The project in sum
The project is the start of a long term collaboration.
HeartToHard (H2H) is an international arts for social transformation platform. It has the mission to invite and inspire individuals/communities to live, act, speak wholeheartedly and to address structural injustices or personal blocks that prevent them from living an abundant life.
H2H aims to bring He (Inspirator/spirituality), Art, and Heart (compassion) to places that are hardened and in need to be touched and transformed by Beauty. The mission in based on the belief that intuition and creativity facilitate the growth of imagination, which lays as a dormant seed inside of us. The result of this growth is that we start to break out into new territory, and to give birth to new ways of seeing ourselves, others and the world.
The focus on ‘hard places’ refers to: parts of our heart’s landscape that are barren; nations that are affected by adversity (e.g. natural hazards/conflict) and where loss and grief left the population with little hope; communities where internal conflicts, discrimination, and social exclusion takes place; or schools were bullying is widespread.
The mission to bring hope, life and awakening to hardened places is operationalized through projects in the Netherlands, Hong Kong, China, Nepal, USA, and Lebanon.
By Linda Stelma, “Dag6”, November 2017
“In 2012 ben ik in Hongkong gaan wonen omdat ik een competitieve PhD onderzoeksbeurs won en de kans wilde benutten. Ik raakte al snel betrokken bij artistieke projecten en ging vanaf 2014ook zelf dansvoorstellingen neerzetten. Sinds eind vorig jaar pendel ik heen en weer tussen Nederland, China en Hongkong”.
“De dingen waar je in Nederland om gewaardeerd wordt, zoals directheid, oplossingsgerichtheid en een pionierende geest, kunnen in Hongkong als iets negatief worden gezien. Je hebt er juist een indirecte cultuur en er wordt veel impliciet gezegd met de ogen. Doordat…”
By Kathleen Ferrier in “Het Nieuwe Wij”
Kathleen Ferrier, former member of the Dutch House of Representatives, published a meaningful article on cultural diversity, in which the Hong Kong – Netherlands art dialogue (initiated by H2H’s founder) and its “Peer to Pier” female dance artist project were used as a case study example.
“In the performance The Voyage and the Peer to Pier project women from Hong Kong and the Netherlands share experiences about personal growth, challenges and their answers to difficulties, but also their dreams. It was the mix of cultures and backgrounds that gave vitality to the show. It showcased that diversity is not a threat but a powerful resource”.
In December 2014, Marloes won the Hong Kong University Women Award of the HK Association of University Woman (http://hkauw.org). She was asked to give a speech for the Hong Kong public. Below you will find the links to the short and full version of the speech
“Education and learning environments tailor made to breed female leadership”. Accompanied with the used presentation.
October 16, 2014, The Voice Project
University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Education, Department of Preschool Education Houten, M. van & L.J.A. Vriens (2012), A Complex Peace Education Project: The Utrecht Summer school Education For Peace and Human Rights. Conference Report, European Network of Affective Education, May 2012, pp. 200-214.
Report link (pdf)
September 9, 2011
In Factis Pax Youth Actors in Peace and Human Rights Education, Infactispax peer-reviewed Journal of Peace Education and Social Justice, September 9, 2011.
Article link (pdf)
Dr. Marloes van Houten (1982) is a Dutch art director, professional dancer, choreographer and movement educator. She holds a PhD in trauma healing. While raised in the Netherlands, she lived, performed, led projects globally, also in crisis areas where war, conflict or natural disasters took place.Full biography