OVER THE100HANDS

Connection with yourself, the other and the environment

Since our founding in 2014, we as The100Hands have developed our own form of physically interactive dance offering, with a recognizable signature and success with audiences of all ages. From our home city of Breda, we work sustainably with partners within and outside the arts sector and have built up a strong local, regional and international base. Our performances and international co-productions take place in Belgium, China, Denmark, Germany, Croatia, the Netherlands, Austria and Sweden. We shape our mission and vision with complete conviction and with committed co-creators. In addition to founders Mojra Vogelnik-Škerlj and Jasper DŞuki Jelen, Jade van den Hout and Bryan Atmopawiro are permanent forces in the performances and production processes. Dancers he regularly works with are Alkis Barbas, Myrthe Marchal, Alison Duarte and Nathalie Schmidt. Composer ArthurMusic and theater designer Esther Sloots are recurring forces in the creative team. 

VISION - COMMON HUMANITY

People need to be together, live and physically. In every gathering we bring our individual origins, history, experiences and beliefs, and when we exchange with each other, we bring something of each other's perspective back into the world. The100Hands believes in a world in which we can reflect together on our interactions in order to bridge social distances and come closer to each other, our bodies and ourselves: our humanity grows. 

MISSION - MOVING BETWEEN FAR AND CLOSER

The100Hands creates physically interactive dance performances for all ages. We redefine the relationship between dancers and audience by bringing them closer together and in contact. In this theatrical space we create the right conditions to feel the great impact of daily interactions between people. By working mobile, sustainably and compactly, our high-quality, intimate performances can play in very diverse locations for local and international communities.

 

THIS IS US

As an organization, The100Hands is always on the move, a place where makers, enablers and all kinds of other creatives and supportive people work together.

JASPER DŽUKI JELEN
Artistic leader
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MOJRA VOGELNIK-ŠKERLJ 
Artistic leader
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MARIJN BELLAARD
Business manager (interim)
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LUCIENNE WOUTERS 
Producer
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NAOMI SWINKELS
PR
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BRYAN ATMOPAWIRO 
Co-creative performer
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JADE VAN DEN HOUT 
Co-creative performer
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ALKIS BARBAS
Performer
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MYRTHE MARCHAL
Performer
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NATHALIE SCHMIDT
Performer
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ALISON DUARTE
Performer
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EMMA THOMSON
Performer (internship)
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ESTHER SLOOTS
Theater design
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ARTHUR MUSIC
Composer
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ABEL TON
Musician (internship)
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AYDAN VELDT
Technician
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SUPPORT

The100Hands is supported by the Performing Arts Fund and the Municipality of Breda.

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.

MOJRA VOGELNIK-ŠKERLJ 

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.

MARIJN BELLAARD 

Business director (interim)

Marijn Bellaard was previously business manager at Ryan Djojokarso's Libi, and he started working as business manager at The100Hands in March.

LUCIENNE WOUTERS

Producer

Lucienne graduated from St. Joost Art Academy, illustration, and continued her studies within the program General Cultural Studies at Tilburg University. Next to that she built a diversity of experiences working on managing and coordinating functions, which she in 2022 brought together in the role of production worker at The100Hands. Besides having a warm heart for the (performing) arts and culture, she is also a real foodie - her other professional occupation. While continuously searching for solutions, she makes great use of her Breda network to bring different strings together. The trust that soon developed within the company, is also her drive.

NAOMI SWINKELS 

PR

Naomi studied International Media & Entertainment Management and obtained a diploma as a producer. Due to her broad interest within the field, this did not lead directly to a job as a producer but to various assignments in coordination, marketing and production within Breda. After doing these assignments alongside her work as a barista for an extended period of time, she started working fully as an independent entrepreneur in 2021. Her work and her heart have always been within the cultural and social sector because of its purpose, the importance of connecting and story-telling – all of which appeals to her strongly. 

Within The100Hands Naomi works as the PR master: she takes care that everyone 'out there' knows what The100Hands are up to. She designs various marketing products, keeps social media, website and newsletters alive and manages any other marketing tasks that come along.

BRYAN ATMOPAWIRO

Co-creative performer

Bryan was born in the Netherlands and has Javanese, Surinamese and Dutch-Indian roots. His first interest in exercise started with ball sports. Elements of play and team dynamics still influence him in his daily life and his physical practice. After studying at Fontys University of the Arts in Tilburg, he started his development as a performer with a focus on youth - from babies to toddlers. He discovered this young audience by chance, but experiences a lasting fascination with the directness and honesty with which they respond: wiggling on the chairs, swaying to the music or shouting with delight.

At The100Hands Bryan plays in almost all performances. Very appropriate for The100Hands, he prefers to stand among the audience, their faces visible and the proximity palpable. Behind the scenes, Bryan fulfills the role of rehearsal director and captain of teams on tour, while also taking his first steps as a maker. He is curious about the interactive triangular relationship performer-child-caregiver and exploration of his makership based on an ongoing reflection on (his own) identity.

Working with The100Hands inspires him to continue to connect from a playfulness with his intuition and vulnerability as a powerful compass.

About The100Hands: At The100Hands we hope to provide our audience with a space in which they feel safe; that they feel they have a choice. From that place I hope to bridge the distance between the performer and the audience by making them a participant.

About making: I have been dancing for young and very young audiences throughout my career. The specific and special connection that can be made with a (very) young audience fascinates me enormously and, in my opinion, it still has a lot to teach us as humans. I am especially curious about the interaction triangle between dancer, (young) child and parent/caregiver.

JADE VAN DEN HOUT

Co-creative performer

Jade is an experienced performer, teacher and emerging creator. Alternating between different activities, but always returning to dance, she gives shape to her curiosity about interaction and people in a range of projects. Jade followed dance training at Fontys University of the Arts and after that she intensively studied the Fighting Monkey practice. She has been part of The100Hands since 2014, where she grew from intern to co-creating dancer and assistant. This collaboration has shaped her as a performer and encouraged Jade to also manifest herself as a maker. Jade has a fascination with cyclical work, where she involves people of all ages and backgrounds in research into themes such as the meaning of connection and the pleasure of dancing. In DaybyDay - one of these recurring projects - she carries out 24-hour research projects to create more space for new local encounters.

Jade is inspired by people, gets energy from writing and nature, and wants to continue exploring life through dialogue and working with the body.

About dancing at The100Hands: Some of the most valuable encounters I have had within the work of The100Hands, getting to know the audience on stage, starting with unfamiliarity and ending with kinship.

About her makership: I look for a way of making that, like a ritual, invites you to get something out of yourself, from the dancers, musicians, writers and others I invite for co-creation, and of course from the audience. I want to remain the learning sparring partner instead of the one who has to know it all.

ALKIS BARBAS

Performer

Alkis is a Greek artist coming from a mixed background in dance and theater. He has finished a Bachelor's program in dance and choreography at the ArtEZ University for the Arts in Arnhem and since then is based in the Netherlands. Two themes that feed his inspiration are: playfulness - in perception, in story-telling and representation of life, and what the body has to say. He explores them through his performing work as well as in leading workshops. Besides dancing, Alkis is growing as a facilitator of The Work that Reconnects (by Joanna Macy), weaving tools and experiences of both roles (dancer and facilitator) for mutual benefit.

Alkis has been performing in productions of The100Hands since 2020 and continues to grow in the open and respectful atmosphere that characterizes the rehearsals of the company. Alongside other performers, he brings into the work his own physical language, which is influenced by street theater, urban dance, contact improvisation, folk dances, and martial arts.

During the shows, our audience members often get surprised by the aliveness of the experience they are offered, and they forget to try and 'understand' the artwork. This is a gift to me as a performer, and I have experienced it strongest within the work of The100Hands.

MYRTHE MARCHAL

Performer

Myrthe graduated as a professional dancer at Fontys school for Fine and Performing Arts. During her studies she started a complementary physical research within the martial arts, through which she developed specific techniques, movement patterns, vocabulary and physical responsiveness, that she now integrates in her contemporary dance style. Besides growing further as a performer, Myrthe is also exploring different training methods, such as 'free weight body work'. In the unpredictability of partnering and interactive work of The100Hands Myrthe has a multitude of chances to apply the combined knowledge in a variety of physical situations. 

As a part of the close team of The100Hands dancers, Myrthe brings a sharp and strong physical quality to challenge many, together with an attentive listening and creative response to whatever is being worked on. The collaborative and sincere connections with her colleagues as well as with the audience is the source of her (work) drive.

NATHALIE SCHMIDT

Performer

Nathalie was born and raised in the Netherlands. She started at the age of sixteen at the MBO Show Allround course at Rijn IJssel in Arnhem and continued her studies at Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Contemporary Urban Program, where she graduated in 2022. From a young age, Nathalie has expressed herself primarily in the physical form rather than verbally, regardless if it was in her daily life communication or in her choice for various sports activities. In a natural way, she had a strong unconscious connection to that personal bodily expression. Today, Nathalie always brings this nonverbal communication back into her dance. She strives to have a nonverbal dialogue with the audience, in order to make them feel and experience what she herself is experiencing in that moment.

Nathalie is one of the four dancers in the performance ‘Out of the Box’, which is currently on tour.

Working with The100Hands means, among other things, to erase the boundary between 'we are the dancers and you are the audience'. We are collectively one unit of the performance.

ALISON DUARTE

Performer

Alison was born in Portalegre, Portugal but his roots reach further south to Angola. His first touch with dance was through electro dance style from where he continued into battles, hip-hop culture and freestyle. In 2014 he was accepted into Escola Superior de Dança in Lisbon, in 2017 he was selected for an Erasmus exchange program at Fontys school for Fine and Performing Arts in Tilburg, where he became a regular student of the Contemporary Urban department and in 2019 obtained his Bachelor diploma. 

Right after his graduation Alison performed in 'We Shall Return' by Rohiet Tion Poe Gie, a piece that combines hip-hop elements with contemporary dance physicality and has been a springboard for his own development as professional dancer. In addition he has been performing for Holland based company Backbone and in 'Romeo et Juliette' opera in Opernhaus ZĂźrich.

He is currently dancing in The100Hands' 'Out of the box' as well as collaborating on some of Jade van den Hout's new work. Apart from performing Alison is still a part of the hip-hop dance culture, going to dance battles, cyphers and developing his teaching.

EMMA THOMSON 

Performer (internship)

Emma, born and raised in The Netherlands, started her journey into the world of art and creativity in 2017. She made the first steps on the road of MBO Dancer Creative Contemporary at Rijn IJssel in Arnhem. At this point she discovered that dance is not solely a physical expression but also an outlet for her creativity and playfulness.

As a child, Emma had always been a tireless whirlwind of energy, taking part in almost every sport you can imagine.
After her time at Rijn Ijssel she continued her artistic journey at Fontys Academy of the Arts. This choice appeared to be the natural continuation of her passion for dance and art in general. Fontys became her new playground in which she could freely discover her creativity and artistic vision.

Her work with The100Hands during her third year at Fontys was an educational moment. In this particular collaboration she discovered the immeasurable worth of communication and connection with the audience. Here she found a new way to express the playfulness she possessed as a child, on stage.

As a fourth year student, Emma has an internship at The100Hands and is one out of four performers in ‘Exchange Project’. 

ESTHER SLOOTS

Theater design

Esther is a Dutch costume designer, scenographer and theater maker, who completed her studies at the Maastricht Academy of Dramatic Arts. Since her graduation in 2019, she is, among other things, a passionate and inspiring costume designer by The100Hands. She works in close connection with the artistic team in creating costumes, which reinforce the vision of the company and allow the dancers to fully express themselves. She is regularly advising also on set design. 

Dance has always had a special place in her heart: as a child she danced freely and without hesitation everywhere - it inevitably shaped her into the person she is today. In her work she is deeply fascinated with what drives people to express and create. She is continuously in search of freedom and playful manifestation of herself and her designs.

The collaboration with The100Hands is an essential part of her artistic journey and professional practice as it gives her the chance to continuously explore her own signature. The delicate balance between esthetic and functional is a continuous search. A quote that resonates deeply with her in relation to the work is: "Dance is the language in which the unspeakable speaks, and costumes are the colors that bring that language to life. 

ARTHUR MUSIC

Composer

Arthur started making music at a young age and played in various rock and crossover bands. After studying music therapy and art management at the University of Nijmegen, he taught refugees and problem children to play music, in order to strengthen their self-esteem and consciousness. In 2000 he co-founded the performance company T.R.A.S.H., for which he composed music for all performances and films for more than 17 years. In the same period he deepened his knowledge of counterpoint with a study in Brussels.

Since 2019, he has been structurally involved as a composer for all performances of The100Hands.

ABEL TON

Musician (internship)

Abel is a jazz guitar student at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts at Fontys in Tilburg. Besides developing a strong basis in jazz- and classical guitar for his studies, Abel also explores different ways of performing with different disciplines. Abel believes in no boundaries between art forms. Through free improvisation as well as composition, Abel explores this boundaryless area of artistic expression. With his wide array of effect pedals Abel endlessly creates new sound textures for any type of energy. In the context of The100Hands Abel supports the performance ‘Exchange Project’ with live music and sound effects.

AYDAN VELDT

Technician

Aydan is our young and energetic support for all things logistic and technical. He takes care of multiple of our performances with the audiovisual solutions company Show Alliance, based in ‘s Hertogenbosch, which he started with his good friend and classmate Robin after their studies at Sint Lucas in Eindhoven. 
They enjoy a good challenge, turning problems into solutions at every aspect of production for performances and events.
Because they know how important it is, they make sure to give the next generation of technicians a chance and help them with the development of their skills within the technical field.