch and English

CONTACT
info@feldenkraiscentrumdenhaag.nl

MEER: www.feldenkraiscentrumdenhaag.nl