‘Doors are opening. We just need to kick it a little harder.’
With these words spoken by Jade Schiff (projectleader) the Mind Ur Step train officially took off on the 15th of November 2017. An international kick-off in Maas Theatre & Dance in Rotterdam. Our 12 dancers showed a powerful and poetic performance, even though they just had a couple of days to meet and create.
Guests could join a keynote session, where this question was the focuspoint of the discussion: 'How do dancers become choreographers?'
Alida Dors (Backbone, NL), frontrunner of urban notably theatre and dance in the Netherlands, shared her story. 'How do you get taken seriously in a world that is not used to your way of working?'
Nabil Ouelhadj (CIE La Racines Carrees, FR), one of our art directors, told us about the advantage of being street- and book smart. 'How can you grow without losing your roots?'
Jonzi D (Breakin' Convention UK) gave us more input: 'Forms can be fluent but the roots are very important.'
Matt Fenton from Contact Theatre (Manchester, UK) advocated a systemic change in the theatres so that people do not need to explain anymore what hiphop is in the first place.
You can download the full report here.