Category Archives: Residents

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

RESIDENCY | RECONNECT | BODIES IN ACTION

11 – 15 April 2022

Open classes every morning 10:30 -11:15 AM

Showing Friday 15 April 19:30 – 21:30

Julian & Shira from Bodies In Action ~ enGendering Contemporary Dance from England will be starting a new Research in the Cloud studio.

We will look at what it is like to reconnect with something unfamiliar. This can be taken in an abstract or literal sense. It will be quite a personal residency, with opportunity to take things we are familiar with, throw them out the window, and discover new things both physically, emotionally, and mentally.

Some questions and ideas we have while playing with this new creation is: 

  1. How do unfamiliar bodies become familiar once again? How does the familiarity change?
  2. Does the reconnection of something that seems distant automatically reconnect or not?
  3. How does one/something smell, look, feel different? Can this happen with both a person and materialistic thing ?
  4. How do we transform the act of “re-meeting” into something abstract and visual? 
  5. How does the amount of time apart from someone/something affect the reconnection of this?

Through these questions and figuring out the answers, we will find ways to manifest the creative process through physical tasks in order to generate material. We will take inspiration from our own unique experience as well as gather other experiences from our individual selves to tackle the question of how we reconnect with estranged individuals. 

At the CLOUD/Danslab residency, we will invite people to come and take class in the morning.

Depending on what the space allows for, we will either guide a meditation/pilates/movement class or if professional dancers would like, we will host a ballet for contemporary dancers; otherwise, we will do a combination of both.

if you want more information about the classes please contact Julian: bodiesinactiondance@gmail.com

We will host a showing at the end of the week

to gather the immediate community to see what we have been up to. After this showing, there will be a discussion based on what people saw.

https://www.bodiesinaction.org/home

https://instagram.com/bodiesinactiondance

RESIDENCY | STONE NETWORK | Anna Bierler and Marit Mihklepp

8-12 March 2022

Stone Network is a knot of gatherings initiated by Anna Bierler and Marit Mihklepp. They begin weaving the network with a week-long residency-ritual – from March 8-12 – to connect the voices and bodies of the geologic and the human, as well as focus on modes of writing and reading as spaces for intimacy and collectivity. 

Each day an invited guest will be sharing their practice as an intensive learning and playing session:

Tuesday, 8.3. with Juliette Lizotte

Wednesday, 9.3. with Greta Facchinato

–Thursday, 10.3. with Cocky Eek

–Friday, 11.3. with Undead Matter

–Saturday, 12.3. with Comfort Ball

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From March 8–12 between 7pm–8pm the public is invited to join for interactive radio-experiments on Good Times Bad Times. Streaming live from CLOUD Danslab in The Hague, we’ll explore reading and writing as a collective practice while tending to stones and the stories they carry.

To participate, please enter the chatroom of Good Times Bad Times

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Every summer I gather a few stones from
the beach and keep them in a glass bowl.
Now and again I cover them with water,
and they drink. There’s no question about
this; I put tinfoil over the bowl, tightly,
yet the water disappears. This doesn’t
mean we ever have a conversation, or that
they have the kind of feelings we do, yet
it might mean something. Whatever the
stones are, they don’t lie in the water
and do nothing.
Some of my friends refuse to believe it
happens, even though they’ve seen it. But
a few others—I’ve seen them walking down
the beach holding a few stones, and they
look at them rather more closely now.
Once in a while, I swear, I’ve even heard
one or two of them saying “Hello.”
Which, I think, does no harm to anyone or
anything, does it?

Mary Oliver, Watering the Stones

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Let’s meet in the chatroom!

xoxo Stone Network

This project is made possible with the kind support of creative industries fund NL

BRIDGING | RESIDENCY | IVAN COOK

06-19 December 2021

Presentation

18 December 13:00 – 13:30 & 15:00 – 15:30

A look at the thin line walked between stability and utter insanity.

How the mind and body copes with forced timeouts, everyday living and the need for purpose.

Bridging plays with memorizing forms of music performed by Nikos Charalambous , dancer Ivan Cook explores the depth of extreme physicality and mental despair, through theater and acrobatic dance.

Donation based. Reservation & Covid pass required.

Reservations via: www.cookmovementpractice.online/event

COSMIC CATERPILLARS

Lecture Performance by Lili Ullrich

Sunday 21 November 2021 at 16:00

In this lecture performance Lili Ullrich will share her research on the Knowing Body, institutional trauma and the Collective Unconscious. During her residency at CLOUD she worked on the performance Kosmische Raupe, in which she translated these topics into a collage of acting, physical theatre, contemporary poetry & sound. You can expect a magical journey into the subconscious mind and mystery of the body. 

We are looking forward to see you then, the space will be open 15 minutes in advance.

picture by Pilar Mata Dupont with a costume by Dragadina and Rico Dyks

State of excitement: research on the numinous experience | Dimitri v/d Wittenboer

31 oktober – 28 november 2019

Presentation | 28 november during the event: The Handshake

more info about this event on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/events/595704267837355/

About Dimitri van den Wittenboer:

Dimitri’s background is in fine arts focusing on the exploration of the participatory aspects of performance art. In his collaborative artistic practice, he is curious about the potential of human interactions while critically questioning the current forms of social encounters in our society. For previous projects Dimitri has researched the history of western ritual traditions while relating them to the phenomenon of participation in fine arts performances and theatre practices. Recently his work has turned towards the public space and engages with the performativity of social interactions that can be found within urban environments.

“Participation asks for the commitment of the audience: to put a part of themselves into the encounter. I believe that participation can make art less consumable and more social through creating collective actions.” 

dimitrivandenwittenboer.com


“I am interested in the religious experience. There are many ways how one can generate this state in different traditions, reaching from the unifying rituals of the tribal cultures, meditation or the practices of solitude in the protestant Christianity. This topic is covered in studies of anthropology, religion studies and theology.

“Anthropologists see religion as the construction force of society. Roy Rappaport describes religion as composed of two interrelated elements of the Sacred and the Numinous. The Sacred is a function of discourse, and the Ritual the event in which it is realised. The Sacred is what we know as institutionalised Religion with all its forms of practices. The Numinous, on the other hand, is an individual experience, an incomprehensible non-discursive element of Religion.

“Otto Rudolf in his essay Das Heilige (the Holy) makes a deep analysis of the Numinous from a theologian and psychological perspective. He describes it as something which can not be expressed but only can be talked about using analogies of emotional states which are common to us. He talks about the feeling of Fear, Grace, Dependence and Ecstasy as the emotions which come close to the Numinous.

“In this project, I am interested in exploring the ecstatic state. I am looking for ways how this state of euphoric excitement can be generated in a group of performers and then be transcended to the audience. To generate this state I would like to use techniques of breathing, sounding and movement.

Breath

“Breathing is a powerful instrument which can be used to influence the psychic states. In moments of fear, excitement or aggression our breath changes drastically. I am interested in using the variations in breath to generate the state of high excitement. In the performative research, I am planning to try different breath techniques inspired by dynamic meditation (Osho), shamanic practices, pranayama and holotropic breathwork. I have experience in these fields and would like to see how this techniques can be abstracted from the mentioned context and be possibly used to generate excitement.

Sound

“The voice is another interesting instrument which I am interested in. Similar to breath the voice is used in various traditions to generate certain states or to create unity among a group of participants. In the chakra sound meditation, vocals are sang separately related to the chakras to trigger a certain effect. In ritualistic practices, shouts or songs are performed to create a unifying experience. Further various humming and chanting techniques are worked with in eastern traditions to elevate the state of mind. Also in this context, I would like to try to find the core elements of these techniques and see how it can be used in my work.

Movement

“Finally movement. Dancing, shaking and various forms of rhythmic movement are used similarly as the voice and breath. In the Kundalini mediation shaking is an important element to generate energy in the body which is then further directed. Further movements from dance, shamanic practices and hatha yoga will be a starting point.

“If one takes a look at the history of avant-garde theatre then probably Jerzy Grotowski is the one who deepened the exploration of the religious state the most. In the tradition of Antonin Artaud, he was trying to elaborate on how the actor can reach a primordial state through physical action. Grotowski was aware that in our fragmented society the unifying experience of the ritual is not possible. But he believed that if the actor touches this primordial energy of the human being the audience through mere watching of it will be able to connect to it as well. However, Grotowski stopped the Theatre of Production after a few performances and focused his work more on research and the work with the actor. He saw theatre as a vehicle for the actor to reach a higher state of being.

“I think that he gave up the exploration of the possibilities to transcend the religious state to the audience a little early. As Rappaport states it, Ritual is important as it allows the audience to get in a transcendent state without an extended preparation or training. All these elements are included in the structure of the ritual. Ritual, therefore, makes these states accessible to ordinary people.

“With regard to this, I will look for a way of incorporating the explored techniques into a performance and look for ways to engage the audience. It is important for me to fuse these abstract techniques with motives of daily life and to make them, therefore, more accessible to the contemporary audience. The question is, what is the foundation fo ritualistic actions and how can it be translated into the language of contemporary western society? This is a very important point for me because I think that the mere presentation of something from a distant culture or time or just something completely detached from the profane reality, can not create the necessary relation to the audience. As a result, the audience becomes even more distant observing it as an object of entertainment instead of being drawn into it.

“I am aware that it would be easier to achieve these states in the audience by making them do a certain action. However, I think that the distance with which the people prefer to approach an artwork not necessary must be challenged through a forceful call for participation. I would like to look for a more authentic way to create a relation to the work and make the audience part of it.”

Residency #2 CLOUD LAYER BY LAYER | Una Wiplinger

29 July – 10 August 2019

Presentation : 10 August 17:00

Skin as a border between the inner and the outer world. As the most intimate human cover. As the outermost envelope. As the closest contact point to our surroundings. Skin covers the many layers of the body, interwowen and engraved with memories and stories.

During my first residency at CLOUD, my research was mostly about the sensation, influence and relationship between different anatomical “layers” of the body and movement.
Now I will start working with sound and textile materials, bringing new layers and aspects to my movement researches.

After a week of exchanging ideas and experimentig with Claire Chatel (costume & stage design), the interaction between body, movement and material will get integrated in the performative process. How can textile material and movement influence each other? What kind of movement possibilities does a certain material have to offer? How does movement change the shape and meaning of a textile object? What new pictures and stories can arise during the interaction between movement and material?

Furthermore I want to start developing first compositions for voice and loop station, playing with text fragments, layering and different kind of sounds.

Long Distance Collaboration | Ludic Collective

22-28 July 2019

Ludic Collective is essentially a small community of open-minded artists of different disciplines, with members currently scattered around the planet Earth. With passion for food, playing, experimenting, dance, music, devising and generally having fun, Ludic wants to collaborate with various artists and non-artists. 

Collectively we produce: performances /workshops /soundscapes /doodles /animation /text and meals, etc.

​Ludic focuses on creating  movement-based theatre. However, things are always shifting and Ludic members work to bring in individual projects to the group and support each others’ projects.

Ludic likes to eat together, share ridiculous ideas, make stuff, create a BIG MESS and conduct many trial failures without feeling the deep fall.

In this residency they will explore ‘long distance collaboration’, where they will bring together Bucharest, London, Gothenborg in the CLOUD studio. They also invited Kate Slezak to present her workshop during their time in the studio.

Sensory Experience | Kate Slezak

3- day workshop by Kate Slezak 25-26-27 July 2019

Rendering art reflective practise & proces making

July 25

11:30- 13:30 : entering the body, thinking about normalities; – from slowness to shaking

14:30 – 17:30 : creative workshop

July 26

11:30 – 13:30 : becoming – withs in intra active spaces ; – W. ‘Lecture’

14:30 – 17:30 : creative workshop

July 27

11:30 – 13:30 : digital performance and virtual body ; – monitoring movement and the art of conversation.

14:30 – 17:30 : creative workshop.

  • Intersecting embodied practise and and social critical discourse within interdisciplinary art making practise / process.
  • Participate is solo and collective movement and choreographic based exercises.
  • Call upon and access your subjective creative abilities.
  • Engage in reflective discussion
  • move and think together.

This workshop is open to anyone interested in furthering or beginning their art making practise/ process. Each day will be structured to an according subject; participants are ree to atend any 1-6 sessions. A donation of 5 – 15 € per session is encouraged. ( please contact Kate if money is an issue)

email questions / rsvp @ kate.slezak95 @gmail.com – Or ust show up !

www.movingmoves.com/rendering-art-reflective

THE UNCONSCIOUS MOVE | Residency Sebastian Pickering Pedersen

10-21 June 2019

PRESENTATION : 21 June at 5 pm

Open Morning Labs : 11/13/15/18/20 June from 9:30 till 11:00

Sebastian Pickering Pedersen

Danish/Canadian dancer, dance-maker and musician, b. 1994, Aarhus, Denmark. He has a varied background as a dancer, classical guitarist, fencer and white water canoeist.

As a choreographer he was recently artist in Residency at Performing Arts Platform in Denmark researching photography vs. movement/choreography with his collective aNorange, with whom he is currently working towards the premiere of their first longer piece. As a dancer he will be working with Icelandic Dance Company in January and Nicole Beutler (NB Projects) later in spring.

He is currently working on his movement research concerning involuntary/unconscious movement and has a flair for floor work and physical theatre.

During 2 weeks of exploration and creation at CLOUD, I will be working with different physical, theatrical and visual aspects of unconsciousness. Building on previous research concerning “Involuntary/unconscious movement” I will be continuing to work with physical tasks aiming to provoke the body to move without the performer consciously choosing to do so. The includes working with balance (loss), manipulation of the body and provoking physical reactions. I wish to combine this with a more theatrical approach by imitating states of consciousness – how can we theatrically express being conscious or unconscious? Can we create or imitate a state of in between – eg. sleep walking, being drunk, constantly switching between loosing and gaining consciousness?

The aim of this residency is to start transforming material and tasks from a practical movement research into a more artistic direction by finding out what images and associations appear from the exploration of physical and theatrical consciousness. By working with the theme and its tasks, what references might appear? What scenes can be built? What aesthetic does it have – does it have an aesthetic at all? Does it bring a context of its own, or does it need to be put in a certain “staged” context to have a meaning?

OPEN CLASSES

To prepare ourselves for working physically throughout the day, the warm ups will be working our stamina through floor work, partnering and improvisation, but also focus on more intricate exercises in balance and adding subtle theatricality to our ways of moving.

LAYER BY LAYER | Residency Una Wiplinger

1 – 8 June 2019

Una Minou Wiplinger

BA in Eurhythmics/Music and Movement Pedagogy at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna (mdw). A piano and voice pedagogue, she is also active as artist and educator in the fields of dance and theatre for children and adults. She is working as a freelance dancer, musician and eurhythmics practitioner and is a member of the Austrian dance and performance company schallundrauch agency

See the world as a mystery.

An onion with many layers.

Look beneath the surface.

Peel things to it ́s core.

Follow the threads of life.

LAYER BY LAYER is an interdisciplinary performance project. Dance, textile art and live music will fuse together. Therefore, I am collaborating with Claire Chatel, a French-Austrian textile artist and designer, as well as with two Austrian musicians.

Theme: “MULTIPLE LAYERS “

Universe- Worlds- Body- Society- Movement- Living beings- Thoughts- Materials- Emotions- Stories- Relations- Life- Textiles- Systems- Perception- Dreams- Sounds- People… are complex.

They consist of many elements, of different layers. Their structure is being shaped by time, by life. Each experience leaves marks, shaping and changing the story. Sounds, textiles and movements can be broken down into their finest fragments. They can condense and dissolve themselves. They influence and communicate, connect, separate or envelop each other. The performer plunges into different layers, atmospheres of different surroundings, and into her own inner universe.

Fields of Research & Questions:

Textiles, sounds and the anatomy of the body consist of layers, waves, and structures. We see and hear, but usually we only perceive “the whole” or rather the uppermost layers.

To what extent can a human being perceive deeper layers and differentiate between them? In more concrete terms: To what extent can we feel the structure of a fabric on our skin, feel our fascias, make out the different voices of a sound carpet or perceive the feeling that lies hidden beneath another?

FALLING IN: body, space, fragmentation | Residency Marta Worner

Marta Worner’s research exposition (13-26 May 2019)

Showing the outcome of the residency on 26 May

1st Show : 14:30 – 15:30

2nd Show : 16:30 – 17:30

Open attending sessions between 20 – 22 May

( see section “participation” for more info)

While space becomes fragmented, Marta researches around the ability of the body to become, through the simple act of falling into the unknown.

About the research

After two years of practice-led research framed within the Choreography Master program of Codarts and Fontys Universities, Marta finds herself in the final phase of her inquiry in which she will bring together her two lines of inquiry, the destructuration of the space through scenographic tools and its relation with the kinetics of the body. Below the inspirational umbrella of the idea of performing the Deleuzian concept of “becoming”, Marta addresses the dichotomy structure-destructure and its application and affections to the body.

Inspired by the Deleuzian concept of “becoming” (coming from the Latin verb “devenire” which means “coming down, falling in, arriving to”) Marta Wörner proposes the inquire of the act of “fall in” as a tool for de-patterning, a physical door to the unknown. The research will be presented one the one hand by an exposition of her documentation and on the other hand by an interdisciplinary movement work. The resulting interdisciplinary piece is a playful physical and spatial dialogue between controlling and “falling in”, or between balance and uncertainty that happens in a fragmented and multidimensional space. Starting from the destructuration of the space through the scenographic practice Marta uses an interactive steel construction with video projections together with sound and light design tools to build a fragmented universe that challenges the body to find its place inside that fluent setting through a process of becoming or falling in. The research has been led by an always changing, falling research question: How the fragmentation and destructuration of the space relate to the kinetic action of falling knowledge of my findings?

During the residency at CLOUD/DANSLAB

In this artistic residency at Cloud/Danslab, Marta Wörner will be experimenting on how to present her research documentation through the exposition model. Rather than create an academic paper to share her research, Marta has the aim to facilitate an experience that allows the audience to enter into the research universe she has been diving in during these years and to generate new knowledge together with the viewer’s experience and presence. For that, Marta will design an interactive space that, in coherence with her performative work, allows a nomadic experience in which the audience can access her documentation freely but guided and informed. During the residency, Marta will invite artists from different fields to allow their experiences and comments to influence her design.

Participation

If you are interested in participating, experiencing or questioning Marta’s research during the residency period, please, write an email to mwornersarabia@gmail.com with a short text explaining why would you like to attend to one of the research sessions and your availability between the 20th and 22nd of May. Moreover, there will be a showing of the outcome of the residency period during the 26th of May. If you would like to attend, please, send an email to mwornersarabia@gamail.com .The participation in both activities is free of charge, as it is thought of as an exchange. However, the inscription is necessary and the commitment to the appointment is appreciated.

About Marta Wörner

Marta Wörner is a motivated and enthusiastic interdisciplinary artist trained in modern dance in different countries and a Bachelor’s Degree in Audiovisual Communication. Throughout her career, she combines contemporary dance and audiovisual work such as projections and soundscapes for her performances. As a choreographer, she is seeking for expressive and artistic languages that can evolve from the interaction and mixture of different art fields and formats. She aims to create vocabularies that entail a transdisciplinary language.