Every nerve - interventions, involvements, impulses and impacts

From September to November 2013, the 10-week block at DasArts, entitled 'Every Nerve - interventions, involvements, impulses and impacts' took place. Working together with mentors Ant Hampton and Edit Kaldor, the participants have been looking at the possible impacts and consequences their work can have.

During 'Every Nerve' the DasArts participants have investigated the various potential for 'impact' that live performance can have today. This began with a process of self-examination: where do you want to make impact? Or even - what are you willing to stand up for? Working together with the mentors alongside invited artists, theoreticians, activists and curators, the participants looked at their own interests and motivations when creating work, and they practically explored tools, strategies and artistic practices that went beyond the usual frames of encounter between audience and performer.

During the block the results of the research have been presented during public events. Read more about the results of the research in our publication 'Every Nerve'. There you can also read the double interview with Ant Hampton and Edit Kaldor about the theme, and their own notions of the potential impact that live performance can have.

Over the course of the block, a series of guest teachers offered their input into the investigation and raised new questions. The (international) guests were Sean Devlin (Yes lab), Vivi Tellas (theatre director from Buenos Aires), Matthijs de Bruijne (visual artist working with union members), Sjoerd Wagenaar(PeerGroup, Drenthe NL), Gavin Kroeber (creative producer from NYC), Pascal Vollenweider (Avaaz). The participants were: Bojan Djordjev (Serbia); Margo van de Linde (The Netherlands); Ana Wild (Israel), Agustina Muñoz (Argentina), Leila Anderson (South Africa), Sara Behrad (Iran), Orion Maxted (United Kingdom), Mladen Aleksiev (Bulgaria). For full bios click here.

About the mentors
Ant Hampton made his first work as Rotozaza (1998-2008), a project which ended up spanning performance, theatre, installation, intervention and writing-based works, and often focusing on the use of instructions given to unrehearsed 'guest' performers, both on stage and in public settings. This gave rise to the ongoing 'Autoteatro' series: automatic structures triggering a performance by the audience alone.

Other solo projects include ongoing experimentation around 'live portraiture' as The Other People: structured encounters with people from non-theatrical milieu. Hampton has also worked as coach/mentor for artist programmes such as MAKE (IE), A-PASS and Sound Image Culture (BE). For more information go to:  http://www.anthampton.com/about.html

Edit Kaldor studied English Literature and Theatre and worked for years as dramaturge and video-maker with Peter Halasz. After enrolling at DasArts, she started making her own theatre performances, which soon received international acclaim. Kaldor mixes in her work documentary and fictional elements and often works with nonprofessional actors. Her performances tend to integrate the use of various digital media in a sophisticated but straightforward way. She lives and works in Amsterdam, writing and directing pieces, which stretch considerably the boundaries of theatrical conventions.

Eight DasArts students participated from September to November 2013 in the ten-week programme, compiled by mentors Edit Kaldor and Ant Hampton. Read all about it on our website or in this year's DasArts magazine 'Every Nerve'.

If you would like to receive this yearly DasArts publication by post, send your name and address to: dasarts@ahk.nl.

Or you can read it online below.

Articles in Dutch

The publication is in English, but we also have five articles available in Dutch.
You can download them here: