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september 30, 2017 · recent ·  

Niki van Callandt-Or Is It Me-Dansmakers Amsterdam-fotografie Thomas Lenden


Dansmakers Amsterdam – YOU BETTER MOVE! MEETS FUNK.IRC – curated by Yordana Rodriguez

Niki van Callandt is a dancer, choreographer and co-founder of the movement Ahead of the Curve, dedicated to making a stand for dancers that deal with body discrimination ‘Sizeism’. With her choreographies Niki wants to enhance an awareness in her audience and deals with subjects and communities that have to do with prejudices.
With her trio Or is it me she puts three strong personalities together on stage, to research if we are able to think beyond distinct categories. Choreography Niki van Callandt. Dance Carlotta Ippolito ‘Shiva Vineyard’, Ellen Houck. Text & spoken word Jodie Pinkney. Music Philip Glass, ‘Mishima’.

You Better Move! is a one-day dancefestival whereby Dansmakers Podium is the stage for the makers. This recurring festival is an invitation to the dance field and audience to come together, talk, and share ideas. This edition is programmed by Yordana Rodriguez, an executive dancer, coach, teacher and manager of Funk.IRC (Illusionary Rockaz Company). She is one of the best female poppers in the Netherlands and has won many battles. During an ever-changing and spectacular evening consisting of performances, a film, and a jam led by an energetic DJ and MC, she brings advanced dancers and people that are new to hiphop together.