Call out for dancers

Performing Gender


DansBrabant and Theaterfestival Boulevard are looking for up to 10 dancers aged 20-25 who will join us for part 2nd of the Performing Gender project in autumn 2018 (26 Oct – 1 Nov).

During this week we will host one of the European Performing Gender dancemakers supported by our local dramaturg – Nina Aalders – who will lead a professional development workshop with the selected dancers.

We are looking for professionally trained dancers aged 20-25:
with an interest and curiosity in gender, dance and activism
no longer in education or training (with the option of a few exceptions)
based in the Netherlands

The Project
Performing Gender: Dance Makes Differences is a European dance project focusing on gender, sexual orientations, and activism. It is a 2-year programme aimed to provide European dance artists and professionals with knowledge, skills and tools to develop a new form of narrative for LGBT+ identities and gender identities in general.

The premise of the project is that gender identities and sexual orientations are treated differently in various societies across Europe, and that dance is the perfect art form to investigate these themes.

In this project phase 5 dancemakers from UK, Italy, Slovenia, The Netherlands and Spain are developing their choreographic sketches together with 5 local dance dramaturgs. They do so in socalled ‘trainingweeks’ that take place in these different countries. The 5 dancemakers are: Sophie Unwin (UK), Natasa Zivkovic (SL), Roberta Racis (IT), Koldo Arostegui Gonzalez (SP) and Jija Sohn (NL).

The Dutch training week is the last one, and takes place in August during Theaterfestival Boulevard ‘s-Hertogenbosch. On the last evening of the Dutch training week, on Saturday 11 August, there will be a chance to see their work-in-progress.

In the second phase, each partnering country will invite one of the dancemakers to develop his or her choreographic sketch together with up to 10 young professional dancers and the local dance dramaturg.

Content and How to apply
The selected dancers will take part in a 7-day professional development workshop from Friday 26 Octrobe – Thursday 1 November 2018 with a presentation of a short work in the evening on Thursday 1 November 2018 at Tilburg Dansmaand. (Selected dancers will receive lunch and in we will cover travel costs.)

You will need to complete a proposal in a format of your choosing. We have provided some guidelines below as to the kind of things we are interested in finding out. We expect at least the following:

Your CV with training, artistic background & interests 
Motivation why you are interested in this opportunity
Links to videos of your previous work
Your contact details
Contact details of one professional reference who we may get in touch with

If you require any additional support or information regarding your application, please contact

Applications must be submitted by sending an e-mail to by  Friday 1 June 2018. If you are writing a proposal, please ensure the total word count does not exceed 500 words. We also welcome filmed/recorded proposals.

Selection process
The international artist leading this professional development in Tilburg will be announced on 2 June 2018 (This will not be Jija Sohn). The artist will be involved in the shortlisting process together with dramaturg Nina Aalders and artistic leader Heleen Volman.

You will be informed of decision by 22 June 2018.

For more information about the Performing Gender – Dance Makes Differences project, go to: