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Choreographer and graphic artist Aafke de Jong blends dance and other art forms in her bespoke performances. Sometimes her work is site specific. Her work shows a close attention to detail and resonates a sensitivity towards her surroundings. Processes in nature - and therefor within ourselves - are a great source of inspiration and comfort for Aafke's life and work.

She often collaborates with other (international) artists, like composers, actors and writers.

Aafke also makes graphic work in multiple mediums. Her drawings and murals express her love of subtlety of beauty and the diversity of life. Nevertheless there is often an unexpected twist that might raise questions about our inner thoughts, our actions and the way we look on the surface.

Whilst spending quite some time behind a digital screen herself, with AFK | Away from Keyboard, Aafke invites us to step away from it for a moment and take some time. Time to look. To look around us and to really see who is there and what is there. Perhaps what we see surprises us in many different ways. Perhaps it has already been there for a long time, but now we look at it differently . . . 

De Jong spent five years of her life in Indonesia - mostly on Bali - to study and work. Immersed in the Island life she has gained a deep appreciation of ways so different than her own. 

Balinese culture provided a large influence in her outlook to life and dance, although this is not always visible in a direct way.

During the years previous to her journey to Bali she was formally educated in western contemporary dance styles at Codarts University of the Arts (former Rotterdam Dance Academy) in The Netherlands. This study, combined with her experiences abroad, paved the way to an alternate perspective on the traditions that gave birth to her current work.

In especially designed workshops she combines looking at nature with art forms and shares with us that elements like space, rhythm, line and structure are to be found in nature,

our body, as well as in our surroundings (for example architecture). Through simple (improvisational) tasks she likes to challenge you how to translate those components  to a blanc piece of papier or into an empty space.

The classes also prove to be a gentle tool to connect with our environment and with each other.

Here you can learn more about AFK, Aafke's motivation and background and how she implements in an associative way her vision on various aspects of life.

AFK welcomes you to join us on this journey!

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