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WINDS OF BREATH
WORKSHOP SKINNER RELEASING & IMPROVISATION

This 1-day workshop explores our breath as an essential aspect of ourselves and its powerful role within dancing and making dances.  
The day starts with a Skinner Releasing Technique (SRT) class in which poetic imagery, partner studies and individual exploration stimulate an awareness of the breath.
By allowing the breath to move on its own while we move or rest in stillness, its soft, fluid and spacious quality opens the whole body-mind.
A free breath nurtures our intuition and imagination with each inhalation. Breath becomes key for our dancing.


Informed by the SRT practice the second part of the day focusses on compositional work.
Experiencing the breath as an ongoing current of air that connects our inner world and our surroundings increases our sense of our three-dimensionality. At the same time, our relationship with
other dancers and the outer space resonates with greater clarity.
Letting simple sounds travel on the winds of breath enhances the richness of images and stories that
unfold in our dancing. This leads into solos, duets and dance pieces in smaller or larger groups.


When:
Sat 20 May: 10.00 – 16.00
Where:
CLOUD / Danslab, De Constant Rebecqueplein 20-B, 2518 RA Den Haag
Costs:
€ 70,-
Teaching language: English
Please sign up before 12 May 2023. Places are limited.
Info & registration:
info@bettinaneuhaus.com
Once you’ve signed up you will receive more practical information and details for payment.

Website event: https://www.bettinaneuhaus.com/event/winds-of-breath.html
FB-event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1690037748113328/
About the facilitator:
Bettina Neuhaus is an Amsterdam-based dance artist, mentor and certified Skinner Releasing
Technique (SRT) teacher at Introductory (2004) and Ongoing (2011) levels. She holds an MA
Creative Practice Dance Professional Pathway from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance,
London in partnership with Independent Dance and has been creating work for over 30 years,
collaborating with dancers, musicians, visual artists and poets. In her teaching she shares her love for
the dancing body, with its inherent imagination and intelligence, its poetry and infinite possibilities of
transformation and expression through which we connect to the world. She teaches Instant
Composition and SRT at major academies, art institutions and independent studios throughout
Europe and South America.

www.bettinaneuhaus.com

Instagram: bettinaneuhausdance

Going -IN by Shani Bar Dimri

Saturday, April 29th, 13:00-16:00

1. About the workshop

Going-IN

Going-IN is a deliberate physical, mental and energetic action that guides me in my artistic practice. During this workshop we will focus on the primal and ever-changing relation between our anatomy and self-perception. By addressing the body both as an archive of somatic experiences and a landscape that needs to be re-discovered- we will be Going-IN
We will start warn-up with slow and deep bodily work, in order to awaken the awareness of our physical structure and how it shapes our mental spaces. Gradually in individual and group work we will drop words, scan spatial relations and map our actions. 
Using lead improvisations and writing tasks we will allow our bones and muscles intuitions act as storytellers. Letting those stories guide a self-discovery process, spark inspiration and sharpen our performative presence as movers, artists and humans.

Key words | anatomy, layers, biography, unconscious, landscape, writing, locomotion

Who is it for | For artists, dancers and all moving bodies with curiosity to listen closely to their body

2. Link for tickets 
http://goingin.eventgoose.com/

3. About me

BIO | Israeli choreographer and performer Shani Bar Dimri searches for ways of crafting subjective performances. Her artistic research observes the human figure. She studies the structures of the human body as an evolutionary changing body of knowledge. Focusses on questions that emerge from addressing the body as an archive of somatic biographies and a landscape of physical and metaphorical injuries.

Shani Bar Dimri (1988) obtained her Bachelor’s degree in dance at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance (IL), holds a Master’s degree in Art Education from HAMIDRASHA college (IL) and graduated Kelim biannual choreography program (IL). 
From 2015 onwards Bar Dimri dedicated herself to create her own works. Craft (2015), Fitna (2018), Roaming (2019), Anatomy of (un) Holding (2021). Physical details and geometrical lines are an aesthetic key in her works. Shani participated in the first edition of 1|2|3 -a development program for emerging choreographers in Suzanne Dellal Centre (IL), and was invited to perform her latest solo in Dans in Ontwikkeling, Schiedam (NL). 
Today, Bar Dimri based in the Netherlands, participating the NAPK-START mentoring program (NL) and continues to place the wisdom of the evolving moving body as a source of inspiration.

Contact info | Shanibar.dimri@gmail.com | 06 25 35 43 81 | WEB
Instagram: Shani_bar_dimri
FB: Shani Bar Dimri – Choreographer

Falling into the unknown: contact & improvisation workshop

In this contact improvisation class, we will explore the concept of surrendering to the unknown. We will investigate the sensation of falling from one axis to another, and inquire into what happens in the space between those falls.

By practicing being in the unknown, we will discover new possibilities for movement and connection with our dance partners. We will also delve into the idea of finding balance within imbalance, and how this can lead to a deeper sense of trust and collaboration in our dance.

Throughout the class, we will cultivate a willingness to be without answers, and embrace the journey of discovery that arises from surrendering to the present moment.

All levels of experience are welcome, so come with an open mind and a desire to explore the depths of movement and connection. See you on the dance floor!

About the facilitator:
Ady Elzam is a dancer from Israel based in Den Haag. Ady studied and danced with Vertigo dance company, Dede dance and a few more dance groups in Israel. He trained extensively in CI and Instant composition with many of the leading teachers in the field. Ady is curious especially around the question of what is improvisation and how can we engage with it. As a teacher he likes to present his students with the unknown..

When?
Sunday 23rd April – 13:00-18:00

Where?
CLOUD/danslab studio

Fee: 50€

Registration: Ady – +31 6 58859045
https://wa.me/message/DWLIJBQ5BVVFI1
office@adyelzam.com

Join us for this unique opportunity to explore the practice of contact improvisation in a safe and supportive environment!

workshop|The Ilan Lev Method (ILM) Ady Elzam

The Ilan Lev Method (ILM) aims to connect you with your unhabitual self. Depatterning your movement vocabulary by introducing change and challenge to work with ease. The practice is simple and fun, anyone can partake. Yet you can dive deep and far into your body, and find places and movements you did not know existed.
Who is this introductory workshop meant for?
Anyone that has a body, and anyone that wishes to move in a way that challenges the habitual!
We will take around 2 hours to dive deep into the body, opening it layer after layer with a few simple functions of movement. After that we’ll have a small presentation of what we call “Quickies” – 10min sessions on a treatment table – showcasing some possibilities that the method provides us with.

About the facilitator:
Ady Elzam is an ILM practitioner since 2011, he trained with Ilan in Israel for several years and has been teaching and giving individual treatments for more than 10 years.
Ady is trained (and worked extensively) as a professional dancer, he draws a lot of inspiration into his work from the artistic world of instant dance/movement. He is particularly interested in the link between the way we move and the quality of our life, and how we can influence the two.
Ady likes to challenge and be challenged, in a soft and open manner, and likes to dive deep into the core of what’s in front of him.
Ady’s website: www.adyelzam.com

When?
Tuesday December 27th – 2022
16:00 – 18:00 – Workshop
18:00 – 19:00 – Quickies

Where?
CLOUD at danslab
De Constant Rebecqueplein 20b
2518 RA Den Haag

Cost?
Workshop 15€
Quickies free

For more info and registration: office@adyelzam.com

FB event: https://fb.me/e/2s650qroj

Website event: http://adyelzam.com/teaching/ilan-lev-method-introductory-workshop

“So, now what?” | Residency | Ana Sofie Meireles & Evelyn Hutchings

From 14 – 20 November 2022

Presentation: Friday 18 November 20:00 – door open 15 min. before

Synopsis:

There is frustration attached to us, for some reason or another, it fills us up with  questions, emotions, reflections. It comes up when we are not able to control something  that happened, something that we didn’t want to feel, or be. It’s triggered once  something doesn’t match the expectations, ours, of other people or the environment  around us. 

“So, now what?” explores the individual yet collective physical and emotional  experience of two people that are framed into a society, controlled into fitting a type,  while facing an unpredictable world, in which a lot is out of their own control. How does it feel to be controlled but not to be able to control? 

Biographies: 

Ana Meireles 

Ana Meireles is a dancer and young maker born in Porto. She initiated her dance studies  at Ginasiano Escola de Dança and concluded in 2021 her Dance Bachelor studies at  ArtEZ University of the Arts, in The Netherlands. 

During the last year of education at ArtEZ, Ana had an internship with the dance  company Another Kind of Blue, in The Hague, and developed her skills as a maker with  the creation of two pieces. She is currently working as a freelance dancer, maker and  dance teacher. 

Evelyn Hutchings  

Evelyn Hutchings is a dancer and young maker born in Palermo, Italy. She was part of the Eko Dance Project of Pompea Santoro and the I.C.D Professional  Dance Program. She finished her Bachelor studies in 2021 at ArtEZ University of the  Arts, in The Netherlands. During the last year of education at ArtEZ, Evelyn had an  internship with the dance company Another Kind of Blue, in The Hague, with the 

company Equilibrio Dinamico, in Italy, and created three pieces. She is currently  working as a freelance dancer and maker. 

Project description: 

We began working with the idea of social manipulation, the idea that we, as members  of a society, are constantly a target for being told what to do, what to wear, what to  say, who to be. And from the outside, a lot of us will act accordingly, and fit the frame  that we are put in. Everything is then done and said according to the rules, to the beliefs  and opinions of those in higher authority positions, those who have the power to  control.  

Later, we began to be interested in exploring what this concept means to us, personally,  emotionally and physically. What triggers us when we think about this framed world  and our obligation to fit in it. We felt frustration, each of us in a different way and for  different reasons, but we both felt it. We connected this feeling to our concept in the  way that it relates to wanting to go out of this frame, but not having the control to do  so. Everything beyond us is out of our hands, so there is a constant fight between us  and the world out there, where the actions of others and the actions of nature are  unpredictable and out of our control, while we struggle to get us out of the frame.  

The feeling is of helplessness, there are questions, emotions, reflections, plans. It feels  suffocating and the body becomes tense, there is so much information running through  our heads and our biggest question is, what can I do? What is possible for me to do in  this world that people fight to get control of, where I feel I have no control in anything  but myself, and somehow, everyone has control over me? 

We are now in the process of exploring all these ideas and finding out how the body  reacts to them. Our goal is to present a personal perspective on this concept, showing  not only out it looks from the outside, how we just do what we are supposed to do in  this framed society, but also how we internally struggle through fitting into it and not  wanting to.

curious? click link to listen to a short interview with the makers :

https://vimeo.com/774744497

Ellie & LO

Ellie &Lo – research  projet. 
Concept/ Direction Karine Guizzo
Performers Ellie Bishop , Lorenzo Capodieci 

“starting from improvisation, I want to develop a physical conversation, with a specific dance vocabulary: movements, wild and particular, rich in forms and dynamics, characteristic of dancing in a club( as starting point ) We work from virtuosity and competition – partly as a struggle, where each dancer shows its own way  – but also as an interplay and sensuality. 

Connection and intimacy with the audience is an important point in this project.ELLIE & LO can only be experienced up close and intimately with a small audience, who I consider – in an inclusive approach, to be part of the research project.

Karine Guizzo

Free admission, but limited seats available!

Register here

https://ellieandlo.com

Monday, October 24th – 5.30 pm

CLOUD/Danslab De Constant Rebecqueplein 20-B

Thursday, October 27th – 3 pm & 5 pm

De Nieuwe Regentes Weimarstraat 63 2562

Friday, October 28th – 7.30 pm

The Grey Space in The Middle Paviljoensgracht 20

Photo Robert Benschop

dis/embodiment, re-embodiment and dance

Laura Shapiro / quicksilverdance, Thomas Körtvélyessy / Reàl Dance Companydis/embodiment, re-embodiment and dance
informal sharing Friday September 16th (online/studio)
20.00 hrs (CEST) 2pm (EST)

over this summer, New York-based choreographer Laura Shapiro and Thomas Körtvélyessy continued a written conversation about dis/embodiment and dance in relation social and political crises of our present times.
what relation do they experience as dance-professionals between dis/embodiment and its consequences, incl. fascism, destruction of the biosphere of which they are a part?
what can be the role of (our) embodiment, dance and creativity in this process?
how does listening to and acting according to our physical state relate to a dance culture where production and performance do (not always) allow for this to happen?

you are welcome to join them on Friday September 16th at 20.00hrs (Den Haag) or 2 pm (New York), when they share more about this project and open up the discussion. you can join via Zoom or directly in the studio of CLOUD, De Constant de Rebecqueplein 20b, 2518 RA the Hague/Den Haag. (face-masks mandatory) – warm thanks to the Kinetic Awareness™ Center for kindly providing the Zoom-account that will connect us all.space is limited,

please pre-register here by clicking on this link (opens a reply e-mail)
or write to info@realdancecompany.org See less

ME MONUMENTA!

ME MONUMENTA! is a research  project : a solo by Karine Guizzo ,with the performer Lorenzo Capodieci.Her inspiration comes from nature, where males flaunt their ‘parure’’ in colorful seduction to attract their females but also from the extravagant drag shows with all their lavish looks and acts

The performance is an experimental composition of( minimalist) dance and visual art  in which we explore and celebrate ’We humans as monuments’’. The second part of the project consists in performing in unusual places , like cafes , hairdresser salons or in an  art gallery  

Friday 9th September, at 17:30 and 19:00, we will present ME MONUMENTA

Please register for the showings:memonumenta.com

Silent on the bench

The project

“Silent of the bench” is the composition of new music for an experimental deceto. I am interested in deepening into several things that I have been studying for a few years about psychoacoustics, and improvisation methodologies.  My stay in Coud is based on defining a line of composition for this group of musicians in particular

Short Bio (Projects (pb.online)):

José Luis Fraga (A Coruña,1988). Clarinetist, musician and performer. His interests are born from the instrumental practice, from the corpographic and from the collective interaction wirh artists of other disciplines. Higher Degree in Interpretation of Classical Music and Jazz, in Spain and Italy. 
In recent years he has held own performances in places such as ACUD Theater in Berlin, MEAM (Museu Europeo de Arte Moderno de Barcelona), Fábrica de Arte Cubano in Havana, Casa Iberoamericana de Holguín, Iries Vibes (Belgium), Feria Hybrid Art & Fair in Madrid, Espai B (Barcelona), Puertas de Castilla Sound Art Center (Murcia), Casa do Brasil in Madrid, the House of Music in Alicante, the Paco de Lucía Auditorium or El Círculo de Bellas Arts in Madrid. Since 2016 he has been the artistic director of the “Código Abierto” collective of transdisciplinary improvisation (music, dance and visual arts). 
He has participated in international artistic residencies such as Medialab Prado tutored by “El niño de Elche” (Madrid 2021), Majaam Residency (Estonia), Konvent Zero (Barcelona 2019), Art and Ground Alicante (2017). Receives several notable awards and grants, such as the Mestre Mateo Award for soundtrack (2021), INJUVE Creation Award (2017), AMEE PANC for sound artists (2017) tutored by Susan Campos Fonseca (Costa Rica Musical Historical Archive) or Buzz Meet s Biz of the Goethe Institute (2018).

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

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
Tickets

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