Cursusprogramma najaar 2018

  • Maria Mavridou           –  1x;  sept
  • Tashi Iwaoka                –  7x;  sept – okt
  • Ana Leonor Ladas      –  8x;  november – december
  • Bettina Neuhaus        –  1x;  workshop november 24

donderdagavond 20.00 tot 22.00 uur, zaal open vanaf 19.30
zaterdag 24 november, 11.00-17.00 uur, zaal open vanaf 10.30 uur
Danslab, De Constant Rebecqueplein 20b, Den Haag
Maak het cursusgeld over op rekening nr NL 26 TRIO 0390 5115 79, tnv Dansdrift en meld je aan via het inschrijfformulier.



Maria Mavridou

september 6
€ 15



Tashi Iwaoka

september 13,20, 27,
oktober 4, 11, 18 en 25.
€ 95


‘Living in the Space – Space Living’
The series of workshops centres on making space ‘living’ via the 7 sessions.
Each session consists of two components – bodywork and explorations.
Bodyworks are for maintenance of our bodies and tuning ourselves for the explorations.
We stimulate and sharpen our senses of and connections to space by the explorations.
Through these, the studio becomes the space where all are in motion, even in stillness.
We aim to move through and dance in space/time where all coexist and ultimately are connected.

Tashi Iwaoka, an Amsterdam based performance artist/mover studied Contemporary Arts BA(Hons) at Nottingham Trent University (1997-2001 Nottingham UK), Dance and Choreography as a guest student at School for New Dance Development (2002-2003 Amsterdam NL) and Performance Research at DasArts (2004-2007 Amsterdam NL).
After his first Butoh experiences in 1997 with Kazuo Ohno and Kim Itoh in Japan, Iwaoka practiced Butoh based bodywork for over 10 years. Currently he is practising Budo, Japanese martial arts, and working on finding the nucleus of human expression and connection, in relation to the movement skills he has learnt. One of the central driving forces for this is the attempt to fuse his oriental roots and Western perspectives to form a more proper view on ‘being a human’ in this world. He wishes to disinter the universality in old Eastern wisdom in order to help us understand what it is to be a human.
Iwaoka is one the founders of Ehkä-production, an international collective of independent performance and dance makers, based in Turku, Finland, with which he is still closely associated.


Ana leonor Ladas

november 1, 8, 15, 22, 29,
december 6, 13 en 20.
€ 105


‘States of presence’
Where does movement come from? How does visible and invisible intertwine and re-create one another? Is dance different from life itself?

‘States of Presence’ is an invitation to dive within, to get closer to our original body and to move and dance from it. A Body before language, ‘Like a child before he/she was taught to be grown up’ (Fernando Pessoa).
The workshop focuses on the creative process itself and it evolves organically in direct relation with the individual and group dynamics. Situations are created stimulating sensorial awareness and a deep exploration within the inner landscapes of the Body and its interactions with the external environment. Inner landscape ∞ outer landscape, a Dance in between…
Based on improvisation and instant composition we integrate individual and collective experiences within a performative context.
Dance is often associated to action and ‘doing’. Is it possible to dance from a ’Non-Doing’ state of mind? How does ‘action’ and ‘non-doing’ relate to one another in the process of dance and life itself? Which physiological systems sustain these states of mind?
The workshop is for adults and open to everyone with a genuine curiosity and interest in the moving body.

Ana Leonor Ladas is a Portuguese freelance dancer, teacher, movement coach and shiatsu practitioner resident in Amsterdam. She studied Psychology at I.S.P.S in Lisbon and later she graduated from the HKA – Dansacademie Arnhem in 2001. For many years she worked with different companies and independent choreographers in the Netherlands and abroad until she started created her own work as a way to understand the very nature of the human condition.
Driven to find a deeper connection of Body ∞ Mind ∞ Spirit and Dance as an art form she sets on an intuitive journey to find out what really makes sense within Dance and life in general. This led her to get in deep contact with the Oriental approach of the Body and Movement. For long periods between 2006 and 2010 she had the privilege to work and shared the life style with the master Min Tanaka at the Body Weather Farm in Japan.
Her work is based on Improvisation and (Instant) Composition and it has been developing, already for several years, as a result of the integrated Western and Eastern’ fundamental principles serving as common ground both in performance as in teaching.


Bettina Neuhaus

workshop, 1x:
zaterdag 24 november,
11.00-17.00 uur, zaal open 10.30 uur.
€ 57


‘Spine & space’
Developing skills for dancing and composing.
In this 1-day workshop we investigate the spine as a compelling source for dancing and composing instantly.  
Through hands-on studies and experiential anatomy we tune into this dynamic and three- dimensional core of the body that communicates to the outside world as well as to our inner spaces. Exploring the different areas of the spinal column in a playful way we discover ease and freedom in our movement and a wide range of expression. We experience how the spine gives power and clarity to the movement of our arms and how it allows pelvis and legs to relate to the ground. By placing and projecting our movements in direct relationship with the space around we find simplicity and immediacy in our actions.
Participating in the ongoing dialogue between inner and outer awareness with fluid attention, leads to a captivating significance in our dancing – alone or together.

Bettina Neuhaus, independent dance artist and certified Skinner Releasing (SRT) teacher, studied dance at the Theaterschool Amsterdam und holds a Masters in Creative Practice Dance from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London. Her choreographic and performative work centers around Instant Composition including international collaborations with musicians, visual artists, poets and philosophers. In addition to her work as prominent improviser she creates performative installations and lecture-demonstrations. Her work investigates the relationship between the tangible, multi-sensorial dancing body with its inherent imagination, intelligence and poetry and its social and ecological context.
In 2014, together with Ursula Sabatin, she initiated TanzuferInternational, a platform for dance- and music-performances; the productions SWIFT, plot and creatura have been presented across Europe. Alongside her artistic work Bettina teaches Instant Composition and SRT extensively at major academies, festivals and studios across Europe and South America.