The Diva Body from the 19 of May until the 6 of June

I think, the days of conceptual dance performances are over.
It has become too masculine & mental, and too much an attempt to present yourself as the most intelligent one in the contemporary dance field.
Yes, i am convinced, it is definitely time for a new diva body spirit in the dance.
Yes, let’s celebrate a body on stage, which is not afraid to be feminine, charismatic and seductive.
A body, which is ultimately sexy, plays with gender issues.
Most of all a body which is totally intrigued by mastering the skills of the performing arts, without questioning them all the time.

Is it possible to bring the magic back in contemporary dancing without becoming conservative, nostalgic or campy?

What about you?
Are you diva-proof?
Check it out yourself and come to the two evenings full of discussions, triggered by a range of acts, lectures, filmfragments and a lot of music, given by a lot of artists, philosophers, fashion designers.”

Robert Steijn

The SNDO in collaboration with the Melkweg Theatre and the Lectoraat from the Amsterdam Hogeschool voor de Kunsten are please to announce the thematic block The Diva Body to be held from the 19 of May until the 6 of June 2008.

During the symposium there will be three workshops for students of the SNDO and eventually some students of Dance Unlimited and MTD will be invited to participate.
During the 24 and 25 of May there will be an event at Melkweg Theatre with lectures and performances open to the audience.
The stars of these two nights will be:
Eileen Standley, Monica Page, Quirine Racke, Helena Muskens, Erikk McKenzie,
Diana Gadish, David Zambrano, Rodrigo Sobarzo, Liisa Pentti, Alma Soederberg,
Javier Murugarren, Elisabeth Boender, Melkorka Magnusdottir, Roger Sala Reyner, Robert Steijn, Noha Ramadan, Roberta Marques, Liat Waysbort, Conny Groenewegen, Leon Amsterdam, Deborah Hay, Katerina Bakatsaki, Alec Smart, Laxmi Narayan Tripati, Lily Kiara, Pauline de Groot, Anja Müller, Gonnie Heggen, Joke Dame among others.

Saturday May 24th 20h30 (door open: 20h00) € 7,50 / € 5 (students)
Sunday May 25th, 20h30 (door open 20h00) € 5 / € 2,50 (students)
Reservations Melkweg Theater 020 531 81 81 /

Artists and teachers in workshops: (just for SNDO students)

May 19 - 23 Laxmi Narayan Tripathi and Gonnie Heggen

May 26 -30 Deborah Hay

June 2 - 6 DD Dorvillier

The Diva Body has been made possible by:
Lectoraat Kunstpraktijk en artistieke ontwikkeling, Marijke Hoogenboom Research group Art Practice and Development, Marijke Hoogenboom
The Diva Body is an initiative of the SNDO (School for New Dance Development) in a co-production with Melkweg Theater Amsterdam.