April 14 / Julidans


Julidans, the International Festival for Contemporary Dance in Amsterdam, is looking for 14 women-identifying dance artists to be part of City Horses, an open air dance performance that is part of the opening weekend of the festival. We invite you to ‘gallop’ along throughout the city and create new stories around the cities’ sites that represent old power relations. Join us in this daring performance that is full of tongue-in-cheek humor, and the necessary 'horse power'


From 2 to 16 July, the 32nd edition of Julidans will take place. With Internationaal Theater Amsterdam as its festival centre, idiosyncratic dance makers present their latest performances in various theatres in Amsterdam. Additionally, we organize outdoor projects, staged at various squares and streets in Amsterdam.


In our cities, on bronze horses, proud kings quietly stare above our heads. Their history and visual male dominance daily manifested and passed on to the next generation. Where are the women and their stories?

City Horses, a dance work created by Swedish artists Anna Källblad and Helena Bystrom, is a city choreography for female dancers about power, existence and the female body in the public space, a gallop through cities, a living monument in constant motion, celebrating female courage and power of all ages.

More information about City Horses


• Female or woman identifying local dance artists (18+)
• Professional artists and student/graduate artists
• Artists who want to develop their creative skills and gain insight into working in the public space. Artists should be open to working collaboratively.
• Artists who have experience working on, with or for site.
• Artists who can demonstrate sensitivity around inter-/intra-cultural exchange.

Please note: City Horses is a durational work which travels around the city. Performances will be of approximately 1-2 hr and can travel up to 7 kms. Artists should have a good level of physical fitness, stamina and endurance. The work requires running, jumping and galloping on cement and in public space, so artists should consider any previous injuries. Dancers will be required to bring their own good quality, enclosed shoes / sneakers for the performance.


Performers must be available for the entire rehearsal and performance period.

13 April – 21 May 2023 Open Call
26 June – 1 July 2023 Rehearsal period in studio
2 & 3 July 2023 Performances


• Professional performers will receive a one-off artist fee to participate in this project.
• Students will be offered a fair compensation and are able to use this project for university credit in consultation with the makers and festival.


Please submit an artistic statement in response to the following (Maximum 300 words):

A description of your artistic practice
Where do you come from and what is your relationship with your body and dance?

2. Your experience or interest in working in public space
How your relationship to place, community and collaboration is explored through your artistic practice.

3. Motivation
What are you specifically interested about learning from or engaging in dialogue with the City Horses project and/or Anna and Helena’s broader practice.

Support material
Please attach your CV (maximum 2 pages)
- Please submit a short 1 min video demonstrating your movement vocabulary. This could be through improvisation in relation to space/site, an extract from a performance, or your interpretation of a ‘City Horse’.

Applications will be assessed by the Julidans team and the choreographers and need to be submitted to eefje.vandenbroek@julidans.nl before 21 May 2023. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Eefje van den Broek (eefje.vandenbroek@julidans.nl)