Open Performance Academy (OPA)

Open Performance Academy (OPA) is a research programme for young and established artist whose  work engages, intersects with, discusses, draws upon, or is indebted to performance art. OPA organises lectures, workshops and try-out sessions, aims to create a platform for the exchange of ideas and the production of knowledges and provides artists with an opportunity to receive feedback on their work.  OPA is an offshoot of Performance Art NL, founded by performance artist Ronald Bal and university based researcher and lecturer Nathanja van den Heuvel.


 This early spring 2018 OPA starts with a first series of meetings dedicated to an exchange of thoughts, ideas and practices. The first series take place on Thursdays between 7:30 pm and 11 pm. The dates are: February 15, March 1, March 15, March 29 and April 5.

Collective reading

The readings will be circulated prior to the meetings.


Moving Landscape: Presentation at AiR Cloud Danslab Den Haag

You are cordially invited to the studio presentation Moving Landscape, on August 25, 2017 at 8 PM at artist-in-residence Cloud Danslab Den Haag.

Location: Cloud Danslab Den Haag, DCR – De Constant Rebecqueplein 20b 2518 RA Den Haag

Moving landscape unfolds as a multidisciplinary research on the concept of landscape in performance art. Artist Ronald Bal transforms Cloud Danslab into a hybrid place, where performers from different disciplines (dance, circus, and visual arts), explore embodied responses to the imagination of the concept landscape. This results in a performance installation with a sculptural and abstract dance that relate to the paintings of Mondrian.

In Moving Landscape, Bal sharpens the relationship between painting and performance art, the figurative and the abstract, manipulation and nature.  By emphasizing the sensory and imaginary conditions of the painter Mondrian, a playing field arises for an encounter between different artistic disciplines.

The presentation of Moving Landscape is the first result of Bal’s research on the concept of landscape and will be developed further in the coming months into a performance-installation.

Photo©:Ronald Bal

Performers en co-choreografie: Ralph Öllinger en Jorga Lok (circus artist) 黃祥昀 (hsiang-yun) en Larysa Bauge (performance artist) Sonia Zini (danser) James Hewitt (muzikant)

Costumes and Design: Aliki van der Kruijs, Poster: Koos Breen

Filmmakers: Gemma Groot en Dorien Pfauth

Performance Reflex at Garage Café Rotterdam

You are cordially invited to the performance artwork ‘Reflex II’ at Garage Cafe Rotterdam on Thursday April 6 at 6:30 pm.  The performers are Larysa Bauge and Hsiang-yun Huang.

Many thanks to Amy Kan and Karin Arink and Sue van Geijn for hosting and curating the event.

View the performance ‘Reflex’ on Vimeo. Password: Reflex2017

Made possible by:

De Garage, CBK Rotterdam, Willem de Kooning academy

More info: De Garage Rotterdam

Palazzo Mora, Venice Performance International Art Week 2016

I’m deeply grateful to be part of Venice International Performance Art Week 2016 at the Palazzo Mora in Venice. During the event I did a performance about ‘body shock’.

Many thanks to VestAndPage (Artist and organizers of Venice International Performance Art Week) and Cristiana Zeta Rolla (Artist) and Francesca Carol Rolla (Curator).

Durational performance at the Palazzo Mora, ART WEEK | FRINGE of the III Venice International Performance Art Week 2016. Image © Caterina Ragg.

Performance ‘Reflex’ at OT301 – 4bid Gallery, Amsterdam

You are cordially invitedinvited at the performance event  ‘Highs & Lows’ at OT 301- 4Bid Gallery where I will perform the performance ‘Reflex’ on december 1.

More information about the event at OT 301- 4bid Gallery.


Reflecting on the ‘performative body’ Ronald Bal works with words, time and body movement. In 4bid Gallery in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Ronald will perform the performance ‘Reflex’ showing a body in three repetitive stages, sanding, walking and running, in varied tempos and rhythms. The scenography was a screenplay showing words and time. The words change every thirty seconds so the reader could interpret word and action, and make short sentences over time.

The screenplay shows 40 words, often used as directions in a rehearsal,that provoke the body directly. The words repeat every 20 minutes showing a different reading related to the body.


Photo©:David Galjaard