Guiding principles

DansBrabant supports choreographers on their way to a strong professional practice and an independent position in the regional and (inter)national dance field. The dancehouse puts the choreographer and his/her development first. In doing so, DansBrabant relates to current trends that influence how we experience our bodies (globalisation, technology, media). On this basis DansBrabant chooses artists and projects and opens up diverse and challenging perspectives in dance.

DansBrabant invests in different generations. Together they work on a broad-based, multiform structure in which seasoned, less mature and starting choreographers share their knowledge, expertise, networks and facilities optimally. A structure in which individual choreographers strengthen themselves and each other. 

Being there for each other, that is DansBrabant's mission and vision, which takes shape in a continuous critical dialogue and questioning on artistic, business, strategic and social positioning. In addition, it offer workspaces, support in the field of production, p.r. and marketing, also in international residencies and co-productions. In this way DansBrabant works towards a sustainable position for choreographers in the region, in the Netherlands and abroad.


DansBrabant started in 2013 as a talent developer in dance and has so far succeeded in always doing what is necessary in an arts field in motion. Thus, in addition to being a talent developer, it also became a genre developer and is now a house for groundbreaking dance.

In its international residencies, some 25 choreographers from outside the Netherlands have so far found space for research. Its International Choreographers Week grew into a valued annual knowledge-sharing platform for choreographers from here and elsewhere. In its annual project Making Space, DansBrabant pays increasing attention to working in public space.

From 2017-2019 DansBrabant participated in its first European project: Performing Gender: Dance Makes Differences. From there DansBrabant is also involved in Performing Gender 3: Dancing In Your Shoes (2020-2023). In 2020-2021 the dancehouse is partner in the European project: Micro Macro Dramaturgies in Dance.

Also Dance&Dare, its reflection program in which creative writers from different backgrounds write about what they experience during dance performances, is gaining an increasingly international dimension with partners Performing Criticism Globally (Norway) & Tanzweb (Germany). It leads to inspired, personal essays that are also recited live and invite audiences to share their own viewing experiences.

You can find blog posts from Dance&Dare here.

Building and facilities

DansBrabant is located in Tilburg, a former textile city in the south of the Netherlands with 220,000 inhabitants and a large student population. In the middle of the city centre, DansBrabant has office and studio space in the mansion that is part of Theater De Nieuwe Vorst. The theatre with which DansBrabant works closely together has a well-equipped flat floor auditorium with 144 seats and a small auditorium with a visitor capacity of 60. DansBrabant also regularly uses the many other spaces in the theatre as presentation space. 

At the beginning of March 2020 DansBrabant will move its base to Club SoDa (it’s name comes from Southern Dance and southern hospitality), a place with studio, office, work- and storage space, at a ten minutes walk from Theater De Nieuwe Vorst and the train station, and also located in the city centre.

With Club SoDa, DansBrabant has turned its former annex into a dynamic place for meeting and exchange. In addition to the meeting space with flex workstations for those who want to, there are opportunities to show work-in-progress and organise studio presentations. In Club SoDa DansBrabant stimulates an active dialogue with the audience and interdisciplinary meetings.

Picture: flex workspaces at Club SoDa, copyright Annelies Verhelst.

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Dancehouses in May and June

May - June 2020

Join EDN members remotely

While many EDN members are still closed for public, activities continue to take place remotely - both for artists and audiences! We bring to you plenty of shows, trainings, celebrations, reflections. Take your peak!


Moving Futures Festival

March to June 2020

Roaming festival in the Netherlands

From 20 March 2020, Moving Futures will travel to nine cities and bring innovative dance to the theatre in various Dutch neighbourhoods.

Please note that the festival is partially cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


Rescue the arts

Plea to national governments

In the face of the crisis, together with IETM, Circostrada, ETC and In Situ, we call on the national governments to take measures to safeguard the long-term viability of the cultural sector.


Dancing museums

November 2019

Workshop in Vitry sur Seine

As a practice-led project, Dancing Museums thoroughly documents its various activities. Let's go back to La Briqueterie & MAC VAL for an exploration of the topic of inclusion, that took place in November 2019.


Screendance production residency

Deadline: 28 July 2020

Submission call for its 2021 edition!

In order to support the vitality of screendance production, La Briqueterie CDCN du Val-de-Marne and its partners have launched the new submission call for their Screendance Production Residency that supports the creation of a short film.