Dance Projects


31 Mar 2012 at 17.00


Dance research 
Two Dancers and two Musicians. Acoustic & Electronic frequencies. Bodies and   Space. 

       Space as a  living organism. Breathing…    In and Out.       Space in between…

 Suspension.     Stillness.     Silence…           Beautiful darkness.

How can we stay intentionally in a state free of intention? How can we allow being moved from this state only when the wind blows? How to design and recreate the road to the shore while being in the middle of the sea? How  'invisible body'  manifests itself through the meeting of dance and music?

This research is inspired on the theme of 'Crepúsculo'. 'Crepúsculo' in Portuguese means 'Twilight', the moment in between day and night...
DansLab, De Rebecqueplein 20b, Den Haag (
Research - 19th till 31st March 2012
Informal Presentation - 31st March 2012

Dance - Ana Ladas, Aurélie Camil
Music - Kim José Bode (recorders), Piotr Kurek (electronic)
Video - Johanna Barnbeck 
Editor - Dennis Lubbers 


CORPUS VIVOS is a series of events that explore Dance Improvisation in collaboration with other art forms. The series of Corpus Vivos explores the relations between Dance, Music inspired in Food, Taste, Memory and Social Interactions.

Corpus Vivos I - 29th June 2011
an evening of Dance, Music & Food  

Corpus Vivos II - 16th Oct 2011
an evening of Dance & Music inspired on Taste & Memory

Corpus Vivos III - 1st Dec 2011
an evening of Dance & Music inspired by Making, Tasting, Sharing, Digesting Food

The same group of artists work together  on a specific theme for a series of at least three public performances spread in time. In between performances the group gathers to reflect on that experience, develop intentions to bring the work further and explore them on the studio and later in the performance itself.

The Makers
CONCEPT- Ana Ladas
FOOD CONCEPT - Performance artist Lina Issa
DANCERS - Sawami Fukuoka; Ana Ladas; Kay Patru
MUSICIANS - Kim Jose Bode; Alfredo Genovesi & Marcos Baggiano

Domselaerstraat 120
1093 MB Amsterdam

Heroine - a female lament' 2011
at YO Opera Festival Huis ad Werft, Boorstraat 107, 3513 SE, Utrecht

“Heroine – a female lament” is a 15 minute mini music drama – an interdisciplinary performance for 1 dancer, 1 musician and 1 visual artist, video and live electronics.

The triangularity of music, movement and imagery is the language of this mini music drama in which the music composition by Kim-José Bode is giving the frame and ground for this performance, the starting point and atmosphere for a journey into the struggle and inner worlds of a female hero – a heroine.

Heroine is: pain, power, loneliness, strive, beauty, sensuality, empathy, struggle, strength.
Heroine is: defender, protector, superhuman, demigod, magnanimous and noble.
Heroine is: a dive into the sub- and unconscious, the subtle mind, the relation of body – mind, movement and music,
Heroine is: the search for the core of what it means to be female – a heroine.

“Heroine – a female lament” is: embodied in the human voice, is born from the movement of water and is making sound by striking the air.

Concept and artistic director: Kim- José Bode
Music and composition: Kim – José Bode
Dance and choreography: Ana Ladas
Visual art and set design: Farhad Vilkij

Feedaback Study #2  (2010/11) 

Feedback Study #2 inquires into the relationships between sound, dance and space in a naked and direct way. A one week research focusing on the explorations of a feedback sound system via the dancing body. The musician       is in charge of altering the conditions of the feedback sound system while the dancer continuously seek for the musical potentials (rhythms, intervals, articulations, melodies...) in it. 

All are interwoven: the space becomes the sounding instrument, the dancer becomes the player, the musician becomes the architect of the resonant space.
Space as a living entity where dancer and musician can only influence but not control. A place of  vulnerability...
A place of instant dialog and constant actualization.

Presentation: 2nd June 2011 at 20.00
Residency at studio Loos 28th May - 2nd June 2011
 A collaboration between
Ángel Faraldo (Feedback System/music/installation) &
Ana Ladas (Dance)

Address:  LOOS Foundation
             Rotterdamsestraat 71 
             2586 GH Den Haag
             The Netherrlands
Telefoon: 070 3506009

Feedback Study #2 was presented 15th & 16th Oct 2010 atKorzo 5Hoog, Den Haag (Club Broomm!)

Live music (Ángel Faraldo) and dance performance (Ana Ladas & Pavel Konior)



concept, video and photo: Miloushka Bokma
in collaboration with 
dancer: Ana Ladas
actress: Pauline Fokkelman

The presentation of the photos and the video will be on 28, 29 30 December 2010 at Polderlicht@home (

Polderlicht@home is een 'route' door de Amsterdamse Oosterparkbuurt, waar op pakweg vijftien (merendeels privé-)adressen licht-, geluid- en videokunstwerken te zien zullen zijn. De bewoners op deze adressen zijn gastheer/-vrouw en suppoost in één. Net zoals bij het 'grote' Polderlicht gaan de werken elk voor zich een relatie aan met de omgeving waarin ze zijn geplaatst. Polderlicht@home vindt plaats op dinsdag 28, woensdag 29 en donderdag 30 december a.s., elke dag van 14.00 tot 18.00 uur. In principe is het mogelijk om de hele route in één middag te doen.



Dance and music improvisation at Overtoom OT301 
Dance: Ana Ladas
Music: Wilbert de Joode (Double bass) & Yedo Gibson (Saxophone)
Light: Manuela Tessi


                                                           Photos: Hiroshi Ono


SILENT (2010)

a dialog with the invisible

                                                    Photo: Leonie Hoeboer

How does an empty space manifest its fullness? How does the triangulation of dance, music and empty space recreate and transform on another?

A journey in search for the basic, the essential, the physicality from beginning of times. A revival of ancient knowledge. A travel through the senses and uncover of its subtleties. A dive into the physical body. a dive into the pre-verbal consciousness.

Choreography and dance: Ana Ladas
Music: Kim José Bode (recorders and electronics)
Light: Petyr Veenstra

Ana Ladas and Kim José Bode collaborate and together they dive into a challenging and exciting journey of an intimate empty space that breaths, dances and lives a poetic melody.

Silent was initially inspired by the special atmosphere of the empty space at Punt WG in Amsterdam (

Merging the space, as a source of inspiration, with an organic approach to the work, Silent developed a specific and versatile inner quality. The work has the possibility to live and be presented in very different contexts both indoors like galleries, churches, theaters, abandoned spaces; and outdoors like street festivals, open air events and forgotten places.

In 2010, the work was presented at Punt WGMuiderpoorttheater in Amsterdam and at Korzo Theater (Dancing by Daylight) in Den Haag, The Netherlands. 
In 2011 it was presented in the Kleinen Bühnenboden, Munster Germany




Photo: Van den Ende

"What we are looking for is in what is,
but we think we will find it over there..." T. Parsons

Land e scapes is a solo dance performance in search for a fictive zero point. It explores different states of being, dealing with the paradox of wholeness and duality. It reflects on the individual of modern society, confronted with inner (ab) original and primal states. The beast inside the civilized man. The person that grows out of darkness and faces the unforgivable duality. A body searching for an origin, a beginning, a Garden of Eden. Land e scapes is a surrealistic game of tension between reality and utopia.

Choreography & dance: Ana Ladas
Music: Niels Bakker
Artistic adviser: Lina Issa
Dramaturgy: Vera de Vlieger
Light: Sam Beumer

Special thanks to: Min Tanaka, Heather Ware, Ester Eva Damen and DWA

Land e scapes was suported by Danswerkplaats Amsterdam and presented at Dubbledans program (2007)Color Dance Festival (2007) and Move the Space (2008) at Muiderpoortheater, Amsterdam. It was also presented at the 12 MasDanza - International Contemporary Dance Festival of the Canary Islands, Spain in 2007. 


RAÍZES (2006)

The point at which something originates...


    Photo: Pablo Ponce

Raízes is dance solo inspired in the basic need to search for the roots of oneself's existence.

A physical journey exploring the antagonistic forces of rational and irrational human tendencies.

Choreography and dance: Ana Ladas
Music: Niels Bakker
Sound Engineer: L. Lawaai
Artistic advice: Marta Reig Torres/ Alfredo Fernandez
Light: Egbert Mellema
Lay Out:

Raízes was supported by Danswerkplaats Amsterdam and presented at Muiderpoorttheater within the program Dubbledans 2006



CAMINO (2010)
by Marta Reig Torres

Camino Spanish for "path" and "I  walk' refers to the desire for change and its accompanying challenges. Camino is a journey full of adventure through varying landscapes: like a medieval quest fro the meaning of life complete with warriors and pilgrims. Choreographer and three dancers return to the past to revive the present. With their history and imagination as they move through the moment and discover what remains of experiences encountered, what disappears and signifies, here and now.  The music score is inspired by the street sounds of a remote Spanish village during its traditional festivities. 

Camino is a Korzo Productions and has been financially supported by the Nederlandse Fonds voor de Podiumkunsten, Het Ministerie van OCW, de Gemeente Den Haag, The Centre Coreográfic de Teatres de la Generalitat Valenciana, Dansateliers Rotterdam, Podium Twente en Melkweg Theater Amsterdam.

Choreography: Marta Reig Torres
In collaboration with:
Dancers: Ana Ladas; Yanaika Holle; Jozefien Deabillie
Dramatist: Alfredo Fernández
composer: Marek Jason Isleib
Light Designer: Roland van Ulden
Costume designer: Claire Philippart
Photo: Miguel de Jong
Duration: 50m

by Conny Janssen Danst

In 2007 Conny Janssen created the location performance So Here We Are at the Van Nelle Ontwerpfabriek (design factory) in which she goes back to the roots of her city: rotterdam. In 2009 the audience gets the opportunity to see this performance in an edition specially made for the theater. The industrial identity of the performance is maintained by the stage setting, exclusively designed by Thomas Ruppert. Live music played by the ensemble Original Winds, conducted by Carlo Balemans.

Choreography: Conny Janssen
Dancers: Javier Vaquer Ollero; Ana Lada; Danilo Colonna; Sara Erens;Martijn Kappers; Lola Mino; Gideon Poirier; Cristiana Ruggieri; Winston Arnon (stage); Vita Stasolla (stage); Gabrielle Montaruli (stage)
Music: o.a. Björk; Luis Julio Toro; Vladislav Solotarev; Oscar van Dillen; Johnny Cash
Video: Koen Keevel; Arjen Klerkx; Thomas Rupert
Light design: MArc Heinz; Pelle Herfst
Costumes: Babette van den Berg 
Photo: Leo van Velzen

Premiere: 15th March 2009 at Rotterdamse Schouwburg
Duartion: 65m


by Marta Reig Torres in collaboration with dancers

More Day More Night is an intimate and poetic dance work for three dancers.  They find themselves at the frontier between dream and reality; between day and night. Reig Torres wants to comit, to abandon, to surrender, or perhaps to reject or fight against daydreams taht take shape in the shadow of our mind.

Choreography and concept : Marta reig Torres
in collaboration with 
Dansers: Ana Ladas, Kim Raasveld, Roser Lopez Espinosa
Dramaturgy, Scenography and video: Alfredo Fernández
Composer: Marek Jason Isleib,
Costume: Asalia Khadjé
Light Designer: Afro
Photos: Joris Jan Bos

More Day More Night was commissioned by Cadance 2004 and has been produced by Korzo productions and DWA danswerkplaats.  It was financialy supported by the Van den Ende Foundation. MDMN was selected for the Serie nieuwe theaer makers 2005; Danstorm 2006; Dansclick 2 - 2007 in the Netherlands and to the Red de Teatros Alternativos in Spain (Barcelona, Sevilla).



Project Eyeing PP

A Multidisciplinary project with the Stilte, EMW Music, Bert Vogels and Koen Delaere.
A collaboration between dance, music, visual and plastic art inspired and exploring the universe of Pablo Picasso.
This project was presented on location in Tilburg The Netherlands.  

Photos: Bert Vogels

by Krisztina de Châtel

De natuurelementen water en wind staan centraal in Waterlanders, de tweede Buitenchoreografie van Krisztina de Châtel. Voor even 'verlost' van de beperkingen die het theater haar oplegt, maar ze volop gebruik van de mogelijkheden die het Nederlands landschap haar biedt. Waterlanders is een choreografie voor tien dansers; acht op het land en twee in met water gevuld kokers.


Water en wind hebben ieder zo hun specifieke eigenschappen en kunnen in de natuur bijzondere situaties oproepen. Te denken valt daarbij aan een wervelwind of aan de scheppende en vernietigende kracht van water. Het zijn krachten waarmee altijd rekening moet worden gehouden.
Het decor van Waterlanders wordt gevormd door het landschap van de diverse locaties, drie windmachines en twee transparante cilinders die langzaam gevuld worden met water.

Choreografie - Krisztina de Châtel
Dansers - Eva-Maria Christ, Kenji Imukai, Isabel Ariel, Ana Ladas, Nicolas Legrand, Oerm Matern, Cecilia Moisio, Benjmin Petitjean, Swantje Schäuble, Suzan Tunca en Barbara Suters
Repetitor - Sjoukje Osinga
Muzie- Dirk Haubrich
Videoprojectie - Bea de Visser
Lichtontwerp - Mike van de Lagemaat
Kostuums - Emmy Schouten

met dank aan Nederlands Instituut voor Mediakunst, Bart Rutten, Museum Watersnood 1953, Stichting PodiumKunstWerk



Machine Winks is een danstuk voor mens en machine waarin de dynamissche verhoudingen tussen mens en machine centraal staan.  De kunstenaars Marnix de Nijs en Edwin van der Heide ontwikkelden in samenwerking met Ana Ladas van Dansgroep Krisztina de Châtel een interactieve mechanische danspartener.

Een object waarvan de bewegingen  en de geluiden worden gemanipuleerd door de ruimte rondom het object te verkennen en door direct fysiek contact met het object. Danseres Ana Ladas verkent de machine en daagt hem uit als danspartner. hierbij speelt zij met zowel de verleidelijke als de gevaarlijke aspecten van de (vervaarlijk) ronddraaiende machine.

Concept en uitwerking: Marnix de Nijs
Choreografie  en dans: Ana Ladas - Dansgroep Krisztina de Châtel
Installatie, interactie en geluid : Marnix de Nijs en Edwin van der Heide
Photos: Bernie van Velzen

Premiére at the Nederlandse Dansdagen, 6 oktober 2001, Artifort gebouw, Maastricht

Machine winks is ontwikkeld vanuit onderzoek naar de verhouding van dans tot de machine en omgekeerd. Vanuit dit onderzoek is ook de interactie ontwikkeld. De machine heeft een aantal sensoren waarmee de afstand van de danseres tot de machine en haar positie in de ruimte gemeten kan worden. Deze gegevens sturen, direct en indirect, de machine, de luchtventielen, het geluid en het geprojecteerde (video)beeld.