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Residence | Luis Odriozola | 16-29 July

Movement labs | 20 & 27 July 10:00 till 11:30 ( doors open 9:45) |5€

Presentation | 29 July | 20:30 ( doors open 20:15)

‘Johnny Horne’

Is a work that touches the Man’s smallness in the middle of the immensity, in the middle of the infinite possibilities of this world. It is solitude. It is an attempt to communicate and searching for answers that never come. It’s the need/impossibility to understand the world and make the world understand “you”. It’s the “pre” and “post” of the sonority. The before, the between and the after of the expression.

Using limits, impotence and frustration as generators of energy and starting points towards states. Thinking What a body and a voice are and what happens in them before they can articulate movements or words.

Asking what makes people unable to communicate normally? What are the facts that block our body and voice and don’t allow us to express ourselves freely.

How can we ensure that our education, culture, society and religion don’t influence any more our expressive and communicative barriers?

This performative/dance work has another layer that I am explaining below:

“Johnny Horne” is a solo creation in process emerged in the context of PEPCC 2015/16 (Forum Dança), Lisbon.

It has been assisted for now by Loic Touze, Vania Rovisco, Miguel Pereira, Paula Caspão and Britta Pudelko among others. But is in a new phase of restructuring and opening up new visions of inclusion of other elements (other artists, choreographic elements, etc.).

“So for me the project is at a new beginning where time becomes relative regarding to the date and place of premiere. It is in a moment of focus more in the process so as not to lose it due to the idea of show, as it happened before.”

“There is an interest for me in the process of understanding the questions explained in the previous short description of the project, and looking for answers through work/training and physical and vocal research. A process of removing layers and negations to find essences (authentic and natural movements and sounds), to work with them in the composition and transmission through performance or performative presence. It is a process in which working with the subconscious can become very important.”

About the artist:

Luis Odriozola graduated in Dramatic Art in the specialty of textual interpretation in the Higher School of Dramatic Art (ESAD) of Cordoba, having also studied Social Education at the University of Granada.

During 2015 he assisted as an external student to the technique classes in the CAD (Andalusian Center of Dance) in classical, modern and contemporary dance.
He completed the formation of PEPCC, Forum Dança in 2015-2016 and currently participates in the formation of PEPCC-C 2017.

With experience in folk dances of Europe and traditional dances of the world, he learns as well clown techniques, improvisation and African and corporal percussion. He has an interest in photography.

Movement Labs: 

A warming up focussed on the physical and voice practice Luis uses as a base in  ‘Johnny Horne’ . It will be lead according to the necessities of the rehearsal  of that day and the interest of the participants.

Klein technique, yoga, contemporary dance and traditional songs of different peoples of the world are part of the easy going training that searches to awake the body and place it in a different state of presence to work in creation and composition.

Residence | Performance artist Ronald Bal | 2 – 9 July

From 2 – 9 July at CLOUD Danslab

Ronald Bal graduated as a visual artist at ArtEZ Zwolle (the Netherlands) and was awarded with the ‘Best of graduates 2010’ exhibition at Gallery Ron Mandos in Amsterdam. His work is shown at diverse museums and project spaces, including museum CODA in Apeldoorn (2104-2015) 21 Rozendaal in Enschede  (2010), National Palace of Culture in Sofia (2016) and the Grimmuseum in Berlin (2013). In addition, Ronald Bal participated in various festivals and academic conferences, such as PAO 2015 in Oslo, Creature Live Art in Kaunas (2014), Venice International Performance Art Week in Venice (2016) and the academic conference ‘The politics of Performance and Play. Feminist Matters (Leiden University, 2016). From 2010 – 2016 Gallery Zerp in Rotterdam represented his work and showed his work in various exhibitions and art fairs. Ronald Bal also taught performance art at Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam and during PAS 2014 (Performance Art Studies) in Kaunas, Lithuania.

Characteristic for Ronald Bal is a multidisciplinary practice that integrates visual- and performance art through various methods of translation, such as choreography, sculpture, video and storytelling. In doing so he explores the language of movement, creates spaces to expose and elude systems of representation and mechanisms of subjectification, and aims to reformulate the relationship between the object and the subject.

Residence Natela Lemondzhava, Ingrid Lee, Nico Urban, Natali Blugerman, Ludmila Rodrigues, Ludic Collective

A group of Hague’s artists loosely related to the ArtScience Interfaculty, KABK, sketch a series of experiments at CLOUD Danslab this week.

During eight days, (25th May – 1st June), Natela Lemondzhava, Ingrid Lee, Nico Urban, Ludmila Rodrigues, Natali Blugerman, Ludic Collective will be working together for the first time.

CLOUD Club #13 Hypnosonic Encounters with the Unknown | with Virginie Dubois

Next CLOUD Club will be a sonic trip to the unknown. Guided by sound artist Virginie Dubois (FR/NL), we’ll depart on a trance session, with sounds from here and the beyond. Virginie is preparing a new piece specially for this occasion, and you’re invited to join her experiment of ‘entrainment’ at the CLOUD/Danslab studio.

Entrainment in Biomusicology in the synchronization of organisms to an external rhythm. Together and with the construction of rhythms provided by Virginie, we’ll tremble, shiver and burst to beats from around the world.

This will be the first time that CLOUD Club hosts a sound artist to provide the dancing experience. CLOUD Club is an experimental  space to engage artists, choreographers, dancers, movers of all kinds and the audience on the dance-floor. Organized by CLOUD members Fazle Shairmahomed and Ludmila Rodrigues.

We hope to see you then!

Friday 21st October 2016
Doors open at 20:30
Session starts at 21:00
(No entrance after 21:00)

Please be on time!
No shoes allowed, socks will rock!
Contribution € 7,00
Feel free to bring your own drinks

About Virginie Dubois:

Virginie Dubois (FR, 1977) completed her art studies at the KABK Royal Academy of Arts & Koncon/Royal Conservatory in The Hague in 2013, and received a second master degree in applied arts at the Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam in 2014.
Her work focuses on the relationship between sound, space and architecture; and more generally between sound and the listener.
Using architecture and urban places as musical instruments, Dubois explores the sonority of space and develops sound installations, sound walks and public interventions with the idea to enhance the acoustic qualities of the space.

“In my approach, ‘walking’ and ‘listening’ are essential: they are the fundamental tools at the heart of my practice. By bringing awareness and presence to simple actions and social behaviors, my goal is to invite the audience to experience ‘listening’ as a playful and powerful methodology.
From walking to intentionally wandering, from hearing to carefully listening, one will learn how to consciously, and fully partake to the environment.
It is then, that the perception of sound becomes a spatial event, a material phenomenon, and a physiological experience.”

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.

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
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

CLOUD Club #11: SHAKEN | With Zwoisy Mears-Clarke

Yes! The next CLOUD Club will be on Saturday, April 9th, 2016!

Our resident Zwoisy Mears-Clarke will guide an intensive shaking session.

Doors open at 19:30
Session starts at 20:00 (no entrance after 20:00)
Contribution: €7,5

The physical practice of shaking is a personal preparation of “getting in tune” with ourselves so that when we sit the tensions will be dissolved. The repetitive action of continuously shaking can lessen and grow in intensity as we experiment with what state of the body/mind will be produced through this active release.

CLOUD Club is an experimental dance session where a new dancer/choreographer/artist is invited to guide a journey of about 2 hours. CLOUD Club is for everyone interested, from any ages and backgrounds – no expertise required! Read more on: CLOUD Club

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About Zwoisy

Zwoisy Mears-Clarke was born in Jamaica and immigrated to U.S.A. at the age of 13, before heading off again at 21. Following this ongoing migratory experience Zwoisy’s work focuses on the translation of untold stories. Paired with discussion of written and oral stories throughout the process of creating each piece, full-bodied movement, gestures, scholarly literature and collaboration are used to support its materialization. The aim of this process remains to provide alternatives ways to share experiences and form connections between estranged communities. Zwoisy received a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University, New York City and a B.A. in Physics and Dance at Oberlin College, Oberlin, U.S.A. in 2012. Within the work, one will find that these opposing yet complementary concepts of the body are connected. In the recent years, Zwoisy has studied with Billie Hanne, Jodi Melnick, Kirstie Simson, Mary Cochran, and Nancy Stark-Smith, and has performed the works of Isabelle Schad,Susan Rethorst, Kyle Abraham, Will Rawls, and Wendy Jehlen. Zwoisy has performed and shown work at venues both in Berlin and New York City, such as HAU, Sophiensaele, New York Live Arts, the Tank and the Glicker-Milstein Black Box Theatre. Currently, Zwoisy is based in Berlin.

Read more: Zwoisy’s website

Sound and Movement Class with TodaysArt/4DSOUND

SpaceBody Intelligence – Sound and Movement class by Rob Jan Liethoff, with 4DSOUND & TodaysArt, supported by CLOUD/Danslab

CLOUD is joining forces with TodaysArt Festival on this exciting workshop on September 25th and 26th. We’ll be there and we are excited to invite you to join this special Sound and Movement class.

Premiering at TodaysArt 2015, the festival for contemporary art and music in The Hague, Netherlands, 4DSOUND: Circadian presents interdisciplinary works from a diverse set of artists – all created exclusively for the Electriciteitsfabriek.

4DSOUND prepares a 24 hour program of interactive spatial sound performances featuring Lisa Park, Marco Donnarumma, Kazuya Nagaya, Oscar Mulero, the overnight A/V meditation project Noqturnl by John Connell and Florence To, and more to be announced. The event includes an opening conference, a sound and movement workshop, immersive sonic meditation, participative spatial performances, overnight collective dream state.

Robert Jan Liethoff is a Berlin-based actor, dramaturgist and voice movement teacher. His work draws on aspects of voice physiology as a departure point for the development of sound-oriented bodywork. He is fascinated by the body’s own intelligence: his compositions often begin from the concept of a raw, or formless space-state, from where they begin to move towards clearer specific forms and structures. (Go to: Robert Jan Liethoff’s site )

Robert will host the sound and movement class and a lecture for 4DSOUND: Circadian inviting participants to explore a ‘physical’ listening practice. Investigating how we perceive sound composition, what the body considers a ‘healthy’ sound texture, our ability to perceive sound internally as well as externally, and the influence this has on our spatial awareness of space both internal and external, and the sense of self that emerges from this understanding.

Capacity: 50 people per class
Friday 25 September & Saturday 26 September
11:00 – 12:00 (please stay updated with the schedule as changes may happen later!)

Location: Electriciteitsfabriek, The Hague

Participation Fee: € 8

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About the 4DSOUND: Circadian

4DSOUND is a laboratory and cultural collective exploring Spatial Sound as a medium. Since 2008, it has developed an innovative Spatial Sound technology that has significantly improved and expanded the possibilities to create, perform and experience sound spatially. 4DSOUND is a fully omnidirectional sound environment, where the listener can appreciate Spatial Sound images in a virtually unlimited spatial continuum. Sound can move infinitely distant or intimately close to the listener: it moves around, as well as above, beneath, in between or right through them.

A 4DSOUND environment allows for a natural reproduction of sound sources in a spatial environment. The loudspeakers are completely transparent: instead of listening to speakers, one is listening to space.

4DSOUND is at the forefront of researching and demonstrating how Spatial Sound is becoming intertwined with a broader cultural movement that propagates self-awareness, social cohesion and sustainability. Spatial Sound is at the heart of a development leading to an Ecology of Listening – influencing the quality of the listening environment to enhance our mental and physical state.

Residency Rodrigo Alves

Rodrigo Alves

Presentation | Monday 3 August | 18:00

Rodrigo Alves, performance and film maker presents an essay on interruption, a study on non-linear performance or the art of interruption. Yet, and most perpetually in development.

With Bryndis Brynjolfsdottir and Maurits Goossens (dancer and composer)

Rodrigo Alves studied in Lisbon’s Dance Conservatory and later finished his degree on dance performance at CODARTS, Rotterdam. As performer he worked for Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, De Nationale Opera and Duo Attema-Haring.

As a maker Rodrigo is focused on the human condition, the core of humanity and animality, as means to develop works in the field of live art and film.

He has made several dance, performance and exhibition pieces in both Portugal and The Netherlands and March this year he presented his second short film ‘demora’ at OFF SCREEN, Rotterdam.

The spectator will contribute by being part of a performing state that happens with watching the performance, sitting down, coughing, clapping etc (unconscious choreography), even if silence fills the room, it will be used as an instrument for conducting the next step.

The performance, at this moment of construction, involves Scapino dancer Bryndis Brynjolfsdottir whose been part of my creative work in a previous piece and in a short film, and composer Maurits Goossens. Both act as performers of physicality as well as composers of real life sound-images; which could be the pulling of a chair, talking or water running. Finding a balance between body and sound is our second important focus.

At the end of the research week, a presentation will offered, to further the investigation on how it works with the real audience and how adaptable or destroyable it might become.

The transfusions: Research of the Voice and Body of Blood

Presentation | Saturday 8 August | 20:00
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About the artists:

Cora Schmeiser is a versatile vocalist. Her voice moves effortlessly between medieval and contemporary styles. During her performances she uses her sophisticated voice and virtuosity with expressive contrasts to create an intimate atmosphere that captivates the listener. Theatrical but completely natural.

After her study in the Royal Academy of the Hague, the Netherlands, she specialized in medieval and contemporary music, being a member of the Vocaallaboratorium/Silbersee. In the Lunyala Trio and ensemble Nu:n she collaborates with musicians from different musical backgrounds as jazz and electronic music as wel as in in her soloprogramme ‘hier und dort’-Sprachklänge-Klangmomente.

Anne Wellmer | nonlinear is a sound artist, composer and performer. She studied electronic music at the Institute of Sonology in The Hague and composition with Alvin Lucier and Anthony Braxton at Wesleyan University in Middletown CT/USA. Among her work are sonic environments for performances, sound installations, live music for dance and theater, radio art, music theater pieces, network projects and improvisation with electronics. Anne Wellmer lives and works in Den Haag (NL).

Geerten Ten Bosch (Dordrecht 1959) is working in the art field since 1986 as draftsman/illustrator/free designer. She forms the duo Banketje with Harriët van Reek, creating absurd, intimate and visual worlds in stand-alone environments.

Made possible with the financial support of the Gemeente Den Haag

New Partnership with SMartNL

We are getting on track with CLOUD’s financial plans. And we’re proud to announce the support of the amazing SMartNL in the sustainability of CLOUD.


SMartNL is a platform that helps administrative/business tasks for artists and projects; especially designed for our context. It is a non-profit organisation that offers solutions and services for artists and creative professionals who work by the project. Their primary goal is to strengthen artists and creative workers’ autonomy and to foster sustainable creative careers. To achieve this, they provide tools and services that deal with the complexity of creative projects and allow us to manage creative projects and collaborations.

Everything they do is based on needs of professionals, simplifying the day-to-day professional life, freeing time for creativity. Whether the user is VAT registered or not, has a legal entity, works on its own or in a collective, our services are catered especially for the creative world.

As an active participant in the social economy they reinvest all profits they make. This makes them able to minimize costs, to constantly keep improving the service and to create an additional benefit based on the principle of pooling.

As part of an European collaboration, they are able to provide an essential contribution to help creative professionals to establish themselves throughout Europe.


Many thanks to Jette Schneider!

Tensegrity: Structures & Movement | Residency of Florencia Reznik

Florencia Reznik from Buenos Aires, Argentina will have a residency in CLOUD from 18 till 23 december 2014 and from 5 till 11 january 2015 and she is looking for people to participate.

The idea is open to anyone. There is no need to commit to the whole time, you can drop by the days that are convenient for you. Please an email her some days in advance so she knows how many people are coming.

The residency includes yoga practice every morning from 10 to 11:30 – a warm up and mind-set for the rest of the day’s research. Feel free to take a class and “pay” by staying afterwards for a few hours as a participant in the research group, or pay 5€ from 10 am – 11:30 am (afternoon varies in time)


Florencia will work on Tensegrity, proved to be a precise instantiation of the failure of the doctrine of functionalism and the triumph, instead, of a non-instrumentalized mode of invention.

What started as a marginal idea in the art field, was many years later used in architecture, medicine and biology. We are now putting this structural principle in movement through dance experimentation.

From *biotensegrity*, we pay attention to what connects all the parts of the body. We see the body as a whole. This approach considers the *fascia* essential to understand the body structure and its capacity to move.

Imagine that fascia is something similar to a fabric that covers our whole body. The tensegrity model posits that a single force in one part of the body will have an effect throughout the body. What would happen if that fabric covers not one but two bodies? Or more?

My interest is in how we (dancers, people) can enhance our experience of our body in connection to other bodies. In order to connect with others, we need to reach out, to move.

Trust is our relation with the unknown. Our body is physiologically prepared to be alert when it has to deal with something new, and this is translated into tension in the body. But there is something about letting go that allows us to move, to adapt, to be creative, and to connect with others. I think that *contact improvisation technique* can be a very useful tool to explore this.

I like to think of this residency as a research space-time. My background is in yoga, more precisely *Iyengar yoga*. Every morning we will start with a yoga practice that will bring consciousness to our body. With this starting point, the challenge will be to connect with other people through movement and contact. I am not a dance teacher. I will not teach how to do this. This is a challenge for me too. I hope that together we come up with creative strategies to do so.

After the yoga class, it comes lunch time (remember it is not advisable to eat two hours before yoga practice!). I suggest that during this time, we study *what is tensegrity, what is fascia, how is the body built*. I have reading material to share, and we can talk and discuss it.

Finally, during the afternoons, we will develop a series of exercises to put all this into practice. We will move with elastics, harnesses, fabrics and each others bodies. How does this movement feel? What can I do from here?* Let’s forget about the thoughts and the shapes, and focus on the joints, the mechanisms, the fluids that make strange noises inside us.

Last but not least, these topics are my main concern. But I am open to other things to come up as well. If someone has an interest that is somehow related to this, is more than welcome to share it!

— Flor Reznik

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Waves and Undulations: Study Lab by Ilse van Haastrecht

Wednesday 17 december 2014

Waves and Undulations – Exploring the Spine

For her research at Cloud, Ilse van Haastrecht asked herself the question: can I actually feel my spine? Where can I touch it? What happens when I move and when I change levels? What is proprioception?  You are welcome to join Ilse in pursuing these questions.

During the Lab, participants will explore these issues through improvised assignments, with prepared material, to study anatomy and to see how we can apply this knowledge to the moving body.

This lab is part of Ilse’s trajectory as a candidate teacher of Axis Syllabus. She looks forward to exploring together with you and she is open to your input and feedback.

What is Axis Syllabus?

AS is an open resource pool for information and findings about the human body in locomotion. The Axis Syllabus Research Community ( aims to compile knowledge and reference points to what it might mean to move in healthy and structurally supported ways. The information is constantly tested and updated through classroom and research experience.

The challenges, aims and contexts for the moving body keep changing, as different bodies, situations and individual needs are various. Looking into anatomy, applied physics and bio-mechanical functioning, serves as a frame to help finding best ways of educating ourselves into graceful movement.

Practical information:
Where: Cloud@danslab, De Constant Rebecqueplein 20b, Den Haag
When: Wednesday 17th of December
Time: 16.30-18.30
Contribution: a donation for the studio rent (suggested € 5)

The lab is open to anyone interested in the moving body. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Ilse van Haastrecht.

If you wish to invite friends, please do so. Spread the word!

Thank you!

CLOUD/Ilse van Haastrecht