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Dit is de weblog behorende bij het project 'Xposed'.

Developing and presenting our artistic work and giving workshops

At the start of the second week everyone felt we needed a strong sense of collaboration and cohesion to finish our performance. We were a mixed group, not just in terms of cultures and nationalities, but also in terms of ideas, forms of training, years of experience, age and artistic vision.Some had never had a dance class before, but found their way into it or sought for other ways to take part in the making of the performance. For example, some wrote poetry, some made their own music, some made the costumes, and some thought about which pieces should be in or out, or took lead in cleaning the group works that had been made. This meant that it really was a performance wherein everyone took part in the making process and had ownership. Odak guided us artistically, always ensuring a program and planning for the day, making sure someone gave the warm-up or took lead in a making process, giving assigments for the creation of duets/trios/quartets. He proposed his artistic vision, order of pieces and his ideas for the storyline for the final performance and took decisions when needed. Yet, the whole process was a democratic one. Everyone was listened to and could suggest ideas. When our first try-out (which we presented during an open rehearsal @ Het Wilde Westen) was too long, one of the participants suggested to change it a bit, leaving some pieces out and changing the order of others we discussed this and unanimously agreed. On wednesday we finished the first 20 minutes. In the afternoon we left and moved to the Stadsschouwburg where we practiced, ate pizza and at 20.00 O'Clock performed a preview of our performance in the Zocherfoyer as supporting program of Alida Dors' work Rebound which we watched afterwards in De Blauwe Zaal. On this day one of the participants who created live music for the piece suddenly arrived with a make-up box and created a BEAUTIFUL make-up art for all of us. After we finished we heard many positive responses!

The next day we continued the making process with even more positive energy. On thursday we finished our final work of 45 minutes. This week we had been training at Het Wilde Westen, Utrechts Centrum voor de Kunsten, Buurthuis de Leeuw and Het Muziekhuis Lombok. Like the first week, we enjoyed dinner together at Buurthuis Rosa or sometimes at home. 

On monday and thursday, we asked who would be interested in giving workshops to kids and youngsters. Some of the dancers from Kenya and South Africa went with Bart to teach kids at de BSO Oog in Al located in de Cereolfabriek, mostly playing games and making theatre and dance performances. Some others went to het Leidsche Rijn College with Annemieke to teach a workshop in South African contemporay and traditional Masai dance from Kenya to a 4 HAVO class.

Throughout the two weeks we had several reflection moments. As we had so many people involved with different ideas of what it means to be in a making process it was always important to hear how people felt and what they thought. Despite some differences, it was mostly our similarities, the collective struggles and joys we encounter, our common passion for (performing) arts, positive energies, the love and enthusiasm of being together and sharing our knowledge whilst learning from others that connected us strongly. 

This must have been visible on our performance night. When the day arrived on april 12, everyone was pretty relaxed. Odak always knew how to make us feel at ease and comfortable of what we had made. After the organizing team had logistically arranged some things in the morning, we started with a collective lunch at Muziekhuis. Here we presented a big piece of paper with all the tasks that needed to be divided. From 14.00 O'Clock we needed everyone to work together to make the space a place to perform. After all, we would be having our performance night at Het Stadsklooster, an old church in Lombok. Some people arranged the lights, others the sound, others taped the floor, others decorated the space, others made a food corner, others made toi toi toi's, Marloes did the make-up etc. At 15.15 we were all finished and went through the whole performance. Everyone was a bit tired, but luckily we all know that a final rehearsal needs mistakes for the real performance to be a success. And it was!!! Our aim was to share our work with the local community, our partners and all our friends and family. At 17.00 O'Clock the first people started to enter. We had space for about 50 people to join a meal before the performance was starting. Rob who works at Good Food Club | Wishing Well West cooked vegetarian paëlla in two pans for our 50 visitors and our group of artists. The dinner was amazing. After the dinner people were invited to see the art of our photographer Iso Caba (from South Africa but living in Utrecht), our catering and photographer Marieke Schroor and art from Edwin Jake who is connected to our partner organization Uitgesproken Queer. De Buurtcamping Majellapark organized a game. It was an amazing mix of people from different religions, genders, nationalities, etc. 

At 20.00 O'Clock the supporting program started. This existed out of two spoken word artists from the poetry collective Uitgesproken Queer. At 20.30 we started. When on stage we could not believe our eyes. There must have been about 200 people. They all joined the night for free (except those who joined the dinner for 5 euros). Afterwards many visitors we received many words of appreciation and hearing many people who want to think with us on how to continue what we are doing.

Luckily this was not the last performance. On saturday people could rest during the day. AT 17.00 we met at Buurthuis Rosa and discussing the program of the night. We were performing at Cafe Het Gegeven Paard in the evening at 21.30 as part of Rabo Open Stage curated by HKU. We decided to show the first 25 minutes of our full performance with smaller groups. It was amazing. A very different setting and a very different audience. In contrast to our show on friday, many did not expect a performance that included dance, theatre and music. 

Sunday was our last day of being together. We met at 12 O'Clock at de Nijverheid. We had been invited to perform as part of their program on Culturele Zondag. We performed twice; at 14.30 and 16.30. We performed the same part of the performance as the night before. Again a very different setting. This time we performed outside, placing the floor we used next to the shed. Whereas everyone was tired, everyone was also ready to give a last and amazing show. It was truly fire. 

We were invited by the family who hosted the two girls from South Africa for pancaked. We ended it with a celebration by giving thanks to all involved, handing certificates to all artist participants, presents to our guids Odak and Saskia from Jongerentheater Link and the one host family involved.

The next day it was time to say goodbye. We had an amazing time.

Thanks to everyone who supported us:

Odak and Saskia from Jongerentheater Link, all participants, David who filmed, Iso who made pictures, Rob who cookes for us, Marina, Marieke and Jimena who cooked for us and did production, all involved organizations Indoni Dance Arts and Leadership Academy, KPAG Arts Company, ArtZone Events and Entertainment, Wishing Well West, Buurthuis Rosa, Het Wilde Westen, Muziekhuis Lombok, UCK, Buurthuis de Leeuw, De Nijverheid, Tivoli Vredenburg, Het Stadsklooster, Stadsschouwburg Utrecht, Utrecht Universiteit, Hogeschool Utrecht, Perron West, Kopi Susu, BSO Oog in Al, Leidsche Rijn College, all the supporting funds; Fonds voor Cultuurparticipatie | jijmaakthetmee, Fentener van Vlissingenfonds, K.F. Hein Fonds, Initiatievenfonds Gemeente Utrecht, Projectsubsidie Cultuur Gemeente Utrecht.

Thanks to Iso Caba all moments are captured in a magical way. 

Video's will follow soon.

Warms regards,

Het Xposed Team

Bart and Annemieke

Ps. We will continue to give classes including both repertoire from the final performance and new choreographies, as well as giving space for others to teach workshops. We are also in touch with the participants who look out for funding and are sending us reflections and thoughts on how to continue this project on both a local and international level.

Weekend = CHILL TIME

After the first week everyone was tired! We had been training a lot. Besides, working with people you don't know is an intense process. We had been surprised how quickly a sense of community/group feeling came into being. We also realized however we needed moments for people to relax and to take time for themselves, to do shoppings or just have informal moments of being together. The weekend was chill time!

Our saturday was well spent in Amsterdam.. some of the locals guided the people through the city. And of course you cannot go home without practicing your jumps and salto's in front of the Nationale Opera en Ballet.

In the evening we had scheduled a party.. a silent disco in Perron West a new organization in a small train cabin which focusses on connecting and community building in Lombok.

Unexpectedly a photographer called Julie Hrudova walked in and took us some amazing pictures, see pictures above.

Sunday really was chill time. Everyone had a day off and many people gathered in one of the guest houses in the evening to cook and eat West-African food.

OF course, one of the things we have not mentioned yet, is XPOSED RADIO. Many evenings one of the houses including Bart (NL), Paul (Kenia), Manu (Kenia) and Vvyque (Kenia) hosted a radio show. We initially started this as a crowdfunding activitity when we were raising donations on All participants of the project, but also their friends and relatives at home, and our followers on social media, could request songs and listen to stories by our participants; about the exchange project and their personal lifes. Consequently we have built a playlist of songs from all over the world..

Dinner at host family

After the spoken word class some went to stick posters after which we continued to an amazing dinner. One of our two participants from South Africa stayed over at a host family living in the neighborhood. On friday night they invited us for delicious Dutch food..

Picture by Iso Caba

Workshop by Steff | Uitgesproken Queer

On friday afternoon, april 5, we went to Utrechts Centrum voor de Kunsten for a workshop by Steff, co-founder of the poetry and spoken word collective Uitgesproken Queer in Utrecht. This afternoon we had writing assignments about what it means to be exposed which were consequently turned into small, group performance pieces. Beautiful words and images were the result. Words such as connection, trust, vulnerability, feeling naked, holding back, opening up showed the similarities we all feel about daily feelings of exposure. Some pieces would eventually end up in our end performance...

At the end of the afternoon Marina presented some of her costume ideas. Throughout the two weeks the idea had come up for her to design the costumes. Even though she did our catering, she eventually joined the dancing and did what she's most talented in.. designing fashion / images.

All pictures by Iso Caba

Discussion about community building with Good Food Club | Wishing Well West

On thursday afternoon we went to Wishing Well West. We were invited to collaborate with Good Food Club and host a discussion with out participant on community building in different area's of the world. Rob (the cook) made us delicious food and Else (the owner) was an amazing host. 

Read what she wrote about the meeting:

Morgen vrijdag middag vanaf 17.00 kan je gratis naar een voorstelling in de Antonius kerk in Lombok. Kom kijken, genieten, mee doen, aan een uitwisseling van de super interessante groep jonge cultuurmakers en wereldverbeteraars Exchange. Voor 5 euro kan je mee eten in de kerk. Rob Schellekens bij Goodfoodclub / Wishingwellwest maakt een vega paella voor vanavond.

Wie zijn Xposed Platform ? Dansers, theatermakers, muzikanten, kunstenaars werken samen aan het uitbeelden van persoonlijke en gedeelde thema’s Jonge makers uit Nederland, Zuid-Afrika en Kenia en Mexico.
Wat doet Xposed Xchange presents: Xchanging Stories ? ze maken, voelen, ervaren, reflecteren en wisselen uit. Ze hebben een mening, durven anders te zijn, uiten hun gevoel, voelen de wereld aan, en willen iets aan de wereld geven en veranderen en verbeteren !
Ze werken nu een korte periode heel intensief met elkaar in Nederland en gaan dan ieder weer naar huis. Ze hebben het plan elkaar de komende jaren te kunnen inspireren en steunen . 
Wat deze jongen makers de afgelopen week hebben gemaakt en uitgewisseld hebben kan je horen, zien beleven vrijdag avond in de antoniuskerk en later in de week elder( zie hun programma)

Vorige week spraken we met 16 jongeren van Xposed Platform bij Community Club 507 / Wishing Well West tijdens Goodfoodclub / Wishingwellwest over community opbouw en cultuur maken. Wat kwam in grote lijnen naar voren ? 
Of je in Nederland, Zuid Afrika of Kenia opgroeit en je weg moet vinden als kunstenaar /cultuurmaker in de samenleving, is voor iedereen een uitdaging. In sommige landen, gebieden is dit extreem moeilijk. Hoe pak je dit dan aan ? Vorige week donderdag spraken vertelde de jongeren uit Kenia en Zuid Afrika & Mexico en Nederland, hoe ze hier in hun persoonlijke levens mee omgaan. Je ontdekt dat je als danser of muzikant of theatermaker iets in je eigen stad, land, dorp wil betekenen. Soms moet je eerst weg van je ouders, je dorp en stad, om genoeg ruimte te voelen. Het leven in de stad biedt kansen, maar kan ook zwaar zijn om je uberhaupt staande te houden. Of er is geen geld voor transport naar school. Vaak moet er in dorpen of buurten en gebieden die armer zijn, eerst aan basis behoefte gebouwd worden voordat de gemeenschap ruimte heeft om open te staan voor cultuur. En wat is cultuur dan eigenlijk ? Hoe en waarom ga je toch door als je omgeving verre van perfect lijkt. Je ontwikkelt veerkracht, humor, heel veel energie om het doel toch te bereiken en voor grotere doelen is je stip op de horizon en uitwisseling/ exchange vaak van belang.
Veel respect voor deze club die mede begeleid wordt door onze buurt bewoners Theater makers en dansers Isaiah Odak en Saskia Ottenhoff Onyango en Bart en Annemiek ! Dus heb je vrijdag avond tijd ga dan naar de ! je kan ook nog 13 april in tivoli komn kijken of tijdens de culturele zondag bij de nijverheidsweg.

In the evening we went to visit Tweetakt Festival to see the performance CRIA and meet Evelien who works at Tweetakt.

All pictures by Marieke Schroor

Linking the pieces together

The first days had been amazing! Everyday someone was invited to do a class and making process. So far Vvyque, Gaya, Mesuli and Paul had taught classes and created group pieces. In between Odak gave us assignments to create solo's, duets or group pieces. On thursday after our first weblog it was time to link the pieces together. We already had SO MUCH materials. Everyone wrote down what they remembered and many words of appreciation for each other were added. On friday we started the making process and repeating all the pieces. During this first days we have been working in Muziekhuis Lombok, Het Wilde Westen and Utrechts Centrum voor de Kunsten. On sunday and wednesday the group had dinner together in Buurthuis Rosa. 

All pictures by Iso Caba



Building in the Performance!!

The exchange has begun!

On Sunday 31st we welcomed Mesuli (Ciudad del Cabo), Monwabisi (Ciudad del Cabo), Khanyisa (Ciudad del Cabo), Noxolo (Ciudad del Cabo), Paul (Nairobi), Manu (Nairobi), Vvique (Nairobi) y Gaya (Kisumu) to the Netherlands. To this team we had Dutch performers Marloes, Annemieke, Marieke, Marina and Clair and from Mexico Jimana. With the complete group we started activities on April 1st.

It has been a very exciting week in which we have learned about different dance teaching technics in which our main focus has been in sharing community building, body expression and how can dance and art practices have a positive impact on our local communities.

As each of our participants take turns to show how to dance in their own particular style we have building on the co-creation of the performance that we will be shown on April 12th, 2019 at Sint-Antoniuskerk in Utrecht.

Beyond a dance program, this exchange has been the perfect opportunity of sharing different experiences of what is the role of arts within both personal development and the impact it has in contemporary societies. Moreover, it has also built bridges in which beyond our difference we have found common ground and find value in the importance of creating alternative creative and artistic international networks.

Picture by Iso Caba


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Update afgelopen periode

Afgelopen periode is er ONTZETTEND veel gebeurd. Zo hebben we bijvoorbeeld onze crowdfundingscampagne op gehaald! Ook hebben we op 1 maart een work in progress presentatie gegeven met de groep die heeft meegedaan met onze maaksessies voor de voorstelling 'Ik ben niet perfekt, maar zei ook niet'.

Afgelopen maand zijn we (Bart en ik) vooral heel druk bezig geweest met van alles regelen. Zo hebben we een informatie avond gehad voor  deelnemers (vrijdag hebben we er nog een), op bezoek gegaan bij allerlei organisaties in Utrecht West om mee samen te werken, heel veel e-mails verstuurd, gebeld en afspraken gehad, hebben we een eigen radio show gemaakt waar je meer over ons kan horen, allerlei mensen gesproken die ons willen komen helpen voor catering, fotografie, film, workshops, evenementen organiseren, etc. en natuurlijk alles geregeld om dansers over te laten vliegen. Uiteindelijk zullen er vier dansers komen uit Kenia (KPAG Arts Company & ArtZone) en vier uit Zuid-Afrika (Indoni Dance Arts and Leadership Academy).

De deelnemers zijn......

Mesuli (Cape Town), Monwabisi  (Cape Town), Khanyisa (Cape Town), Noxolo  (Cape Town), Paul  (Nairobi), Manu (Nairobi), Vvique (Nairobi) and Gaya (Kisumu).

Voor de Nederlandse deelnemers hebben we diverse oproepen gedaan op social media, op facebook groepen van Utrecht, en organisaties benaderd. We houden geen audities, maar vragen wel verplichte aanwezigheid op een van de twee informatie avonden op 22 en 29 maart. Belangrijk is dat deelnemers weten waar ze zich voor aanmelden en wij ook weten op wie en hoeveel deelnemers we kunnen rekenen. Iedereen tussen +/- 16 en 35 kan meedoen. Ervaring is niet belangrijk, maar wel dat je je comfortabel voelt om vanuit dans en beweging te werken. Er zijn echter ook andere manieren om mee te doen, denk aan techniek, fotografie, kostuums, muziek, catering, productie etc. We werken vanuit iedereens input en talent. Het enige wat we vragen is motivatie en heel belangrijk, beschikbaarheid! 

Wil je meedoen? Klik dan op de link naar de informatie avond voor deelnemers! 

Performance data zijn al bekend. Je kunt komen kijken op de volgende speeldata:

Speeldata zijn:

10 april Zocher Foyer Stadsschouwburg 20.05 - 20.15

12 april Stadsklooster in het programma Xchanging Stories 17.30 Paëlla eten en 20.00 optredens (inloop vanaf 19.30)

13 april in Café Het Gegeven Paard tijd zal rond 21.20 - 21.50

14 april op Culturele Zondag in De Nijverheid om 14.30 en 16.40

We nodigen jullie graag uit voor 12 april: Xposed Xchange presenteert: Xchanging Stories. Deze avond organiseren wij zelf. Er zullen optredens zijn van diverse organisaties uit de buurt De Voorkamer, Het Wilde Westen en Uitgesproken Queer. De avond begint om 17.30 uur met gezamenlijk vegetarische paëlla eten (door Wishing Well)  en om 19.30 zal de avond beginnen. Dit is het moment waarop wij ons volledige werk laten zien. Mensen kunnen zich apart aanmelden voor de maaltijd. Wil je ook mee eten? Kost maar 5 euro en reserveren door een berichtje te sturen naar: 0653479237 of via Facebook!

Wil je op de hoogte blijven van iedereen die mee doet en al onze activiteiten volgen? Volg ons dan op Facebook: Xposed Platform