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DOTE Lab Call Out

Imagining our future, practicing our future

Dancing on the Edge is deconstructing the festival format to offer a better opportunity to meet and interact on a deeper level. With projects that focus on process and time spent together, that are co-curated or made as a collective. With alternative places that allow for another kind of interaction and a crossing of disciplines, and where the festival exists only when we all engage.

We would like to invite you to be part of DOTE Lab, a 4-day artistic lab at the heart of the festival, where festival artists, theatre and dance students, and interested members of festival audience come together in an open studio space for an intimate encounter of each other’s working processes and artistic material. It is imagined as an open space: vulnerable, experimental, generous and done with care.  As a space to take time, to support each other’s processes and to inspire each other’s work. It is a great privilege and investment to come together during a festival and embrace our multiple roles as artists, as spectators, and as festival.

This year, and with this lab, DOTE focuses on imagining collaboratively how the festival can assume more radical forms of feeding and supporting artists’ practice beyond ‘showcasing’ them. How to create communities and solidarity among artists? And how to write alternative multiple and inclusive narratives and futures together through our exchange and practices?

Each day will be co-curated and facilitated by participating artists, such as Hooman Sharifi, Onur Karaoğlu, Khalid Benghrib, Hoor Malas, Mayar Alexan, Hilda Moucharrafieh, Ramzi Choukair, Youness Aboulakoul.

Mezrab Nights
Evenings of performances, storytelling and music will follow the DOTE Lab on 17, 19 and 20 November at Mezrab, Amsterdam. A program bringing together local performers and festival performers with spectators who would like to jam or use the open mic.

Practical information

How to apply
If you want to join the DOTE Lab, please send us a few sentences about who you are and why you want to be part of it to maeva@dancingontheedge.nl by 3rd November.

Full price: €140 for 4 days including food (lunch and dinner)
Student price: €100 for 4 days including food

DOTE will provide a few free places for those who would otherwise not be able to attend the DOTE Lab. Please send a short explanation to apply for one of these places.

Amsterdam Dokzaal
Plantage Doklaan 8, 1018 CM Amsterdam

DOTE Lab Dates
17 – 20 November 2019

10:00 – 13:00 session 1
14:00 – 17:00 session 2
17:30 Collective dinner
(The collective meal and finish times vary slightly on 18 November)

Dancing on the Edge Festival 2019
13 – 24 November in Utrecht, Rotterdam and Amsterdam

Photo © de Beeldvormers