16 May


On Saturday May 16th, Dansateliers organizes a one day-seminar on contemporary leadership. In this seminar Dansateliers unlocks and shares the results of the European project Communicating Dance, funded by the European Lifelong Learning Programme. Communicating Dance offers traineeships for young professionals on a European level and is a partnership between six partners: Dansateliers (NL), Centro per la Scena Contemporanea (IT), K3 (DE), Dance Ireland (IE), CDC | Le Pacifique (FR) and Dance Center Zagreb (HR)

What is the importance of (young) leaders within the (performing) arts and cultural field? Which are the main current developments and trends in contemporary leadership? How do you unlock possibilities by defining your personal leadership qualities? These and other questions are addressed in an active day program including group exercises, a sufficient dose of personal reflection and exciting encounters with our guests:

Anne Breure / artistic director Het Veem Theater, Jan Martens / choreographer and Vincent Wijlhuizen / expert on leadership and personal development

*Description of the program*

The morning program is focussed on defining conceptions and ideas about leadership that are alive within the group, by active group exercises, discussions and an interview with Vincent Wijlhuizen. In the afternoon the program aims at opening up the many different ways in which leadership can be shaped and embodied and on which different levels leadership can be shown. Anne Breure and Jan Martens will be our guests, who’s experiences will function as case studies, while they share the way they practice personal and cultural leadership in our contemporary arts field. The day finishes off with time and space for each of the participants to reflect on their personal situation, offering practical tools and exercises to further develop everyone’s own personal leadership profile.


Saturday the 16th of May 2015

11.00 – 18.00
19.15 – 20.00
Ode To Attempt – Jan Martens
DATA – Giulio D’Anna


The symposium takes place in Dansateliers, ’s-Gravendijkwal 58B, Rotterdam. The evening programme takes place in the Rotterdamse Schouwburg, schouwburgplein 25, Rotterdam.

*How to apply*

All young arts professionals with a 2 – 5 years work experience in dance, choreography, mime, theatre studies, cultural studies, cultural management studies or performance studies are welcome to apply. We simply invite you to write down your motivation for entering the workshop. Please answer the following questions and send your reply to

-          What is your educational background?
-          What is it that you do now?
-          Why is it important for you to join this conversation? Why do you feel you need to reflect on leadership and your own personal leadership qualities?

Please be as kind to mention your full name and age as well as your contact details in the e-mail.  

Deadline for application is April 24th.

Please note that we have a limited amount of places available. Hence, your application may not be accepted. To assure diversity, we will judge all applications and, based on that, compose a diverse group of participants.


The seminar costs are 45 euros. Costs include lunch and a ticket to the performances DATA by Giulio D’Anna and Ode To Attempt by Jan Martens.


Vincent Wijlhuizen (NL) is a freelance consultant, coach and trainer, besides being an actor, director and dramaturge as well. Vincent provides change management trajectories for companies and institutions and is an expert on project management, leadership and personal development.

Anne Breure (NL, 1988) received her Master of Arts (MA Arts and Politics) degree at Goldsmiths College, University of London in 2013, worked for Sophie in ‘t Veld in the European Parliament in 2012 and graduated from the Mime School Amsterdam in 2011 with the project ‘The Yellow House’. In London she realized various art projects such as the multidisciplinary gallery Flat34. Since she returned to the Netherlands she worked as a lecturer at the Institute of Social Studies of the University of Applied Sciences Arnhem / Nijmegen and she was involved in various initiatives such as BAU and Het Transitiebureau. She has led the Shadow Group (ITs festival) and initiated Het Groene Cultuur Bureau (for a sustainable arts sector). Anne is currently the artistic director of Het Veem Theater.

Jan Martens (Belgium, 1984) studied at the Fontys dance academy in Tilburg and graduated at the Artesis Conservatory for Dance in Antwerp in 2006.  He performed in the work of amongst others: Koen De Preter, United-C, Mor Shani and Ann Van den Broek. In 2009 he started to develop his own choreographic work.  In a short time his work received critical and popular acclaim which resulted in a growing number of shows performed in the Netherlands, Belgium and more and more countries within Europe.

Communicating Dance is funded with support from the European Commission under the umbrella of the Lifelong Learning Program/Leonardo Da Vinci Partnerships.  

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