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




Bimhuis performance with sewing machine

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This Monday I will be dancing in Bimhuis again, this time with Anne LaBerge on flute/electronics, Wilbert de Joode on double-bass, Ben Brown on drums, Hartyáni Gábor on cello and Lisa Simpson on sewing machine (!!!). My fellow dancers will be Kenzo Kusuda, Kim Hoogterp, Rita Vilhena and Alma Sua Lindenhovius. Ellen Knops will be on lights.

All brought together by Ben and Alma, who are curating the evening.

Looking forward to it. Let’s have a great opening of this new year of interdisciplinary improvised performance!

5th of January 2015, 20:30, Bimhuis, Amsterdam

2015 with the Genetic Choir

Thomas Johannsen:

This is going to be an exciting year! :-)

Originally posted on Genetic Choir:


The new year is approaching, and here is an overview of when and where to experience the Genetic Choir In 2015 (concerts, workshops, projects). Some concrete dates for the next few month and some glass-bowl looking for other things to come…

17+18 January 2015 – 10:30-17:00 – OLD SONGS, NEW SONGS (open workshop sessions)

29 January 2015 – 22:30 – LATE NIGHT CONCERT in the Compagnietheater, hosted by international theatre improv festival IMPRO Amsterdam

31 January 2015 – 13:00-16:00 – Genetic Choir taster workshop on IMPRO Amsterdam

1 March 2015 —  GENETIC CHOIR ONE-DAY SESSION (open workshop session)

21+22 March 2015  —  SPACE / SOUND / BODIES , 10:30-17:00 (open workshop sessions)

13+14 June 2015 —  RHYTHM AND TIME(ING) , 10:30-17:00 (open workshop sessions)


  • There’ll be an electronic-vocal concert of the Genetic Choir at STEIM, as part of a collaboration with Robert van Heumen, later…

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