30 september 2019 Caroline van de Ven

Art made of me…

After loads of hours spent behind my computer, I just finished my series of fliers in which I announce the dance workshops I will offer between now and next summer holidays. Dance… I never thought the core of my life would consist of offering dance…

Art has always been close to me, I created since I could walk and talk, I made all kinds of art from drawings, paintings and soft sculptures to sculpting clay and stone, building video installations and creating haptic spaces… all kinds of art that I had to bring into the world, they all had to be shown, to be sold; I worked really hard to get all those objects, all those manifestations of me into the world… it was a quest to get recognition… it never brought me any satisfaction…

And now there is dance… another discipline… at this moment I enjoy sitting with my face in the sun after a hefty autumnal downpour, like a lazy cat I savour light and warmth… I ponder about how dance became my way of living, my form of art to express and communicate, to convey and to share… a form of art that cannot be saved, cannot be touched… though dance touches…

A floor is my home base now, a playground, a safe place where I can move who I am and turn all my suffering into art… my dance disappears at almost the same moment as it comes to being… art I cannot keep, cannot hold and show, cannot stick to… I move, breathe and let go, move, breathe, let go… my dance is a precious expression of the present, of who I am right in that moment, of how I feel just in that second, already moving and changing into a next…

I sculpt time, from moment to moment going with the flow I sculpt space, I create art in a form that is constantly in a state of dissolving. I find it strangely beautiful to be creating art that is made of me – made of my breath, blood and bones, coming from my heart, mind and soul… from all parts of my body…

I love dance… I trust dance… dance is my safe haven.

 

About the Author

Caroline van de Ven Caroline van de Ven is 5Ritmes® docent en lid van de 5Rhythms Teachers Association (5RTA). Zij werd opgeleid door Jonathan Horan, zoon van Gabrielle Roth, de moeder van de 5 Ritmes®. Voorheen werkte Caroline als fysiotherapeut, klassiek homeopaat en beeldend kunstenaar. Tevens is zij geschoold in Gestalttherapie, lichaamsgerichte therapie, wetenschappelijk medisch onderzoek en diverse dansvormen (klassiek, beat- & jazzballet). Ook deed zij een opleiding Rouwverwerking om mensen in de dans te kunnen begeleiden bij verlies (verlies van een geliefde door overlijden, maar ook verlies van gezondheid, werk, relatie, etc.). Momenteel geeft en organiseert zij 5 Ritmes® lessen, workshops en lezingen. Daarnaast assisteert zij collega’s bij hun workshops in binnen- en buitenland. Haar thuisbasis is in Beek-Ubbergen, vlakbij Nijmegen; van daaruit reist zij graag, ze geeft ook les in Zuid-Limburg en incidenteel in Keulen en Düsseldorf in Duitsland en in Linz in Oostenrijk. Het dansen van de 5 Ritmes®, bewegend mediteren, is haar leefstijl geworden.