You Better Move #4


You Better Move! is a meeting of ideas, a collective 'aha' experience, a  sparkling event with work fresh of the press. 


With this one-day dance festival, Dansmakers Podium is a platform for artists to support their work and to gain more visibility for their art. With radical, diverse and qualitative work, this recurring festival is an invitation to the dance field to gather, move and share their experiences. Each edition is composed by an Amsterdam choreographer.


In this fourth edition of You Better Move Paula Chaves invites eight artists, thinkers and collectives whose practice deals with the body as a territory for resistance. During this one-day dance festival, the visitor will be guided through dystopic landscapes, where meaning and value have been lost in an increasingly digital and globalized world, and where the real and the virtual have become intimately intertwined. Post-apocalyptic narratives invite us to navigate unknown horizons and to imagine a movement-idiom that transcends our Western understanding of the body.




MOHA - Magic Transformators

Call for fantasy through a series of small acts and rituals

Moha is an artistic collective operating in public space, inspired by the many hearts of the city. During You Better Move #4 they will become the Magic Transformators, offering series of personal services in order to call for fantasy.

concept & performance: MOHA; Alice, Bas, Enno, Kris, Olivia, Rietje, Sumita, Thea en Zsofi.

Anderson Carvalho - HOME[M]

Dialogue between the technological mediate body and the present physical body
Home in English means, ‘The place where one lives permanently’. Homem in Portuguese means, ‘a man, woman, or child of the species Homo sapiens’. HOME[M] is a work in progress; A dialogue between the technological mediate body and the present physical body. 
concept: Anderson Carvalho performance: Thu Hang Pham

Nadia Bekker (DJ Gay-Lo) - The night is our Ally

Dance video with music of DJ Gay-Lo


‘The night is our Ally’ is a dance video from 2016 directed by Nadia Bekker. The music of the video is produced by Nadia her alter-ego DJ Gay-Lo. DJ Gay-Lo will do a DJ-set at the after-party of You Better Move #4.

The night is our Ally - One of the results of Colourblock 2016 
Video: Chani Bockwinkel Music: DJ Gay-Lo

Moreno Perna - LDRC

Performance. Trying to desperately find a sense in all the madness

LDRC (Lana Del Rey changed), is a performance about the Internet. The Internet that is made of images and videos. How can we react to this sea of visual information? Moreno will be the mediator between the ocean of information on the Internet and the audience, trying to desperately find a sense in all the madness.

concept & performance: Moreno Perna

Fossil Free Culture NL - An Introduction to Fossil Free CultureKunstenaarscollectief

Lecture. Tactics to erode the public image of the fossil fuel industry


Fossil Free Culture NL is an artist collective working at the intersection of art and climate activism. During You Better Move #4 Fossil Free Culture NL will give a performance lecture about artistic tactics to erode the public image of the fossil fuel industry.


Lois Alexander - Fading Fire

Dance solo that confronts the complexities between nature and humans

Fading Fire is a work in progress that takes on the theme of fire. The solo uses the dance to make sense of situations that are outside of our control, and pushes the line where function meets dysfunction.

concept & performance: Lois Alexander scenography: Martijn Vola music: Raymond Pinto, Amedeo Feingold

Laisvie Andrea Ochoa - Tactil

Video dance installation as part of an exploration about sign language and dance

This video dance is part of an exploration about sign language and dance. The use of animation helps to focus on the beauty and poetics of touch. The video is presented to the audience in an installation.

Director & filmmaker: Laisvie Andrea Ochoa Company: ConCuerpos inclusive Dance Dancers: Alejandro Penagos and Christian Briceño Music: B l a n a l i Animation: Laisvie Andrea Ochoa and Maria Paula Gonzalez Production: Laisvie Andrea Ochoa Developed within the Choreographic Experimentation Center of Danza Comun Foundation.

Min-suck Kim - PDF

Join this funeral set up for Min-suck Kim. You’ll have a ball!

PDF (Post-Dancing-Funeral) is the funeral for myself. We're gonna celebrate together my death with a cake with my face on it. Please, come and join with me, you'll really have a ball!

concept & performance: Min-suck Kim



Friday 20 April 19:30 at Dansmakers Podium




Tickets online * € 10,- / € 8,50 (CJP, Students, Huisvuilpas, Stadspas, Dansmakerspas)

*Buy your tickets in advance, +€2,- at the door.




While the Internet of Things is in order to collapse under the weight of its own success and we freak out looking for The New Next Thing, it is the artist who with his work exceeds our imagination. Not just divine inspiration, but hard work, determination and a tireless interest in the world and in the others is the germ of his work. With the series You Better Move!, Dansmakers Amsterdam is a stage for establishing makers to show their work, a process, to give and take workshops or to pitch ideas. Each editionis composed by an Amsterdam choreographer and an opportunity for the Amsterdam dance scene to get and to stay together.


*Paula Chaves

Colombian choreographer Paula Chaves obtained her degree at SNDO -school for new dance development- at the University of Arts in Amsterdam, city in which she now works as an independent artist, activist and teacher. In her artistic research she re-appropriates & embodies popular culture aesthetics & technologies while inter-waving, exposing &/or juxtaposing it with social critic, gender theory & post-colonial narratives.


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