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Dansmakers Amsterdam
1993 - 2020

Dear visitor,
Dansmakers Amsterdam will merge / has been merged into ICK Artist Space since January 2021. The content of this website is therefore no longer up to date. Information about Dansmakers Amsterdam up to and including 2020 can still be found here.
If you have any questions about theatre or studio rental of (former) Dansmakers Amsterdam, please contact Likeminds via info@likeminds.nl.
If you have any questions about a project from 2020 or earlier, please contact Els de Wit at zakelijk@dansmakers.nl.
For information about the ongoing activities of Dansmakers Amsterdam and new activities of ICK Artist Space, go to: www.ickamsterdam.com > artistspace.
More info:
Press Release: "New production house for dance in Amsterdam: ICK Artist Space" >>>
"Letter to our audience" >>>
Thank you for your interest, we look forward to seeing you again at ICK Artist Space!

Dansmakers Amsterdam

Contemporary dance production house working place & stage for makers with unravelled, suprising and abrasive work

Dansmakers Amsterdam is a local and international dance production house based in the North of Amsterdam. The house focuses on the development of new choreographic talent in contemporary dance, providing them with a place to work, a theatre stage, and coaching of their artistic practice. 


Audience at You Better Move #6 © Thomas Lenden & Suzy Blok, algemeen & artistiek Directeur

MEETING PLACE On the edge of the popular Vogelbuurt neighbourhood situated on the IJ river bank, you will find the industrial complex of the old Stork Factory. The central hall on the Gedempt Hamerkanaal has been converted into a theatre with one hundred and fifty seats, a hidden pearl. With its dance and theatre studios, bar, offices and stage, Dansmakers Amsterdam is a meeting place for culture lovers, audience and dance professionals.


© Thomas Lenden:Moving Forward 2018 / You Better Move #6

PRODUCTION HOUSE The house produces programmes full of surprising, abrasive and innovative dance by promising or proven talent. At Dansmakers Amsterdam you can experience the annual Moving Futures dance festival where the latest dance productions from the stables of five production houses of the past year can be seen. The recurring You Better Move one-day dance festival is an absolute must for those who want to be inspired by the daring and cheeky work of the most unconventional young performance and dance talents. Dansmakers Amsterdam is the initiators of the Moving Forward new talent trajectory. One recently graduated, talented choreographer will be given the unique opportunity to develop over a period of one year, under the wings of Dansmakers Amsterdam and the Moving Futures Partners.


© Thomas Lenden: New Adventures 2018/19

RESEARCH Throughout the year, the house is a lively place where various choreographers make use of the dance studio or stage where (inter)national work can be discovered. Residents, selected for the New Adventures programme, work in-house. In this series several research projects are selected each year for an intensive residency programme. For four weeks, the theatre and studio will be used by these makers as a laboratory for innovation in dance, often across multiple disciplines. The result will be shared with the audience. Other residents are guests, scouted or invited by artistic and general director Suzy Blok.


© Thomas Lenden, Annelies Doom: Aerowaves, EDN

INTERNATIONAL Dansmakers Amsterdam is presenting partner of Aerowaves, a cross-border European network for dance performances by up-and-coming choreographers. The house is also a member of the European Dancehouse Network EDN and partner of Be Mobile, Create Together!, a European residency and exchange project with Turkey.


© Thomas Lenden: Dansmakers Amsterdam

STAGE Visit one of our dance programmes and check out the variety of Dansmakers Amsterdam and partners on the online agenda. De Amsterdamse Dans-en Theaterschool (DAT! School) programmes theatre performances for children on a monthly basis.  And for Amsterdam dance and theatre companies such as Likeminds, Summerdance4ever, ICK and the in house companys TENT circus theatre productions, ISH and Cinedans – the theatre is the ideal place for the final editing or performance days. Sometimes with free try-outs and school performances.


Business rental is also possible. Interested? Contact zakelijk [at] dansmakers.nl

Partners & subsidiënt

Partners of Dansmakers Amsterdam are:

Dansateliers Rotterdam - Random Collision - Dans Brabant – De NieuweOost - Dansgroep Amsterdam - ICK  - DAT School – ISH - Cinedans- Danstheater AYA - Don’t Hit Mama - Aerowaves -  Theater Bellevue – De Overkant/Evenementen. 

Dansmakers Amsterdam is member of European Dancehouse Network (EDN) en het Europees Aerowaves netwerk (both co financed by ´the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union´.)

Dansmakers is multiannual subsidized by the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst (2017-2020). In de period 2018 - 2020, The Moving Futures Festival received a bi-annual subsidy by the Performing arts Fund NL.



Liesbeth Bijvoet, chairman Dansmakers Amsterdam – financial director Joods Cultureel Kwartier
Sandra Den Hamer – director EYE
Jarrod Francisco – General director Likeminds
Cees de Graaff – directeur Dutch Culture


ANBI & Extra gifts deduction for donors

Dansmakers Amsterdam has an ANBI status under RSIN 8016.51.141.

Are you a dance lover? Many of our visitors supported the Young Makers Fund and thus the work of talented choreographers. You can donate starting with 5,-. Become a donor and enjoy an additional tax benefit. Read more ...Donors have an additional tax advantage, for them there is an additional deduction for gifts. Individuals may subtract 1.25 times the amount of the gift in the income tax. Companies subjecting to corporation tax may deduct 1.5 times the amount of the in the corporate tax return. Read more >>>


More information about Dansmakers Amsterdam, download here [in Dutch]:
-Jaarrekening Dansmakers Amsterdam 2019
- Jaarcijfers 2018
-Bestuursverlag & jaarverslag Dansmakers Amsterdam 2017

-Hoofdlijnen beleidsplan 2013-2016
-Bestuursverlag & jaarverslag Dansmakers Amsterdam 2016
-Managment report & financial statements Dansmakers Amstedam 2015
-Managment report Dansmakers Amsterdam 2014
-Financial statements Dansmakers Amsterdam 2014