International Choreographers Week (The Netherlands)


Where: Tilburg, The Netherlands
When: March 7th – 11th 2020

Deadline for applications: December 20th 2019

Training perspectives through sensory experience

The International Choreographers Week (ICW) is a platform for meeting and exchange. It offers choreographers and dance artists from all over the world the opportunity to learn from each other and enrich themselves despite – or perhaps because of – their differing approaches.

Over the course of five days, a program of workshops, readings, introductory visits, meetings, meals, presentations and discussions is offered, with and by people with expertise from the dance world and other domains. The core of this program will be formed by the workshops of the international operating dramaturge Guy Cools and workshops and encounters with (inter)national operating choreographers. Guy Cools works and worked with renowned artists such as Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Akram Khan, Daniele Desnoyers and Arno Schuitemaker and has a large number of publications on his name in the field of dramaturgy and choreographic practice.

We react to what is happening around us, come into contact with each other and adapt to circumstances through our senses. Hearing, seeing, smelling, tasting, feeling, etc… Opinions differ about how many senses we can name. However, we all agree that our senses connect us to the world around us.

During this 10th International Choreographers Week we will explore sensory experiences in the broadest sense of the word and go through sensory experiences ourselves: learning by doing.

We will break open thstablished by asking ourselves and our senses critical (research)questions: How do our senses influence the way we see our environment, ourselves and others? How individual or collective are these sensory experiences? And what if our senses are conditioned by a certain social background or cultural heritage? Can we (re)train our senses to gain new perspectives, beliefs and insights? During the week we will open ourselves up to the undiscovered fields of our nervous system and let our conditioned minds being taken by surprise.

The final program and the names of the workshop leaders will be announced midst November 2019 together with the second Open Call.

The ICW revolves around dialogue, reflection, inspiration, confrontation and collaboration, and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience. Thanks to the participation of choreographers from all directions of the compass, there is constant interchange. Each participant is asked to share his or her craftsmanship and insights. Each participant is asked to bring along a research question linked to a work he or she is creating or preparing.

The week takes place in Tilburg, a town in the Netherlands where dance has a special place. The work will be done at various locations in the town, with Club Soda as the main location.

ICW is an activity of DansBrabant in collaboration with Fontys Dance Academy and Theater De Nieuwe Vorst in the frame of Tilburg Dansstad, a collaborative venture of various partners in Tilburg.

The fee for participating in the week is €350,-
This includes lunch, dinner and theatre tickets. The organization team of the ICW can help you find affordable accommodation in Tilburg.

Curious to know more? Please don’t hesitate to contact us on:
Send your CV and a motivation letter to There will be a selection.

Final program: November 16th, 2019
Application deadline: December 20th, 2019
Results selection: January 13th, 2020


Heleen Volman – DansBrabant, artistic leader
Annemijn Rijk – DansBrabant, artistic assistant
Guy Cools – International operating dramaturg

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