a social choreography with a social process

HOLD is a celebration, a process, a cry for help and a helping hand. HOLD is a social choreography with a social process. We make HOLD together.

Together with six makers in the field of social and spatial design, art and science, we create a club night that aims to welcome everyone - every body. Makers and participants form a society in miniature. We practice what it means to be human in an increasingly polarizing world. How do we hold on to each other? We build a (more) inclusive community, working from everyone's own strength, quality and perspective.

In short, sensitive and dazzling scenes, we rehearse the metaphors we live by. We dance, make contact with each other, are confronted with our limits, explore our intentions - towards ourselves and the other - we let our voices be heard, become aware of our habits and social interactions and dance with ease and pleasure - and with discomfort. HOLD requires effort from all of us. Welcome to the HOLD. Welcome to our club of the future.

Everybody is an actor
Everybody is a performer
Everybody is rehearsing
Everybody is practicing — holding it together

Open Sessions
Working up to the première of HOLD in June 2022, we organize Open Sessions in different cities. Together, with the makers, their communities and participants, we want to build towards what HOLD can be.

The Open sessions are an exercise, research, because we want to know what it takes to build the Club of the future. And we need your help. Together we want to define what the long term goals and ambitions are. Which conditions come with that space? Which space do you take, how do you claim it and how do we relate to each other?

Come / feel / talk / dance
We want to know what you want.
Experience the club of the future
Welcome to the HOLD.


Joana Cavaco

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Gabriel Fontana

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Jeisson Drenth

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Deborah Sumter

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Romy Rockx

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Connor Schumacher

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Co-production: Stichting ARK / Connor Schumacher & Dansateliers
Financially supported by: Fonds Podiumkunsten, Gemeente Rotterdam, VriendenLoterij Fonds, Prins Bernhard Cultuur Fonds and VSB Fonds.
Made with: Connor Schumacher: social choreographer and founder of ARK
Romy Rockx; Theatremaker De Vrouwen Van Wanten and founder of the Queer Gym.
Jeisson Drenth; Video- and multimediaartist and diversity consultant.
Gabriel Fontana; Spatial & Social Designer.
Deborah Sumter: Doctor Circulaire Economie & DJ van collectief AMPFEMMININE.
Joana Cavaco: Performer en Community organizer off Kontra & Slutwalk and for Black Pride en BLM.

HOLD is the first co-production within in the 4-year collaboration between ARK/ Connor Schumacher en Stichting Dansateliers.

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