The Reading Room #30 at CLOUD

The edges of the voice

8th and 9th of December

Guest Readers: Aurélie Nyirabikali Lierman and Amelia Groom

Texts by: Anne Carson and Eduardo Kohn

In this cluster we will be delving into texts and practices that explore the limits and potentials of vocal expression. We will be looking at two texts that approach questions of voice and silence/ing through very different entry points; that of the non-human semiotic worlds of the rainforest, and that of the gendered politics inherent in determining how and whether voices are heard. Departing from their respective practices dealing with the question of the voice, Aurélie Nyirabikali Lierman and Amelia Groom will guide us through experimental and in-depth discourses that may broaden our perceptions of where we hear voices, when we speak up, and when we deliberately deploy silence.

The second part of the cluster is a workshop led by artist/vocalist Aurélie Nyirabikali Lierman, in which we will explore the texts and our many voices, by assembling an experimental “non-human choir”. Aurélie will guide us through physical and vocal exercises focusing on onomatopoeia, non-linguistic sounds, and the untapped possibilities within the repertoires of our non-adult and non-human voices (baby, animal, spirits, etc.). The workshop is suitable for complete beginners as well as professionals in the fields of vocal practice, and is open to participants of any age.

Note from the curators

There are a limited number of spaces available for this event. As this is a discussion, you are expected to have read the provided texts before attending. Please reserve a spot by sending an email to We will also provide you with a copy of the texts once you have RSVP’d.

The Reading Room is organised by Jonathan Reus, Sissel Marie Tonn and Flora Reznik. With thanks to support from Stroom Den Haag and the Dutch Creative Industries Fund, and our production partner the Instrument Inventors Initiative.

Invited Guests

Amelia Groom is a Berlin-based writer, and currently a postdoctoral research fellow at ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry, where she is working on an art historical project about stones. Since 2014 she has taught on the Critical Studies MA at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam, and she was also the theory tutor for the Master of Voice programme at the Sandberg (2016-2018).

Aurélie Nyirabikali Lierman’s oeuvre balances between radio, installation, performance, vocal art and composition, with her extensive collection of unique field recordings and soundscapes from rural and urban East-Africa serving as the common denominator. Soundbite by soundbite she transforms and molds all those sounds into something she describes as “Afrique Concrète”. In addition to this, she constantly premieres new music by emerging young composers from around the globe in a multiplicity of styles. Lierman is a former radio maker and host at the national Belgian broadcasting corporation and co-created two Nurse With Wound albums.


AS Nocturnals

Saturday 8 December 20:00

As Nocturnals is a recurring event where we ArtScience graduates come together to develop art pieces and exercises through mutual support.

Most evenings will be open to the public.

Saturday 8th December 8.00 pm – Screening Into Darkness (Rachida el Garani) / Land of Silence and Darkness (Werner Herzog)

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For our second event we will screen two picks by Aisha Pagnes. Some crunchy food and pillows will set the stage for an informal discussion around the film and Aisha’s thesis (on blindness).

Films/docus etc. relevant to our thesis/graduating research will be projected at Cloud on a regular basis.

No preparation or introduction needed.

To join please sign up with:

Residency Renske Maria

Residency Renske Maria
26 November – 9 December
Presentation 7 December 18:00 

During these weeks Renske will work on and abstraction of the teigyoku-ken teahouse and garden in Kyoto, Japan. Based on it’s unique movement patterns, characterized by for example zig-zags, reversed perspectives and super small doors to crawl through, she will work on a an abstract version that enlightens it’s movement patterns. In this two weeks she hopes to finish and test a 1:1 mock-up that she will further develop for an exhibition I work on that will presented in Brussels (march 2019) and Delft (may 2019).

About Renske Maria
Renske Maria operates at the crossroad between the academic and the professional world. She pioneers in the transdisciplinary research and design field that studies the architectural body. The architectural body, is understood as the crucial bodily dimension that gives way to the emergence of (alternative)meaning and values through social-environmental interaction. Using artistically and designerly methods Renske Maria currently develops a unique movement based approach towards contemporary architecture within the Radical Materiality Research Group at KU Leuven in Brussels (BE).Starting from comparative studies between eastern and western disciplines such as philosophy, art, architecture, environmental ecology, neuroscience but also body-work, physical education an clinical rehabilitation research Renske Maria’s research and architectural craftsmanship inspire to move and think differently. Renske Maria was selected as promising young Dutch architect by the jury of the ‘The future of Craftsmanship in architecture’ symposium at the Venice biennale in 2014. She is lecturer in ArtScience and interactive spatial design at the Royal Academy of Arts, the Hague. Renske Maria graduated in architecture at the Technical University of Delft (NL). She worked for architectuurstudio Herman Hertzberger, Amsterdam (NL) and Atelier Li Xiaodong, Beijing (CHN). Between 2009 and 2011 Renske Maria co-initiated Vision included; a pro-active design practice and discussion platform. Between 2013 and 2017 she co-founded ALPEH, a cross-academic laboratory for the exploration of progressive heuristics with its emphasis on philosophy as creative practice.

Creative HUB exchange

SOUL#3 CO-CREATION,  the new work

The creative hubs exchange is an opportunity to witness a process and to share ideas about the future of an art work: a dance performance

With this new part of the SOUL serie Jerome and Isabelle question the concept of co-creation in the context of dance theater performance and see the role that play such approach in the making of and in the result of the performance self.

With the SOUL project they are engaging reflection about audience’s freedom and free will, about identity and the act of engaging or not engaging in the course of an action.

With Meyer and Chaffaud’s statement – the audience, the performers and the makers as active co-creator force, how far can we go together to create an intellectually engaged work as well as an immersive unique experience?

When: 23 November
Where: CLOUD/danslab

We start at 19:00
A free soup will be served from 18:00

Expect ending at 20:30
Reserve here:
More info about the dance company here

Facebook event is here

New class starting 17th of November: Hilal Dance

Contemporary Egyptian Dance

Hilal dance is the art-dance based on the creative, performative and educational work of avant-garde artist Suraya Hilal. We work on the natural flowing of energy in our body; from our roots through the legs, spine, torso and head in a series of connected and creative movements. We will make use of classical and contemporary Middle Eastern music, integrated with other genres and at times live music.

All levels and genders welcome.

Saturdays from 12.15 to 13.45
(times and dates may change each semester, send us a mail)

More Info:

Laura Maria De Gaspari is a dancer, dance teacher and choreographer with over 20 years experience and a yoga teacher in training. (Do in Academy, Leiden)


Góbi dance workshop | Modern Body Festival

Friday 2 November  17:30 – 19:30  €20-

Come and find your own movements!

With the help of Góbi’s training and your inner concentration you can reach a new level of free dance. The classes will start with a warming-up session, to move all the bodyparts, and will contain free choreographic opportunities, ‘guided’ improvisation. The focus of the class is on each one of the participants, so at the end of the session everyone will have his or her own choreography.
Beginners, intermediates and professional dancers are also welcome!

Time: 17:30 – 19:30  doors open at 17:00 hours
Participation fee: 20 euro cash at the door (in combination with Modern Body Festival ticket 15 euro cash at the door)
Registration by mail:

About Rita Góbi
Rita Góbi graduated at Hungarian Dance Academy as dancer, choreographer and dance teacher. Her really unique and uncanny choreographies are constructed by repetitive, miniature movements and grotesque, animalistic, distorted elements. She loves the physicality of the body and its extremes.
Rita has already given many workshops and masterclasses not only in Hungary but also abroad, like in Poland, Russia, Portugal, Czech Republic, Serbia, Netherlands, Japan and in Romania.

This workshop is organized in collaboration with CLOUD/danslab & Modern Body Festival. Check out the full program of Modern Body Festival here

Residency Dominique Baron-Bonarjee

Residency 5 – 13 October
Presentation Saturday 13 October 18.00
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What do we know about free time?
Technology is accelarating all aspects of our lives: our responses, thoughts, reactions, and our own physiological systems, our nerves, our muscles, our brains. We are trying to keep up with the sidereal speed of our tools. The paradox is that automation is set to liberate humans from work and labour, so what will we do with this time? What do we know about free time after all?
I will be developing a lecture-performance which gathers my research around this question. Through participatory sessions I have been running in Berlin with freelancers, and my own methods of embodied research, I have been exploring the impact of this inquiry on notions of self-worth and identity attached to social role.
My aim is to poetically weave together resonances, from micro to macro, from measure to the immeasurable, and interrogate our current ideas of progress, efficiency and value.
About Dominique Baron-Bonarjee
Dominique  is an artist based between London and Berlin and working internationally. Her research begins with the body is at once material, object, consciousness, simultaneously malleable, resistant and enmeshed within vaster temporal dimensions. Through methods of listening and response, her practice maps out emergent connections, which aim at creating glitches in existing systems.  An engagement with Eastern philosophy and belief systems opens her practice to alternate modes of thought, which interrogate normativity by considering animate, inanimate, human and non-human along a line of equality. Her PhD research ‘Space for the Nameless’ posits an open system where the edge is a place of encounter with the unknown. Her practice is one of uncertainty and indeterminacy, process where outcomes interweave theoretical constellations of liveness, choreography, moving image, drawing, objects and writing.

She is currently an Art PhD candidate, Goldsmith’s University of London

instagram @dominiquebbee

dance improvisation workshops – Roberta Štěpánková

Due to Roberta’s residency in CLOUD, she will offer two workshops on Wednesday evenings 17th and 26th of October. Feel welcome to join the dancing and learn from this inspiring artist and teacher. You find the class description below

Practical info: 17th and 26th of Oct from 19.30 till 21.30. Contribution: € 15 per class, € 25 if attending both evenings


The dance class is a proposal to realize one´s individual dance while following the proper bodily wisdom, the movement ensuing from one´s nature and intimacy.

In movement we will involve the fundamental bodily/anatomical principles and use it as a source of information from within. To work in this way means to let oneself be guided by the inner sensation and perception while cultivating the awareness and alertness to the minor changes manifested in the created dance.

Allowing time for the concentration and attunement to one´s self, the unpronounceable pre-conscious processes can unfold and nurture our imagination. In these conditions, our sensibility to the bodily material naturally grows and the emerging movement is in every moment being articulate and set into own choreographic language. We will deepen our study of making dance in the immediacy of the spatial and time condition, focus on improving our ability to observe how the movement articulates our imagery.

The work is designed from the experience of making dance and following movement as a rich source of meaning in a way so the participant as a whole is taken care of at her/his distinct levels of being.

please check Roberta’s website for more info about the residency and her work

Intro to Urban Fusion Bellydance | Vleer

Where: Cloud at DansLab

When: Every Tuesday starting on 25th of September until 23rd of   October 2018

Time: 18:30 until 20u

Price: Full course €120 / Drop-in class €25

Level: beginner to intermediate (bellydance experience is not required as we will cover all the basics during the course)

Registration & more


( credits foto : Fotograaf Sunny Jagesar)


Dance is an ever evolving organism. Within all disciplines it is apparent that over the years new styles emerge from older ones. One dance form in which this evolution is very clear is bellydance. Having its roots in the Middle East during the 17th and 18th centuries primarily in Egypt, Turkey and Lebanon. But it is believed to be much older. Throughout its history new styles of dance were born within the bellydance genre, for example one of the more recent being ATS (American Tribal Style Bellydance ) and Tribal Fusion Bellydance.

The latest edition in this evolution is the merging of Tribal Fusion Bellydance with Urban dance styles known as Urban Fusion Bellydance.

– An introductory course spread over five classes each delving into  combining bellydance with urban dance styles-

The classes will consist of beginner to intermediate bellydance techniques which will gradually level up during the course. On top of that we will layer on an urban dance form, by focusing on one discipline per class.

This course is for the belly dancer looking to add to their vocabulary or the mover/dancer looking for a new challenge.



III | Residency Teoma Naccarato, John MacCallum | 10-25 August

III is a long-term artistic research and creation project developed since 2014 by choreographer Teoma Naccarato (Montreal/London) and composer John MacCallum (Oakland/Paris), in collaboration with dancers, musicians, and designers across disciplines. III involves a collection of works for stage, screen, and installation, as well as workshops, residencies, and publications. Through the various modes of sharing in III, we appropriate biosensors in order to construct a context for intimate and uncertain encounters between performers, and with audience. III implicates visitors beyond visual consumption, towards shared touch, sound, and movement.

The interdisciplinary scope of our research in III seeks to probe the implicit values that inform interaction with and appropriation of technology in artistic contexts, and to generate strategies for working in collaboration with technology, and as collaborators across disciplines.  We propose a viewpoint that technology is not a mediator for interaction—something to be designed to suit a specific artistic goal—but is a collaborator with a frame of reference that must be thoughtfully considered as part of the discourse of the work.

Our current practice in III is focused on devising interdisciplinary performance experiments, traversing traditional to one-on-one performance, sonic/haptic/visual installation, and guided breath and listening practice. We use technologies such as stethoscopes, electrocardiograms, transducers, and handheld mirrors and lights to de-familiarize sensory encounters between performers, and with public. In this residency we will focus on emergent relationships within the interdisciplinary body of work in III, and further, invite audience-participants into the process through an open session in the early stages of devising a performance experiment. The residency will be documented with video and audio recording, as well as photographs and writing, to share selectively online.

III began in 2014 through an Artistic Research Residency at IRCAM, and has continued through partnerships with independent and academic institutions internationally such as C-DaRE (UK), CLOUD/DansLab (NL), CNMAT (USA), Djerassi (USA), Ex-Situ (FR), Synthesis Centre/AME (USA), and Tangente Danse (CA).

Further information on III is available at:

Teoma Naccarato, Choreographer (Montreal/London)
John MacCallum, Composer (Oakland/Paris)
Laura Boudou, Dancer (Marseille)
Ryan Kelly, Percussionist (Montreal)
Christian Smith, Percussionist (Den Haag)

Opening Credits – ArtScience Exhibition

For the upcoming ArtScience exhibition Opening Credits, Aisha Pagnes has developed the following work at CLOUD/Danslab:

work by Aisha Pagnes for Opening Credits - ArtScience expo

‘THERE I AM HERE YOU ARE THERE’ explores complete darkness as a means to simultaneously mask and facilitate presence. In this piece, participants can explore how darkness intensifies the way we feel within ourselves, with others and our surrounding. Vests equipped with glowing magnets abstract the shape and movement of the body to single points of light. Spontaneous movement thus becomes the main influencing agent: a real-time catalyst for affect. 

This piece was developed with with the kind support of the following test-audience: Mattia Marani, Luca Conte, Zoë D’Hont, Kasper van der Horst, Loes Roskam, Ábel Fazekas, Pepijn Cim Goudsblom, Vanessa Marcio, Max van der Wal, Julie Hasfjord, Orestes Willemen, Asami Kiuchi,Giovanni Salice, Fotis Rovolis, Sophia Bulgakova, Fazle Shairmahomed, Catherine Ostraya, Mabel Rae, Kay Churcher, Darien Brito, Aju Sheshtra.

The exhibition:
Third year students from the ArtScience Interfaculty share their projects from the past year with the broad public. Part of Holaa! Festival, the exhibition is on view at the Grey Space In The Middle from Friday 8 to Sunday 10 of June 2018. You will experience the analogue with the digital, the playful with the composed and the familiar with the ambivalent.

Works presented by:
Kay Churcher, Loes Roskam, Nina Lezaic, Jesús Canuto Iglesias, Mabel Calvert Verbruggen, Sunna Svavarsdóttir, Anastasia Loginova, Lily Hudson, Catherine Ostraya, Sophia Bulgakova, Aisha Pagnes, Stefano Zucchini and Senida Kalender.

The Grey Space 20, Paviljoensgracht, The Hague
Friday 08.06: 19:00 – 23:00 (Hoogtij#53)

Saturday 09.06: 12:00 – 22:00
Sunday 10.06: 12:00 – 16:00

Follow updates via @artscience_dreams on instagram and their facebook event

Residency Fernando Troya

‘Reminiscente’: Presentation of the ongoing research

1st chapter: ‘A Colossus’, finished – solo

2nd chapter, ‘En Calzones’, unfinished, first encounter – duet

Following the fruitful results of the first investigation for ‘Reminiscente’, which resulted in the solo ‘A Colossus’ we are ready to proceed with the second phase of the project.

The first part focused on Francisco de Goya’s work ‘The Colossus and the Disasters of War’. For the second chapter I intend to dive deeper into the themes of Goya’s works. Studying his oeuvre to use some of the elements that fascinate me most: darkness, ugliness, rawness, visceral imageries, that at the same time express the deepest human sensitivities.

It is an unvarnished aesthetic, stripped of the normatives of social conventions, the inner layers of understanding laid bare, ugly as the subjects of his paintings are, they are vulnerable as well.

There is, tied with Goya’s work, a continuation in the research of the other theme of the first part: Plato’s theory of Forms and more specifically the Allegory of the Cave. The description of two co-existing worlds that complement each other. A very simple story that tells so much about not only his philosophy, but our current world; submission, control, repression…

The presentation this evening comprises of ‘A Colossus’, the first chapter; a solo I created for myself in collaboration with composer Carlos Ema. And the results of the search for the 2nd chapter of the series of works ‘Reminiscente’.

Join us in our search for an ugly beauty, a beautiful ugliness.

Entrance € 5,00
Sunday 17 June at 19:30
at CLOUD/danslab

Concept and choreography: Fernando Troya
Performers: Arturo Vargas y Fernando Troya
Choreographer assistant: Quentin Riger
Composer: Carlos Ema

This project is being supported by Dansmakers Amsterdam, CLOUD/Danslab and Korzo.