Artistic Directors: Marisa Grande & Iris van Peppen
The ELAP Center is a place dedicated to the integration of somatics and real-time composition. It’s a place for experiential learning through movement as a language. 

In our vision somatic practice gives access to embodied knowledge and it becomes a lens through which we move across disciplines. At the core is the artistic perspective as a unified field for the embodiment experience and the emerging imagination.
The red thread that we are passionate about is how somatic practice is bridging and transcending disciplines and how it informs integrity and ethics in our lives.
The intention is to stimulate a diverse audience in the practice and research, blurring the borders of artistic disciplines to find new ways to coexist and grow organically through complexity. 

We invite you to engage in our activities and to contribute to the moving knowledge of the ELAP Center!

ELAP Center for Somatic Integration offers:
  • professional learning trajectory Embodied Life Art Program (ELAP)
  • weekly classes of embodiment and real time composition  
  • blocks of lessons BodyMindCentering based
  • workshops from somatics to interdisciplinary real time composition 
  • yoga somatic
  • studio performances
  • artistic research
A merging vision

Iris van Peppen & Marisa Grande share an uncompromising interest in embodiment and performance. During the many years of work, they have developed their unique way of integrating the somatic experience as a specific map to composing in real-time.  Each with a distinct artistic signature which yet finds a common ground in the way they both integrate their vision in their teaching and performance projects.  In 2018 they initiated ELAP -Embodied Life Art Program- a professional trajectory for somatics & real-time composition for a wide audience across disciplines and work fields. The ELAP Center is the next step on the path!

Location: Studio 3 Weg naar Rhijnauwen 3 Utrecht, The Netherlands



Artistic Practice & Performance with live Music

By Iris van Peppen & Marisa Grande & Live Music by Hugo Ariëns

This Summer Intensive is aimed at advanced performers interested in transdisciplinary instant composition. In this intensive, the focus is on stepping into artistic research guided by the interest and experience of both Marisa Grande and Iris van Peppen as makers. The artistic research is sourced from a somatic practice and for this week the focus will be on the endocrine system in relation to imagination. Together with the live music of Hugo Ariens who will establish a variety of landscapes with his prepared guitar, we will create images of poetry and work towards a studio performance for our own invited audience. 

The endocrine glands are the major chemical governing system of the body and are closely related to the nervous system, their secretions pass directly into the bloodstream. In the context of a somatic and instant composition practice, tapping into the glands means working with the energetic body so that it can communicate with all the other systems for a fuller embodiment of imagination. 

Monday – Thursday: 18.45 – 22.00 Friday: 13.00 – 21.30 / Studio Performance Friday: 20.30

Before July 30 €240 / After €270 / Young Professionals €170



Our Animal Body – somatic exploration

Introduction to Developmental Patterns in Body Mind Centering (BMC) 

By Marisa Grande

These classes are open to anyone curious and interested in somatic and embodiment, for all levels of experience.

Cellular awareness is the foundation of Body Mind Centering, experiencing and learning from the body and its intrinsic intelligence. In these classes we will explore developmental movement patterns in the prevertebral stage such as: vibration, cellular breathing, sponging, pulsation and navel radiation. The practice is done with hands-on and movement exploration from a playful mind. Are you open for a deep and light exploration of your animal body? Are you curious to travel into your body to meet the other? 

Summer: Tuesday August 31/Wednesday Sept 1/Thursday Sept 2: 16.00 – 18.00 / Summer: €90

Block 1: Saturdays November 6/13/20: 13.00 – 17.00
Block 2: Fridays April & May: 18.00 – 21.00
April 1/8/15/22/29
May 6/13

Block 1 €150 / Block 2 €255 / Block 1&2 €330


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