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Playful Arts Sessions: “The Encounter”

June 8, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

In our culture we rarely interact with strangers. Even though we encounter strangers every day, share spaces with them, travel together, and even follow or obstruct their path. In a city we see strangers, and we are seen as strangers all the time.
Áron Birtalan

Playful Arts Sessions is an exciting evening where you can get acquainted with leading and emerging artists at the intersection of visual arts, performing arts and playful design. Includes Dinner!

During the first Playful Arts Sessions we dive into the work of artist duos The100Hands (NL)  and Louise Orwin & Eugenie Pastor (UK), who both playfully experiment with the relation between the artist and their audience. How far will we go in setting up and act in interactive experiences?

During the first half of the evening we meet in a playful way during two performances and a tasteful dinner. During the second half of the evening we will speak with the artists under the guidance of expert moderator Jochem Naafs.


17.00  Doors open
17.15   Start program
17.30  The Loneliness of Crowds - Louise Orwin & Eugénie Pastor
19.45  Dinner @ Hangop
20.00 25Feet - the 100Hands
21.15   Aftertalk with the artists and moderator Jochem Naafs


25 Euros: Two performances + dinner
20 Euros: Two Performances + dinner ( = Early Bird until 18 May)

*Tickets are for the whole evening including dinner.

Interactive Performances:

The Loneliness of Crowds
by Eugénie Pastor and Louise Orwin

The Loneliness of Crowds is an immersive experience for 1-2 blindfolded participants. During 10 minutes, you will be involved in being in a festival environment. Complete with karaoke, crowdsurfing, shelter for rain and dancing. Afterwards you will give the same care to other participants.

by The100Hands
At a distance of 25 feet (7.3m) and further people interact among each other mainly as viewers and performers. By placing the audience together with two performers in a square of 25ft2, everyone – willingly or not – enters each others ‘social space’. From there begins the journey closer and closer, into ‘personal’ and ‘intimate space’: areas where the most violent and intimate physical interactions happen.

25 Feet is a sober, effectively designed, interactive dance performance about physical proximity and the dynamics between violence and intimacy, that both happen on closest distance.

The Artists:

The100Hands create interactive dance performances, mostly site specific, now and then staged in theaters.
Since 2014 Jasper Džuki Jelen (NL/SI) and Mojra Vogelnik Škerlj (SI) combine their backgrounds in contemporary dance and architecture to create works that strongly relate to space. The movement vocabulary of this duo sources from partnering and martial arts and fuels an interest in the social, interactive potential of physical performance formats.
The work of The100Hands is presented in many international festivals and is produced in Belgium, Sweden, Denmark and Egypt. Its human and physical approach speaks to a wide audience of all ages.

Louise Orwin (UK) is a live art artist, researcher, writer and performer. She has performed her work at various stages and festivals in the UK and beyond. Her work is characterized by brutality, personal vulnerability and the involvement of the public in intimate experiences. In her work she focuses on the accidental encounter with a stranger. She plays with stereotypical views of the female in popular culture versus her own awkwardness. In her work practice, she mixes the theatrical with everyday and interrogates the interaction between the creator and her audience.

Eugénie Pastor (UK) is an artist, performer, musician and theatre-maker, based in London and originally from France. She's an Associate Artist at Little Bulb Theatre since 2009 and co-devised and performed in many of the company’s award-winning shows, including: Orpheus, Squally Showers, Operation Greenfield, Sporadical, and most of Little Bulb’s cabaret and band incarnations.

She's also a freelance performer and theatre-maker, and has collaborated with Tom Penn, Edith Tankus, Glen Neath and David Rosenberg, and new circus companies Barely Methodical and Camille Boitel / L’Immédiat. Her work has been shown at Battersea Arts Centre, Soho Theatre, The Shed / National Theatre, Salzburg Festival, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Millenium Centre Cardiff, Bristol Old Vic, Latitude and Wilderness Festivals, among others.

The Moderator:

Jochem Naafs holds an MA in both New Media Studies and Theatre Studies. He is a lecturer, researcher, dramaturg and live artist based in Utrecht. As a lecturer he is affiliated to ArtEZ Bachelor of Dance and HKU Theatre. Furthermore he works as a researcher for HKU focussing on research in education and the opportunities of performative research in the arts. He is affiliated to three professorships: Performative Processes, Art and Professionalisation and Research in Creative Practices. Previously he was affiliated to Utrecht University, Honours Programme of ArtEZ Insitute of the Arts. He was guest lecturer at University of Hildesheim, ArtEZ Dance Academy and Ghent University.

As a dramaturg he works and worked with Stut Theater, theatre collective Powerboat, directors Suzan Tolsma, Joachim Robbrecht and Michael Pinchbeck, choreographers Jack Gallagher, Minke Elisa Brands, Jessica van Rüschen and circus Diedom. He is one of the members of BIT dance dramaturgy, a collective interested in contextualizing and sharing ideas about dance dramaturgy. He has created various (lecture) performances such as Minotaure! Minotaure, c’est toi!! and Projecting on Der (kommende) Aufstand nach andcompany&Co. and the series Associative Writing and the lecture Performance.


Playful Arts Sessions is organized by Playful Arts Festival, a collaboration between Wave of Tomorrow and zo-ii.


The Playful Arts Sessions in 2017 are supported by Willem Twee kunstruimte and Gemeente 's-Hertogenbosch.

Practical information:
June 8, 2017
Willem Twee Artspace
Boschdijkstraat 100 ’s-Hertogenbosch (NL)
Doors open: 17:00
Start program: 17.15
End of program: 22.30
Early bird € 20, - incl. dinner until May 18
After that: € 25,- incl. dinner



June 8, 2017
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Event Category:


Playful Arts Festival


Willem Twee kunstruimte
Boschdijkstraat 100
's-Hertogenbosch, 5211 VK Netherlands
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