Connection with yourself, the other and the environment
The100Hands is led by Mojra Vogelnik Škerlj and Jasper Džuki Jelen. Working from dance, architecture and psychology, they make physical, interactive performances, in which connection (or lack thereof) is central: connection with yourself, with the other and with the environment. The100Hands is convinced that major issues in the world originate in the relationships between people. On this basis, an ongoing investigation into interpersonal contact is the starting point for performances that take all kinds of forms. For example, 25Feet is about the meaning and effect of proximity, Show Me focuses on looking, showing and being viewed and Matta Matta is a family performance about feeling safe and taking risks.
In the work of The100Hands, audience and performers meet in a world very similar to what we know. By playing with social and theater codes, questions are asked about interactions that have become so obvious that we can easily overlook their deeper meaning. The audience is given the choice of how they meet the other / the other during the performance. When we all "engage", we become acquainted with contradictions, different perspectives and new realities.
"The whole body in our performances is like a compass in the live encounter with the other / the other, leaving room for curiosity and discomfort."
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The100Hands makes work for curious and adventurous people who want to experience something, see something different or maybe not come to the theater often because they do not have much in the traditional form.
A performance of The100Hands is not just a fun cultural evening. You also experience something, you have influence on the performance, you meet others and who knows, you might come out thinking 'sh * t, I do that too!'.
Jasper and Mojra like to keep their audience close at all stages of the creation process. While making performances, they meet their audience for so-called test sessions, in which the production in progress is played and discussed with all kinds of people. They mainly do this in their home city of Breda and the Province of Noord-Brabant, but also with their partners in countries such as Sweden, Germany and Egypt.
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The100Hands is supported by Stichting The100Hands and its board members:
Hans Blik (chairman) , Johan Oudijk (treasurer) & Jette Schneider.
The100Hands receives financial support from the Performing Arts Fund and the municipality of Breda.
The100Hands also works in collaboration with DansBrabant.
Artistic leader / maker
Mojra (SI) has a degree and professional background in architecture. Parallel to that she developed a specific common sense performative quality and physical technique through intensive study of capoeira, international contemporary dance courses and personal research in the field of improvisation. Upon relocating to the Netherlands in 2010 she directed her professional focus towards performing, creating and teaching internationally.
Within The100Hands she is the one that during concept development keeps 'digging' till we come to the core of an idea. She keeps track of the line in overall vision and she is exceptional in coaching and fine-tuning of the performers.
Presently she is focusing on the use of space within a performance, the use of contemporary psychology in creative processes as well as in organization structure, and environmentally responsible production design. Besides she studies a traditional form of Hatha yoga, which affects her perspective on observation, creation and study in general.
JASPER DŽUKI JELEN
Artistic leader / maker
Jasper (NL/SI) has a degree in dance and a background in martial arts and theatre. For a decade he was one of the core members of intentional dance company Arch8/Erik Kaiel, performing award winning works, while conducting his own research in the field of partnering and location performance. Jasper's strength lies within the physicalization of concepts into scenes and working methods. His creativity is versatile and extends from movement into the use of wording and sound. With sensitivity to psychological nuances and with the necessary humor he combines these performative elements into unexpected situations. In the developmental stages of work he designs the strategies for the creative team to play an active role in the creation of movement, text and collective dialogue.
Paul Dijkema (NL), has been active in the financing and organization of contemporary performing arts (dance, music, theater) for over 35 years, mostly as director or business director of producing institutions, but he has also worked as an independent consultant, subsidy and policy developer. What he loves most is to be able to nurture the performing arts practice from the perspective of strategic choices, and thus create pre-conditions for the development of artistic talent. He was often involved in creation of new initiatives, collaboration with young creators and performers, but also often worked on further development or repositioning of longer existing institutions. He got to know Jasper and Mojra in one of their earlier collaborations.
JADE VAN DEN HOUT
Jade van den Hout is a Fontys graduate, freelance dancer, co-maker and teacher. As a performer she is energetic and generous, with a rare talent to both - take space and give it to co-performers and the audience. She is a part of The100Hands since 2014, where she has grown from a trainee to a co-creating dancer and assistant. She is currently studying with J. Frucek and L. Kapetanea (Fighting Monkey), which influences her physical development, creative reflection and perspective on training. As a representative of a younger generation Jade enriches the vision and insights of the organization with fresh impulses.