You better Move #6 (2018)

With this recurring one-day dance festival, Dansmakers Podium is a platform for artists. This is the place where they meet each other and their audience. Each edition is composed by an Amsterdam choreographer.


For this sixth edition, Junadry Leocaria brings together eleven artists who dynamically interweave dance, spoken word and martial arts. Witty speakers and eccentric dancers take their chance to critically explore interhuman relations. They are vigorous in their thinking and their movements are fiercely expressive. This generation of urban artists tells its stories by turning, spinning and flipping. Authenticity is leading, and diversity is the norm.


One-day Dance Festival

8 acts, 15 performers, urban dance, vocal beat, spokenword & dj.

Emma Evelein, Nika Jankovic, Sergio Jerôme, Devika Chotoe & Leonie van Galen Suarez, Sedrig Verwoert & Christiaan De Donder, Luciën Denny, Rosa Ana Mateluna, Sarada Sarita & Guillermo Blinker


Curated by Junadry Leocaria



Fr 5.10, 19:30 Dansmakers Podium
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Emma Evelein - River with me

A playful ebb and flow of energy between four individuals.


Trust, letting go and acceptance are key elements in this quartet. A playful ebb and flow of energy between four individuals. Emma Evelein is a dancer and choreographer from Amsterdam whose work can be found on stage, in film and videoclips.


Choreography: Emma Evelein

Performers: Alec Kakisina, Justin de Jager, Matthew de Cuyper, Anastasia Kochmarskaya 



Dance Arian - Nika Jankovic

We meet Arian as he goes on an adventure of physical transformation

(Photo: Medina Resic)

In this short performance we meet Arian who experiences a series of transformations. Through the technique of breakdance, he explores numerous possibilities of the body and its physical expressions. Nika Jankovic started her dance career in Zagreb and currently teaches for dance companies and academies in the Netherlands.


Choreography: Nika Jankovic 

Performer: Arian Sajina



SOUL - Sergio Jerôme Debevère

Indonesian roots and martial arts


Indonesian martial arts and self-taught dance moves come together in the solo performance ‘SOUL’. Based and inspired by the cultural history of his ancestors. Sergio Jerôme started out by dancing ballet and breakdance and graduated from Fontys Dance Academy. ‘SOUL’ was his graduation project. 


Choreography: Sergio Jerôme Debevère

Performer: Sergio Jerôme Debevère



Sluier om ons silhouet - Devika Chotoe & Leonie van Galen Suarez

What happens when lust becomes entangled with friendship? 


How does a friendship survive when lust and love get in their way of their friendship? ‘Sluier om ons Silhouette’ lifts a corner of the veil showing the performer’s true faces. Devika Chotoe and Leonie van Galen Suarez both study at Amsterdam University of the Arts.


Choreography: Devika Chotoe & Leonie van Galen Suarez

Performers: Devika Chotoe & Leonie van Galen Suarez



They/Them - Sedrig Verwoert & Christiaan de Donder

Two men turn their tribulations into stories of strength

(photo: Casper Kofi)

They/Them is an autobiographical piece, derived from a shared reality that’s characterized by systemic racism, toxic masculinity and queerphobia. Sedrig and Christiaan both graduated from the Amsterdam Univeristy of the Arts and worked with renowned choreographers.



Choreography: Sedrig Verwoert & Christiaan De Donder

Performers: Sedrig Verwoert & Christiaan De Donder



DONE - Luciën Denny

A dance of redemption  


A physical duet in which the performers are being released from their demons and addictions through the act of dancing. They search for enlightenment and cast-off negative energy. Luciën Denny is a dancer and choreographer graduated from Amsterdam University of The Arts 


Choreography:Luciën Denny

Performers: Luciën Denny & Emma Evelein



Puro Amor - Rosa Ana Mateluna

Rosa Ana is a lyricist & writer who performs rap, spoken word, poetry & theatre since 2005

(Photo: Neeltje De Vries)



Text: Rosa Ana Mateluna

Performer: Rosa Ana Mateluna



2U~Duality in Unisono - Sarada Sarita Keilman & Guillermo Blinker

Two sides, one coin

(Photo: Steven Tips)

2U = Sarada Sarita and OTION. ‘2U’ wants to open up the conversation and explore the two sides of one coin. Sarada Sarita is an all-round performer and a pioneer in the Dutch Waacking and Vogueing scene. OTION is an all-round performer and singer/songwriter.


Performers: Sarada Sarita Keilman & Guillermo Blinker



Curated by Junadry Leocaria


Junadry Leocaria (1985, Willemstad) is an eye catching appearance in the field of the urban dance theatre. She has been working as a professional dancer for 15 years, specialized in waacking – a style that plays with personalities, emotions and expression. The last couple of years she has been working on her own dance practice as choreographer, coach and teacher.








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 stage for the makers with a multi-coloured collection of new, radical and qualitative work. This recurring festival is an invitation to the dance field to come together, talk and share ideas. Each edition is composed by an Amsterdam choreographer. The sixth edition will have an urban touch.


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.

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