The item Urban Dance in theatre is hotter than ever. At a time when Shailesh Kumar B S and Lloyd Marengo win important prizes and Urban Dance gets more and more recognition, however there is still a world to be won. This is the moment to join forces! We would like to invite you to the international kickoff of Mind Ur Step; a two year partnership between ROOTS & ROUTES, Maas theatre and dance (NL), Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg (BE), La cie Racines Carrees (FR) en Roots & Routes Cologne (DU).


Between 12 and 17 November, 12 Urban Dancers from France, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands will touchdown in Rotterdam for the first residence of Mind Ur Step. Under the guidance of choreographers Nabil Ouelhadj (FR), Lloyd Marengo (NL) and Kader Attou (FR), a hip-hop theater production is created, which will tour Europe in 2019.


During the kickoff, a first-ever preview of this international co-production is being demonstrated. We are using this moment to start the conversation with key figures from the European urban dance and theater sector in the form of keynotes, panel discussions, best practice examples and speed dates.


Keynotespeakers / panelmembers:

Alida Dors (NL) - BackBone

Jonzi D (VK) – Breaking Convention London

Matt Fenton (VK) – Contact Theater Manchester

Guilherme Miotto (BR) - Founder of Instinctive Performance

Tunde Adefioye (BE) – KVS Brussel

Jolanda Spoel (NL - Maas Theater En Dans



Annette Embrechts (NL) Theatre & Dance journalist de Volkskrant


The invitation with program will follow.

Date: Wednesday 15th of November

Time: 13.00-17.30u

Location: Maaspodium, St. Jobsweg 3 Rotterdam

Free entrance, sign up via: communicatie@rootsenroutes.nl

Language: English



Mind Ur Step is co-funded by Creative Europe and Fonds Podiumkunsten