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Choreomania — Bodily Excess, Collective Unrest

Through this open call, DOOR Foundation invites performers to delve into body politics, intersectional representation, and collective choreographies of unrest under the curatorial theme of ‘Choreomania — Bodily Excess, Collective Unrest’.


Over a span of a 2-month long residency, selected performers will embark on an artist development programme encompassing conceptual exploration, research, skill development, collaboration, and production of new artistic work.


Through group and individual workshops with academics, curators and artists, the participants merge theory with practice, culminating in substantive archival documentation made in collaboration with sound design and videography mentors - converging into the production of tangible artistic outputs.

Application  Deadline

May 10th 2024

Deadline Extension: 23rd May 2024



September and October 2024



Mentorship, Stipend, Studio, Accommodation, Travel


Choreomania — Bodily Excess, Collective Unrest


Choreomania, deemed ‘the dancing plague’ by those in positions of medical-, religious-, and/or social power, describes instances of collective mass eruptions that occurred primarily between the 14th and 17th century. These ‘dance manias’ are conventionally portrayed as unregulated frenzied gatherings wherein people participated until complete exhaustion. 


Throughout this programme, we centre choreomania as a collective response to social crises that finds manifestation (with)in and through the body. In doing so, we question normative processes and relations of power that seek to regulate dissent and disruption by framing them as uncivil, diseased, or mad — positioning them as other.


By re-shifting the conceptual focus and seeing the underpinnings of choreomania as excessive and expressive bodies existing in opposition to hegemonic systems we aim at developing a critical curatorial strategy that intersects notions of queerness, alterity, (dis)order, excessiveness, disciplinarity and resistance wherein choreomania is not just integrated as theme but also as methodology.

Mentorship Programme

Throughout the duration of the program, scholars, artist-researchers and the curatorial team lay the contextual groundwork for the creative explorations of residents through a series of talks about the curatorial theme of ‘Choreomania — Bodily Excess, Collective Unrest’. Weekly curatorial and production meetings refine conceptual frameworks, while one-on-one technical guidance ensures personalised support. Workshops with sound design and videography mentors add a practical dimension, fostering a dynamic learning environment. The mentors here become more than instructors, but in fact co-creators who will help the residents in the realisation of their visions through composing a sound score and capturing performances on video. Through group workshops, participants engage in shared learning experiences, whilst with individual workshops, the residents receive a focused space to address specific challenges and refine techniques. The program culminates in a focused filming week, converging theoretical insights and practical skills, marking weeks of exploration, experimentation, and artistic development.


Each participant will receive a stipend amount of EUR 1500, in order to cover daily expenses and material costs.


The residency will take place at the Hembrugterrein, Zaandam, NL (Metropolitan Region Amsterdam). This historical, industrial site dates back to 1928 which, along with other properties on the premises, used to be a part of the ammunition production facility for the Dutch Ministry of Defense. Participants will be working in an open-plan layout where the shared studio spaces are housed within the characteristic industrial setting. The space allocated to each artist averages around 150m2.


Participants will be provided with accommodation within a short distance from the studio space. They will be able to build a close relationship with each other within this shared space, but also have the comfort of their private rooms. The accommodation includes a kitchen and all the other necessary facilities for the two-month residency period. 

Travel costs

The travel cost for artists to come and leave the Netherlands will be fully covered.  Refer to FAQ for more details.


Participants must be at least 18 years of age and be a legal EU resident - outside of the Netherlands.

Please note that following brexit UK residents are not eligible.



For this residency in particular, we are looking for performers with a conceptual and movement-based practice. We are interested in participants whose work have been developed within notions that relate to the curatorial theme, or that can serve as a base to delve into the latter, in a compelling and critical way.


Applicants are asked to submit their portfolios and performance proposals based on the theme 'Choreomania — Bodily Excess, Collective Unrest’.


Our team accesses every application in an initial pre-selection round thorough the evaluation of the artist's practice, strength of the conceptual performance proposal and the potential impact of the residency programme on their career. Following this pre-selection, a final selection choice is made after one-on-one interviews. Interviews allow artists to articulate their interpretation of the curatorial theme, providing us with a deeper understanding of how each individual envisions incorporating this concept into their work.


Throughout our selection procedure, we establish a commitment to diversity and inclusion. We actively encourage applications from underrepresented groups, individuals from low socio-economic backgrounds, and people of various heritage. We particularly welcome those who undergo systemic discrimination based on their skin colour, race, or culture. We seek to give equal opportunities to underrepresented groups irrespective of gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, race, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, disability, or age.

  • Can I apply more than once?
    Only one application will be accepted per individual artist.
  • Application cost
    The application for the programme is free of charge
  • Dutch artists living abroad
    Dutch artists can be eligible, in case they are a legal resident of another EU country.
  • International artists residing in the Netherlands
    Unfortunately, any artist residing in the Netherlands will not be eligible for this programme
  • Travel costs
    Travel Coverage Travel distance under 5,000 km: €350 per person for round-trip. ​ Travel distance from 5,000 km: €700 per person for round-trip. ​ For short distances of under 600 km, travelling by airplane is only allowed in exceptional and well-justified cases: for persons with disabilities for travelling from or to an island with no ferry connections due to force majeure or grave personal circumstances Green Top-up €350 per person for choosing not to travel by airplane (round-trip). Only applicable for distances of 600 km and more. Overseas Countries and Territories or Outermost Regions top-up €150 per person for travelling from or to Overseas Countries and Territories or Outermost Regions. Visa top-up €80 per person for expenses related to visa processes.
  • Disability support
    Up to €75 per person per day. For people whose disabilities affect their ability to carry out the mobility project.
  • Feedback
    Prioritising transparency and fairness, we provide constructive feedback to all artists who decide to receive it.
  • Accessibility
    The residency space at the Hembrugterrein is on the ground floor, with an open plan and passages that accommodate physical disabilities and wheelchair users. We have previously installed a specific extra toilet unit that is wheelchair accessible within our facilities, and this will be done again if necessary. For the transportation from the housing to the residency space, an accessible alternative with an appropriate vehicle will be provided according to the specific need of any participant. The space is in an isolated location, far from mixed function zones where noise can become a problem for neurodivergent individuals. The space is also of minimalist nature when it comes to visual patterns and shapes, allowing for less visual noise and reduced sensory overload particularly for people with visual sensitivities, epilepsy, or migraine sufferers. The area surrounding Magazijn De Dood is quite nature-like, with a significant amount of trees and green spaces, allowing for a calming and regenerative effect. We understand that our program counts with a full and busy schedule, with activities ranging across days, times and types. We are open to accommodate specific needs into our schedule, in order to make it accessible and not overwhelming.
  • Where is the art residency located?
    Our building is located at the Hembrugterrein in Zaandam - a formerly derelict industrial site which acted as a base for ammunition factories producing artillery and firearms.
  • Would I have to share the studio space with other artists?
    Yes. The studio space will be shared in between 5 artists. However, there is an approximate amount of 150m2 per artist within the shared space.
  • What publicity will be provided as part of the opportunity?
    DOOR Foundation will feature the artist as well as the events related to the residency through their channels and help with networking opportunities.
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