Open Doors with Bouge Bouche

Open doors (c) Fatiha Nekhla

In addition to the project with Persephone vzw, Nelle is further committed to the field of socially engaged arts practice by working for the fifth year in a row on the project “Bouge Bouche”. 

On 29 September 2020 Bouge Bouche opened its doors to the audience to dance and sing in a safe and corona-proof setting. With Patricia Van Cutsem (voice), Bruno Verheyden (music) and Nelle Hens (dance).

-> For more information about Bouge Bouche, click here

#SpatialAwareness #sociallyEngagedArtsPractice #BougeBouche

Premiere ‘Bewogen Dromen’ by ONT MOET and Persephone vzw

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Since 1995, Persephone Vzw, has been working towards full citizenship for WOMEN with disabilities. The shorfilm ‘Bewogen Dromen’  came into being in meeting the inspiring WOMEN of Persephone Vzw with filmartist Sarah Lederman and choreographer Nelle Hens.
On 27 September Persephone vzw celebrates their 25th anniversary with photos by Rita Mampaey, music by Bruno Verheyden and the premiere of the short film “Bewogen Dromen” by ONT MOET. 
With thanks to District Antwerpen and Sint-Anneke Centrum !!!
> Event in Dutch !! 

Conversing with André & Niamh in their first live episode of Cocktail Conversations on a-CTV. about ‘workflow’, ‘yoga and dance’, collaborating with Artist Commons and creative matters in general!

-> Audio starts from 10 minutes onwards due to technical difficulties.

a-CTV Cocktail conversations

Premiere shortfilm by ONT MOET with Persephone vzw

Celebration of 25 years of existence of Persephone vzw ! With music, dance and world premiere of a short film ‘Bewogen Dromen’ by ONT MOET (Sarah Lederman and Nelle Hens) in collaboration with Persephone vzw !

14 Jun 2020 , 27 September 2020 in het Sint Anneke Centrum, Antwerp.  Confirmed !

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Project kortfilm:

Sponsor tour: Ann cycles and Marijke drives the wheelchair 25 times 10 km. Follow their sponsor tour to make the short film!

More info on Sarah Lederman

Performance with BOUGE BOUCHE

27 Maart 2020 , ‘JA !’ in CCDeSter, Willebroek –  to be confirmed. 

Click here to reserve !

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Residency ‘No body’, sharing in De Veerman, September 2019

With big thanks to De Veerman for the exchange and the space to build our nest!

Thanks to the audience who joined our experiment. Thanks Team ONT MOET, Sarah Lederman Stephanie Van Aken, Michel Robberechts for the open cooperation! Thank you Sparkling Solutions, C-TAKT, deAuteurs for the support.

A week full of exercise and clarification!

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Residency ‘No body’, sharing in C-TAKT, June 2019

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Residency ‘No body’, sharing in C-TAKT, May 2019 and June 2019

Thank you C-TAKT, CC Dommelhof, Musica – Impulscentrum voor Muziek , Marleen Mertens and ONT MOET team Stephanie Van Aken, Steven Michel and Michel Robberechts for this beautiful week of building and sharing ‘No body’.


Performance with BOUGE BOUCHE

27 Maart 2020 ‘Werktitel’ in CCDeSter, Willebroek

29 Maart 2019 ‘Wat ons raakt’ in CCDeSter, Willebroek
8 June 2018 ‘ONT-MOETEN’ in CCDeSter, Willebroek

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Bouge Bouche is a social artistic project with immigrants, illiterate and 4th world people. Supported by CCDeSter Willebroek, Open School and artistic accompanists Bruno Verheyden and Nelle Hens. Together we focus on how to create a safe environment for free movement, voice and no expectations.

Looking back on images of ‘Wat ons raakt’: Click here for moving images made by Pieter Vercammen

Looking back on images of ‘Ont-moeten’ 2018, (c) Nelle Hens

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Video interviews 2018. With thanks to Anne Vercautere (interviewer), Seno Ismail (help with editing). (c) Nelle Hens

Practice ONT MOET/ Dance
recorded in Cafe Capitale


Welcome to the second SKILL SHARE on Care for the self. In teamwork with Engagement arts, Artist Commons Brussels. Hosted by Tessa Martin and Nelle Hens.

Sunday 24 February, 15:00 – 18:00
at Artist Commons, Rue des Pierres 8, 1000 Brussels

How can we remain involved, remain present, remain sane and healthy without crossing our personal boundaries? What can we do for ourselves on a daily basis to take more care? Nelle and Tessa will guide you through some of their personal generated tools and offer moments of silence, breathwork, gentle hands on and an open space for exchange.

More info you can find here: SKILL SHARE on Self Care

Performance: ‘NOBODY’

Can we meet without ‘having to’, past entrenched forms and expectations? ‘Nobody’, a 1-on-1 performance that invites a subtle shift of attention. From dancer to dance, from showing to allowing yourself to be seen.

Performance with BOUGE BOUCHE

Bouge Bouche is a social artistic project with immigrants, illiterate and 4th world people. Supported by CCDeSter Willebroek, Open School and artistic accompanists Bruno Verheyden and myself. Together we focus on how to create a safe environment for free movement, voice and no expectations.

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29 Maart 2019 in CCDeSter, Willebroek
8 June 2018 ‘ONT-MOETEN’ in CCDeSter, Willebroek

with Bouge Bouche and guest artist Benjamin Glorieux in CCDeSter, Willebroek

Residency in C-TAKT

Working on the creation of ‘Nobody’. Premiere 15 and 16 September 2018 in Genk. Save the date !


18 – 30 Juni in CCDommelhof, Neerpelt. With Steven Michel, Stephanie Van Aken and Rasa Alksnyte.

Creation and Performance: ‘Ont-moeten’ with BOUGE BOUCHE

8 June 2018: Social-Artistic Project, CCDeSter, Willebroek.
Initiative of CBE Open School, ATD 4th world, ArgosOpen School and CCDeSter.

With guest artist Benjamin Glorieux !

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Residency in C-TAKT

Focus of residency: Creation ‘Nobody’

9 – 12 May, 18 – 30 Juni  in CCDommelhof, Neerpelt

With Steven Michel, Stephanie Van Aken and Rasa Alksnyte

With the support of C-TAKT

Residency in C-TAKT

Focus of residency: Practicing ‘De dans Ont-Moet’. Follow me in my residency and have an insight on my practice of ‘GIVING A DANCE’

19-23 Februari in CCDommelhof, Neerpelt

With the support of C-TAKT

Contact Improvisation festival

The unknown hides an infinity of possibilities within. ‘What if’ we let go of our expectations towards ourselves? ‘What if’ we question the rules we were taught about how to make a ‘beautiful’ dance? ‘What if’ we let go of our judgment or conception of what is a ‘good’ dance? What if we dance without expectations for marvels or spectacle? We invite you to come and fail with us

CI Meeting MaayanIsraeli Contact Improvisation festival, Greenhouse 14-19 Dec | City Time: 21-23 Dec Workshop, 16 December 2017:Meeting and teaching with Ma’ayan Choresh.

Performance: Ont moet ‘Toverstroming’

Meeting with Ann Van Dessel and her poetry

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2 December 2017,  Parochiekerk, Haacht.

Lecture Performance

17-22 Oktober 2017: Residence Het Bos, Antwerp
22 Oktober, Lecture Performance, Het Bos, Antwerp

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Meeting and sharing practices in NEWFOUNDLAND. A fertile ground for artistic research and dialogue. Inspired by permaculture and the practice of growing and cultivating collectively.

NEWFOUNDLAND  (c) Uzana Zabkova

1 on 1 Ont-moeting, with witnesses

28 April 2017, R E F L E X e s s i o n s in Atelier Mommen, Brussels. Interview with Radio Panik.Experiment: 1 op 1 ont-moeting, met getuigen

Nelle Hens ont-moet Benjamin Vandewalle

Workshop Ont-Moet and artistic experiment ‘1 on 1 ont-moeting’
17, 20, 25 March 2017, BougeB and Momentum, DeSingel, Antwerp.


5 thoughts on “AGENDA

  1. This blog was… how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I’ve found something that helped me. Thank you!


    1. Thanks for sharing Gerard !

      N e l l e


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