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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: 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

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.
































CLOUD Winterfestival

CLOUD Winterfestival in Theater De Vaillant, Den Haag
“Colorful Wonderful Winter Dance Express”


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CLOUD, the dance & performance research lab in Den Haag, organizes a special day to celebrate it’s two year anniversary. Saturday January 18 we have a day packed with open classes, workshops, artistic research presentations and performances, in collaboration with the street dance work shop DansWerkPlaats in De Vaillant, the local theatre in the Schilderswijk, Den Haag.

You want to indulge in African dance or improvisation class? Do ballet or classical Indian dance? Go Azonto or House? Start up with a Zumba work-out or recover in a yoga class? For just 5 euro’s you can spent the whole saturday doing lessons, participate in workshops and join presentations of CLOUD projects.

Artists working at CLOUD will present their dance and performance research, especially those projects in which audience has been participating. In the evening the urban crews of DansWerkPlaats will present Dance Express, with a HipHop freestyle and Azonto battle immediately after.

Classes and workshops start at 12 and will continue till 6 pm. CLOUD presentations and performances start are between 6 and 7 pm.

Bring all your friends, and come to taste all the wonderful colors of dance!

For the program and other info program, check


This project got a small subsidy of €4000,- by Gemeente Den Haag.


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CLOUD, platform voor dans en performance research, organiseert een heus winterfestival.

Wil je eindelijk eens Afrikaanse dans of een improvisatieles doen? Wil je kennis maken met ballet of Indiase dans? Een Zumba workout proberen of lekker bijkomen in een yogales?

Voor slechts €5,- kun je op zaterdag 18 januari in De Vaillant tussen 12:00- 18:00 alle mogelijke lessen volgen. Daarna zullen kunstenaars van CLOUD hun onderzoek presenteren in het kader van “CLOUD nodigt uit”.

Publiek is gevraagd om mee te werken met de kunstenaars om het werk verder te ontwikkelen.  Aansluitend zullen de urban crews van  de DansWerkPlaats hun Dance Express laten zien en vind er aansluitend een HipHop freestyle en Azonto battle plaats.

Neem je vrienden mee, en kom samen proeven van dans in al zijn geuren en kleuren!

Voor het exacte programma kijk op of


Dit project heeft een kleine subsidie toegekend gekregen van €4000,- door Gemeente Den Haag.


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Workshop in De Nieuwe Regentes door Eline van Ark

Zondag 22 December geeft Eline een workshop in De Nieuwe Regentes in Buurtbruis II, een workshopmiddag met kunstenaars en makers uit de buurt. Voor iedereen is er wel wat bij en eind van de middag kun je kiezen tussen twee films. Voor 5 euro inclusief een drankje (we hebben die dag ook glühwein en warme chocomelk) kun je aan een workshop meedoen. Wees er snel bij, het aantal plaatsen is beperkt. Alle workshops zijn geschikt voor alle niveau’s, ook beginners.

Eline’s workshop ‘Bewegende Geluiden’ is een workshop ontwikkeld in samenwerking met Barbara Ebner tijdens hun project RADAR, waarin de dansers luisteren naar en reageren op de geluiden van het publiek. Eline en Barbara hebben een methode ontwikkeld waarin ze op verschillende manieren luisteren naar geluiden, en deze geluiden in beweging vertalen.

In de workshop gaan we deze verschillende manieren van luisteren verkennen, en daarmee de geluiden als motor voor beweging laten werken. Hierdoor gaan we dansen met geluid, tussen geluid, in geluid, worden we bewogen door geluid en creeren we geluid met en voor bewegingen. Voor iedereen die de wereld wel eens van een andere kant wil bekijken, en wil gaan spelen met wat er is, hier en nu.

meer info over Eline en Barbara’s RADAR project op