Traces of Touch 1 In this experiment I try to capture traces of touch; how the fingers knead the clay, how they press themselves into matter.  As Sarah Christie (a sculptural artist) writes: ‘to explore the traces and expressions of touch, recording and materializing imprints and passages formed by touch in […]

Traces of Touch 1

7th of February 2019, The Hague, The Netherlands Thousands of kids and teenagers in the Netherlands skipped school on Thursday to protest in The Hague for more action to be taken against climate change. They carried banners and signs with slogans like “If the climate were a bank, it would […]

Protest for Climate

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 […]


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

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 […]

Playing with Snow II

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 […]

Self-Made Objects

Open Class: Modern Dance 13th of December 2018, Amsterdam Lisa Scheers   ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]  

Open Class

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 […]


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 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 Snow I

To Swing: to rock ; to sway ; to roll ; to cradle ; to swing ; to lull ; to craddle ; to oscillate ; to vary ; to wobble ; to fluctuate. Luuk and Lisa Scheers Aubazine, France, 15th of August 2018 ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]   Luuk […]

To swing

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 […]

Playing with Sand

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 […]

Lisa and Blanket

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″]

Living Room Dance

Theatricality, drama and performativity Circus performance Performers: Lisa Scheers and Lotte van der Valk  26 October 2018, Amsterdam   ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]  Pretending to be spies Performers: Lisa Scheers and Lotte van der Valk  27 November 2018, Amsterdam Lisa and Lotte are on a secret mission. They carry […]


10 November 2018, Amsterdam Making your own paper: by using old news papers and water (Lisa first used milk but that wasn’t a good idea) and some patience. The idea behind this experiment is that we should all recycle our own paper.

Making Paper

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 […]


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 […]


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, […]

Sea Dance

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 […]

Under Water

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″]

Imitative Play

Climbing: the activity of using one’s hands, feet, or any other part of the body to ascend a steep object.It is done for locomotion, recreation and competition, in trades that rely on it, and in emergency rescue and military operations. It is done indoors and out, on natural and man-made structures. […]


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, […]


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 […]

Affect Resonance 2

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 […]


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. […]

Moving Surfaces 3

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 […]

Beach Dance

Dance and Somatic Practice Conference, Coventry University, 6-9 July, 2017 Performance lecture: Carolien Hermans and Lisa Scheers Where do the child and the animal meet in dance improvisation? Abstract ‘Take care of your animal body’ are the famous words of Steve Paxton. The concept of the animal body “refers to […]

Coventry – Lecture

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 […]

Dance Impro Group 2 (MTD)

Jumping in Crete Photography: Benjamin Scheers Photo Editing: Carolien Hermans Crete, Greece Performers: Luuk Scheers, Lisa Scheers ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]

Jump Crete

Three video’s on pushing and pulling.  To push: exert force on (someone or something) in order to move them away from oneself, move forward by using force to pass people or cause them to move aside. To pull: exert force on (someone or something) so as to cause movement towards oneself, […]

Pushing &Pulling

In this fifth movement study we looked at balancing The photographs were taken in Lisseuil, France, April 2017. To balance is to find an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady. Photography: Carolien Hermans. Performers: Lisa Scheers (11 years), Luuk Scheers (13 years). ” […]

Study 5: Balancing

Instant composition is an awareness of space  in both physical play and dance improvisation: using different levels & subspaces and considering other people as part of space  entering space, finding a specific position, positioning oneself in space each improvisation and each play  happen in a distinct context there are always tacit agreements […]

Instant Composition

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 […]

Play of Four Boys

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 […]


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. […]

Hide and Seek

In this fourth movement study we looked at jumping.  The photographs were taken at the theatre of the Conservatory of Amsterdam, 17th of December 2017.  Photography: Carolien Hermans. Images:  Teun van der Grinten (13 years), Michel van der Linden (14 years), Maas Theuwkens (13 years) and Luuk Scheers (13 years). […]

Study 4: Jumping

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 […]

Hotel Dance Play

Touch and physical contact are crucial to both play and dance improvisation. Both physical play and contact improvisation can be seen a conversation in movements, in which physical potentialities are explored in the in-between space between two or more bodies. In the following series of photographs  four boys engage in […]

Touch & Tactility

In this third movement study we looked at the behaviour of children on the trampoline.  The photographs were taken in Lisseuil, France, Augst 2017. Photography: Carolien Hermans. Performers:  Bob Voskuijl (14 years), Luuk Scheers (13 years), Lisa Scheers (11 years), Philippine Voskuijl (11 years) and Olivier Voskuil (8 years). ” […]

Study 3: Trampoline