The100Hands – performing arts collective working on the intersection of contemporary dance, live-art and site specific performances, is founded and led by Jasper Džuki Jelen and Mojra Vogelnik Škerlj.
Within its frame grows an organization of professionals, who combine their passion for movement, performing arts, architecture, contemporary psychology and education. The artistic work and organizational structures of the collective express the urging importance of constructive human relationships, social cohesion and environmental awareness.
Mojra (SI) has parallel to her professional background in architecture developed into authentic performer/dancer through intensive study of capoeira, international dance courses and personal research in the field of improvisation and voice. Since relocating to the Netherlands in 2010 she directs her focus towards performing, creating and teaching internationally. She continously develops her vision on the use of space to stimulate public gathering and active audience-ship, as well as environmentally responsible production design overally. She currently studies the traditional form of Hatha yoga, which also nurtures her perspective on observation and creation.
Jasper's has a degree in dance and a background in martial arts and theatre. For a decade he has been working with international award winning dance company Arch8 / Erik Kaiel, as well as conducting his own movement research in the fields of partnering and working on location. While being a guest teacher and choreographer for professional educations and companies, he founded The100Hands together with Mojra. Here he dedicates his creativity and performative experience to a longer and ongoing process of relating, learning and transformation.
'If the body doesn't lie, what does it tell?'
Jasper Džuki Jelen
The primary tool in our work is the body. Within the body one can 'know' things beyond words, images and reasoning – we feel and physically respond. By keenly observing the body (the tool) in interaction (the means) with its surrounding, we aim to unravel situations so common in daily life, that their implications can easily be overseen. Becoming aware of our choices expressed through the body, opens the door to get to know ourselves, the other and the environment. It allows for playfullness, experimentation, confrontation and learning to live life fulfilled and satisfied together (the goal).
The100Hands create contexts for people to gather phyiscally, with these aims to observe, play, confront and learn from the knowledge within all bodies present and the unique ways they relate. These gatherings can take various forms: performances, interventions in public spaces, interactive installations, trainings, lectures and other forms in order to attain a desired impact. We wish to create work from a deep human curiosity which resonates with all sorts of people beyond devision.
'If you look at something long enough, that what you might have seen at first glance will change completely.'
Mojra Vogelnik Škerlj