top of page

Hello lovely people,


We hope you all had fantastic, warm and cozy holidays. In this month's newsletter you can read about our upcoming massage and community movement workshops, our January Research Week with Christopher McAuley, and about some makers who have been working at the studio.


Upcoming Events


Buddy Massage Workshop 22nd of January: 17-19uur with Julia Bande Pay what you want from 5 euros


Are we ok? How did we arrive here? What are we carrying with us? How can we build trust? To release? Safely? Intimately? Collectively? This workshop wants to find ways alternative to images and words, ways to share and recall knowledges, relate and release, and allow playfulness in communal spaces. In buddy massage participants come or are paired with a buddy with whom they will learn and practice a routine, giving and receiving movements that can improve blood circulation and ease tensions. We touch above the clothes, we adapt positions for both bodies and all bodies and it’s thought of as a simple and everyday practice. *Buddy massage is a technique in development adapted from the teaching of Nuad Bo-Rarn Thai Massage at ITM school in Amsterdam.


About Julia Julia is a cultural worker and massage practitioner with an audiovisual and cassette label background from Chile based in Rotterdam. With an interest in sharing knowledges and feminist decolonial practices, she has been working with massage to listen to, play with and care for social relations. Julia is a member of the collective space Varia in Charlois where with attention to collective approaches to everyday technologies she has been a part of projects like Feminist Hack Meetings, Digital Solidarity Networks, and A Traversal Networks of Feminist Servers.



Untold Stories of Community Living: The Movement Workshop Edition

12th of Feb as part of Rotterdam Art Week

14:30 - 16:30

Free entry

How can we cultivate autonomy in our bodies as well as our neighborhoods?

How can we learn to adapt to the ever-flowing movements of our socio-political environments?

How can we foster collaboration, compassion, trust in our interactions?


The current complex and intertwined global crises we are experiencing urge us towards radical change in a variety of fields. One of those is how we organise housing and our living together. Our current individualistic ways seem to not serve or satisfy many of us anymore.

As part of our series of events on community living, in collaboration with The Space 010, we are organising a movement workshop, to explore this topic through what we at CORPO cherish most - our bodies! We will use our bodies to talk about and investigate what principles, behaviors and ways of being are needed when participating in a community.


Through dance and movement exercises, alongside facilitated conversations, we will dive into the challenges, as well as the benefits that community-based ways of living and organising bring. We will also have the chance to meet a well-versed Rotterdam community, as our studio is hosted by the W1555 residents association.


Research Week

The Skin You're In with Christopher McAuley


Combining multiple forms of visual and audio art, showing a detailed look at the beauty of skin. Using projections to cast upon the audience, the walls, the artist... creating an immersive world of skin texture and visible flaws.


"I aim to use videography, projection, sound design, and contemporary circus technique to take an abstract look at skin texture in all its forms. As a solo circus maker, I am deeply inspired by identity, what makes us, us. Atopic eczema has been a part of my life since birth and hasn’t been easy to accept. From hospitalisation and many creams and ointments, certain things react drastically to my skin. I will use my personal experience to facilitate an immersive performance allowing space for personal reflection."


Christopher is a circus artist specialized in Trapeze from Belfast, Ireland. He moved to Rotterdam to study circus arts at Codarts and graduated in 2020. We are very excited to host his work and open discussion on his creation topic! You can come by and see what he is making during his Research Week at CORPO on Saturday the 4th of February anytime from 18 - 21:00 to see how he has used the space to research himself and the topic.


Renters

This month we had two renters at CORPO. We are so happy to be able to offer affordable creation space for makers, so here is some information about what they were working on.


Hold on Light An immersive experience into the dark. Photos by Lily Schlinkr

What happens on a stage after the show is over? When the applause dies out, the bar closes, and the technicians shut the door. Then the spotlight turns off and the ghostlight turns on. It marks the end of the human performance, yet it is the start for whoever wants to take the stage. In Hold on Light three performers unite the outer fringes of their circus practices. They will take you to a place where different realities exist and routines, laws and physics seem to slowly fall apart.


With Annika Hemmerling, Kolja Huneck, Luuk Brantjes. A production of TENT Amsterdam.


Pierre Roman

Circus show for Rotterdam seniors


In 2023, Circusstad Festival will bring a city parade based for senior citizens for the first time: a Senior Parade. With this residents of 10 nursing homes in the Rotterdam region will be treated to circus. Together with young circus maker Ralph Öllinger Circusstad is developing a circus performance that is suitable for the elderly in nursing homes in all Rotterdam neighbourhoods. Ralph is working together with choreographer Joost Vrouenraets in this unique project.









With Pierre Roman, Ralph brings to life a circus character from the past that is very recognizable for seniors. For some seniors, it may feel like they're living in a time where they don't belong. That's how the white clown, who only finds himself in the classic circus of yesteryear, also feels. The white clown provides memories of the past, a moment of relaxation and builds a bridge to the here and now. It is Ralph's goal to create a special experience for the seniors in which they go on a journey together with the clown of yesterday.


Thank You

Thank you again for your interest in staying up to date with and supporting our activities. We are looking forward to exploring what CORPO can be this year and sharing whatever that is with you!

9 views

Hello lovely people,


We thank you for joining us for these first months of CORPO, but we aren't done with this year just yet. In this month's newsletter you can read about our last events of 2022, exciting workshops coming in January, and about how our first Research Week went!


December Events


WODANCO Jam Session Thursday 15th Dec, 18-20:00 Free event

Join us at CORPO for a dance and movement jam dedicated to women and femmes! In this safe space held by Julia Quintanilla, we will be exploring our femininity through our bodies, through movement and through dance. Together we will celebrate what it means to be a womxn with a unique, lovely and moving body. The jam is open for any women/femmes eager to experience the joy of movement, no dancing background needed. This event will also serve as a taster for Julia’s upcoming project, WODANCO, which you can read more about further in the newsletter.



Tailbone Cozy Winter Pop Up

Saturday 17th Dec,

19-23:00

Free entry


Tailbone is a sex positive shop for curious folks with a beautiful assortment of erotic, educational and care based products run by Roni who operates right in our neighborhood. We are absolutely ecstatic to have Tailbone as our first pop up shop, just in time for the holidays!


Come by and meet other sweet folks over mulled wine and tea ☕️. Find last-minute gifts for the people that light up your life 🎁 or get your questions answered about your own curiosities 🔮

Tailbone is a sex-positive, body-positive web and popup shop that centers everything Queer, creative and erotic.

❤️We will have books for adults and teens about the body.

❤️We will have organic vulva-shaped soaps and DIY floggers.

❤️There will be gender-affirming underwear and binders to try on and find your perfect fit.

❤️And we will have cards set up in a cozy corner for conversation and connection.

Down the street, Rib Art Gallery will be having an exhibition opening with live performances at 20:30 and 21:00.

We hope to see you there.

Tailbone x CORPO


New Year, New Workshops


WODANCO 3 month workshop for Womxn dancers/movers Starting January 18th 60 euros (for all 8 sessions)


WODANCO is a project by Julia Quintanilla researching how to build an intersectional feminist dance platform to connect womxn dancers by working together and sharing space underlining body positivity. Her impulse for initiating WODANCO came from experiencing throughout her career the necessity of working together as opposed to competing. The project aims to challenge a patriarchal system by emphasizing the need to activate more solidarity networks in the field of dance. Therefore, the goal of WODANCO is to facilitate a safe and brave space for womxn to come together, share experiences and support each other. During a 3 month workshop where, we will come together once a week to research how we can nourish trust in each other as womxn, being in contact and sharing our weight using contemporary and improv dance methods. We will challenge competition and isolation in the field and ease the distance that the pandemic created when we lost touch.


WODANCO is designed in three blocks for three months, meeting Wednesdays from 18-19:30 Block 1: De-construct: More than a body Jan 18 & 25 Block 2: Connect: Trust and Sharing Feb 8, 15 & 22 Block 3: Re-connect: Support. March 8, 15 & 22 Research findings at the end of the course will include open discussions and talks for sharing experiences of the process and possibly a performance with the collection of movements from the workshops on March 26th. Note: what do we mean by ‘Womxn’? To preface: trans women are women, that is a fact. In consideration that gender can be fluid and complex, we want to use a more encompassing term. In choosing the word ‘womxn’ we hope not only to welcome cis and trans women, but also any non-binary, intersex, gender fluid or femme person who feels that the topics worked on in WODANCO relate to their experiences. If any terms we use carry negative connotations for you, please make us aware as we are always learning.


Buddy Massage Workshop

Sunday 22 Jan, 17-19:00

Pay what you can from 5 euros

Are we ok? How did we arrive here?

What are we carrying with us? How can we build trust?

To release? Safely? Intimately? Collectively?

This workshop wants to find ways alternative to images and words, ways to share and recall knowledges, relate and release, and allow playfulness in communal spaces. In buddy massage participants come or are paired with a buddy with whom they will learn and practice a routine, giving and receiving movements that can improve blood circulation and ease tensions. We touch above the clothes, we adapt positions for both bodies and all bodies and it’s thought of as a simple and everyday practice.


*Buddy massage is a technique in development adapted from the teaching of Nuad Bo-Rarn Thai Massage at ITM school in Amsterdam.

About the Instructor: Julia Bande is a cultural worker and massage practitioner with an audiovisual and cassette label background from Chile based in Rotterdam. With an interest in sharing knowledges and feminist decolonial practices, she has been working with massage to listen to, play with and care for social relations. Julia is a member of the collective space Varia in Charlois where with attention to collective approaches to everyday technologies, she has been a part of projects like Feminist Hack Meetings, Digital Solidarity Networks, and A Traversal Networks of Feminist Servers.




Research Week: Habits

Suze and three other dancers from Artez worked on her project ‘Habits: a structured insight into my messy brain’ for the first Research Week at CORPO. They filled the wall with their notes and findings and shared the improv exercises they worked with during the week with visitors.

It was lovely to host a new project with new makers and to see them take the space as their own!





Thank You

We're truly grateful! Wishing you lovely and warm holidays, and see you next year!

5 views

Hello lovely people,


CORPO has come a long way, but its only the beginning

In this month's newsletter you can read about the studio's opening, projects, and program of classes and open days.


The Studio

CORPO is ready After lots of work from many helpers, the studio is ready to host our program of classes, residencies, showings and community gatherings. This month, the studio has gone from an empty room to a warm and welcoming space...


Our First Research Week!

Welcome Suze Vonk! Who decides what a habit is? What makes a habit a habit instead of a pattern? Is a habit still a habit when you do the action with awareness?

Suze (she/they) is our first Research Week! She will explore habits through dance by herself, with other dancers, and with anyone who wants to stop by and participate during the two sharing moments. Drop by CORPO the evening of Thursday December 1st (specific times will be shared soon!) to join in on Habits Cafe where Suze is hosting conversations about habits and what they mean to you. Then on Saturday the 3rd of December from 13-16:00 you can come by to see the exhibition that was created throughout the week.


Opening Celebration

Thanks to everyone that came to celebrate with us!


We were astounded by the amount of love and support that everyone brought with them. It was the perfect beginning of what we hope to be a flourishing community initiative. Photos by the amazing Manon Verplancke (insta: @manonv_photography)







At the opening we also got to make the first community art project, bringing the shadows of everyone enjoying the evening onto one sheet of paper. A fantastic visual of ‘our bodies of art.’




Collaborations

Partner Acrobatics at CORPO!

Lily&Janick came to CORPO to rehearse their show, Kaleiding shortly after the opening. Performed on a floor of mirrors, the show is a play between light and reflections, illuminating new perspectives of partner acrobatics.

The duo also explored the height possibilities of the CORPO during their rehearsals!

Thanks to them also for being huge helps in getting the studio set up!


Thank You

You're really fantastic Thank you so much for your support and interest in our brand new initiative, we hope to see you around! Have a lovely November and see you next month!

4 views
1
2
bottom of page