ICK Artist Space: new production house for dance
From 1 January 2021 Dansmakers Amsterdam, production house for dance, will be incorporated into ICK Dans Amsterdam, the company led by choreographers Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten. The foundation of the new ICK Artist Space marks the end of Dansmakers Amsterdam, founded as Danswerkplaats Amsterdam, after 27 years.
Former Dansmakers Amsterdam director Suzy Blok will become head of the new ICK Artist Space, bringing her knowledge and extended network and integrating these with ICK’s existing talent development programme, according to the press release.
ICK Artist Space will specifically focus on makers with an interest in the language of the body, and the body’s multiple cultural signifiers. The organization will be selecting artists to participate in the new house for research, creation and presentation.
Flexibility is the aim. The artist space will offer a wide range of development formats, including workshops, residencies, masterclasses, intensives, productions, presentations and collaborations with ICK Company and ICK Academy. The new company structure aims to provide an impulse to the Amsterdam cultural infrastructure, creating career development opportunities for instance for those whose ambition is to move to the big stage or those who need a stepping stone to an international network.
ICK Dans Amsterdam is the resident company at theatre De Meervaart in Amsterdam-West. Dansmakers Podium in Amsterdam-Noord becomes Podium Noord. The venue will be shared with Likeminds and others and evolves into a house for young culture, interdisciplinary work and crossovers.
Photo: Mohammed Alzoabi