Research, Presentation & Workshop on performing in many disciplines

disconnecting the dots 2 _collageThis afternoon, we will explore the question of interdisciplinary improvisation (theatre, dance, music) and how to talk and exchange about it with an audience in an effective way.  …but if you miss it, there’s more! (read below)

Today, 21st May, we will open our doors to any professionals who would like to join as audience/reflectors at 15:30 and we will take it from there with them: How to exchange in depth, when the topic is so wide (interdisciplinary) and so fluid (improvisation)?
We have great group to reflect with – the performers of this project are:

Music: James Hewitt, Bernt Nellen, Wouter Snoei, Tanaquil Schuttel, Zwaan de Vries

Theater: Anja Boorsma, Esmeralda Detmers, Jurriaan Kamp, Edgard Geurink

Dance: Maria Michailidou, Annabel Garriga, Stefania Petr, Thomas Johannsen

You are also invited to join the same quest with us as an active improviser in another Carpet Session in two weeks. (4 June)

Last not least, specifically for theatre improv people, there is a workshop on 9 June, in the evening, to teach interdisciplinary approaches that will enrich any actor’s skill in improvising freely. (Inscribe for that workshop through Anja Boorsma: )

So it’s:

21 May 2015  – 15:30-17:00 – work-in-progress presentation to gather feedback from colleague-improvisers

4 June 2015    – 13:00-17:00 – sharing the research in an open Carpet Session – any professional improvisers welcome to play/perform with us!  (we share studio costs at 5,- p.p.)

What are the Carpet Sessions? / Where is the studio?  (click here)


9 June 2015   – 19:00-21:30 – workshop for theatre improv practitioners – 12,50 p.p. – more info via this facebook link: To reserve a place:


Invitation to Japan

Originally posted on Genetic Choir:

torii-gate2The Genetic Choir has been invited to be guest artist on CMF – Creative Music Festival in Hiroshima in 2016 !

We would love to accept this beautiful invitation and are now working on extending our tour and forging musical collaborations in other Japanese cities so that a working visit of the Genetic Choir to Japan next year becomes feasible.

Please let us know if you know of people/sponsors who could help make this happen, or if you know of other contemporary music contacts in Japan that we could approach to offer concerts and/or workshops.

For the occasion, we open the Japanese part of this website today:  はこちら(click here)

You can get in contact with us here. Any advice or suggestions are welcome! :-)


CMFblog_picThe Creative Music Festival (CMF) is a music festival that has been held in Japan every year since 1998.

In past editions…

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Balancing between worlds

Area59 in Amsterdam asked me to give a short series of morning sessions on a subject I could choose myself.  So I chose my favourite subject of investigation: instant composition with performers from different disciplines.

You can join the sessions this week, Wednesday to Friday.
8, 9 & 10 April
10:00-12:00 / 6 € per session
Amsterdam, Marcusstraat 50, ‘Spazio Nudo’

Read the whole invitation below or on area59’s facebook page:

See you there!


“Balancing between worlds”

For these three research sessions, I would like to look at the different ‘worlds’ we inhabit as improvisers on stage, depending on our performance backgrounds, and how we switch and balance between them during performance.  Continue reading

A capella & dance Instant Composition concert @the Bimhuis

grow_michaelOn 13 April 2015, I am invited to perform as vocalist in the Monday Match performance curated by Michael Schumacher and Sandra Pujols.


Special about this evening will be that the only musicians present are vocalists, therefore it will be pure a-capella instant composition in combination with the dancers. No instruments on stage this time, only BODIES.

Come and see it!

Monday 13 April 2015  – 20:30  
entrance: free! (courtesy of the Bimhuis)

Dancers: Ainara Garcia Navarro, Job Cornelissen, Madeline Harms, Michael Schumacher.

Singers: Heike Jakob, Cora Schmeiser, Thomas Johannsen, Rutger de Groot, Sandra Pujols

Licht: Emese Csornai


Wonderland performs


There is another edition of Wonderland (music and dance performance for kids and parents), this afternoon at Oostblok theatre, Amsterdam. I will perform with some lovely musicians and dancers. Grab your kids and be there!

15 February (zondag) in  Oostblok Amsterdam Oost
“ Take Off” -Wonderland-
16:00 start
Sajetplein 39
1091DB Amsterdam
Dans/ Sylvain Meret, Valentina Campora, Thomas Johannsen, Makiko Ito
Muziek/ Yedo Gibson, Alfredo Genovesi, Marie Guilleray
Licht/ Ellen Knops

Noise only exists in our minds

Originally posted on Genetic Choir:

microtonal wallFrom noise to music and back, is it a question of the mind and it’s perspective? It certainly is an experience we recognise in the Genetic Choir work: Many voices that are creating a noise-wall of sound will become more musically distinct purely by the joint effort of singers and audience members to listen more closely or changing their listening position.

A new blogpost on the lovely website yesterday describes the “Microtonal Wall” of Tristan Perich. And in the description of it makes the above statement: Noise is something which exists in our minds only – we just can’t keep track of all the different things happening at once, so it becomes “noise”. (whole blogpost is here)

The inspiring thing about this aspect of noise/music when talking about live performance is that it creates a much more reciprocal relationship between performers and listeners when instant composing: Singers of…

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Improvised and Hacked: Two Genetic Choir concerts

It’s a week with Genetic Choir activity in two very different (sub)cultural contexts. Come and listen!

29th of January 2015, 22:30 – Compagnietheater, Amsterdam

Late Night Concert on international festival for improv theatre, IMPRO Amsterdam

More info and tickets: click here for the festival website, here for the blogpost

30th of January 2015, 21:00 – 4bidGallery, Overtoom 301, Amsterdam

Be_Hacker Sound Performance on Minikunstfestival 2015

Entrance: free  /  Doors Gallery open at 8pm, start performance at 9pm – More info: click here