Category: landscape

How and in what way does the body relate to the landscape? In physical play as well as in dance improvisation the landscape plays a crucial role. Research for example (Green, 2013) shows that natural landscapes evoke physical play in children. Children look for open-ended spaces where they construct their own experiences. . Children “stalk, balance, jump, and scamper through the natural world. Activities with a physical challenge component speak directly to children via the mind/body link”(Sobel, 2008, p.2).

Also in dance improvisation it is believed that our bodies are influenced by the environment and the natural landscape.  Dance and movement improvisation can be used to gain a deeper awareness of the connection with the physical environment. 

Soja (1996) refers to this as the sensibility of the body to the spatial and the geographic: the spatial dimension of our life that includes space, location, landscape, environment, territory, geography. 

In this research study we look to qualities and movements that are present within the natural environment. We look at:
– surfaces and textures that resemble the human skin;
– natural patterns, forms and shapes;
– flow, fluidity and change;
– rhythm.

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Moving Surfaces 4

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Blowing bubbles Blowing bubbles is a question of how a liquid film—typically soapy water—interacts with an imposed flow of an external fluid, which is air in the case of bubble blowing.The shape of the bubbles is determined by surface tension. This is what holds the bubble together. It’s also what allows you to fill a […]


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New habitat of storks: refuse dump in Oss 17 November 2018, Oss Habitat: the natural home or environment of an animal, plant, or other organism.In ecology, a habitat is the type of natural environment in which a particular species of organism lives. It is characterized by both physical and biological features. A species’ habitat is those […]


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Fog is a visible aerosol consisting of minute water droplets or ice crystals suspended in the air at or near the Earth‘s surface. Although it has no Latin name, fog can be considered a type of low-lying cloud, usually resembling stratus, and is heavily influenced by nearby bodies of water, topography, and wind conditions. Velp, 8-13 […]

Oceanic Feeling

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Oceanic Feeling (with reference to Roman Rolland and Freud): a feeling of  limitlessness and oneness, becoming aquatic. ‘Like a sheet of water which I feel flushing under the bark’ (Rolland, in Parsons, 1999, p.16-17). ‘I feel very much protected when I’m underwater. . . . I feel as though the sea is on my side.’ (free […]

Light in B/W

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Black and white ( B/W or B&W): any of several monochrome forms in visual arts. Montpon, France, 11th of August Photography: Carolien Hermans ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]


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  Light: electromagnetic radiation within a certain portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. The word usually refers to visible light, which is the visible spectrum that is visible to the human eye and is responsible for the sense of sight. Bayonne, France, 9th of August 2018 Photography: Carolien Hermans ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″] Gorliz, Basque Country, Spain, […]

Moving Surfaces 3

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This movie was shot at the Wittering Beach,in England early in the morning (around 7.30 am). The Sun light shines on the sea water. The light is reflected and schatters in the sea water, so that patterns evolve. Video: Carolien Hermans Wittering Beach, England, 27 of June 2018   *Irigaray, L. (1991). Marine Lover of Friedrich […]

Time Of Flight

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22 of April 2018, one day before my birthday. We decide to go to the beach, Wijk aan Zee, because the sun is shining and it’s just beautiful weather.  I took some photographs at the end of day, of two paragliders, but without the men who are struggling with it. Independently, the paragliders turn into […]

Shapes & Colours

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Shapes and Colours Shape: – the external form, contours, or outline of someone or something; – a geometric figure such as a square, triangle, or rectangle; – the quality of a distinct object or body in having an external surface or outline of specific form or figure; – the particular physical  appearance of something. Colours: – […]


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Connections: – the state of being related to someone or something else – a relationship in which a person or thing is linked or associated with something else. Photography: Carolien Hermans WG Terrein, Amsterdam, 31th  of January, 2018 Chichester, University garden, 26 of June, 2018 ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]    


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Lines:  – a long, narrow mark or band; – a mark connecting two points, something stretched between two things; – be positioned at intervals along. Horizon: – the line or circle that forms the apparent boundary between earth and sky; – the line at which the earth’s surface and the sky appear to meet. Two series of […]

Moving Surfaces 2

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Moving Surfaces: Moving Curtain A curtain that moves through the wind: the curtain curls, spirals, twirls, folds and unfolds through a breeze that comes from the window. Video and concept: Carolien Hermans Music: Hildur Gudnadotter, Strokur (Touch) Britannia Hotel, Coventry, July 2017 Photography: Carolien Hermans Performer: Lisa Scheers Britannia Hotel, Coventry, July 2017 ” order_by=”sortorder” […]


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Textures:the feel, appearance, or consistency of a surface or a substance. – skin texture and tone – the visual and especially tactile quality of a surface – the visual or tactile surface characteristics and appearance of something – the physical feel of something — smooth, rough, fuzzy, slimy etc. – the smoothness or roughness of the […]

Rolling Hills

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Rolling Hills Rolling: to move along a surface by revolving or turning over and over, as a ball or a wheel; Rolling:  a type of motion that combines rotation (commonly, of an axially symmetric object) and translation of that object with respect to a surface (either one or the other moves), such that, if ideal conditions exist, the two are in contact with […]

Moving Surfaces I

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Moving surfaces: water and the notion of flow. The ancient philosopher Heraclitus of Ephesus (530-470 BC) perceived  water as a state of flow and constant change, as becomes clear in his following epigram:‘We both step and do not step in the same rivers. We are and are not’ (B49a). In this passage Heraclitus states that […]