carried by invisible bodies
SunJan 22, 2023
De Ruimte
Distelweg 83, 1031 HD Amsterdam

Doors 16:00 start workshop 16:00 Tickets €8-20 (Sliding Scale).
For the fourth and last edition of carried by invisible bodies, we will host installations of Aster Arribas and Daphnis Monastirioti, and a group of DAS Theatre participants will share a bittersweet intervention, inviting us to grieve for Iran.

Meanwhile, Aster will share a workshop for a few lucky participants over “well lubricated hand scissoring” (more details on each intervention below).
The event will close with a live set of Cowgirl aka Madba.

During the event we will serve vegan soup 🍲🥕🔥

16:00 – doors open
16:00 – 16:30 – WORKSHOP – first slot
16:45 – 17:15 – DAS Theatre participants first intervention
17:20 – 17:50 – WORKSHOP – second slot + Daphnis Monastirioti sound installation starts
17:50 – 18:45 – Daphnis Monastirioti live performance
18:50 – 19:20 – WORKSHOP – third slot
19:20 – 19:50 – DAS Theatre participants second intervention
20:00 – 22:00 – DJ set by Cowgirl aka Madba
Each workshop slot is for 4 participants, there are only a few spots available.
Book your spot soon by sending an email to:


We highly advise to come from the start of the event to make the most out of the programme. It’s also a way to spend time together in these dark times and celebrate the end of our 4 chapters event series “carried by invisible bodies” !
Hope to see you there!


Aster is an artist and researcher who works with installation, choreography and writing. Their work studies queer and neurodivergent approaches to bodies and movement to question normativity and to create new forms of sociality. They develop techniques that explore embodiment and pleasure, informed by a critical vision of somatics and often in collaboration with other artists. Aster’s work commits to pleasure as a generative act: as a means of exploring novel forms of relationship and as a tool for political positioning.

Dear Rubster

“This is a call to reclaim the act of rubbing, as the act of pleasure that most represents us, which many of us started practicing at the age of 3 by rubbing our buttocks with those of our cousins, or didn’t you?”

In a reparative and fun twist, the work looks into the word scissoring (referring to the sexual practice of genital rubbing associated with lesbians). From a critical, joyful, and juicy point of view, Aster offers a workshop for small groups to practice together the somatic and discursive possibilities of a well lubricated hand scissoring practice.
for reservations, please send an email to:
Daphnis is a media artist/performer and researcher. Their ongoing broader research is evolving around the question of how technology affects interpersonal relationships, with the main purpose, in search of empathy. They question how empathy, intimacy, anxiety, relationships, love, and poetry can be re-conceived while humanity walks through a hyperreality full of digital abstractions.Particularly, now, they direct their research towards music, neurodivergent mind and queerness/transness. The starting point was their late diagnosis of ADHD and Autism. What developed/ unfolded afterwards was a unique perspective of themselves, specifically through the auditory sensory system. Practice to explore and accomplish a better understanding they create immersive soundscapes from a combination of spoken words/ prose poems, recordings of technological objects, distorted sounds of instruments and their body itself.

DAS participants prepare a sharing which reproduces the tradition of the funeral gathering in a performative way. Facilitators and spectators are all at the funeral, eating a sweet dessert which is traditionally made at Iranian funerals for mourning the people who passed away. This dessert is called “Halwa”. During this performative act, we invite the audience to cook collectively another dessert called “Shole-Zard”, which is a dessert for wishes. We will share texts written by us in response to the current situation in Iran.


“The funeral is meant to be for Iranian protestors who got killed since the middle of September 2022, in the name of <Woman, Life, Freedom>”.

Dress code: Everything but Black


Cowgirl aka Madba is a multidisciplinary artist from Caracas. She is living and working in Dam Square, Amsterdam.
Her work focuses on odd, post-cataclysm nostalgia, drowning in humor. She composes, produces and writes in many formats. One album release for now: 2022’s “Goodfun” by
Amsterdam’s small yet innovative label “South of North”. She is interested in evoking the lost paradise, looping on unwanted prophecies, and singing the ridicule of sense.


Mede mogelijk gemaakt door Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, VSB Fonds, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds en Fonds Podiumkunsten.