Sharon Stewart and Bettina Neuhaus

Stewart & Neuhaus aim to investigate how the body – with its tangible, palpable matter and its immaterial facets – responds and relates to sound on the level of vibration, vibrational rhythmicity and rhythms generated by natural patterns (see below) and how rhythms of the body inspire the generation of sound and sonic vibrations.

● How do sound vibrations alter the rhythmicity of the permeable physical body – vibrating bones, tissues and organs – and stimulate movement? This raises the question: what is inner (response to) rhythmicity as revealed in movement?
● How do external sound vibrations travel through the body and influence it in terms of directionality?
● What is the role of space as a connecting and transmitting medium between body and

Bettina Neuhaus is an Amsterdam-based dance artist and researcher who has been working in the field of performance internationally for more than 25 years, collaborating with dancers, musicians, visual artists, poets and philosophers. In addition to her work as prominent improviser, she creates performative installations, site-specific performances and lecture-demonstrations. Propelled by her ongoing fascination with the body in motion – its intelligence, imagination and transformative nature – her work emphasizes the fluid use of the entire spectrum of expression: moving, sounding and speaking.

Sharon Stewart studied piano at the Utrecht School of the Arts, Faculty of Music, and later completed a Masters in Music Pedagogy at the Royal Conservatoire, The Hague, where she focused on feminisms, improvisation and technology in a music pedagogical practice. Works with dancers have been performed at festivals and other venues in Arnhem, Nijmegen, Amsterdam, The Hague (NL), Copenhagen (DE) and Marseilles (FR). Field recordings form an inspirational basis for many of her compositions. Sharon became certified in Deep Listening, with Pauline Oliveros, IONE and Heloise Gold in 2011 and is now a teacher for the online Deep Listening program at RPI.