Agenda – HKNLversations

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We at HKNLversations (Facebook page) are excited to share our past and future events with you. Kindly inform us if you wish to un-subscribe to our newsletters. Best!

Past events Up coming

Up coming


30 September-10 October 2017
Teaching at TOUCH dance festival
Chengdu / Beiijng
Teacher: Marloes van Houten

More info:



11-19 October 2017

Workshop series ‘Art & Well-being’
Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art (Beijing)
Teachers: Marloes van Houten / Rosa Allessie
13 October 7.30-10 pm
14 October 9 – 12 am
15 October 9 – 12 am

Performance ‘Deep Fall Puppet’
Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art (Beijing)
17 October afternoon
Choreography/dance: Marloes van Houten / Rosa Allessie

More info:


24 October 2017

Performance ‘Knee Knit’ (Hong Kong)
A performance inspired by the knee, tissue, knitting and interconnectivity.

In collaboration with the University Utrecht.
Choreographers/dancers: Rosa Allessie & Marloes van Houten




26 August 2017
7.30 pm, De Hallen (Amsterdam)

During this performance night several short dance theatre pieces will be shown. The central theme is ‘(no) choice’. Do we always have a choice, and if so, what we do with the ability to choose?

Shown will be “Muscari Armeniacum” by Marloes van Houten performed with Joe Mulier. See there for a trailer.
Tracy Wong and Mao Wei will perform “Pardon”. See here for the trailer.

More info:



June 17th 2017  

Catapult - Sheung Wan Civic Center Lecture Hal

7.30 pm Sheung Wan Civic Center Lecture Hall

An evening of contemporary dance solo works by Hong Kong and International artists.

Marloes van Houten, Kristopher Long & Eugenia Kim of HKNLversations prepared to show a work entitled ‘Catapult’.
Presented by MotiveforMotion.

票務查詢 Ticketing Enquiries 3761 6661
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10- 21 December 2016
Yoga x Pilates x Detox 4 Movers

The class will be a mix of strengthening pilates exercise specifically for the dancers body, yoga & bodywork/massage focused on detox and cleansing, guided reflection through creative assignments. good vibes and lots of encouragement.4 classes (drop in for just 1 also ok) based on donation

10/17 December 11 – 12.30 am
14 December 10.30-12.00 am
21 December morning or evening depending on the groups wishes

More info
or email


16 October 14707974_10211135864337738_4575116112816417039_o& 29 November 2016
Solo performance SPEAK

The solo performance SPEAK was originally made for the Justice Conference Asia and later also performed at the i-dance festival in Hong Kong
The performance reflects on injustices we face, be it in relationships, or of systems we are part of. The mixed feelings of tiredness, shielding self, and getting
up and stepping out even when feeling incapable.

See here for the artistic statement, credits and video.


Peer to Pier project – 2016

This year the following two events will take place in Hong Kong:

  • International Collective Artists in Residency for Opportunities and Sustainability.
  • The “Hong Kong International Choreography Festival”. Unity Space will be the presenter and producer.

Marloes van Houten, the initiator of the Hong Kong – Netherlands art dialogue this newsletter is about, was asked to make an onsite work. Based on this invitation she started a one year project with the title “Peer to Pier”. In this project female artists from Hong Kong and the Netherlands, in different stages of their careers, will reflect on growth in their being and as artists.

FLY SAFELY-1-By Darryll Atema

Photo credit – Darryll Atema

FLY SAFELY-2-By Darryll Atema

Photo credit – Darryll Atema

FLY SAFELY-3-By Darryll Atema

Photo credit – Darryll Atema

FLY SAFELY-4-By Darryll Atema

Photo credit – Darryll Atema


8 Mar – 17 Apr – Actual Artist in Residency
Jan-Mar – Hong Kong Artist in Residency preparation
16-17 Apr – Hong Kong onsite performance “The Voyage”
More info:!projects/oflu9
15-22 Apr Installation open for visitors (free entrance)



15/16/17 December 2016 – INSTINCT: Premier Performance

Three dancers go to extreme lengths in an eddy of live electronic music as primal instincts come to the fore. They literally surround the audience. Allow yourself to be carried along to the ‘primordial heart’ of our existence. Visceral human and animal movement unravels into dance before our eyes. Evolution in reverse order; everything seems connected.

Theatre Kikker, Utrecht, The Netherlands

23 November 2016- Reinventing Home Masterclass

HKNLversations art director Marloes van Houten teaches a masterclass to the year 1-3 dance students of the Utrecht Dance Academy.


15-19 August 2016
Summer Intensive “Instinct” movement research, with a guest workshop of Hong Kong dance artist Ivy Tsui.

Spring 2016
The “instinct” short film will be shown at Cinedans.


VISIT HONG KONG – of Dutch choreographer Iris van Peppen

Iris van Peppen is one of the pioneer dance makers in instant composition and onsite work in the Netherlands. Due to deafness in her childhood she developed the ability to deeply listen to a space through her skin. She still uses this sensitivity to create onsite dance productions.

Iris has been working on the Netherlands chapter (INSTINCT) of this HKNL exchange/research since 2014, see She was invited to Hong Kong to come share of the INSTINCT movement research and her extensive experience with instant composition. The program included the following elements and was attended by professional and non-professional dancers: open artist in residency, performance & meeting the artist, and a workshop.

Visit Hong Kong INSTINCT - 1 - HKNLversationsVisit Hong Kong INSTINCT - 2 - HKNLversations

12 & 13 January – Good Morning Class

Time: 10.30-12 am @ CCDC

9 January – Performance & “Meeting the Artist”

With Iris van Peppen and Marloes van Houten @WING Platform for Performance.

Time: 7-10 pm

7 – 13 January – Open Artist in Residency

Open Artist in Residency, performance & workshops by Dutch choreographer Iris van Peppen coming to Hong Kong.

  • 7/8 January, 10-5 pm:@ CCDC.
  • 9 January 10 am-1 pm.
  • 10 January 10.30 am – 7 pm.

More info:



For iDance Festival (Hong Kong) 2015, Marloes van Houten initiated to choreograph an onsite dance theatre piece with live music, named “POIEMA”. The performance is a co-creation of the performers, made as a devising dance theatre work. The cast included the dancers: Gary Swart, Carmen Read, Ara Cho, Eva Lin, Marloes van Houten, David Leung. And the musicians: Callum MacKenzie, Paul Yip

POIEMA consisted of three parts and was performed in the oldest settlement of Hong Kong, Shui Tau Tsuen. POIEMA means “to become a living letter, a living poem”. In the piece we went back to the story of two cousins getting into a strife over the establishment of Shui Tau Tsuen, and ended up starting each their own settlement.
We questioned how stories never resolved influence our communities nowadays, and what new can be born without unison. In our creation process we discovered that (re)connecting is precarious. And the dillema will be if, amist the uncertainty, risks, and vulnerability of relationships, we choose to accept the ‘precarious’ in (re)connecting and base ourselves in trust as a fundament

POIEMA was curated to be performed in Szenchen’s Fringe Festival, but the makers decided the piece was too site specific and it would not be possible to transport. A review was written and published in the Hong Kong Dance Journal:
See here for a more extensive visual impression:

HKNLversations-1-By Mak Siu Fung

Photo credit – Mak Siu Fung

HKNLversations-2-By Jin Heng

Photo credit – Jin Heng

HKNLversations-3-dance Hong Kong 2015 - onsite choreographers and performers-By Jin Heng

I-dance Hong Kong 2015 – onsite choreographers and performers – photo credit Jin Heng

22 November – 18 December: Movie

Dance film shooting in Hong Kong.

i-Dance Festival Re-inventing Homei-Dance Festival Re-inventing Home 27 – 22 November 2015: @i-dance festival

We perform, give worshops and speak as part of the i-dance festival.

9 November evening: Workshop The Junction & Marloes & David
10 November morning: Workshop: The Junction & Henk Kraaijeveld
12 November evening: Workshop Gary Swart & Marloes van Houten
15 November 12-4 pm: Kam Tin dancing all around performance
16 November evening: “Meet the artist” (David & Marloes tell about the HK-NL project)

22 November 12-4 pm: Kam Tin dancing all around performance
4-6 pm: Improvisation Land 61 performance

See here for more info:…/20…/09/iDance-2015-Catalog-re-s.pdf

Flyer Forge Portmanteau
28 October, 8 pm: “Forge Portmanteau”

Multidisciplinary performance with German-Dutch flutist Mark Alban Lotz. Residency of the Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, 24 Mount Cameron Rd, Wanchai Gap.

Tickets through:

26 October 2015

Hilarity Ensues with Mark (Nl) and Sze (HK).
8 pm, Focal Fair, 28/F, Park Avenue Tower, 5 Moreton Terrace, Causeway Bay

Summer 2015

Marloes van Houten went for an artist in residence to the NL, and worked with Iris van Peppen, so the HK and NL side could exchange movement research material and inspire each other.

April 2015 – beginning of 2016

David Leung & Marloes van Houten from the HK team started a Saturday group of interdisciplinary artists (core group and a production course), to work weekly build towards a performance in the fall of 2015 and beginning of 2016.

March – June

Iris van Peppen continued in the Netherlands with her troupe to do movement research related to the project theme.
Which she currently curates under the name ‘instinct’, that was performed in a Dutch prison in May 2015. See:

30/31 March and 1/2 April

David & Marloes presented their ideas at the following conference and artist round table in HK:

March 2015

13-29 March: Marloes joined the conference in Ghent Belgium to build network relevant for the project. When remaining in Nl for the rest of the period, she will give workshops to transmit movement research material developed in Hong kong. Here an example:

She met Iris and Expodium to strengthen the Dutch support base for the project, and do practical preparations to prepare for the summer residency (2015) and for the fall 2015 when Iris/Expodium plan on coming to Hong Kong.

Movement Workshop ‘Destructering towards Home’ in Shui Tau Tsuen (Marloes & Irene Sposetti from Being Motion):

January 2015

first dance- research presentation at the Nieuwjaarsduik in NL (with David, Marloes, Iris), see
David & Marloes gave a masterclass introducing the participants to some of the ideas and movement/voicework from STOB.
And beside the Masterclass, Marloes & David taught some other movement workshops and classes, were coaching using somatic and body work, and gave inspirational speeches for young Dutch art students, e.g. at an Arts School in Apeldoorn, at the Rotterdam Dance Academy, at Health Centre Lunetten in Utrecht, for Sadhana Dance in Amsterdam.


September – December

David and Marloes met and rehearsed ones or twice a week in Hong Kong to follow up on STOB and research some of the concepts more in depth, and see how two cultures reflect differently on deconstruction-reconstruction. They also built up movement material to share in the Netherlands.


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