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State of the Dancer

December 15, 2016
Start: 15.00
Korzo theater Den Haag

Because of the the thirtieth anniversary of the Omscholingsregeling and with that thirty years of focus on dancers, ODN collaborates with Korzo to organize an afternoon on December 15. Inspired by the passionate State of Dance by Annette Embrechts at the Nederlandse Dansdagen, the theme of this afternoon is The State of the Dancer: What is it like to be a dancer in this day and age? How does a dancer find his way in the current cultural landscape in the Netherlands? And how do dancers cope with transitions and changes during and after their career?
It will be an afternoon full of discussion, dance, food for thought and speeddating.


Welcome by Paul Bronkhorst, executive director and for 30 years the driving force of the Omscholingsregeling and Annette Embrechts; theatre and dance journalist and this afternoons’ moderator.

The State of the Dancer by Davide Cocchiara. What is it like to be a dancer in this day and age?
Davide danced among others with WArd/waRD, Dansgroep Amsterdam and NND/Noord Nederlandse Dans. Since September 2016 he studies to become a copywriter at the Miami Ad School in Berlin.

• A panel focussing on the changes in the labour market for dancers: what are these changes and how do (freelance) dancers and their employers deal with them? How appealing is it to work as a dancer in the Netherlands?

With: Peter van den Bunder, director at Kunstenbond; Eva Villanueva, artistic coordinator platform BAU Amsterdam; Johan Cuperus, managing director Dansateliers Rotterdam and Ingetje Wielenga, former dancer now lawyer specialized in labour law.

Ybnby, research presentation by Hilde Elbers: on dance and the fluidity of boundaries. Performed by Hilde Elbers and Judith Ruiz Onandi

• The transience of the dancing career and the importance of retraining: a personal reflection by Sacha Steenks, who danced with Scapino and is now a philosopher.

Speeddating: Ask dancers in a one-to-one conversation everything you always wanted to know about career transitioning, retraining and no dancing, or at least not that often. Spend ten minutes with: Jiri Pokorny, choreographer; Goran Turnsek, photographer; Karin Lambrechtse, nutrition expert and dietetics student; Tamara Michalczyk, humanistics student and Rein Putkamer, law student.

There will be drinks and bites afterwards. At 20.00 hrs. it is also possible to watch the performance Hubs Soul #1 Audience from Jérôme Meyer & Isabelle Chaffaud.

Photo exhibition Second Stage can be seen in the foyer. Ex dancer and photographer Goran Turnšek made the photo exhibition about former dancers and their memories from their dancing careers. This exposition that could already be seen during the Nederlandse Dansdagen was followed by a sequel at Korzo. December 15 will be the last opportunity to see the exhibition here. An opportunity for everyone who has not been able to see Second Stage yet!

Everybody is more than welcome and participation is free. However we would appreciate it if you would register. Please state clearly your name and/or organization and whether you would like to watch the performance from Jérôme Meyer & Isabelle Chaffaud. If the link does not work you can send a mail to info@omscholingdansers.nll.
The afternoon´s discussions and talks will be mostly in English.





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"When as a dancer it is time for a change, a lot of feeling of insecurity arises. The Omscholingsregeling gave me financial support and self confidence to face these new challenges." (Jérôme Meyer)