Beauty… Once… Then… Now

Research and presentation
Manuela Tessi

Paul Estabrook

Alfredo Genovesi

A dialogue between past and present – memory and conjecture – what
was, what is, what may have been.

What is beauty?

Why is beauty so important?

Is it what we find most ugly that we find most beautiful?

Do we chase beauty – or does beauty chase us?

With these questions and this research we have been exploring the
iconography of beauty, dance, pain and joy and how we create,use and
portray those icons.

The showing is at 19.00 – (are we sharing the evening or not)?

Window, Yuri Bongers and Anja Reinhardt

3-16 maart & 26-30 mei

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.



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Presentation: Jack Gallagher and Eline van Ark

Research and Development in search of feedback



*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.

35 minutes


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.

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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 :)

Come help us figure out what we’re doing.

Vigorous Risk Technique by Jack Gallagher | Bodies Anonymous

After the inspiring classes of Marta Reig Torres, we invited a new teacher to get your bodies and minds bent and stretched in ways you didn’t know you could do.
On 3 and 10 April, 10:30-12:00, Jack Gallagher (Bodies Anonymous) will come to CLOUD to teach his Vigorous Risk Technique class, which he is teaching all over Europe with great success.
Jack gives a rigorous upright class which challenges the body with a series of exercises based on expanding a body’s interaction with space and bringing artistry to the surface. The emphasis is on effective effort, dynamic versatility and calculated risk. The class combines different mental and physical efforts simultaneously, releasing one into the other, creating reciprocal flows of cause and effect.
The normal duality in dance between what is considered ‘formal’ or ‘theatrical’ dissolves into more contemporary issues: energy management, articulation, bio-feedback and making use of personal experience: The intelligence of our embodied cognition.
Vigorous Risk is a principled class, structured with an open view on the inter-dependency between the mental and the physical realms: brains, languages, signals become interactive with trunks, legs and heads.
By using questions like: “What goes where?” and “What effects what?” – a very different artistic experience is generated in contrast to and yet complimentary with ‘form based’ techniques.
By rigorously training the use of three primary efforts- directing, sourcing and sequencing, an artistic transparency arrives in the training.
By processing these efforts, the dancer learns what (s)he uses and is using, what (s)he has learned and is learning, releasing in the process her/his embodied cognition.
Thursdays mornings
From 10:30 – 12:00
€7,- per class
3 & 10 April with Jack Gallagher

Open for dance lovers who have some movement experience.
Jack Gallagher studied dance in New York at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. In New York he began his career in 1990 w with Nikolais Dance Theater (USA). While in N.Y., he danced with Tere O’Connor and ISO Dance while studying and performing with with Zvi Gottheiner. Since moving to the Netherlands in 1995, Jack has performed with Krisztina de Chatel (NL), Amanda Miller (Germany) and been a long time member of the Anouk van Dijk dance company (NL). Gallagher is currently performing in the international sensation ‘Trust’ by Falk Richter and Anouk van Dijk. Since 2009, ‘Trust’ has become part of the repertoire playing regularly in Berlin and been invited to Festival d’Otono in Madrid, Festival TransAmeriques, Montreal, Avignon Festival, Perth International Arts Festival, Australia.
In 2002, Mr. Gallagher formed an ad hoc interdisciplinary dance company under the name Bodies Anonymous. Under the motto of Pure Dance/ Non-Fiction, he formulates new principles for dance and performances for the theatre and on location. Bodies Anonymous has been supported by National and Local Dutch Art Funding bodies per project, has appeared in The Hague’s CaDance Festival in 1999, 2004, and 2010 and performs regularly in Amsterdam. Since its humble beginnings, Bodies Anonymous has toured to Germany, Belgium, Russia, Turkey, Australia and Israel.
Jack is a dance researcher and former fellow at Danslab in The Hague, and was an guest artist at International Choreographic Arts Center Amsterdam investigating the both the Performative Speech Act Theory and the Actor Network Theory in dance performance. Jack is a founding organizer of The Network For Choreography & Related Art, an advocacy group for Free Lance Performance based Choreographers.
Jack gives lectures in a variety of settings and events where dance and body, leadership and wellness intersect.

Research Sharing #1

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.

Below the outcomes of the first meeting :)

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More meetings will follow!

Instant composition with Marta Reig Torres

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***


Instant composition

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.


Thursday mornings

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

Residency: Idan Sharabi & Dancers

residency CLOUD feb 2014
residency CLOUD feb 2014

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.

Residency: Joop Oonk

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.
Residentie: 3 t/m 16 februari 2014

A great Open Day

The Open Day of CLOUD’s classes received lots of movers willing to join every workshop. On Sunday Feb 2nd:

12.00-12:45 | HRY Yoga Clinic | Angela Tait
12.45-13.30 | Body/Mind Workout | Jerome Meyer
13.30-14.15 | Indian Dance | Jaswina Elahi
14.15-15.00 | Dance Salad {World Dance} | Sarah Safi Harb
15.00-15.45 | Body Awareness | Karyn Benquet
15.45-16.30 | Dance Improvisation | Dansdrift
16.30-17.15 | Surprise Class/Jam | Cloud




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Residency & classes: Aida Guirro Salinas

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!!





2 February CLOUD opens their doors to give you a taste of the very diverse menu of dance that happens in that mysterious studio on the 2nd floor of the DCR. Join the classes for free and have fun with stretching, bending, shaking, sending, feeling, breathing, speaking, and playing with your body and with others. Bring all your friends and get hooked!

For more info about the classes, check this link.
































New dates for CLOUD walk & talk

The next CLOUD walk&talk gatherings will be on Saturday February 1 and 15, and on Sunday March 2. Write an email to to inscribe. Focus will be on (1) distance and proximity, views, perspective and immersion, (2) forms of embodiment through listening and watching, hearing and seeing, (3) trajectories, crossroads, friction, conflict and erosion in the urban environment.

cloud walktalk copyREQUEST: I am still looking for people knowing Den Haag well, that can guide us to high places, traveling up and down in town, to having views from above and dissappearing in them. Locations near train stations, traffic jams or Haagse Markt are very welcome.

More info (for the moment only in Dutch) and documentation


Nieuwe data 2014 voor CLOUD wall&talk

De nieuwe data voor de volgende CLOUD walk&talk zijn zaterdag 1 en zaterdag 15 februari en zondag 2 maart. Schrijf je in door een bericht te sturen aan De thema’s zijn (1) Dichtbij en veraf, perspectief, uitzicht en immersie? (2) Ervaren en incorporeren door luisteren en kijken, horen en zien; (3) Trajecten, kruispunten, frictie, wrijving en slijtage in de stedelijke omgeving.

VERZOEK; Wie kan mij helpen met het vinden van hooggelegen plekken in de stad Den Haag? Klimmen en dalen in de stad, genieten van het uitzicht om er vervolgens in te verdwijnen. Locaties bij treinstations, de Haagse Markt en andere menselijke verkeersknooppunten zijn  zeer welkom.

Meer info

Op het kantoor van Cloud