Carpet Session 6 april – Prohibition

After Support and Challenge by Maria and James we continue our research with Prohibition.

To break your own patters or habit in an improvisation piece, we gave each others tasks or a prohibit. See where your Challenge is?

This Thursday from 13.00 – 17.00 at Dansstudio, Vredenburgersteeg 31 at Amsterdam. If you not a member: 5 euro.

See you 6th of April, Esmeralda

Carpet Session TRIOS at 23.2 from 13.00 – 17.00.

The last three Carpet Sessions were organised by Maria, Zwaan and Esmeralda. With the idea to share our different disciplines: dance, voice and acting.

Last week session the focus was on voice by Zwaan. This time the focus will be on body work and text by Maria and Esmeralda. Esmeralda will share her experience as an actress by using the context abstract or concrete. By being direct and using realistic meaning or placing words in space and being poetic.

How we can influence each other disciplines by using words. Playing with text and add to voice/ music and movement.

We hope to see you this Thursday at Dansstudio, Vredenburgersteeg 31 Amsterdam. Time: 13.00 – 17.00 For no member 5 euro fee for renting studio.

See you soon, Esmeralda and Maria.



Next Carpet Session, Thursday 16th: 13.00-17.00 – TRIOS : focus and shifts.

Last Carpet Session we worked with three disciplines Maria (dance), Angela and Jesica (voice) and Esmeralda (acting). We choose a theme ‘Lines’ and worked from our own discipline to make a solo of 3/5 min. Later we explored how we could enter from your one discipline into a solo piece of an other discipline.

Questions that popped-up:

  1. Where did you felt lost in the piece?
  2. Where or how did you not had a connection with the other discipline?
  3. How can you make or find a way to connect to the other (discipline)?
  4. Is it needed for the piece to feel all the time connected with others?
  5. Where is the focus?
  6. Who is responsible for the piece? Or more: who feels responsible of the piece and is that necessary?

Next Thursday we will continue the research of working with different disciplines.

All disciplines are welcome for our session to share and explore the beginnings of piece, the shifts and the work in process of the different approach of each other’s art tools.

See you at dance studio Vredenbrugersteeg 31, Amsterdam, thursday 13.00 – 17.00

Maria, Zwaan and Esmeralda



CARPET SESSION 9,16 and 23 februari 13.00 – 17.00

We are delighted to invite you to our sessions to share with you strategies, insights, thoughts, challenges and playful moments we encountered during our collaboration.

Our creative process resulted to three performances; two in Berlin( Impro Exchange Festival, July 2016 and Impro Per Arts Festival, June 2017) and one in Amsterdam, Ot301 , June 2016).

During our research project, we worked on bringing together three different disciplines: acting, voice and dance. By using their specific attributes we envisioned to create a common ground where the three disciplines meet.
Applying the formal elements of improvisation-time, space, dynamics, relationships, composition-we were looking for creating a context from within stories are unfolding in the present time. These stories defined the content of our improvisation that is expressing itself through movement, text and vocalisation. 

Our attention was drawn to different sources such as: sensory information, inner dialogue, outside environment and the collective narrative of the improvisation. Various and complex focal points of attention that were coming together and asked to be danced, sung, spoken and shared.

The key aspect of our work is that voice and language are not separate from our physical and sensorial experience..

Your presence, participation, sharing and exchanging is very welcome.

Looking forward to on Thursday 9th, 16th and 23 from 13.00 – 17.00.

At Dansstudio Vredenburgersteeg 31-35 Amsterdam

Esmeralda, Zwaan and Maria(nthi).

Text article by Maria.

Carpet Session: February 9, 16 and 23

Put in your agenda: Thursday 9,16 and 23 February.

Connecting the Dots:

Zwaan, Maria and Esmeralda worked together to explore their disciplines and share them to make an Impro Piece of 45 min.

We performed in Berlin and will perform in June again. Using our disciplines and connecting them, reading and learning form each other work style. That will be the main theme of our sessions.

More information will be posted.

Esmeralda, Zwaan and Maria