Category: principles play/dance

In this  research  we are interested in the underlying principles and characteristics of physical play and dance improvisation. We look at dance play, fight/play, the use of materials/objects, sort of play (such as seek and hide games)  and structures/rules of both dance and play. 

Chester Workshop

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The role of touch in the participatory sense-making process of both play and dance improvisation Workshop by Carolien Hermans March 2019, Chester University, Dance Department Participants: Hannah Kelly, Malaika Sarco-Thomas, Richard Sarco-Thomas, Ha Young, Eva Bru, Pierre Alexandre Bouvery, Annika Lübbert, Sean Fitton, Sofie Hub, Bettina Carpi This project is part of an artistic research […]

Dance Archive

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Dance Archive Solo: Stem (1999) Choreography and performance: Carolien Hermans Photography: Jo Grabowski Go Solo festival, Amsterdam; Internationales Solo Tanz Theater Festival Stuttgart ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″] Warner & Consorten (1996-2001) Straatstaal Photography: Peer Reede Touring in Europe (Denmark, England, France, Spain, The Netherlands) and South America (Colombia) ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″] Plastic […]

Sports

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Saturday 26th of January 2019, Amsterdam Indoor Hockey: Hurley, boys B5, Luuk Scheers and team The hockey stick In hockey, the stick becomes an extension of the self. The stick has “ceased to be an object for the player, and is no longer perceived for itself; its point has become an area of sensitivity, extending the scope […]

Me and Blanket

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Re-enactment of Lisa’s play event with blanket 23rd of December 2018, Conservatory, Amsterdam Photography: Benjamin Scheers ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]

Dance Impro Lisa

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Dance Improvisation Lisa 23rd of December, 2018, Conservatory of Amsterdam Photography: Benjamin Scheers/Carolien Hermans ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]

Dance Impro Lisa & Me

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Dance Improvisation of Lisa & Me 23rd of December, 2018, Conservatory of Amsterdam Photography: Benjamin Scheers ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]

Action Painting

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22 of December 2018, Amsterdam Lisa Scheers Action Painting: – a purely physical and material dimension in which the body of the artist is a key element of creation. – great importance to the use of the material, texture and gestures. – the movements of the body define the texturing and colouring ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” […]

Playing with Snow II

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Playing with Snow II 16th of December 2018 Luuk Scheers, Lisa Scheers, Lotte van der Valk, Jona Claveaux WG terrein, Amsterdam Snowball Fight A snowball fight is a physical game in which balls of snow are thrown with the intention of hitting somebody else. The game is similar to dodgeball in its major factors, though […]

Drawings – Some Exercises

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Drawing In Three The players all have a piece of drawing paper in front of them. At the top of the paper everyone draws a head with eyes, nose, mouth and everything that one likes about it. The more the better. A neck is drawn underneath. Now the paper is folded so that there is […]

Self-Made Objects

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Self-made objects: the Post Box November 2018 You can put small messages in it. I posted two messages: Message 1: Dear Lisa, how are you? I’m doing well. I would like to tell you something special, a secret or something, but unfortunately I do not have secrets. Are you coming to eat an apple pie? Love, […]

Bushcraft

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Children love to engage in bushcraft and wildcraft ,it often forms an intrinsic part of their play motives.    Pictures taken in Azores (1st of August 2014), Lisseuil/France (23 April 2017, 16 August 2017). Lisa Scheers, Luuk Scheers   Bushcraft is a popular term for wilderness survival skills, in other words, skills that are necessary to go […]

Parcours

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A parcours at the gym Luuk Scheers, Lisa Scheers 27 of December 2017, Amsterdam ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]      

Playing with Snow I

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Playing with Snow I 12-14 December 2017, Amsterdam Luuk Scheers and others. ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″] ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″] ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″] ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″] ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]

Playing with Sand

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Playing with sand Sand is a granular material composed of finely divided rock and mineral particles. It is defined by size, being finer than graveland coarser than silt. Playing with sand I Lisa Scheers, 9 of April 2017, Wijk aan Zee ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]   Playing with sand II  Bayonne, France, 10th of […]

BellenBlazen

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Blowing Bubbles Blowing bubbles is a child’s play. Bowing 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 […]

Lisa and Blanket

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Transformations with a blanket: Lisa uses two blankets to transform in different animals. The first transformation is a bird. ‘Birds are free’ she says, ‘so I can do what I want’. Second transformation Question: What happens when I touch the water (= the blue carpet in our living room)?  Answer: I become a fish Third transformation […]

Leafs

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Becoming leafs: playing and throwing leafs in autumn Lisa Scheers and Lotte van der Valk, 19 November 2018, Amsterdam ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]   Autumn leafs in the december sun 4th of December 2018, Amsterdam ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]  

Living Room Dance

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14 november 2018, Amsterdam Living Room Dance: spontaneous dance of Lisa Scheers in the living room.  Living room, also called a lounge room, lounge or sitting room, is a room in a  house or apartment for relaxing and socialising. This post is part of micro-dances.  ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]

Blog 1

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Week 45: 5-11 November 2018 Resting Places for Potential Body Parts It was a strange experience to be in a dance studio again (it has been a while). My first idea was to explore the notion of touch while being alone. So how the floor and walls make contact with my body: how they support […]

Ripstik

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On the 20th of October we have  a dinner with our neighbours. Our children  spontaneously start to engage with a game in the hallway: they sit on the ripstiks, using it as  a vehicle instead of an object you can skate with. One of the rules is that they have  to move around obstacles that […]

Shapeshifting

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Shapeshifting in between land and sea: the butterfly-man and the gorilla- girl Shapeshifting is the ability of a being or creature to transform its physical form or shape. The most common form of shapeshifting  is that of therianthropy, which is the transformation of a human being into an animal or conversely, of an animal into […]

Sea Dance

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On the 24th of October 2018 I went with Lisa to the beach of Ijmuiden. It was a windy day, and as a result many kitesurfers were challenging the sea.  It was a beautiful day, with a bit of sun shining through the dark clouds.  Lisa performed several sea dances, all improvised. Photography/video: Carolien Hermans […]

Under Water

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The girl that lived under water….(and that was later joined by an underwater boy).  (The pictures below provide preliminary evidence for the existence of under water people.) ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″] (I spotted the underwater girl somewhere far away from here, in crystal blue water, in an undiscovered area in the Atlantic Ocean. First she […]

Imitative Play

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Imitative play: an intentional, communicative act in which one person copies the act or movement of another person.  For more reading: Imiterend leren ENG Photographs have been taken at different locations (Gorliz, Bilbao, Leeds) in 2017-2018. Performers: Luuk and Lisa Scheers Photography: Carolien Hermans ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]

Fortnite

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Fortnite (produced by gamestudio Epic) is an immense popular shooting game, with 50 million gamers worldwide, mainly in the age of 13 to 17 years old. It’s free to play, it’s a battle royal game (a multi-player game that can handle many players in a confined map), it’s got humour, it combines elements of shooter […]

Affect Resonance 3

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Dance improvisation of Paula Ferreira, July 2018, Dublin/Ireland.  In Affect Resonance 2 you see how I ordered the material in terms of transposition of energy, intensities and affective resonance – still using the material from the first dance improv of Paula. In ordering the material from the second improv, I decided again to focus on affects […]

Affect Resonance 2

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Dance improvisation of Paula Ferreira, July 2018, Dublin/Ireland.  In Affect Resonance 1 you see how I ordered the material in terms of similarities between Lisa’s hotel dance and Paula’s dance improv in terms of shape, form and outer appearance. However, this didn’t feel right. Foremost, because I was still thinking too much in form, in […]

Affect Resonance 1

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Dance improvisation of Paula Ferreira, July 2018, Dublin/Ireland.  I met Paula in Stockholm and Chichester at the ADiE research intensives. I asked her to re-enact the hotel-dance of my daughter (Lisa). I only used the photographs (and not the video) of the hotel-dance as source material for the dance improvisation. The assignment was like this: […]

Shelter

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To shelter: a place giving temporary protection from bad weather or danger. David Sobel writes about special places (shelters). In his research he found that children have a universal tendency to create or find their own private places, specifically children in the age of seven to twelve. Children like to find and create places where they […]

Write-Play

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Writing as Play Here’s a workshop exercise I did together with Claire French, Paula Guzzanti and Alex Hoare, at the Chichester intensive research week, 25-29 of June, 2018. When you tired of writing, tired of fixing words and meanings, tired of being smart, then maybe it’s time to try out this exercise. Take a paper and […]

Beach Dance

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The 12th of May, 2018, Wijk aan Zee. We are at the sea and Lisa starts to spontaneously move and play with the sand. First she does a handstand, a cartwheel and an Arabic. After that she throws sand in the air and finally she plays and dances with the waves and the sea water. […]

Dance Impro Group 3 (MTD)

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  Dance improvisation with first year students Modern Theatre Dance, University of the Arts in Amsterdam. I used the photo and video material of the work with the four boys as a starting point. The dance students worked in three groups and were asked to revisit play by choosing three/four pictures of the boys and […]

Dance Impro Group 2 (MTD)

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Dance improvisation with first year students Modern Theatre Dance, University of the Arts in Amsterdam. I used the photo and video material of the work with the four boys as a starting point. The dance students worked in three groups and were asked to revisit play by choosing three/four pictures of the boys and to […]

Dance Impro Group 1 (MTD)

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Dance improvisation with first year students Modern Theatre Dance, University of the Arts in Amsterdam. I used the photo and video material of the work with the four boys as a starting point. The dance students worked in three groups and were asked to revisit play by choosing three/four pictures of the boys and to […]

Play of Four Boys

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In the following series of photographs and video you see four boys engaged in play. The photographs are taken at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, 17th of December. Photography and video: Carolien Hermans. Performers: Teun van der Grinten, Michel van de Linden, Luuk Scheers and Maas Theuwkens, all in the age of 13 years. Three themes […]

Mattress

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Physical play is often stimulated by the use of materials/objects. Materials/object provide affordances for play.  Gibson’s(1979) theory of affordances states that the physical environment  and the materials/objects in it afford different actions and different types of play. These materials can be seen as an invitation for a certain action. A mattress for example affords activities such […]

Hide and Seek

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Hide and seek is a popular children’s game in which any number of players conceal themselves in the environment, to be found by one or more seekers. The game is played by one player chosen (designated as being “it”) closing their eyes and counting to a predetermined number while the other players hide. After reaching this number, the […]

Hotel Dance Play

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In this study I photographed my daughter, Lisa  (11 years), at the Brittania Hotel in Coventry. We were visiting  the Dance and Somatic Practices Conference, 7-9th of July,  at the Coventry University. In Coventry, I made three series of photographs: curtain dance, seek and hide game, and play dance. In this post you see photographs of […]