The OT301 is an international community of people that work and live in the old Film Acamdemy on the Overtoom in Amsterdam. We are organised as an association called Vereniging EHBK (Eerste Hulp Bij Kunst). Everybody that has or runs a space within the OT301 is a member of that association. As a community we share the responsibilty for the OT301.
Bodlabot is Body Laboratory at cultural centre OT301run by seven movement practicioners and artists. It is a non-profit space for the development and the support of movement related disciplines.
The activities taking place at BodlabOT are various: rehearsals for performance projects, training and movement research sessions, dance/music interdisciplinary improvisation practices as well as regular classes of dance, yoga, chi kung, and shiatsu run by Movement Academy.
BodlabOT encourages the artists taking part in the project to relate to the community by keeping the classes and workshops accessible and affordable for participants. Besides the regular classes taking place Monday to Friday, teachers from outside the collective are occasionally invited to give workshops. Workshops are meant to promote and enrich the movement research that is held at Bodlabot, offering a wider range of approaches to movement.
Members of Bodlabot are Monika Stepak, Manuela Tessi, Ema Nik Thomas, Maria Mavridou, Izabela Pacewicz-Wysocka, Yurie Umamoto and Astarti Athanasiadou.
Links to some regular classes and activities happening at Bodlabot:
-Tuesday Improvisation workshop series
-Tuesday Chi Kung Class
-Improvisation Summer Intensive artistic direction Katie Duck
Maria Mavridou (GR, 1979) is a performing artist and teacher based in Amsterdam. Holds a ΒΑ in Choreography from the SNDO (School for New Dance Development), Amsterdam. Graduate from the State School of Dance in Athens with post-graduate studies at the Dance Space Centre in New York as a recipient of the Onassis Foundation scholarship. She works internationally developing solo work, collaborating with artists from the field of dance, performance, music and visual arts and offers workshops on movement research and improvisation. She is a founding member of Dangerous Mouses - a platform for movement practice, training and research in Amsterdam and Tsak Bam Festival - a contemporary arts festival in Aegina island in Greece. She has been involved in various projects taking place at the OT3O1: Improvisation Summer Intensive, Freakatoni Witchy Weekends,Tuesday Improvisation Workshop Series (art. dir. Katie Duck), Wonderland - music dance performance for/with kids (art. dir. Makiko Ito), Music Dance Performance Series (art. dir. Manuela Lucia Tessi).
Izabela Pacewicz Wysocka (Poland, 1982)
Dancer, performance artist, martial art teacher (Chi Kung) based in Amsterdam.
Since 2007 she has been investigating body, movement, dance, performance art through improvisation with great interest and dedication. Being part of international and local projects as an artist, organizer and stage manager. Running weekly Chi Kung classes in Amsterdam since 2013.
She practiced under the guidance of Magdalena Witaszczyk (modern, contemporary dance, jazz), Pauline de Groot (Slowly-Slowly), Peter den Dekker (Zhan Zhuang Chi Kung) Kristie Simson (CI), Andrew Harwood (CI), Katarina Bakatsaki and Frank van de Ven (Body Weather), Marisa Grande (Instant Composition), Julyen Hamilton (Evolving technique and Making Dances), Miri Lee (Imprography), Lily Kiara (Releasing
Technique), Manuela Tessi (Floor work and Improvisation), Maria
Mavridou (Performance Art) and Katie Duck.
Manuela Lucia Tessi (Italy, 1979)
Dancer, maker and teacher, based in the Netherlands. I graduated from the Modern Theatre Dance department at the Theaterschool in Amsterdam. My work is driven by the desire to deeply understand the musicality of the dance and the relation of movement and sound. Live music is often an important part of my performance work. In the last few years I have been dividing my time between Amsterdam, Berlin and Cape Town where I create, teach and collaborate with dancers, musicians and lighting designers, and curate self sustained platforms for the production and sharing of interdisciplinary performance work. I regularly teach movement classes and improvisation in the Netherlands and abroad.
For many years I have studied and worked with Katie Duck, who has been one of my greatest creative influences. I am part of the staff of her annual Improvisation Summer Intensive, taking now place at OT301.
I have also been working in several projects of dance performance for very young audiences, (0-6 years) in particular I ve been a member of Wonderland,a performance project directed by Makiko Ito since its creation in 2006 in OT301, where it still takes place monthly.
OT301 is my creative hub for many years. I rehearse and research in Studio Bodlabot , and I curate Music Dance Performance Series, (formerly Music Dance 301) since 2009 a platform presenting independent work that focuses on the interdisciplinary interaction of movement, sound and lights.
Music Dance Performance Series at OT301
Yurie Umamoto (JP)
First trained in ballet in Tokyo. After studying at RIDC (Rencontres Internationales de Danse Contemporaine) in Paris, she moved to Amsterdam. In 2010 she graduated from SNDO (School for New Dance Development). Since then she has been developing mostly performance installations and image works, and has been collaborating with artists from various disciplines. Using mixtures of physical, visual and acoustic approaches as a medium, she has been mainly interested in exploring the perception of time and memory among other subjects. Her works have been presenting in theatres, galleries and site-specific locations. As a performer she has participated in projects by Theo Cowley, Simon Tanguy, Jija Sohn, Maria Mavridou, Ruta Butkute, Nicoline van Harskamp and others.
Astarti Athanasiadou (GR)
I work as choreographer, performer and teacher, studied dance, choreography and performance studies in Athens (GR), Lausanne (CH) and Malta, and graduated from the Dutch Art Institute, Master in Art Praxis in Arnhem, NL in 2017. Grew up in Athens, Greece and based in Amsterdam, Netherlands since 2007.I am interested in investigating conditions of commoning choreographic resources and the impact of such practice towards alternative pedagogies and performance. I aim to emancipate enclosed resources, such as bodies, space, infrastructure, knowledge, and contaminate enclosure with games of self-inflicted freedom and scores of dance becoming, poetic inference and narratives as useful fictions. Next to self-initiated and commisioned projects, I release work under the aliases of /supergroup/, bad royale and achaperformance. As teacher, I am an active member of the Body Weather Amsterdam Platform led by Frank van de Wen and Katerina Bakatsaki and aligned researcher/transmitter of the Body Weather practice in the form of roaming teaching, and of the Dangerous Mouses platform, weekly shared physical practice space based in Amsterdam, initiated by Maria Mavridou and Pablo Fontdevila, and co-led with Yurie Umamoto and Stefania Petroula.
Okido Yoga instructor, therapist, researcher traveler.
Monika cares deeply about the wellbeing of others in treatment and bodywork. She is accomplished Meiso shiatsu therapist and researcher with a capacity to "read" pain, discomfort and congestion in patient's body and has a wide range of skills to use in treatment. Her skills in treatment include release of tention and pain management, range of movement studies, energetic harmonisation, joint articulation and massage. Monika's extensive training in Okido Yoga, Meiso shiatsu and Medical Thai massage has supported her capacity to teach groups also in aerial sports, circus skills and confidence - building movement which can change a person's life. She exhibits a great sense of humour, connection with others, humility and knowledge when she leads a group. She study healing techniques from blind Masters from Japan and Thailand, work with street kids in various country's in the world she find those activitys inspiring and needed. In Body Lab she offer individual sessions and classes.
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