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In this class we focus on our connection with ourselves, the others and the space: The space inside of our bodies, in between our fingers, between bodies and the one around
us. The space as an absence or emptiness, and the space that is charged and filled.

The space that contains our movement and is contained by our movement. We open up all our senses to establish a physical awareness of how space constantly transforms our
dances and how our dances transform space. Movement will happen by itself if we start listening and seeing that.


Different counterpoints in our body and the space invite us to
get more grounded and elongated at the same time. We connect to our deep desire to be present in the space, to mark it and to change it. Like this longing to run through a
fresh layer of snow. Let’s celebrate!


What Maaike loves about dance is that it brings us to the beauty of the moment – and

every moment is different. Out of this interest her fascination for improvisation and contact- improvisation was born. She followed workshops with Julyen Hammilton and studied intensively with David Zambrano. She has been teaching dance-workshops in nature at Buitenkunst since 2010.

She finds a constant eagerness to learn more about the body’s expression and how dance can contribute something to people’s mental and physical health. She set up her own foundation with two other artists, called Kudde ( They develop dance and theater-projects, both in the dance-field and in the community. The last years she has been doing exchange-projects in Uganda, Ghana and Brazil.

After her graduation from the dance academy in Tilburg (NL) in 2004 she has been working as a performer with Loic Perela (Dansateliers Rotterdam), Anne-beth Schuurmans, Marie Goeminne (dansmakers Amsterdam), T.R.A.S.H., Karen Boesser. She also created her own work like the location-project ‘Huisstofmeid’ for the Oerolfestival.

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