Bio / CV

Biography

Since early age, Ana Leonor Ladas has been driven by a constant curiosity in understanding the nature of life and the human condition. This basic drive led her to dedicate her life for over then 20 years of practices where Body and Mind awareness have been central. Initially she studied at the University of Psychology at I.S.P.S in Lisbon (1992-1997). While still studying she discovers Dance as her deep passion and consequently she moved to Holland where 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 creating her own work. Continuing being driven to find a deeper connection of Body ∞ Mind ∞ Spirit and Dance she has the great opportunity to get in deep contact with the Oriental approach of the Body and Movement.

For long periods between 2006 and 2010 she worked and shared the life style with the master Min Tanaka at the Body Weather Farm in Japan. This was a profound experience that radically changed her perception of life and Dance and deepened her understanding of Body. Body is here considered in the Oriental Japanese sense – Body Mind and Spirit as One complete and dynamic entity interdependent of its context.

Once back in The Netherlands, she follows the studies at Iokai Shiatsu Amsterdam and works as a shiatsu practitioner for a period of 3 years at her own shiatsu practice – Kokyu Shiatsu Amsterdam. She stops this practice and continues her journey and questioning on the very essence of life and dance. 

Her continuous attraction to the Oriental BodyMind approach led her to come into contact and dive deeply, since 2012, into the practice of Aikido and Katsugen Undo (Regenerating Movement) from the Ecole of Itsuo Tsuda, under a direct guidance from Régis Soavi Sensei. This practice has been taking, since then, a fundamental place in her life, becoming a very foundation within her path. 
 

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CV

2018
'Caminho mas não sou caminhante' - solo performance, De Halen, Amsterdam
'Wonderland' - dance & music improvisation for children, Amsterdam
'Caminho mas não sou caminhante' - dance & music performance with Michael Moore, OT301 Amsterdam
'Les Imprévisibles' - dance & music collaboration with Collectif Tutti, Bordeaux, France 

2017
'A Body'- direction of Min Tanaka, Prague
'The weather: Autumnal Turns (& Vicissitudes)' - collaboration with The Warp (C.L.O.U.D), Amsterdam 
'Blue' - with L'Âme-de-Fonds Dance Company, Amsterdam 
'L'Âme-de-fonds dance company & Barre Phillips' - instant composition, Switzerland
'Monday Match' - dance & music improvisation, Bimhuis, Amsterdam
'Arcifanfaro: Its always too late to learn' - collaboration with Taciturn Receiver (C.L.O.U.D), Amsterdam 
'Wonderland' - dance & music improvisation for children, Amsterdam

2016
'Nervures', Epures', Entrelacs' - Instant Composition - L'Âme-de-Fonds Dance Company, Switzerland 
'Exceptional Convoi' - dance & music improvisation OT301, Amsterdam
'TWNO' - dance & music improvisation OT301, Amsterdam
'On Gravity' - dance performance - opening exposition 'Eve's,Isaac's and Miine', Amsterdam
'Wonderland' - dance & music improvisation for children, Amsterdam
'Cantica' - Instant Composition - L'Âme-de-Fonds Dance Company, Italy
‘L’ettofe du corp' - Instant Composition - L'Âme-de-Fonds Dance Company, Switzerland
Oorsprong Curators Series – Bimhuis special edition’ - dance & music improvisation,
   Amsterdam
  ‘Dinggendicht’ – dance & music improvisation with Lily Kiara and Ab Baars, Amsterdam
  ‘Chiaroscuro’ - Instant Composition - with L'Âme-de-Fonds Dance Company,Amsterdam
  ‘Interstice’ - Instant Composition - L'Âme-de-Fonds Dance Company, Switzerland

2015
'Memento Mori' - Dance video in collaboration with Daniela Paes Leao, Amsterdam
'Monday Match' - dance & music improvisation, Bimhuis, Amsterdam
'5 performances' - Instant Composition - L'Âme-de-Fonds dance company, Switzerland
'Wonderland' - dance & music improvisation for children, Amsterdam
'Dissonance' - dance & video in collaboration with Daniela Paes Leão, Amsterdam
'The Big Dinner' - dance & music improvisation, MLK Church, Amsterdam
'Oorsprong Curators Series’- dance & music Improvisation – with Alan Purves and Martin van  Leusden, Amsterdam
‘Open Stage Area59’ – dance & music improvisation with Dolan Jones (violin), Amsterdam

2014
'Crack of Dawn' - dance & music improvisation OT301, Amsterdam
'R_ESISTERE' - Choreography Giulio D'Anna, Holland, Italy
'Liquid air' - Dance & music Improvisation Area59, Amsterdam
'Shelter' - Company L'Ame-de-Fonds, Drome, France
'Monday Match Bimhuis' - dance & music improvisation with Marta Reig Torres, Kenzo Kusuda, Katerina Dietzova, Johnny Schoofs, Alina Fezjo, Amsterdam
'(...) like leaves on trees in Autumn' - Company L'Âme-de-Fonds - Instant Composition - Rome, Italy
'TWNO' - dance & music improvisation 'Tabula Rasa', Amsterdam
'Interstices & Corpuscules' - Company L'Âme de Fonds - Fete de la Danse Festival, Switzerland 
'The Cumulus 2' - Dance improvisation in collaboration with the visual artist Ariuna Nina, Kunstkapel, Amsterdam

2013
'Oorsprong Curators Series' - improvisation - Ana Ladas/Dance,Ada Rave, Rory Brown,Andreas Wilhagen/Music
'Pool: The strings, the breath, the bodies (Wooden pool)' - dance improvisation at Festival Platzhirsch, Duisburg, Germany
'Aquarium #1 - Space Odyssey'- dance improvisation with Kim José Bode, Plantage Doklaan, Amsterdam
'Solo or maybe not' - Dance & Music Improvisation with Oscar Jan Hoogland & Kim José bode at 'Art Feed On' at Overtoom 301, Amsterdam
'Festival International de Danse - Composition Instantanée' - Residence & performances in Switzerland
'TWNO - The White Noise Orchestra' - dance & music improvisation at Roode Bioscoop & Kulter Amsterdam, Studio Loos in Den Haag.

2012
'Silent Spin' - Choreography Liat Magnezy, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam
'Oorsprong Curators Series' - improvisation - Ana Ladas/Dance, Sarah Jeffery, Micheal Moore, Klara Andrlova/ Music
'Silent' - Choreography Ana Ladas, Angel Festival, Portugal
'Invisible Body' - interdisciplinary  research at DansLab, Den Haag
'Obscure' - dance/music improvisation at OpenDans Festival, Rotterdam
'To Be Present' - collaboration with the video artist Miloushka Bokma

2011
'Oorsprong curators series' - Ana Ladas/dance; Piotr Kurek/electronics; Light/projections Emese Csornai, Amsterdam
'Heroine - a female lament' - a collaboration with the recorder player Kim Jose Bode, Utrecht
'Corpus Vivos I,II, III' - Dance, Music & Food! series of performances - Concept Ana Ladas in collaboration with Lina Issa, Amsterdam
'He who travels/traverse' – interdisciplinary project directed by Piet Rogie, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
'Feedback study #2' - collaboration with the musician Ángel Faraldo, Punt WG, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
'Angels of Stealth' - video/performance directed by Rodney by Place
'Silent'- choreography Ana Ladas in collaboration with the musician Kim José Bode (recorders), Munster, Germany
'Convenient Actions I, V, VI' - dance/improvisation in collaboration with St. Baila Louca, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2010
'Feedback #2' (Club Brooomm!) - collaboration with Ángel Faraldo and Pavel Konior, Korzo Producties, den Haag, The Netherlands
'Camino' -  Marta Reig Torres (Choreography) / Dansclick 8 - Korzo Producties, Den Haag, The Netherlands
'Silent' - Ana Ladas (choreography & dance); Kim José Bode (recorders) / Korzo Theater/PuntWG/ Muiderpoortheater, Den Haag/Amsterdam,The Netherlands
'Silent Darkness' - Improvisation with Wilbert de Joode & Yedo Gibson (Music) / Overtoom OT301, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Improvisation with Julyen Hamilton, Lily kiara, (dancers) and Greg Smith, Miguel Boulens and Ana LaBerge  (music) / Monday Match, Bimhuis, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Improvisation with the pianist César LaTorre Theater Camuz, Leidschendam

2009
'Water Performance' - Min Tanaka, Festival Dance Hakushu, Japan
'Camino' (Showcase Danclick 7) - Marta Reig Torres, Korzo Producties, Den Haag, The Netherlands
'So here we are' - Conny Janssen Danst, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
'Dio Mio' - St. Baila Louca, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
'Instant Composition' - DansNacht Rotterdam, The Netherlands
'Girlies First' - St. Baila Louca, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
'Mindscaping' (workshop/presentation) - Bruno Caverna, Danswerkplaats Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2008
'Claim your own space' - Ana Ladas, Korzo Producties, Den Haag, The Netherlands
'Camino' (Dutch tour) - Marta reig Torres, Korzo Producties, The Netherlands
'Land e scapes' (Move the Space) - Ana Ladas, Muiderpoortheater, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2007
'Camino' - Marta Reig Torres, Korzo Producties, Den Haag, The Netherlands
'More Day More Night' (Dansclick 2) - Marta Reig Torres, Korzo Producties, Den Haag, The Netherlands
'Land e scapes' - Ana Ladas, Danswerkplaats Amsterdam, The Netherlands
'Land e scapes' - Ana Ladas, Masdanza Festival, Gran Canaria, Spain

2006
'Footprint' - Katarzina Marcinkowska, Danswerkplaats Amsterdam, The Netherlands
'The space in between' - Marta Reig Torres, St. Danateliers Rotterdam, The Netherlands
'Raízes' - Ana Ladas, Danswerkplaats Amsterdam, The Netherlands
'More Day More Night' (Danstorm) - Marta Reig Torres, Danswerkplaats Amasterdam, The Netherlands

2005
'More day More Night' & 'Navegando' (tour) - Marta Reig Torres, Korzo Producties, Barcelona/Sevilla, Spain
'Eltit on' - Philipp Fricke, St. Dansateliers Rotterdam, The Netherlands
'More Day More Night' (serie nieuwe theater makers) - Marta Reig Torres, Korzo Producties, Den Haag, The Netherlands

2004
'Project Eyeing PP' - Multidisciplinary project with De Stilte, EMW Music, Bert Vogels and Koen Delaere, Tilburg, The Netherlands
'More Day More Night' - Marta Reig Torres, Korzo Producties & Danswerkplaats Amsterdam, The Netherlands
'Midzomernachtdroom' - St. Canvas Performing Art, Arnhem, The Netherlands

2003
'Waterlanders'- Krisztina de Châtel, Dansgroep Krisztina de Châtel, different locations in The Netherlands
'Nomad Club' - Neel Verdoorn; "FF+Rew" - Ann van den Broek, Dansgroep Krizstina de Châtel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
'Test'- Sonja Augart, St. Dansateliers Rotterdam, The Netherlands
'Heilige Huisjes' - St. Canvas Performing Art, Arnhem, The Netherlands

2002
'Tri versie' - Dansgroep Krisztina de Châtel, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
'Can you fix me?' - St. Canvas Performing Art in collaboration with Melle Smets (G.A.N.G.)

2001
'Machine Winks' - collaboration with Marnix de Nijs and Edwin van der Heide, Dansgroep Krisztina de Châtel,  Rotterdam, The Netherlands

1997/2000 
'Nosathev Laurundra' - Kirsten DeBrock, Arnhem, The Netherlands
'Insomniac" - Ederson Rodrigues Xavier, Arnhem, The Netherlands
'Kissing the rain' - Pedro Berdayes, Arnhem, The Netherlands
'Papu Belicius' - Julio Rivera, Arnhem, The Netherlands
'Ping-Pong Effects' - Juan Moredo, Arnhem, The Netherlands

Creations
        2012 - Invisible Body” – dance/music research at DansLab, Den Haag  
2011 - “Corpus Vivos” - Dance, Music & Food – series of performances Concept by Ana Ladas in collaboration with performance artist Lina Issa
2010 - "Silent” – Punt WG, Amsterdam / Dancing by Daylight, Korzo Producties, Den Haag, The Netherlands
2007 - “Land e scapes” - Danswerkplaats and Muiderpoorttheater, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2006 - “Raízes” - Danswerkplaats and Muiderpoorttheater, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2005 - “Tierra Roja” – collaboration with the Argentinian artist Pablo Ponce, Danswerkplaats Amsterdam.

Mentor
Since 2012 - Artez – Dance Department of Hoogeschool for the Kunst Arnhem (mentor of third year’ students)

Teaching/Workshops
2015 - 2018 - many workshops self-organized in Netherlands and abroad
2015 - Project Sally Dance company, Maastricht
2015 - C.e.m - centro em Movimento, Lisbon
2012-14 - Artez – Dance Department of Hoogeschool for the Kunst Arnhem
2013 - Dansdrift - Den Haag
2012- Buitenkunst Festival – workshop ’Silent Dialog'
         - Companhia de Dança Olga Roriz (Portugal), “Espaço & Silencio”
         - Angel Festival (Portugal) ‘Body & Environment’
2011 - till present day- Individual Coaching & On going laboratory ‘Ground Zero’ - private practice in Amsterdam
2010 - Body Lab & Creative Dance workshops, Den Haag/Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Munster in Germany
2008 - Russian School of Arts - British School in Amsterdam, The Netherlands- children from 5 till 9 years old


Dance Education 
1997/2001
Hoogeschool voor de Kunsten Arnhem - Department Uitvoerend, Dansacademie Arnhem, The Netherlands

2000
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre (open classes): Ballet – Celia Marino; Tatiana Litvinova; Nancy Turano; Horton – Milton Myers; Ana Marie Forythe; Freddie Moore, New York, U.S.A.

1995/1997
ProDança (open classes), Lisbon
Ballet - Sofia Neuparth; Palmira Camargo; Ana Lazaro; Carlos Caldas; Jazz – Paula Careto; Contemporaneo – Sofia Neuparth; Aldara Bizarro; Amelia Bentes; Improvisation – Peter Michael Dietz; Sofia Neuparth, Lisbon, Portugal

Intership 
2000/1
"Dinamix"; "Synergie" and "Waterlanders" - Dansgroep Krizstina de Châtel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
"Musas di Marmo"; "Ghost Birds"; "Ebony Waters" - Contemporary Motions, Julio Rivera, Michigan, U.S.A.

Workshops
Min Tanaka; Julyen Hamilton, Michael Schumacher; Emio Greco, Toru Higashide; Phillip Zarrilli, Andrew Morrish; Fran van den Ven & Katerina Bakatsaki; Lily Kiara; David Zambrano, among many others

Other Education
2016/18
Shenzhou Open University of Traditional Chinese Medicine - Amsterdam

2012/16
Iokai Shiatsu School - Amsterdam 

1992/1997
University of Psychology - Instituto Superior de Psicologia Aplicada (I.S.P.A.), Lisbon Portugal

1996/97
Internship at the Psychiatric Hospital Julio de Matos, Department of Psychological examination, Lisbon, Portugal